Seoul Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Seoul Culinary & nightlife

Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

1. Seoul: Northern Sides of Seoul / Gwangjang Market

Your day will start with a pick-up from your hotel to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. Walk to Samcheongdong lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and galleries where you can enjoy the art and shopping. Next, go to Ihwha Mural Village, located less than a 10 minute walk uphill from the buzzing Daehakno area. As you head up the slopes of Mount Naksan, the noise and crowds will give way to fresh air and gorgeous, expansive views of the city but also to something unexpected - street art. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks.

Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

2. Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

Experience the Korean cooking and street food culture in Seoul and join an educational session for you or your group. An expert native Korean chef will assist you in learning the culture, ingredients, and how to prepare and create authentic Korean dishes. Begin the tour with a visit to a local market to buy fresh ingredients for the class and taste some local street food at the popular, yet less touristy market in Seoul. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the market and with your guide, find the ingredients which are required for the cooking class. After the market tour, head to the venue of your cooking class and learn a few Korean phrases while sipping a delicious welcome drink. Then it's time to make a variety of traditional Korean dishes. Your experienced chef-guide will show you how to make 4 dishes including Bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and vegetables), Dakgalbi (stir-fried chicken), Haemul-Pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake), and Doenjang-Jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew). Then, sit down to a meal and savor the delicious flavors of your creations. Enjoy the unique art of Korean food with a Hanjeongsik, a traditional Korean course meal with more than 10 side dishes which will be provided by your local host along with seasonal fruits and rice wine.

Seoul: Pub Crawl

3. Seoul: Pub Crawl

Join your guide and a group of like-minded travelers and locals on this safe and exhilarating pub crawl through Seoul. Skip the line and visit 3 pubs or clubs and then one extra dance location each night. Enjoy Seoul's nightlife with style and without breaking the bank. Join in every Friday (in Itaewon) and Thursday and Saturday (in Hongdae) for three nights of absolute fun. Experience three events in the two most popular areas of Seoul with over 50 people, like you, joining in at every party. Socializing, dancing, and drinking are only a few of the things that you should expect. Together with your guides, and party animals from Korea and all around the world, you'll visit 4 bars/clubs and have a blast while doing so. *Currently the group sizes might vary but our full effort for providing you a fun night is guaranteed! November 2022 Update: For the month of November and until further notice, all the days will be only in Hongdae, including Fridays. If there are any changes, we will contact you. (establishments that we visit alternate but first meeting point will be always the same: RetroGameBar in Hongdae)

Seoul: Insadong Walking Tour

4. Seoul: Insadong Walking Tour

Dive deep into the bustling Insadong Street in Seoul with a guided walking tour. Experience its culture and lifestyle through visits to charming stores, and food stands. Learn the history behind the famous street and taste delicious Korean food. Meet your local guide for an insightful stroll along Seoul's most vibrant street. As you explore, enjoy the chance to try out unique food creations. Allow your guide to introduce you to the area's biggest restaurants and taste traditional dishes, as well as 3 desserts.

Seoul: Noryangjin Fish Market Guided Tour and Food Tasting

5. Seoul: Noryangjin Fish Market Guided Tour and Food Tasting

Step into one of Korea's largest seafood markets for an insightful cultural and gastronomical experience. Join your local guide on a tour through Noryangjin Market's bustling stalls, learn about Seoul's seafood industry, and taste delicious fresh products. Eat seafood like a local by trying products directly from the stalls of an authentic fish market. Learn about Noryangjin Market's history since it first opened in 1927, largely impacting Seoul's industry with 250 to 300 tons of seafood products traded every day. Acquire a deeper understanding of Korean culture by experiencing its deeply-ingrained connection with seafood. Try a variety of products the way that Koreans like to eat them for a fully immersive journey.

Seoul: Gwangjang Market Food & Night Fortress walk

6. Seoul: Gwangjang Market Food & Night Fortress walk

Take an insider's look at Seoul as you join your guide on a walking tour of the South Korean capital's famous Gwangjang Market, Chenggyecheon stream, Heunginjimun Gate, Seoul Fortress Wall, and Ihwa Mural Village. Learn about the local culture and sample some culinary delights on the way. Start with a tour of Gwangjang Market, Seoul’s first and oldest covered market, to sample popular street food like Kimbab (seaweed and rice roll), Bindaeddoek (mung bean pancake), or Ddeokbokki (rice cake). The city's biggest street food hot spot also sells hanbok, traditional Korean clothing. Next, walk along Cheonggyecheon stream where locals love to hang out and relax there to escape from city life. The stream was paved over as part of post-war economic development in 1958 and restored in 2003. Soon, arrive at the Heunginjimun Gate (Dongdaemun), a Korean national treasure. It was first constructed in 1396 as one of the main gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. Only this gate has an outer wall among the eight gates of the city. Moving on, walk along the Hanyangdoseong (Seoul Fortress Wall), built to protect the old Seoul, Hanyang from foreign enemies in the Joseon dynasty. As you admire the series of walls made of stone and wood, also soak in some amazing views of the city from the fortress. To conclude the tour, visit the Ihwa Mural Village, a unique spot fully devoted to street art and wall murals. Explore this artistic enclave and learn how the neighborhood transformed from a ghost town to a colorful attraction.

Seoul: Night Tour to Deoksugungpalace and Seoul Fortress

7. Seoul: Night Tour to Deoksugungpalace and Seoul Fortress

Explore the wonderful night lights of Seoul with a professional guide and visit Deoksugungpalace which has a great view. Take in this unique experience and look at this ancient palace at night with beautiful lights.  Head to Han River and from Banpo Bridge, watch the beautiful rainbow fountain show which is available from April until October. From November until March you will visit Noeul Cafe at the Dongjak Bridge instead of the fountain.  Go to the man-made floating Island Sevit Seom with fancy lights. Find some great restaurants and bars to enjoy. Stop at the Naksan park where you can enjoy the night view of Seoul and fortress walls, which is famous for its great view and featured in many k-dramas and k-movies.  Have a calm walk looking down at the city's night view and listen to the history behind the walls. After enjoying the night views of Seoul, the tour takes you back to the Myeongdong area.

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What people are saying about Seoul

Absolutely amazing cooking and market your experience in Seoul with Junghee Energetic and charismatic hostess that makes all participants feel welcomed, with her plethora of knowledge and years of experience this is a must do experience when traversing throughout Seoul, you will not be disappointed

Sarah was amazing! Her personality was very bubbly and easy to understand. We learnt so much about the Korean culture and she even shared some of her cooking tricks! 101% recommend booking a class with Sarah

I enjoyed the tour and met really nice people. I love the quirky independent shops and also lots of restaurants and tea shops to try out

Definitely recommended for solo travelers. Well organized. The hosts take care you get introduced to everyone.

Sally is a great guide love the small group tour very personal and warm thanks will come back again