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Seoul is a major busting city, a place which is unlike any other city in the world. It is the perfect city to explore delicious food, experience cultural activities in the historic center or go on a shopping spree for cosmetics, clothing and gadgets. Make sure to make the most of your trip by following this Seoul Itinerary 5 Days on this Seoul travel blog!

If you are staying 5 days in Seoul, it is recommended to spend at least 3 days in the city and 2 days on a day trip from Seoul. On your first day, discover the historic center. The next 4 days you can mix and match, depending on you personal taste. The itinerary is suitable for any season (winter, summer, spring and autumn) but has some different suggestions regarding the Seoul day trips in winter.

Things To Know When Planning A Trip To Seoul, Korea
  • What To Wear In Seoul – Seoul and the rest of South Korea has extreme seasons and temperatures. During the winter the air is dry and it can get -15°C in central Seoul and in summer the climate is crazy humid and temperatures running up to 40°C. Make sure to pack the right clothes when visiting Seoul.
    Check what to pack for Korea here.
  • Seoul Travel Adapters – Seoul and the rest of South Korea uses the F type travel adapter, which is the same as in mainland Europe. When coming to Korea make sure to purchase the right adapter to charge all your electrical devices.
    Find out more about Seoul travel adapters here.
  • Seoul City Tour Bus – The Seoul city runs a hop-on hop-off tour bus through the city connecting the major tourist attractions. There are three different courses to choose from.
    Check more info here.
Seoul Itinerary 1 Day: Historic Center Of Seoul

The historic center of Seoul is where all the touristic hot spots are, including the palaces, Bukcheon Village, Samcheongdong, Insadong, Yogyesa Temple, Jogno and 2 major traditional markets. This can normally be done in one day, without too much hurrying.

This day one itinerary is a must do when in Seoul, even if you’re only staying one, two or three days. If you don’t know where to go in Seoul, then just follow the list below.

1. Visit One Of the Five Palaces In Seoul

Seoul has 5 major palaces dating back to the old Joseon Dynasty, visiting at least one of these is a must when in South Korea! Even though there are 5 different palaces, the two major ones are Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace. These two are located 500 meters from each other so if you wish you can even visit both.

  • ★ Gyeongbokgung Palace – This is Seoul’s first Palace which was build more than 700 years ago. Start off the day by walking across Gwanghwamun Square and pass the huge golden statue of King Sejeong (He was the most important King during the Joseon Dynasty as he invented the Korean alphabet) towards the main gate of the palace. Open daily 9 AM – 6 PM, except Tuesdays. Changing of the guard ceremony is at 11 AM and 1PM.
    Check more info here.
    TIP! There are two museums on the Palace grounds, the National Palace Museum and the ★ National Folk Museum (free).
  • ★ Changdeokgung Palace – This palace was used and built after Gyeongbokgung burned down. Since 1997 it has been recognized as World Cultural Heritabe by UNESCO. Changdeokgung Palace is generally less busy than Gyeongbokgung and it is worth visiting for its ‘Secret Garden’. There are only limited tickets every day to the Secret Garden and can only be accessed with a guide. Open daily 9 AM – 5 PM, except Mondays.
    Check more info here.
  • Deoksugung Palace – This is a smaller palace across from Cheonggyecheon Stream, and is famous for its beautiful stone wall, especially stunning in autumn in Seoul. The palace has traditional Korean buildings like the other palaces and modern western buildings as the last King who used to live there was a fan of the west. Open daily 9 AM – 9 PM, except Mondays. Changing of the guard ceremony starts at 11 AM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM.
    Check more info here.
  • Changgyeonggung Palace –  This less popular palace was mainly used as residential quarters for the queens and concubines. During the Japanese colonial occupation is used to be a park with a zoo and botanical garden. Open daily 09 AM – 6PM, except Mondays.
    Check more info here.
  • Gyeonghuigung Palace – Gyeonghuigung is located behind Deoksu Palace and used to be the secondary palace for the King. This was mainly used in times of emergencies. If you are looking for a relaxing and calm palace to visit, then this is the place to be. Open daily 9 AM – 6 PM, except Mondays.
    Check more info here. 

TIP! Entering the any of the palaces is free when wearing a traditional Korean robe or hanbok. Check where to rent a hanbok here.

2. Bukchon Hanok Village And Samcheongdong

Between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palace lies Bukchon Hanok Village and the Samcheong-dong area. This is home to over hundreds traditional Korean houses or hanok which are dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. These places are great if you are looking to take some great pictures.

  • Bukcheon Village – This is a residential area in Seoul which belonged to the nobles working for the royal court back in the Joseon Dynasty. Bukcheon lies on a hill, so there will be some uphill climbing involved.
    Check more info here. 
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – The Modern Art Museum is located across from the National Folk Museum and has temporary exhibitions in the spacious exhibition halls.
    Check more info here. 
  • Samcheong-dong – This area just besides Gyeongbokgung Palace is a very unique place in Seoul. This is the perfect area if you are looking for cute coffee shops, boutiques, food stalls and art galleries. Especially in autumn the main street is filled with beautiful golden leave trees.
    Check more info here. 
  • Unhyeong Palace – The palace is located right next to Anguk palace and was more of a residential palace back in the days. It’s free to enter and the palace is worth visiting as the decoration of the buildings are completely different than the other 5 big palaces.
    Check more info here. 
3. Traditional Korean Lunch

There’s an abundance of options for having lunch in the historic center of Seoul. From quick kimbab or bibimbap to elaborate traditional dining.

  • Tosokchon Samgyetang – The best Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) place is located just next to Gyeongbokgung Palace and is the perfect place to visit for lunch or dinner.
  • Tongin Market Lunch Box – Going to Tonging Market is an experience you must have. At the traditional market visitors can exchange money for a lunch box and coins, with those coins you can then buy certain dishes from vendors all around the market. 5000 krw should be enough for a small lunch.
    Check more info here. 
  • Insadong Restaurants – The Insadong area is filled with restaurants serving all kinds of traditional Korean food. Try walking around the smaller side streets, that’s where you’ll find the best restaurants.
4. Jogyesa Buddhist Temple

Jogyesa Temple is the leading temple of the Jogye order in Seoul. It was built in the 14th century during the Goryeo period. The temple itself is rather small but is stunning, especially the main prayer hall. Across the street of the temple is the Temple Information Center which offers free Buddhist craft experiences for anyone who wants to join. Check more info here. 

The temple also offers a temple stay program which is the perfect way to truly experience Buddhism in South Korea. During the program you’ll have a traditional Buddhist dinner, have a craft making experience, do chanting and meditation, 108 bows and have tea time with a monk. Check more info here.

5. Souvenir Shopping In Insadong

The Insa-dong area is filled with souvenir shops, coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants. There are over 100 galleries in the area, displaying all kinds of traditional Korean fine art. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery and Gana Art Gallery.

The stores in Insa-dong focus on selling traditional Korean goods like hanboks, Korean traditional tea, hangji (Korean traditional paper), pottery, are supplies and other crafts.

  • Ssamzigil – This 4 floor building on the main street of Insadong is filled with over 70 small peculiar shops, selling anything from clothes to hand-crafted soaps, porcelain, traditional crafts and snacks. On the top floor of the building you can find the Poop Café, which is getting increasingly more popular among Koreans and tourists.
    Check more info here. 
  • Tteuran Teahouse – Insadong is the place to be if you’re looking to have a traditional Korean tea in a hanok house. Tteuran Teahouse featured in the Korean-Japanese film ‘Coffé Seoul’.

TIP! The Alive Museum, The Kimchi Museum, and the Beautiful Tea Museum are three smaller museums located in Insadong.

6. Jongno Main Street

From Insadong start walking towards Gwangjang Market, Seoul’s oldest covered market. On you way you’ll pass by the up-and-coming area Ikseondong and the Jongmyo Shrine.

  • Ikseon-dong – Even though Ikseon-dong is one of the oldest areas in Seoul, it recently started to be popular among the younger generation. In the area, lots of unique cafes, restaurants, boutiques and craft shops have opened in the the last year.
    Check more info here. 
  • Jongmyo Shrine – This shrine dating back to the Joseon Dynasty used to be a place to worship for kings and members of the royal family. It is known as being the oldest ceremony carried out in the world. The shrine can only be visited with a guide, which is available once an hour.
    Check more info here. 
  • ★ Gwangjang Market – The oldest covered market in Seoul is the place to be to try some yummy Korean snacks and street food. Things the market is famous for is live octopus, mung bean pancake, Korean blood sausage and noodles. TIP! Visit the market with on a food tour, as you’ll be able to try lots of different local dishes and get background information on the dishes and the vendors.
Seoul Itinerary 2 Days: DMZ + JSA Tour

If you have 5 days in Seoul then going to the DMZ is a must! The DMZ area is located around 60 kilometers up north of Seoul and can only be accessed by booking a guided bus tour. No two tours are the same, so choose the tour based on you budget, sights included and reviews. Below is a list of the most important sights.

  • ★ Joint Security Area – The JSA is the closest point you can get to North Korea. At the JSA you’ll have a chance to set foot in North Korea and take pictures of the North Korean soldiers guarding the border. The area can only be accessed accompanied by the American Army. This can only be visited on the full day DMZ tour, which is a must take tour!
  • ★ Dora Observatory – At the observatory you can look into North Korea. On the observation deck are Binaculars (free) which can be used to see the villages and if you’re lucky, some people walking around.
  • Other sights which might be included in your tour (depends on the company): Dorasan Station, the Unification Village, Infiltration Tunnels and the Unification Bridge.

During a tour at the DMZ, you’ll have the opportunity to buy some original North Korean goods at some of the gift shops, like stamps, money, chocolate and alcohol.

Seoul Itinerary 3 Days: Explore The Hot Areas In Seoul

Enjoy the modern and bustling side of Seoul by visiting the DDP, Myeongdong, Hongdae and Itaewon.

1. DDP: The Dongdaemun Design Plaza

The DDP is a stunning piece of architecture, designed by the oh-so famous architect Zaha Hadid. It is an iconic building in the shopping district of Seoul and probably one of the most instagrammable places of the capital.

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There’s probably no better way to start a new day than with a delicious, single-origin cup of coffee. A lot of times we don’t have the time to get that special coffee, so we settle for a quick cup before heading to work. Instant coffee, it is well known all over the world. But in South Korea, the Korean instant coffee is taken to another level! Read on to learn more about the best Korean instant coffee brands!

In Korea you can walk into any business or company and find instant coffee sachets available. Korean instant coffee is also offered in almost any restaurant and in homes across the country. In train, bus or gas stations, convenience stores and even along the streets Korean coffee mix is sold from vending machines in small paper cups.

Most Koreans grew up with instant coffee, especially with the brand Maxim, which is known all over the country and even abroad for being one of the best Korean instant coffee brands.

History Of Instant Coffee In Korea

Coffee was introduced in Korea though the last king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Gojong. The King had to go into hiding at the Russian legation in Seoul while the Japanese army was invading Korea. At the Russian legation the King first learned to drink coffee in 1896.

After the Korean war, the coffee industry started to take off, with exclusive coffee shops opening all around the capital. This was a place for businessmen, students and artists to gather.

Dongsuh Foods was the company in Korea which introduced instant coffee to the country by selling mix sticks (coffee, sugar and cream) in 1976. This moved coffee from the expensive coffee shops to the homes and offices.

By the end of the 1990s, South Korea became the largest consumer of instant coffee in the world with approximately 75% of the Korean population was drinking instant coffee on a regular basis as it was very affordable and readily available.

How Is Instant Coffee Made?

When the coffee is first brewed, the water needs to be removed from the coffee extract. This can be done in three ways. First, the brewed coffee is spinned around in some kind of centrifuge, because of the forces, the heavy coffee powder is left behind. Second, the water is evaporated from the hot coffee. Third, water is removed from the coffee extract when it is frozen and turned to ice.

After the water is removed and the coffee extract has been concentrated. This must then be dried and turned into a powder form, which can be done by spray drying or freeze drying. Find more info here.

The Best Korean Instant Coffee Brands

South Korea is the country of instant mix coffee with its major brand being Maxim. But Maxim is not the only brand, listed below are the best Korean coffee packets brands.

1. Maxim Coffee

Maxim is the most famous Korean coffee brand in South Korea and around the world. They have different flavours available but the Maxim Mocha Gold Mild is by far the most popular one.

The Maxim Mocha Gold Mild is a well-balanced instant coffee which is super convenient to use. The packets are convenient to store and to open. It is great to take with you when going on a day trip or even for long travels.

Not only is the perfect instant hot coffee when just waking up, but it’s also great when prepared as an ice coffee.

The taste of the coffee isn’t too strong, but it’s light and smooth. It is the perfect balance between the coffee, cream and sugar.

Pro: The Korean Maxim coffee is Halal friendly!

Con: There is only one con, the packets are quite small, so you might want to use 2 packets for one cup of coffee.

Rating: 4,8/5

Price: Check prices here

Other Flavours: Apart from the Mocha Gold Mild, Maxim also sells the Maxim Original Korean Coffee, Cappuccino Hazelnut and special instant ice coffee.

2. Namyang Coffee

Namyang is a Korean food company which sells all kinds of products from bread to a wide range of beverages. Their most know product abroad is definitely the instant coffee and especially their Namyang French Coffee.

Namyang sells lots of different flavours with the most popular ones:

  • Cafe au lait
  • Cappuccion
  • Hazelnut
  • Mocha Choco
  • Caramel Macchiato

Pro: This Korean instant coffee is strong enough and contains very little sweeteners. The balance coffee, cream and sugar is just right!

Con: This brand gets left behind quite often when thinking about Korean coffee as Maxim is more known that Namyang.

Rating: 4,2/5

Price: Check prices here

Other Flavours: The green tea coffee latte is a must try for anyone who likes flavoured coffees.

3. Kanu Instant Coffee

The Kanu instant coffee is a more premium brand that the ones mentioned above. It is also owned by the same company as Maxim, but it is considered as a different brand/product.

Unlike the other instant coffees, the original Kanu coffee is pure black coffee without any cream or sweeteners.

Kanu has always special offers on with free mugs or tumblers included when buying their coffee packets. So make sure to browse around if you’re into collecting these.

Pro: It has a rich and dark flavour

Rating: 4,9/5

Price: Check prices here

Other Flavours: Depending on the season Kanu offers special seasonal blends, like the special spring blend. You can also find products like ice coffee or even decaffeinated instant coffee.

4. Lotte Coffee

The lotte instant coffee is not really considered as an instant coffee but as drip coffee. They sell ready made sachets that are more expensive than the other instant coffees. It is regarded as being a very premium coffee.

Only one flavour is available, namely the Blue Mountain blend which is a dark americano style coffee.

Pro: Great intense flavour, luxurious feel and premium packaging.

Con: Only for house or office use, quite hard to use when traveling.

Rating: 4,1/5

Price: Check prices here

Korean Coffee Instructions
How to make perfect Korean instant coffee (a.k.a. mix coffee 믹스커피) - YouTube
Bottom Line

Maxim is the most popular Korean instant coffee mix available on the market. Every Korean knows and drinks it, so if you want to experience instant coffee like a true Korean, Maxim coffee is the way to go. Want some special flavour to your coffee, like green tea, then go for the Namyang French coffee. Do you just want to prepare an easy and quick americano, then the best option in Kanu instant coffee. Having guests at your house of company and looking to impress with a fancy instant coffee, try the Lotte drip coffee.

Enjoyed this article about Korean mix coffee? Why not ! Have you tried any of these Korean coffee brands? Have any questions about the best Korean instant coffee brands? Other Korean coffee packets which should be added to the list? Let me know in the comment section below!

The post Best Korean Instant Coffee BrandsBuyer’s Guide and Reviews appeared first on Be Marie Korea.

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What are the best things to do in Busan? Where to stay in Busan? What is the best Busan city tour? What to eat in Busan? Looking for a Busan itinerary 2 days? Then read on!

Busan is the 3rd biggest city of South Korea and is a must visit when coming on a trip to the land of the morning calm. The city is known for its delicious sea food, stunning beaches, fish markets and relaxed coastal atmosphere. Below is the perfect 2 Days Busan Itinerary in this Busan travel blog post.

Things To Know Before Planning A Trip To Busan
  • Busan is located in the South of the country and is accessible by train, flight or bus from Seoul. Busan also has an international airport connected to other major airports in Asia.

  • The weather is Busan is similar to the rest of Korea, with four distinctive seasons. When visiting Busan make sure to dress appropiate for the season you’re visiting. Check what to wear in Korea here.

  • Don’t forget your travel adapter when visiting South Korea! Check more info on power outlets in Korea here.

  • Most of the Busan tourist attractions are easily accessible by public transport. The best way to navigate is by using the Kakao maps app or the Busan train map app. Busan City also runs a Hop On – Hop Off bus which passes by all the places to go in Busan, mentioned below. Check prices and info here.

  • Going on a Busan day trip from Seoul is possible but only by KTX. The best is to spend at least two days, preferably even more in this wonderful city.

Two Days In Busan: Day 1

You can easily spend a week or more in Busan, but 2 days is just enough to experience this vibrant city. Busan has lots to offer, from beaches, to temples, water sports and shopping facilities! Below you’ll find what to do in Busan in 2 days.

On your first day in Busan, focus on the historic center with the fish market, Busan tower, the book street, the cultural village and finish off with a night cruise.

컬러풀 부산 Colourful Busan, Korea - 드론 항공영상 Drone Aerial Footage - YouTube
1. Jagalchi Fish Market

The Jagalchi Market is Korea’s biggest seafood market which sells both live and dried fish. There are two parts to the market, the covered market inside the designated fish market building and the outside part with vendors in all side streets. Visitors can find all kinds of fish products including mackerel, sea squirts, whale meat and all sorts of dried sea weed.

Within the market are a bunch of restaurants which serve delicious fish dishes with fresh ingredients from the market, this is must go place for having a lunch or dinner. If you’re not sure what to see in Busan in 2 days, then this should be on the top of your list!

Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
More info: here

2. Lotte Department Store Sky Garden

The Lotte Department Store is located just next to Jagalchi Fish market and is the second biggest department store in Busan. In the main hall of Lotte is the largest indoor musical water fountain which is even featured in the Guiness Book of Records. Apart from being a great shopping complex with lots of entertainment facilities, the roof top deck is what makes this building extra special.

The rooftop offers great view over the whole city, the harbour and ocean. In the Sky Garden, you’ll find coffee shops, farm animals, sculptures and an observation deck.

Address: 772 Gaya-daero, Bujeon 2(i)-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:00
More info: here

3. Yongdusan Park & Busan Tower

Yongdusan is one of the three famous mountains in central Busan. From the top of the mountain the view is magnificent as it overlooks the sea. The view is extra special at night! At the top of the mountain stands Busan Tower, which is 120 meters high. The top of the tower is inspired by one of the Pagodas in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju.

The surrounding park is a hot spot for the citizens of Busan and tourists. Apart from Busan Tower there is the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, a flower clock, the Bell of Citizens and a statue bust of Baeksan An Hee-je.

Address: 37-55 Yongdusan-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
Opening Times: Busan Tower 10:30 – 20:00
More info: here

4. Bosu-dong Book Street

The Book Alley in Busan was created just after the independence of Korea from the Japanese as people started selling books which the Japanese left behind. Professors and students during those times came to the alley to purchase books which helped the book street grow and get established to what it is today.

Nowadays, because the rise of the big chain book stores, the Bosu-dong Book Street shifted its focus to more niche books and opening coffee shops in some of the stores, this helps to make up for the loss in profit.

Address: 8 Chaekbanggolmok-gil, Bosu-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
More info: here

5. Gamcheon Culture Village

The Gamcheon Culture Village is a small village built on the foothill of a mountain facing the harbour and ocean. The Culture Village is nicknamed the ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. Many of the buildings are painted in vibrant colours with lots of murals and sculptures placed all over the village.

Gamacheon is a residential area which is filled with coffee shops, galleries, snack vendors and souvenir shops. The best way to explore the village is by getting lost in the small side streets and alleys.

Address: 203 Gamnae 2(i)-ro, Gamcheon-dong, Saha-gu, Busan
More info: here

How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village

1. Go to Geojeong Station on Subway Line 1. At exit 6, take the bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to the Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
2. Take the subway to Toseong Station on Subway Line 1. At exit 1, take the bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

6. Songdo Cable Car

The Songdo Cable Car which originally launched in 1964 and reopened in 2017 being four times the distance as when it closed back in 1988. The journey starts in Songnim Park, going all the way to Amnam Park at the Observatory. Some of the cable cars even have a glass floor, which is only for the dare devils to try.

Address: 171 Songdohaebyeon-ro, Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan
Opening Times: Busan Tower 10:00 – 21:00
More info: here

7. Oryukdo Island & Oryukdo Skywalk

The Oryukdo Skywalk is located on the dividing point of the East and South Sea. The glass skywalk opened in 2013 and hangs over a 35 meter high coastal cliff. The skywalk reaches far over the cliff, so visitors can look down through the glass floor and enjoy the view of the waves. It is the perfect spot for impressive Instagram pictures.

Apart from the skywalk there is a 365 meter coastal promenade which gives visitors a complete view of Songdo Beach and the skywalk.

Oryukdo Island is located just of the coast of Busan and is created purely out of stones. The island is uninhabited and consists of a lighthouse and walking trails. Oryukdo is only accessible by ferry which leaves from the Mipo terminal at Haeundae Beach. The one hour long trip gives great views of Haeundae, Gwangalli and the Diamond Bridge.

Address Skywalk: 197 Yongho 2(i)-dong, Nam-gu, Busan
More info: here

8. Night Yacht Tour At Haeundae Beach

Taking a yacht tour in Busan is the perfect way to see the vibrant Busan by night. At Haeundae beach is a yacht boat club with many yacht tour companies running tours everyday. Each tour is around 1 hour long, but this can be customized if you are looking for a private tour.

Recommended yacht tours

  • Busan Diamond Bay Cruise – An affordable cruise company running day and moonlight tours. See Gwangan Bridge, Nurimari Island, Haeundae Beach and the beautiful modern Marine city. Check prices and info here.

  • Busan Haeundae Cruise – This one hour cruise runs both during the day and at night. The tour includes drinks and snacks for each passenger. Check prices and info here.

Busan Itinerary 2 Days: Day 2

On your second day in Busan, visit the most famous beach, a coastal temple and the the aquarium. If you have some time left, visit Gwangalli beach or Beomeosa Temple.

1. Haeundae Beach

The Haeundae Beach is Busan’s most famous beach. It is a white sand beach, around 1.5 kilometers long and lies around a shallow bay, which makes this the perfect beach for swimming in summer.

Around the beach are the most luxurious hotels and private guesthouses. These have stunning views looking over the bay! Haeundae is also famous for hosting all sorts of festivals throughout the year.

Address: Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
More info: here

2. Sea Life Busan Aquarium

The Sea Life aquarium in Busan has more than 250 different kinds of sealife including fish, algae, reptiles and amphibians. This 3-floor aquarium is one of the best in South Korea and is divided into specific themes. The highlight of the aquarium is the underwater tunnel, going through a huge tank filled with shark, sea turtles and sting ray!

Address: 266 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Jung-dong, Haeundae, Busan
More info: here
Discount Ticket: Get a 38% discount here

3. Haedong Yonggungsa

The Haedong Yonggunsa Temple is without a doubt one of the best Busan tourist spots. It is a rare kind of temple which you won’t find anywhere else in Korea. Yonggunsa is a stunning temple build along the Busan coast line. It was built back in 1376 by a Buddhist Teacher in the Goryeo Dynasty.

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What is the Seoul weather in October like? When is autumn in Korea? What to wear in autumn in Korea? What is it like to experience fall in South Korea?

South Korea is one of the best countries to experience the beautiful golden colours of autumn. Streets are transformed into beautiful sceneries filled with yellow and crimson autumn leaves. Each year thousands of tourists are flocking to Seoul and the rest of Korea to enjoy the joys of fall. Read on for the best things to do in autumn in Seoul in this Seoul autumn travel blog post.

Autumn Weather In Korea

During autumn, Korea experiences mild temperatures and little rainfall. The temperatures throughout autumn differ a lot from 15°C – 26°C in September, 7°C – 19°C in October and 0°C – 11°C in November. Check out this guide on what to wear in Korea in autumn. The Seoul weather will be slightly different than the rest of Korea as it’s more up north.

Autumn in South Korea starts mid September and finishes mid December.

Things To Do In Autumn In Seoul

Seoul is filled with parks and mountains which is great to see the autumn leaves in Seoul! Streets filled with red and golden leaves will make your holiday to South Korea extra special. Autumn is the best time to visit Korea, especially late September and October.

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

The palace was created in 1395 and was the first of five palaces in Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty. Unfortunately the palace was destroyed during the Imjin War, however all palaces were later restored in the early 1900s. The palace must definitely be on your list of places to visit in Seoul during autumn!

Within the palace is the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum which are both worth visiting.

Other palaces which can be enjoyed during autumn are Changdeokgung and the Secret Garden, Deoksu Palace, Changgyeonggung and Gyeonghuigung Palace.

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: 9:00 – 18:00, closed Tuesdays
Entrance Fee: 3000 krw (free entry with hanbok)

A great thing to do when going to Gyeongbokgung palace is renting a hanbok, so you can take some great autumn Instagram pictures. All the palaces are free to enter when wearing a traditional Korean outfit or hanbok. Check more prices and info here.

2. Samcheongdong Area

Samcheongdon is a vibrant and unique place between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. It is filled with awesome coffee shops, guesthouses, restaurants and boutiques. According to the Chinese Feng-Shui principles, this area is said to be in the perfect spot as it is surrounded by mountains and protected by a river.

During autumn this wonderful area transforms into an autumn wonderland as the streets are filled with trees which turn red and golden in October and November. This is a must go place is you are looking to enjoy the autumn foliage in Korea.

Address: To the right of Gyeongbokgung

3. Namsan Park And Seoul Tower

Namsan Mountain, located in the center of Seoul is an iconic landmark of Korea. The mountain can easily be hiked, which takes around an hour or can be reached by bus or cable cart. At the top, visitors can find Seoul Tower, the aquarium, Namsan Library and Palgakjeong.

There are multiple trails starting from all over Seoul with the most popular ones leaving from Namdaemun, Namsangol Village and Itaewon.

The view from Seoul Tower or Namsan mountain is magnificent and on a clear day you can see all the way to the West Sea. The best way to enjoy autumn foliage at Namsan tower is by hiking all the way up through the forest and have dinner in the rotating restaurant in Seoul Tower.

Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: 10:00 – 23:00
Entrance Fee: 10 000 krw (check foreigner discount tickets here)

4. Deoksu Palace Walls

The beautiful Deoksu Palace stone wall road is approximately 900 meters long. The road and wall were made using eco-friendly materials only and along the wall are over 20 benches and 130 trees which turn golden during the autumn season. In autumn especially this road has a unique atmosphere.

Things to visit along the Deoksu Palace wall are the Seoul Museum Of Art, Seoul Museum of History, a stunning Anglican Church, Seoul City Hall and Gwanghwamun Square.

Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: 0:00 – 21:00, closed on mondays
Entrance Fee: 2000 krw, free entry with hanbok

Deoksu is a stunning place if you’re looking to get some great pictures taken. You can easily book a photographer for your own personal photo shoot. Check more info and prices here.

5. Seoul Fortress Wall

The Fortress Walls around Seoul are 18,6 kilometers long and cross the Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan mountains. The wall was built in 1396 to protect Seoul against invaders but unfortunately parts of the walls disappeared over the years. Hiking along the wall is great all year around but in Autumn the foliage just makes it that extra special.

Check the map and trails of the Fortress Walls here or why not go on an tour with a guide? Check prices and info here.

6. Bukchon Hanok Village

The beautiful Hanok Bukchon Village is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Samcheongdong. It is home to over hundreds of traditional hanok houses and used to be a noble men village during the Joseon Dynasty. Many of the Hanok buildings have been restored and turned into cultural centers, coffee shops, galleries, restaurants and guesthouses.

From some parts in Bukchon Village you’ll have stunning views over Samcheongdong and Namsan Tower.

Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37
Entrance Fee: free

7. Garosu-gil Shopping District

The famous area, Garosu-gil, is located in the Gangnam area. Garosugil literally translates to road filled with trees, which couldn’t be more true as this famous shopping district is filled with ginkgo trees. A cool cafe and shop to visit in Garosu-gil is the Line Friends Cafe and Store.

Address: 34 Gangnam-daero 128-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

8. Hangang Citizen Park

The Hangang Park is the people’s park located along the Han River. It was created in the 1980s and is a huge area that is totally dedicated to the citizens of Seoul. It is a great way for sports, like jogging, cycling, tennis, football, basketball, swimming and relaxing. The best things to do along the Han River in autumn are taking a river cruise, visiting one of the parks along the river and cycling.

9. Cheongyecheon Stream

Until only recently Cheonggyecheon Stream was just a neglected waterway which has been turned into this beautiful oasis of beauty and calmness. The stream runs all the way from Gwanghwamun to Dongdaemun to then later join the han river.

Along the river are an abundance of plants and trees which make you feel like being in the country side instead of being inside a mega city.

Address: Cheonggyecheon-ro, Sinseol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Things To Do Outside Seoul 1. Nami Island In Autumn

Going to Nami Island, Petit France and the Garden Of The Morning Calm in Gapyeong is the perfect place to go on a day trip from Seoul during autumn. The rows of pine and maple trees on the island turn red and paints the whole area in a sea of red and yellow. The best time to visit Nami Island in Autumn is late October and early November.

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2. Goyang Lake Park

The Goyang Lake Park houses the yearly spring and autumn flower festival, which showcases some of the most stunning flower creations the world has to offer. During spring you can see the beautiful cherry blossoms along the lake and during autumn the golden foliage.

Things To Eat During Autumn In Korea

With the summer finally ending it’s time to try some of the delicious Korean food autumn has to offer. Most of these can be found in any traditional market in Seoul and the rest of Korea.

1. What To Eat In September In Korea

During September chestnuts are really popular and chestnut dishes can be found all over the country. Rice cakes filled with chestnuts and roasted chestnuts are popular things to try. Citrons and pears are in season during September and are especially used for tea. If you are looking to try something alcoholic then Chrysanthemum wine is a must try in September.

2. What To Eat In October In Korea

Rice cakes are the thing to eat in October, especially because this is the Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving season. You’ll find things like beans, vegetables, chrysanthemums, radishes in the rice cakes as it symbolizes the end of the harvest season.

The blue crab, jumbo shrimp and gizzard shad are popular sea foods which are mainly available during autumn.

Chuseok is a mid autumn festival in Korea where Korean families gather and celebrate the end of a good harvest. Be aware that roads and trains will be very busy during those days, so make sure to book your train or bus tickets up to 1 month in advance.

3. What To Eat In November In Korea

Red bean porridge or Patjuk is a must eat in November. It is mostly served hot and is the perfect thing to try when the temperatures start to cool down. Sujeonggwa, which is a Korean cinnamon punch is a must try drink. Ingredients like dried persimmons, ginger, jujubes and pine nuts are added for the extra flavour.

4. Pumpkin Spice Lattes In Seoul

The pumpkin spice latte is a seasonal drink which is very popular in Korea during autumn. It is not that widely available in most coffee shops yet, but is getting increasingly more popular over the years.

Fat Cat Bistro and Sweet Eats in Itaewon are two coffee shops that serve amazing spice lattes in October and September.

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Itaewon in Seoul is the hot spot for foreigners. When walking around you won’t have the feeling of being in Korea as the bustling streets are filled with foreign food restaurants, foreigner bars, foreign markets, etc. Read on to find out the best things to do in Itaewon in this monster Itaewon blog post!

What To Do In Itaewon 1. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is a private art museum located in the Itaewon district. The museum is run by the Samsung Foundation of Culture and has two main sections. The first one is focused completely towards traditional Korean art which includes pottery, calligraphy, traditional paintings and jewelry. The second building is based on the contemporary art, featuring both Korean and international artists.

The two sections of the museum have been designed by different architects: section one is by Mario Botta and Section two by Jean Nouvel. Rem Koolhaas created the Samsung Child Education & Culture Center which is only accessible on specific occasions or events. This is a great museum if you’re looking for that perfect Instagram picture.

Address: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 18:00
Entrance Fee: 10 000 krw
More info:
Here

2. The Itaewon Mosque

The Itaewon Mosque was constructed in the early 1900’s and is the first and biggest mosque in South Korea. It is accessible to the public but you will need to cover your shoulders and knees. Friday is a special day so around lunch time the mosque will get incredibly busy.

The mosque is located in Usandan-ro, a street that is also known as the Muslim street of Seoul. The street is filled with middle eastern super markets, halal restaurants and Muslim accommodations. It also has some unique coffee shops and book shops which attract young Koreans.

Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
More info: Here

3. Itaewon Antique Street

This is the place to go if you are looking for a unique shopping experience. The street is packed with small antique shops selling all sorts of Asian and European antiques.

The history of the street dates back to the 1960s, when the US soldiers based in Korea would sell their furniture and belongings before returning back to America.

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Address: Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
More info: Here

4. The Hamilton Rooftop Swimming Pool

The Hamilton Rooftop Swimming Pool is one of Itaewon’s best kept secrets. During weekends in summer it’s a place for partying and sunbathing but in early mornings and weekdays you can go for a good swim.

Address: 179 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Entrance Fee: 15 000 – 20 000 krw, free for hotel guests
Opening Times: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
More info: Here

5. War Museum Of Korea

Technically this is not part of Itaewon, but as it lies just on the edge and is a must go when in Seoul it was added to this guide on what to see in Itaewon.

The museum opened in 1994 and exhibits materials related to the Korean War. There are more than 33 000 items of all sizes on display indoor and outdoor. Each exhibition hall has it’s own theme: Memorial Hall, War History, Korean War, Expeditionary Forces, ROK Armed Forces, Big Equipment and the outside exhibition area.

Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 09:30 – 18:00
More info: Here

6. Hike To Namsan Tower

From Hangangjin Station Exit 1 there is a hiking trail leading up to Namsan Mountain. The first part of the trail leads to the Grand Hyatt. This part mostly exists out of wooden stairs and gives a great view overlooking Itaewon-dong, Hannam-dong and you can even see as far as the Hangang River and Gangnam.

From the Hyatt you can enter the Namsan Park which has multiple trails going all the way up to the tower.

7. Itaewon Land Spa & Guesthouse

Itaewon Land is a giant Korean spa or Jjimjilbang. Visitors can enjoy a traditional sauna, the red clay room, flat stone room, salt room, common sleeping rooms and traditional jjimjilbang food. The water used in the baths is some of the best water of Korea, taken from more than 500 meters underground.

Visitors can just stay for a couple of hours or even spend the night in one of the guestrooms.

Address: 34, Usadan-ro 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 140-895 Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
More Info & Tickets: Jjimjilbang

Best Restaurants In Itaewon Seoul

The Itaewon area is filled with restaurants, mainly non-Korean food. You’ll find anything from Mexican, Jordan, Thai to vegan or vegetarian food. Most of these restaurants also do delivery through Shuttle, which is great if you don’t feel like eating out.

1. Foreign Food Restaurants In Itaewon BUDDHA’S BELLY

Buddha’s Belly serves yummy Thai food. There is a wide range of options to choose from including all sorts of curries, noodle dishes, fried rice dishes, soups and meat/seafood dishes. They also serve amazing cocktails for a reasonable price.

Address: 48 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
Opening Times: Daily 11:30 – 01:00
More info: Here

COREANOS KITCHEN ITAEWON

Coreanos Kitchen has 5 different restaurants all over Seoul. This one in Itaewon is located next to Buddha’s Belly. The food served is a kind of Mexican fusion with a Korean flavour. This restaurant is very famous among Koreans.

Address: 46 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
Opening Times: Daily 12:00 – 23:00
More info: Here

ON THE BORDER ITAEWON

On The Border on the main street in Itaewon has a wide range of Tex-Mex style dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taquitos and guacamole. They also offer a great cocktails and virgin mojito’s. Whenever you go here you get served unlimited nachos and salsa.

Address: Seoul, Yongsan-gu, 737-37 한남동
Price: $$
Opening Times: Daily 11:30 – 22:30
More info: Here

2. Halal Restaurants In Itaewon

In Itaewon you’ll find loads of Halal restaurants and supermarkets as the Usandan-ro is the Muslim street of Korea. Nowadays Korea is improving services to accommodate Muslim tourists by creating prayer halls, Halal certified restaurants, etc. Some of the restaurants below are also part of a ‘Halal’ package tour of Seoul. Check more info here.

PETRA PALACE ITAEWON

Petra Palace is a restaurant located between Noksapyeong Station and Itaewon which serves fresh and authentic Middle Eastern food, mainly focused on dishes from Jordan. All dishes are prepared with ingredients and spices imported from the Middle East and the chefs are expats from a Middle Eastern country.

Address: 124-4 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
Opening Times: Daily 12:00 – 21:30
More info: Here

EID KOREAN HALAL RESTAURANT

Eid in Itaewon is one of the only Halal certified Korean restaurants you will find in Seoul and in Korea. The restaurant is run by a Korean Muslim family so it is rather authentic. You’ll find things on the menu like samgyetang and bulgogi which are traditional Korean dishes.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.30 AM to 9.00 PM. Closed on Mondays
Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
More info: Here

KERVAN TURKISH RESTAURANT

The restaurant offers traditional Turkish kebab and other traditional dishes. It is one of the few certified Halal restaurants in Korea. During lunch hours there’s a special offer which is a set menu for 9900 won, this includes a main dish, bread basket, salad, soup of the day and Turkish tea.

Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 AM to 11 PM 
Address: 
127-3 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
More info: Here

3. Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants In Itaewon PLANT CAFE ITAEWON

PLANT is a 100% plant-based vegan restaurant and bakery in Itaewon. They serve mostly western dishes like veggie burgers, wraps, fries, salads and sandwiched. PLANT also serves vegan cakes, kombucha, brownies and smoothies. If you’re gluten-free you can buy gluten-free cakes or bread in this shop.  This is one of the best bakeries in Itaewon.

Address: 63-15, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Price: $$
Opening Times: Daily 11:00 – 20:00
More info: Here

HUGGERS

Huggers is located in the residential part of Itaewon, just behind the Cheil buiding. It is a small minimalist restaurant which serves the best vegan burgers you can find in Seoul. The burgers cost around 10 000 won each and are quite big and filling for that price.

The best part of the restaurant is the cat! A super cute black and white restaurant cat who doesn’t mind cuddles.

Address: 8 Yongsandong 4(sa)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: Friday to Sunday 11:00 – 22:30
Price: $$
More info: Here

4. Korean Restaurants In Itaewon MAPLE TREE HOUSE ITAEWON

Maple Tree House first started as a small BBQ restaurant in Samchondong and has since then opened 3 different branches across Seoul. What makes this BBQ restaurant special is the use of premium, high quality meat. They serve Hanu Deungsim, Yangnyeom-galbi Kkotsal, Danpung Bulgogi, Usamgyeop and even Jeju black pork, French Rack Lamb and USDA Prime Ribeye.

Address: 26 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: Daily 11:00 – 22:30 (friday & saturday till 0:00)
Price: $$
More info: Here

Best Bars In Itaewon 1. Itaewon bars SOUR PONGDANG

This is the first bar in Asia to specialize in sours and it has a special place in the Korean craft beer scene. They serve 10 kinds of drafts and have more than 80 types of imported bottles. You’ll also find a selection of special domestic beers like the ‘Jeju Island Tangerine Gose’ and the ‘Seouliner Weisse’.

Address: 6 Noksapyeong-daero 54-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 18:00 – 0:00

PYRUS TAPROOM

Another must visit bar in the craft beer scene is the Pyrus Taproom. What’s special about this place is the seasonal craft beers, with different beer for each season. This is not only a bar but also a bistro as they serve pizza’s and pasta dishes.

Address: 용산구 이태원동 34-14
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 17:00 – 0:00

2. Seoul Nightlife Itaewon

Itaewon, Hongdae and Gangnam are the major clubbing scenes in Seoul. Each area is focused on a different kind of public, with Itaewon being mainly for foreigners living or travelling in Seoul. Below you’ll find some of the best clubs for experiencing Itaewon at night.

Looking for a night out at a great deal? Then join one of these Pub Crawls, which gives you access to 3 bars (+drinks) and up to 10 clubs for only 25 000 krw. Check more info here.

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Looking for the best kalguksu in Seoul? Want to try the most famous Korean noodle dish? Looking for a Michelin guide restaurant? Then you came to the right address!

Everywhere in the world people enjoy eating noodle dishes. Pasta in Italy, ramen in Japan and rice noodles in Vietnam. There are so many different types of noodle dishes in the world. But why do people like noodles? First of all, usually noodles are served quick. In a restaurant it doesn’t take too long to prepare and at home it is easy to cook. When travelling abroad there is no risk in trying a noodle dish.

Like the other Asian countries, Koreans love to eat noodles with soup. Kal guk su (which literally translates to “knife noodles”) is the one of the most famous Korean noodle dishes which is served with a soup. All dishes consist of handmade knife cut wheat flour noodles in a broth and other ingredients. Both broth and ingredients are different in each region of Korea. Read on to find out more about Korean Kalguksu noodles in Seoul.

What is “Korean knife noodles”?

The first record of Korean knife noodles was found in documents of the Goryeo era (AD 918 – 1392). At that time it was only served on special occasions. This is because wheat flour was too expensive at that time to cook often. Most of wheat flour was imported from China. In the Joseon era (AD 1392 – 1910) only the Joseon aristocrats enjoyed eating this dish. Andong city is well known for being an aristocratic city so in this city the knife noodles are still served using the same recipe as in the Joseon Dynasty. This is where you find some of the best Korean noodles.

There are many different kinds of broth which can be used in Kalguksu. In Seoul and Andong they use bone marrow to make the broth which makes the taste more savory and it is also slightly more expensive than the other soups. For the Gyeonggi-do province chicken is the main ingredient of the broth. Busan and the Gyeongsang-namdo province uses dried anchovy. This is a very common broth widely used nowadays. In Jeolla-do province it is short-necked clam and during winter they use a simmered red bean soup.

Best Kalguksu In Seoul

Nowadays people can get wheat flour much easier than before so you will definitely see a lot of Korean handmade noodles (Kalguksu) restaurants in Korea. Koreans absolutely love this food, so you can even find 24 hours restaurants which serve this food. Over the years the restaurants have come up with new knife noodle recipes: cold knife noodles for summer, kimchi kalguksu, knife noodles with spicy soup, knife noodle with dumpling soup and the like. Since Seoul and the surrounding sub cities became the greater Seoul there is a chance to taste these different kinds of regional knife noodle dishes. Below you can see our recommended for the best kalguksu in Seoul.

1. Korean knife noodle alley in Namdaemun (남대문칼국수골목)

Namdaemun market is the one of the most famous traditional markets in Seoul. It is quite hard to find this hidden alley as the whole market is so big and crowded. The easiest way to get in is by entering the market at Hoehyeon Station Exit 5. The alley is right next to the accessory street.

In the Kalguksu alley there are several different restaurants all serving the same menu. Unfortunately there is no English explanation on the menu. So just ask for Kalguksu. Once you’ve ordered the knife noodles they start by hand cutting the dough. It is an interesting experience as you can see how they prepare your dish. Like a course menu they also serve some side dishes and small portion of spicy cold noodles before you get your noodles. If you’re still hungry you can always ask them to add extra noodles which is free of charge. They use dried anchovy for the broth.

Most of the time the alley is packed so it might be tough to eat here. But it is definitely a special experience which is a must when in Korea. Another dish that is great is the bibimbap.

Consider visiting Namdaemun market on a food tour as it is a great way to discover different kinds of Korean dishes.

Noodle Alley, Namdaemun, Seoul, Korea - YouTube

Address: 42-1, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Price: 5500 krw
Opening times: 06:00 – 21:00

2. Kalguksu Myeongdong Kyoja (명동교자)

Kalguksu Myeongdong Kyoja is located in the main street of Myeongdong and have been in business for about 40 years. They own a second restaurant in the same area and it is one of Michelin guide restaurants in Seoul. They cook their knife noodles using a chicken broth. On top of the soup there are four handmade dumplings and grilled ground pork with soy sauce and sesame oil. Those two ingredients give the soup a much richer and savory flavour. Together with the kalguksu they serve an extremely spicy kimchi and a small bowl of rice that can be refilled (for free). We highly recommend to order a portion of steamed dumpling as a side dish. The steamed dumplings are filled with sow meat (mother pig) and vegetables wrapped in thin dough. Make sure to go and try this Myeongdong kalguksu!

Address: 29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Price: 8000 krw
Opening times: 10:30 AM – 21:30 PM
More info: here

3. Chanyangjip (찬양집)

Whenever you pass this restaurant you’ll see old ladies showing off their handmade noodle cutting skills. Since the early 1970’s this restaurant has attracted many customers with their Haemul Kalguksu (seafood knife cut noodles) and became a Michelin Guide restaurant in Seoul. The smell from the heated pots will definitely make you hungry and the soup is based on dried anchovy with mussels, clams and shrimps. When looking at the restaurant you will definitely see a trace of the past years. If you are looking to try Korean clam noodle soup this is the place to be.

Address: 5, Donhwamun-ro 11da-gil, Jongno gu, Seoul
Price: 6000 krw
Opening times: 10:00 – 21:00
More info: here

4. Hwangsaengga Kalguksu (황생가칼국수)

This restaurant was formerly called “Bukchon Kalguksu” and is one of the most popular restaurants in Bukchon village. Hwangsaengga Kalguksu is also a Michelin Guide restaurants in Korea. Because of the location there will always be a crowd waiting in front of the restaurant.

The broth is made from ox bone marrow so the taste is rather similar with gomtang. This makes the price slightly more expensive than other knife cut noodles. Another specialty is their homemade “Wang mandu (size-up dumplings)”. When entering the restaurant you will see the workers preparing them.

Address: 78, Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price: 9000 krw
Opening times: 11:00 – 21:30
More info: here

5. Hyehwa Kalguksu (혜화칼국수)

This restaurant has been serving Andong style knife noodles for more than 30 years. They use a bone marrow broth and add beef brisket which is simmered for 24 hours. The soup is much thicker than the knife cut noodles in Hwangsaengga Kalguksu. This restaurant is also famous for its fried cod. Seven pieces of the fried cod is quite pricey but it is great as a dinner together with Korean rice wine.

Address: 13, Changgyeonggung-ro 35-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price: 9000 won
Opening times: 11:00 – 22:00
More info: here

Like this post about Korean noodle restaurants in Seoul? Why not ? Have you tried any of these knife cut noodle restaurants? Have questions the best kalguksu in Seoul? Do you know of Korean kalguksu restaurants which should be added to this list? Let me know in the comment section below.

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We all know those moments when we are worn out from a hard day of work and have no energy left to cook or go to the market. Luckily we live in an era of modern technology where placing a food order online couldn’t be easier, simple and faster. Read on to learn more about food delivery in Seoul and how to order delivery in Korea!

Food Delivery In Seoul

When you want to order food delivery in Seoul you will have a wide variety of restaurants and services to choose from. Shuttle Seoul and Uber Eats are only available to use in Seoul, while Yogiyo and Baedal Minjok are also available in the rest of the country.

1. Shuttle Delivery In Seoul

If you are looking to get food delivery in Seoul, Shuttle is the easiest and most straightforward option. The website and app come in English, so no need to know Korean when ordering food online. All the staff at Shuttle are fluent in English, so if ever any problems arise with your order you’ll receive a phone call from an English speaking staff memeber.

All sorts of food, like burgers, Italian, Korean, Mexican, fried chicken, Middle Eastern, Indian, vegetarian and vegan, halal, desserts and even groceries are available for delivery.

Shuttle Delivery Seoul Details

Minimum food order starts around 7000 krw, depending on the restaurant. The delivery fee starts around 2000 krw, but gets more expensive the further away you are from the restaurant you are ordering from.

Even though Shuttle is mainly focussed in Seoul, there are a few restaurants located in Busan and Daegu which also sell through Shuttle.

Sign up here to get a 4000 krw Shuttle discount on your first order.

Recommended Restaurants On Shuttle

Seoul Fried Chicken Delivery – Shuttle has quite a few fried chicken restaurants on board which offer delivery service. Like Kyedong Chicken, Hosigi Chicken and Hangang Chicken & Beer

Seoul Taco Delivery – There are 10 Mexican restaurants available on Shuttle. The best ones to order tacos (or any kind of Mexican food) from are El Pino 323, Coreanos Kitchen and On The Border.

Seoul Pizza Delivery – There are 26 restaurants that sell pizza through Shuttle. From high quality restaurants to the regular pizza delivery shop. Make sure to try out Trevia, Vera Pizza and Luigi’s.

2. Uber Eats

Uber Eats Seoul is one of the newest delivery services in Korea. It has more than 200 restaurants signed up in Seoul alone. The delivery fee is a flat rate of 3500 krw which is added to the booking. The service works in a similar way as the ride-sharing Uber app. When you place an order from a restaurant, Uber Eats calls a nearby delivery partner to deliver the food to your home. Currently Uber Eats Seoul only works on the mobile app.

Food Delivery In Korea

Yogiyo and Baedal Minjok are the two biggest platforms to order food from outside Seoul. They are a little bit more complicated to use than Shuttle or Uber Eats as you do need to know some Korean to get your order placed.

1. Yogiyo Delivery In Korea

The Yogiyo website and app are only in Korean but there is a wider variety of restaurants to order from outside Seoul. The problem with Yogiyo is that the whole ordering process is more complicated than with Shuttle.

How To Order On Yogiyo

When using the website or app you’ll have to start by typing in your location (in Korean), it doesn’t need to be the exact street location, just the area will do. Or you can press the GPS icon next to the search bar. This will automatically find your locations but more often than not, this doesn’t seem to work.

Next, the app will load the restaurants which are able to deliver to your area. Now you can start your search for food with the help of pictures.

Usefull Korean words to know are:
한식 (Korean food)
양식 (Western food)
치킨 (chicken)

Once you decided on the restaurant and food, simply click on the items to add them to your basket. When all items are added click 주문하기 (order).

Now the scary part starts: filling in all your details in Korean.

Section 1: 배달정보

In the first box you’ll have to fill in your exact address in Korean. If you don’t know your address, you can find it written in Korean on the back of your ARC card or on one of your electricity or gas bills. In the next box your phone number goes. Next is any comments to the restaurant or delivery guy.

Section 2: 결제수단 선택

Here you’ll have to choose if you want to pay upon receiving your food with card or cash. No need to fill in your card details here. The delivery guy has a card machine on him.

Select whether you would like to pay by card (신용카드) or by cash (현금결제).

Before being able to place your order, you’ll have to accept the terms and conditions. Next to each box you’ll see 필수 (mandatory) or 선택(optional).

Now hit the big red button to complete your order. You will receive a confirmation text, which will tell you how long your order will take. Sometimes you’ll receive a phone call from the delivery guy, be aware this will be in Korean only.

2. Baedal Minjok

Baedal Minjok is quite similar to Yogiyo, but is only available on the app. Even though Baedal Minjok is a bit easier to work with than Yogiyo ( especially when you don’t know Korean) the payment process is more complicated as it has more steps involved than Yogiyo. You need to fill in more info and the option to pay with cash is not available. What’s nice about Baedal is that they use cute food illustrations instead of real pictures.

3. Ordering Food In Korean On The Phone

There are multiple restaurants in Korea that have their own delivery service, most of the time these are chains or fast food restaurants.

McDonalds Delivery Korea: you can have McDonalds delivered to your house if you live reasonably close to one. The number you should call is 1600-5252 or you can place an order online/on the app. Most of the employees speak English, so no need to know Korean when ordering from McDonalds. McDonalds offers 24 hours delivery food!

Pizza Hut Delivery: The number to call when ordering from Pizza Hut is 1588-5588 or online. Not all Pizza Hut employees know English, so it’s probably easier to place your order on the website.

KFC Delivery Korea: KFC also offers delivery service for people living relatively close to a store. The number to call is 1599-8495 but it’s always easier to order online.

Another option is to order delivery from a Korean restaurant on one of the pamphlets you received in your letter box. You’ll definitely have to know Korean for this as most restaurant owners do not speak English. Check out this video below on how to order food by phone.

Korean Food Delivery - YouTube
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What should I be packing for Korea? What to wear in winter in Korea? How much to bring to Korea? What is the perfect autumn wear in Korea? Are you also struggling to decide what to bring on your Korea trip? Read on to find a Korea packing lists break down season by season!

Things To Pack For A Trip To Korea Regardless Of The Season 1. Travel Essensials
  • Passport: Make sure your passport has at least six months validity and one empty page left.
  • Visa: Most nationalities can enter South Korea without having to get a tourist visa in advance, but it’s best to double check in advance. Check visa requirements here
  • Flight tickets: When coming to Korea, you need to have a return/leaving flight otherwise you won’t be accepted onto the flight. It is also useful to have a paper copy to show to the airport staff. If you are still looking for flights to Korea, Skyscanner is a good place to start your research.
  • Hotel reservations: upon arrival in Korea you’ll be asked to fill in your first night’s hotel address on the landing card at immigration. Make sure you have a booking for the first night and having a paper printout is useful to refer to. Best place to start looking for hotels is Booking.com.
  • Travel insurance is vital for Korea and indeed anywhere in the world. Korean health care is excellent but can get expensive. You also want to insure your luggage and flights in case there are damages or delays.
  • Credit Cards and Debit Cards: Visa and MasterCard are accepted everywhere in Korea. Make sure to check with your bank if your card can be used abroad.
  • Korea Rail Pass: If you’re intending to travel around the country by train having a rail pass is very useful and will save you some money. You need to order it online, at least 3 days before your first train ride. Check more info here.
2. Electronics
  • Wifi and SIM Card access: it is easy to rent a portable WiFi device upon arrival at the airport. Even though there is free WiFi in most shops and restaurants it is convenient to just have your own. Check more info on WiFi devices here.
  • Cell phone: if you are planning on making phone calls or texting make sure your phone is unlocked but beware using your phone abroad can cost a lot! Don’t forget the charger and charger cable.
  • Electric converters and adapters: Korea uses the European style plug. Make sure to bring the right travel adapter to charge all your devices. Check the Korea travel converter guide here.
  • Camera: Don’t forget your camera, SD cards, and batteries. Korea is very photo genetic, so if you’re planning on taking pictures with your phone only, consider one of these clip on lenses.
  • Power bank: If you will be using your phone a lot to take pictures or for using a navigation app your battery might die quickly. Make sure to bring a power bank for your phone, camera, tablet, etc. Power banks can only be carried in hand luggage on the airplane.
3. Other Items To Bring
  • Maps: Google Maps is not that accurate in Korea, so make sure to download Kakao Maps, Naver Maps and the Seoul Subway app. Looking for a hardcopy map? The Periplus or Lonely Planet Maps are the best ones when it comes to Korea and Seoul.
  • Guidebook: Having a real guidebook can be useful when visiting Korea. My recommendation are Lonely Planet Korea or Insight Guides.
  • Padlock: if you’re planning on staying in a hostel make sure to bring a padlock which you can use to store your stuff away in the hostel lockers. Check out this padlock that will fit on any locker
  • Medication: bring any special medication you require.

Important Note Regarding Bring Your Own Medicines Into Korea

Please note that Korean customs can be very strict regarding the importation of some relatively common drugs. They can also be strict regarding medical equipment like syringes. If you have any doubts, refer to the following links:

What To Wear In Winter In Korea

Winters in Korea can get pretty cold with temperatures going down to approximately -20°C in the mountain areas. When planning a winter break, a ski trip or some winter fun in Korea make sure to pack with layers. The winds can get pretty strong in Korea making the air feel even colder.

1. Weather In Korea In Winter

The winters in Korea are generally cold and dry. In the north part of the country you’ll get lots of snow, especially in the mountain and ski areas. The temperatures can drop lower than 20°C and this starts around end of December all through to the beginning of February. Winter also has a lot of sunny days with blue skies which makes it great for getting that perfect Instagram shot.

Mandarin Oranges from Jeju Island are a typical winter fruit.

Great places to visit during winter are Vivaldi Ski Resort, Jjimjilbangs and the Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival.

2. Basic Packing For Korea In Winter
  • Ski jacket or very warm jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Jeans or long thick trousers (even consider long johns)
  • Woolen or thick socks ( try to avoid cotton)
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Hat, gloves, scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & lip balm to protect your skin against the sun and cold temperatures.
  • Hot Packs: hot packs are the perfect way to keep your hands and feet warm in winter. You can buy them in any convenience store in Korea or buy them in bulk. Check out the perfect hot packs for hands and feet. My recommendation goes out to HotHands Hot Packs. Check more info here.
What To Wear In Spring In Korea

Spring is one of the most popular times a year to visit Korea as the cherry blossoms are just stunning. Spring is a bit of a transition season. Start of spring still gets pretty cold but towards the end the temperatures start to rise and the weather is rather enjoyable. Make sure to pack layers but be prepared for hot weather too.

1. Weather In Korea In Spring

The spring season starts out cold and wet but gradually the weather improves and warms up. By the end of March, beginning of April the cherry blossoms start to appear. Other beautiful flowers that are blooming during this season are the magnolia and various trees.

Strawberries and Korean yellow melons are very delicious during the spring season.

Unfortunately yellow dust from China and Mongolia also makes it way to South Korea during spring. Make sure to wear a face mask when visiting Korea during this period.

Great places to visit during spring are the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Daegu and one of Seoul’s covered markets on a food tour.

2. Basic Spring Wear In Korea
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Light jacket
  • Light sweater for the colder days
  • Long trousers or jeans
  • Sneakers or closed shoes
  • Face mask for the yellow dust season. Check K rated dust masks here.

Other things to note:

If you are prone to allergies and you are visiting Korea during the cherry blossom season make sure to bring hay fever or allergy medication.

What To Wear In Summer In Korea

Summer in Korea, especially during July and August, can get pretty hot with temperatures going up to 40°C. Add to this the extreme humidity and the rain season. Make sure to pack light, protect yourself from the sun and don’t forget an umbrella.

1. Weather In Korea In Summer

Summer in South Korea gets relatively hot and humid. The monsoon rains last around 2 weeks starting at the end of June till mid July. Especially in Seoul this means non stop rain. Try to avoid visiting Korea during this period. Summer temperatures can go up to 38°C so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun by wearing hats/sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated.

Watermelon, juicy peaches, samgyetang and cold noodles are typical things to eat during the extreme summers in Korea.

Top places to go during summer are a Hangang river cruise or summer festival like Boryeong Mud Festival.

2. What To Bring To Korea In Summer
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Insect repellent: mosquito repellent is a must bring during summer! Check out the most effective roll on repellents here.
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts, skirts, thin fabric pants
  • Electric Fan: these are very popular in Korea and can be bought literally everywhere.
  • Swimsuit: if you are planning on going to the beach or swimming pool
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Light sweater

Other things to note:

In most restaurants, shops, subways the air conditioning is blasting cold (18°C) wind into the room. This means that public spaces can be pretty cold compared to the temperatures outside. Make sure to bring a light sweater to protect yourself against the aircon wind.

As the air in Korea is very humid you’ll be sweating constantly. Make sure to bring a small towel or handkerchief to wipe the sweat of your head and arms.

Koreans do not wear bathing suits or bikinis like westerners do. They wear long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect their body. Be aware of this as you will get stared at when walking around the pool or at the beach when in a bikini.

What To Wear During Autumn In Korea

The days will start to get colder, so you’ll need to pack some warmer clothes. If visiting during this time of year, you’ll be rewarded with smaller crowds and gold and red fall leaves. The best months to visit are September and October as the temperatures are enjoyable and mild.

1. Weather In Korea During Autumn

The weather is much cooler and dryer than during the summer months. It is still pleasantly warm and sunny during September and October, in November it starts to cool down a lot. Fall is when the leaves start to change colour, harvest begins and Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, is celebrated. Another special autumn day is Kimjang, where the family gets together to prepare kimchi for the rest of the year.

The typical fruits during this season are sweet apples, Korean pears, huge purple grapes, roated chestnuts and Korean gingko nuts.

Best places to visit during autumn are Gyeongju, Seoul, Andong Hahoe Village and the beaches as the sea water is still warm from summer.

2. What To Wear In Korea During Autumn
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve tops
  • Light Jacket
  • Warm sweater
  • Scarf & hat
  • Jeans
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Warm socks

Other things to note:

Depending on which part of the season you visit, you may want to change some of the items above. If traveling in September or early October, you likely won’t need hats or scarves. However, this is a personal choice and as always pack for you and what you need! And if you’re not sure – it’s very easy to go shopping in Korea!

Packing Tips

For more in depth packing lists check out this awesome book by lonely planet. Check prices here

Travel Packing Tips | How to Pack a Carry-On + Packing Checklist Download - YouTube

So there you have it – and all seasons Korea packing list! Preparing your trip can be complicated and stressful without having to deal with packing. Don’t forget, Korea and especially Seoul and Busan are the cities of shopping, so if you forget something you can definitely buy it upon arrival.

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Beef broth is a Korean classic comfort food which is mainly enjoyed by the local people. Your point of view of Korean food will totally change after trying this yummy dish! Trying beef broth will also help you to better understand the past and recent times in Seoul.

“Beef Broth Restaurants” is the first article in a series of Korean classic comfort food. Read on to find out more about the best beef broth Korean restaurants in Seoul.

What Is Korean Beef Broth?

Most Koreans have nice memories of homemade beef broth dating back to their childhood. Whenever Korean kids were sick their mother would prepare this fresh soup and serve this to the children. Or when parents were away for the day they would leave a batch of soup for their children. At that time, most of the kids got bored of having this food. However after growing up and leaving the nest, Koreans would start to miss this comfort food.

It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare beef broth at home. So you will find a lot of beef broth restaurants in every city around Korea. There are two different types of Korean beef broth, namely Gomtang and Seolleongtang. These two soups taste so similar that people sometimes get confused. Below you can find the explanation about these two famous Korean soups.

1. What Is Gomtang?

Gomtang (곰탕) is a soup that was originally made from the beef and ox intestines. This thick soup is cooked by boiling down beef broth from certain parts of the cow like the shank, brisket, beef leg bone or an ox tail over an extended period of time. If the restaurant puts the beef and bone together, the ox bone soup becomes thick and milky white. If they put only beef and ox intestine in the soup it becomes thick and clear.

Usually Gomtang restaurants use nicer parts of the cow than Seolleongtang restaurants. So that makes Gomtang slightly more expensive than Seolleongtang. Most Gomtang restaurants serve seasoned soup which already has soy sauce in it.

2. What Is Seolleongtang?

Seolleongtang (설렁탕) is basically the same procedure, boiling down a beef broth over an extended time. What makes it different from Gomtang is that Seolleongtang is cooked by boiling down beef broth mainly using beef bone like shank or tail bone together with brisket. It is basically a Korean bone marrow soup. That’s why this soup much thicker than Gomtang.

Not a single Seolleongtang restaurant puts seasoning in the soup. You will always find ground salt, black pepper, red chili paste and chopped green onion which you should use to season the soup yourself.

Recommended Beef Broth Korean Restaurants In Seoul

Because both Gomtang and Seolleongtang are the main comfort food in Korea so there are plenty of restaurants in Seoul. But below we  introduce to you only the best Gomtang and Seolleongtang restaurants in Seoul.

1. The Best Seolleongtang Restaurants In Seoul

이문 설농탕 (Imun Seolnongtang)

This restaurant opened in 1907 and has been serving Seolleongtang for over hundred years. This is a local famous Korean restaurant in Seoul.

It is one of the recommended Michelin guide restaurants in Seoul. On the table you will find two different types of kimchi, sea salt, black pepper, spicy chili paste and chopped green onions. Without seasoning this soup is quite bland, so don’t forget to season it before you start eating.

Our tip to make it taste better is: first season the soup with salt, black pepper and green onions without adding spicy paste or kimchi juice to the soup. Once you have finished half of the soup, add either the spicy paste or kimchi juice. This allows you to taste two different styles of soup during one visit at the Imun Seolleongtang.

Address: 38-13 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price: 9,000 – 13,000
Opening times: 8:00 AM – 21:00 PM

참설농탕 (Cham Seolleongtang)

Cham Seollongtang is a 24 hour restaurant in Gangnam. Normally when people see these kind of 24 hours restaurants, they easily associate it with low quality food. But this restaurant serves a very high quality Seolleongtang alongside with 3 different types of kimchi.

The price of the soup is very reasonable compared to other restaurants in the Gangnam area. Don’t forget to season it before you start eating and once you finished half of the soup add some spicy paste or kimchi juice to mix things up.

Address: 1340, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Price: 8,000 – 12,000
Opening times: 24 hours

2. The Best Gomtang Restaurants In Seoul

애성회관 한우곰탕 (Aeseong Hoegwan Hanwoo Gomtang)

This amazing restaurant is located between the Myeongdong area and Seoul City Hall. You can see the owners full name in the name of the restaurant. Which means he is so proud of his Gomtang. Actually in this Seoul Gomtang they used juicy and thick pieces of Korean A+ or A++ brisket which melts in your mouth.

Among all beef broth restaurants is Seoul, this broth is the most seasoned so you don’t need to extra herbs to it. Our tip to make taste it better is: order one extra portion of noodles (they put udon noodle inside the soup).

There is also a hidden dish on the menu namely Tuk Tuk Gomtang which has three times more pieces of meat that the regular soup.

Address: 23, Namdaemun-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Price: 8,000 – 14,000
Opening times: 10:00 AM – 21:00 PM break times is between 15:00 PM to 17:00 PM

하동관 (Hadong Kwan)

Hadong Kwan is over 80 years old, which makes this one of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. As this Michelin Guide restaurant became super popular in Myeongdong, they have opened 4 more branches in the rest of Seoul.

This Seoul ‘Kwan’ Korean restaurant serves Gomtang with not only slices of the brisket but also beef intestines. Our tip to make it taste better is: first add seasoning to the soup like salt, black pepper and green onions. Wait till you finished half of the bowl before adding kimchi juice to the soup. Plus, here you can order extra kimchi juice and eggs to put inside the soup!

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Address: 12 Myeongdong 9-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Price: 13,000 – 25,000
Opening times: 07:00 AM – 16:00 PM

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