Delve into the many flavours of Korean cuisine and cooking on this adventure totally dedicated to food
Long overshadowed by the gastronomy of its regional neighbours, Korean has been the cuisine on all foodies' lips in recent years. There's Korean BBQ for starters – what's not to like about sizzling your own strips of meat on a BBQ set up on your table? – but that's just the tip of the culinary iceberg. With a smorgasbord of sauces, garnishes and pickled side-dishes accompanying every meal, dining in Korea is all about crafting your meal to taste. And, despite the prevalence of beef and Korean fried chicken, it's not all meat based. Silky tofu, glass noodle salads, sushi-like kimbap, and, of course, kimchi – vegetarian options are plentiful. Learn how to make green onion pancakes, slurp up spicy seafood breakfast soups, tuck into Buddhist fare on an overnight monastery stay and delve into the intricacies of the country's signature dish bibimbap in Jeonju, arguably Korea's foodie capital.
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Wash down the other version of KFC – Korean Fried Chicken – with a glass of Soju, Korea's national alcoholic beverage
Savour bibimbap in Jeonju, Korea's foodie capital
Share a traditional temple meal with Buddhist monks on an overnight stay in a monastery
Get the inside sip on Busan's craft brew scene at one of the city's top breweries
A good degree of fitness is recommended for this trip as there is a lot of walking involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
We suggest packing light and 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 however available in most stations.
Traditionally Korean beds comprised a futon-like mattress placed on the floor, which could be folded up and placed in the cupboard in the morning. This trip includes two nights' accommodation with Korean-style floor bedding - on night 2 staying in a hanok (traditional house) in Jeonju and on night 4 staying at the monastery in Gyeongju. While floor bedding can seem firm compared with standard western mattresses, the floor in these accommodations is heated and provides for a comfortable and cosy nights' sleep.
The monastery stay is a unique and special experience, providing an insight into monastic cuisine, rituals - even martial arts-style meditation! Conservative dress is required, although you will also be given pants and a tunic to wear during your stay. The monastery is located on a steep hill, which does require some aerobic fitness to ascend. The martial arts meditation session also requires reasonable fitness. All activities at the monastery are optional and you can opt-out at any time if you feel the activity level is too strenuous. One of the highlights of the monastery stay is an early morning Buddhist service. This does require rising by 4am, but it is definitely worth the effort.
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Please note couples are not able to share a room during the Temple Stay (Day 4), as this is against Temple rules. You will share a twin share room with someone of the same gender for this evening.
Seoul Lantern Festival 2018:
Please note that the 01 November 2018 departure of this trip may coincide with the Seoul Lantern Festival which will run approximately 3 - 19 November (Dates to be confirmed). This festival takes place for 2 weeks every year and is an installation of lanterns alongside the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the centre of Seoul. The lanterns are a series of stationary illuminated sculptures. Passengers on this departure will either visit the festival site or take a walk along the river on night 1 or night 7 and it will be an optional activity.
A Single Supplement is available to book for this trip. Please contact your booking agent for more information.
Many South Korean hotels have a limited supply of twin rooms. If you are a couple travelling, please advise at the time of booking if you would like double bedding.
While this trip begins and ends in Seoul, we have found that many travelers wish to spend more time in this vibrant, modern city than the trip itself provides. We encourage you to maximize your exploration by arriving a day or two early, or staying on for some time after the tour ends. Your local leader will be able to give you plenty of food and cultural recommendations following the tour! Please ask your booking agent for assistance securing additional accommodation.
Our South Korea Real Food Adventure trips score an average of 4.41 out of 5 based on 17 reviews in the last year.
South Korea is a pure delight. A world of delicious foods, friendly people and rich history. In Seoul the entire population of Australia is crammed in to a city, and yet everyone moves around harmoniously. It's clean and easy to get around using the extensive public transport system. You can be eating pizza in a brew pub owned by an ex-pat one day, and doing a meditation session with monks in a hilltop monastery the next. Korea is full of experiences just waiting to be had. It's a crime that South Korea falls so low on our travel radars... it gave me one of the most enjoyable and engaging holidays I've had, and I can't wait to get back there again some time soon.
Review submitted 20 Jun 2018
Excellent trip. I’d highly recommend this trip if you’re looking to understand Korean culture through its food. Our guide, T, was great!
Review submitted 27 May 2018