South Korea Real Food Adventure

8 Days | Slurp, crunch and spoon your way into the belly of South Korea

4.9 out of 5 based on 85 reviews submitted.
EUR €2,750
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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. 

Trip overview

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Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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 gochujang.
  • Immerse yourself in monastic life during a temple stay in Gyeongju, including a plant-based dinner and chanting meditation.
  • 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.
  • Follow your local leader to the best stalls in the labyrinthian Gwangjang Market in Seoul, which featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of South Korea includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip.
  • South Korea is best explored on foot. In fact, most travellers are surprised at how much distance they end up covering! Make sure your shoes are comfy and you are fit enough to spend most of each day on your feet.
  • We suggest packing smart for this trip, as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and to hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs in crowded areas. Elevators are available in most stations, but the lighter you pack the easier it will be.
  • A traditional Korean bed is a futon-like mattress placed on the floor, which may be folded up and placed in the cupboard in the morning. This trip includes two nights' accommodation with Korean-style floor bedding – one night in a hanok (traditional house) in Jeonju, and one night at a monastery in Gyeongju. While floor bedding can be firm compared to standard western mattresses, the floors are heated and you will be comfortable. You can also request extra mattresses for your comfort.
  • The monastery stay provides both unique accommodation and an inimitable cultural experience, offering insight into monastic cuisine and rituals. Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities, including dress codes. You will be given pants and a tunic to wear during your stay, and socks must be worn in the temple. Rooms at the monastery are multi-share, which means you may have to share a room with up to three people of the same gender. Couples of opposite genders are not able to share a room on this night as it is against monastery rules. Smoking and alcohol consumption are prohibited at the monastery.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


Private Vehicle, Train, Public Bus, Metro, Taxi


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

  • Seoul - Korean Fried Chicken Welcome Dinner
  • Jeonju - Kimchi Cooking Class
  • Jeonju - Hanok Village Visit
  • Sunchang - Gochujang (traditional chilli paste) Cooking Demonstration
  • Jeonju - Craft Brewery Tour
  • Gyeongju - Temple Stay program including meditation
  • Busan - Farm Visit
  • Gyeongju - Morning meditation and tea with a monk
  • Busan - Haeundae Beach
  • Busan - Haedong Temple
  • Gyeongju - Silla Heritage site
  • Busan - Lighthouse Visit
  • Busan - Jagalchi Seafood Market Tour
  • Busan - Seafood BBQ by the sea
  • Seoul - Celebratory Korean BBQ Dinner

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 4 (Temple Stay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. On Day 4 you will stay overnight at a Buddhist temple. Accommodation here is multi-share and you may be required to share with up to three other travellers of the same gender. Couples of opposite genders are unable to share a room, as this is against the rules of the temple.
4. Please advise bedding configuration requests to your booking agent at time of booking.
5. The Jeonju Bibimbap Festival takes place in the third week of October, with games, exhibitions and foods related to this iconic dish. The Seoul Kimchi Festival takes place in the first week of November, and you may have an opportunity to make kimchi with thousands of locals. If you’d like to attend one of these festivals, please check our departure dates to ensure your selected date aligns with your preferred festival.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 85 reviews submitted.
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Crystal · Traveled November 2023
This wonderful tour fed both my stomach and my mind, and promoted body well being with the walking. It was an amazing, unforgettable week.
Review submitted 22 Nov 2023

Gaylene · Traveled November 2023
Intrepid is the only way to travel for a full cultural experience. Always feel safe and acc. Is clean.
Review submitted 22 Nov 2023

Nancy · Traveled November 2023
Food was excellent and varied. Tour guide, Sam, was knowledgeable and the best tour guide I have ever had on an organized trip. Caution: for those who don’t like to sleep on hard surfaces Ie: floors, this trip is not for you. If you can handle hard floors, this trip is the best!
Review submitted 22 Nov 2023

Nils · Traveled November 2023
This tour was the perfect introduction to Korea! Great variety of places and foods, and an excellent guide!
Review submitted 24 Nov 2023

Gemma · Traveled November 2023
This foodie tour of South Korea was excellent. Be prepared you will eat a lot. It was so good to try different things that you do not get usually from more western cultures. Alice the tour leader was fantastic and extremely helpful throughout the tour. The Monastery stay was extremely basic as expected but a valuable experience to remember. I wish I could do it all again.
Review submitted 15 Nov 2023
South Korea Real Food Adventure
EUR €2,750