Seoul is a huge city with many things to do. It’s certainly an impressive city, with towering skyscrapers, modern architecture and lots of shopping possibilities. In this guide, we’re going to share with you tips to exploring Seoul, the best specific areas, activities you can do, and hopefully, it can help you to plan your daily itinerary in Seoul.
There are a lot of amazing things about Seoul, but for food lovers, it’s the never-ending amount of delicious food that makes Seoul such an exciting city. With an abundance of food options, Seoul offers everything from small traditional street food stands serving basic rice and vegetable dishes to up-market restaurants with comprehensive menus.
Hidden away in a small alley near Anguk station, Jaedong Sundubu (재동순두부) is popular even among the locals. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional Korean dishes, including Sundubu, Bibimbap (mixed rice), Kongguksu (noodles in cold soy milk broth), Pajeon (scallion pancake), and Korean BBQ.
If you’re looking for a great variety of delicious gimbap in Seoul, this is definitely the place. Located in Myeongdong area, this small kimbap shop is totally worth it! Gimgane is casual Korean restaurant run by a Korean family which specializes in gimbap, noodles, and rice dishes.
Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of Bukchon Son Mandu 북촌손만두, which translates as Bukchon handmade dumplings. Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake location is here.
In Korea, there was a huge surge of popularity over soft serve ice cream some while ago, especially those served with real honeycomb. The popularity of the ice cream started around 2013 and now there are many companies and individual vendors offering soft serve vanilla ice cream with real honeycomb, but the original brand that started the trend is “Softree”.
There is no shortage of places in Seoul to eat Korean Fried Chicken. If you are looking a place that is popular with locals, you can go to Hanchu in Gangnam area. Hanchu is not a franchise and so there’s only one place in Seoul to eat their chicken. They are also ranked one of the best by the locals and winning The World’s Tastiest Fried Chicken by Chowtzer Award.
When you go abroad, make sure you try some local foods of the country. Samgyetang (삼계탕) or Ginseng Chicken Soup is one of the national foods of Korea and many tourists love to eat it! In this post, we will take you to Tosokchon Samgyetang, the most famous samgyetang restaurants in Seoul! Roh Moo-hyun, the president of South Korea from 2003 to 2008, frequently visits Tosokchon. His visits have made the restaurant even more popular.
Other than cosmetics or shopping, Korea is also well known for their fried chicken! To Koreans, chicken is one of the most popular foods to have late at night. This is probably quite evident as you can find all sorts of fried chicken chains on every corner of the street. During our #FoodInLoveKOREA trip, we paid a visit to the BHC Chicken outlet in Myeongdong and Dongdaemun.
For beauty, there is Innisfree. For tea, there is Osulloc Tea. These are just some of the other things that Jeju Island is famous for, other than its beautiful sceneries and ecological treasures. The Osulloc brand has much developed and modernized, being one of the major tea exporters from Korea, known for using technology for planting, producing, and packaging.