Seoul is a foodie’s paradise, offering a wide range of traditional dishes and vibrant markets. Exploring the city’s culinary scene is an essential part of any trip to Seoul, and a great way to experience Korea’s rich culture and history.

Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea | Image by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Sampling Traditional Korean Food

From mouth-watering barbecue to savoury stews, Seoul’s traditional food scene offers a diverse range of flavours and textures. One must-try dish is bibimbap, a rice bowl topped with various vegetables, meat, and a spicy sauce. Another favourite is bulgogi, a marinated beef dish, which is often served with rice or noodles.

Exploring Vibrant Markets

Seoul’s markets are a must-visit for any food lover. One popular destination is Gwangjang Market, known for its wide variety of street food. Another popular market is Namdaemun, offering a variety of goods and souvenirs in addition to delicious street food.

Accommodation near the Markets

For travellers looking to stay near the markets, the likes of Travelodge Myeongdong City Hall offer a convenient location and comfortable accommodation. Alternatively, visitors can opt for a Korean traditional house tour, staying in a hanok, and experiencing traditional Korean hospitality.

Experiencing Korean Culinary Culture

To fully immerse themselves in Korea’s culinary culture, visitors can take a cooking class or food tour. These experiences offer a hands-on approach to learning about traditional Korean dishes and their cultural significance.