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Korean cuisine has long been unfairly overshadowed by that of its regional neighbours, but the country is now starting to emerge as one of the world’s most exciting foodie destinations. This fun and informative gastro tour takes you from the capital, Seoul, to Jeonju, home of the country’s signature dish: bibimbap, via traditional markets, martial arts and meditation in a working monastery, and a classic South Korean barbecue. Pack your appetite, because you’re going to need it.
Sample the local favourite: chi-maek or Korean Fried Chicken, washed down with a refreshing glass of Soju; learn how to whip up an iconic Korean side dish, kimchi, and tour the enormous seafood market at Busan before savouring a clam bake lunch overlooking the ocean. In Jeonju, which many consider foodie central in South Korea, you can snack on sushi rolls before heading to a restaurant famed for its bibimbap, the quintessential rice dish here, best accompanied by a locally brewed cloudy rice beer.
Another highlight is sure to be an overnight stay at the Bulguska Monastery in Gyeongju, renowned for its many temples, pagodas and palace ruins. You’ll enjoy a typical vegan meal with the monks, watch a fascinating display of sunmodo martial arts, and be invited to join an early morning meditation session.
Finally returning to Seoul, say goodbye to your group in the best way possible, with a mouthwatering Korean barbecue, as high-grade cuts of beef are sizzled on the table right next to you.
Do you want to know the best bit? We've only just scratched the surface with this description. By the end of this tour, you’re certain to be a convert to South Korean cuisine.