Immerse yourself in the choose-your-own adventure atmosphere of South Korean food, from bibimbap to immense street food markets that you could get lost in (if it weren’t for the local guiding you to the best stalls!). South Korea’s food scene is often delightfully informal and meals in South Korea are all about finding your flavours. Chow down on meals served with dozens of toppings, light and crispy Korean fried chicken washed down with a small-batch craft beer, silky glass noodles stirred with colourful salad and the various delightful iterations of kimchi. Discover the flavourful diversity and heritage of this rich culinary scene.

Theme

Food

  • Highlights

    • Follow your local leader to the best stalls in the labyrinthian Gwangang Market in Seoul, which featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’.
    • Immerse yourself in monastic life during a temple stay in Gyeongju, following a vegan dinner with chanting meditation and, if you’d like, a martial arts class.
    • Savour the flavours of South Korea’s slow food capital Jeonju, slurping kongnamul gukbap and soup noodles in local haunts and learning to craft kimchi and hangwa (sugar cookies).
    • Spend a day diving deep into South Korean seafood in Busan, embracing the chaotic energy and of the port seafood market before munching clams in an oceanfront restaurant.
    • Visit a craft brewery in Jeonju for a taste of South Korea’s booming and inventive craft beer scene, which has exploded in popularity in recent years.
  • What's Included

    Meals

    5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

    Transport

    Private Vehicle , Train , Public Bus , Metro , Taxi

    Accommodation

    Hotel (5 nights), Temple stay (1 night), Hanok (1 night)

    Included Activities

    • Busan - Clam Restaurant Lunch
    • Busan - Jalgachi Seafood Market Tour
    • Busan - Lighthouse Visit
    • Busan - Tong Market Visit
    • Golgulsa Temple - Martial Arts Meditation Demonstration
    • Golgulsa Temple - Temple Stay Program with Sunmudo (Martial Arts) Training and Meditation
    • Gyeongju - Farm Visit
    • Gyeongju - Korean Street Food Tour at a Traditional Market
    • Jeonju - Craft Brewery Tour
    • Jeonju - Hanok Village Visit
    • Jeonju - Kimchi Cooking Class
    • Seoul - Dinner at Mangwon Market
    • Seoul - Welcome Dinner
    • Sunchang - Gochujang (traditional chilli paste) Cooking Demonstration
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  • Itinerary

    Day - 1

    Location: Seoul - Welcome to Seoul, South Korea's vibrant capital of high-tech gadgetry, glittering skyscrapers and scrumptious eats. Your Real Food Adventure officially kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight at your accommodation, where you will meet your leader and fellow travellers. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to dive into South Korea’s food scene! Head to the Gwangang Market for an immersive introduction to the sights, smells and, of course, tastes of South Korean street food. Go deep into the gargantuan market featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’, following your leader to the best vendors for dinner and cultural experience like no other.

     

    Day - 2

    Location: Jeonju - After breakfast, take the metro to Yongsan Station. Set off for Jeonju, a city that’s all about doing things slowly and doing them well – both in food and in life. The journey should take around 2.5 hours, arriving just in time for lunch at a renowned local bibimbap restaurant. The bibimbap here is so good, it’s been declared an intangible cultural asset. Seriously. Scoff down some of the classic rice dish topped with, well, lots of great stuff, then head to the hotel to settle in. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring the historical Hanok Village, wandering cobblestone streets between hundreds of traditional homes and further embracing the relaxed pace of the city. Later, learn the art of making kimchi – a Korean slow food poster dish – during a cooking class. You’ll also learn how to craft the perfect hangwa, a sugar cookie with a long and storied history. If you're keen for one more 'real food' experience, for dinner your leader will take you for locally brewed, cloudy rice beer called 'makgeolli'. Accompanied by a parade of inventive side dishes, this singular drink is enjoyed in ritual fashion, served in special brass bowls from the coveted makgeoli kettle. It is an experience unlike any other and a true South Korean highlight!

     

    Day - 3

    Location: Jeonju - This morning you'll have the opportunity to start your day with a breakfast of kongnamul gukbap – a hot soup of soybean and sprouts – in a local restaurant hidden in Nambu Traditional Market. After breakfast you can choose to explore the market further during an optional tour that takes you on a hunt for more dishes, or simply strike out on your own for an hour or two. Chat to your leader about which works for you. From here, travel by bus to Sunchang Gochujang, a village famous for the production of gochujang (a traditional red chilli paste), for a tasting and demo on how it gets made. Grab lunch at a restaurant that specialises in fermented bean soup and a visit to the farm where they grow their produce. Later, take a stroll around the base of Mt Gangcheon, and choose whether to take work up your appetite by walking a little further to a nearby waterfall. For dinner tonight, sit down to slurp and chew some noodle soup and dumplings at another locally famous eatery, then wash it down with a couple of beers at a craft brewery. South Korea’s craft beer scene is exploding all across the country after a rise to popularity in Seoul, and tonight your belly will reap the benefits.

     

    Day - 4

    Location: Temple Stay - Rise and shine for an early journey to Gyeongju, a city rich with temples, tombs and palace ruins (many of which are World Heritage sites). Start your day right on arrival, with a stroll through the local market and progressive tasting. Start with the building blocks of Korea cuisine, then taste how the ingredients come together to make beloved local dishes. Grab lunch at one of our favourite stalls, then drive to the Golgulsa Temple for an overnight stay. The monks at this temple practice a specific type of martial arts known as sunmudo. Be treated to a display of the fighting art, then enjoy time to wander around the tranquil temple surrounds. Dinner will be vegan, in line with monastic custom. In the evening, relax with a chanting and meditation service, then choose to be guided through a sunmodo training session or simply settle in for an early night's sleep.

     

    Day - 5

    Location: Busan - Your life as a monk continues today with a 4 am wake-up for a memorable morning meditation (you can opt out of it if early mornings are not your thing, but we highly recommend you partake in this unique experience). Following breakfast, learn about the spiritual values and beliefs of Korean Buddhism over tea with a resident monk. Enjoy another vegan lunch on the premises, then drive to a local farm for an insight into agricultural life. After a walk around the farm, you'll be treated to some home-made snacks. In the afternoon, enjoy a private transfer to Busan to visit the beautiful Haedong Temple, built into the rocks by the sea. In the afternoon choose whether to partake in an optional street food tasting. Still got an appetite? When night falls, you can decide whether to join in an optional dinner of Korean fried chicken. After dinner you may want to take in the local nightlife in the Seomyeon Entertainment District!

     

    Day - 6

    Location: Busan - Today is all about the flavours of the sea. Begin this morning take a public bus to the Taejondae Lighthouse, from which there are great views over the ocean and of the surrounding cliffs. Visit Jalgalchi Market, an enormous seafood market situated by Busan port, and Tong Market for general produce and knick-knacks. Lunch today is at a restaurant overlooking the ocean for a clam bake with a view. Spend the evening at your leisure.

     

    Day - 7

    Location: Seoul - After breakfast at the hotel and a free morning to explore Busan, travel by Korea Train Express back to Seoul, arriving late afternoon. There may be free time to wander around Gyeongbok Palace, marvel at the views from Namsan Tower or check out Seoul’s most eclectic neighbourhoods of Sinsadong and Gangnam. For your final feast, head to the Mangwon Market, a farmer’s market and galleria food hall brimming with traditional street foods! The beef sold here is top-notch, making for a succulent final barbecue experience. Try not to decorate this delicious beef with your tears as you savour your last bites of South Korean goodness!

     

    Day - 8

    Location: Seoul - Your South Korea Food Adventure comes to an end this morning after breakfast. If you wish to extend your stay and explore more of Seoul, contact your booking agent for further information.

     

    South Korea Real Food Adventure
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