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ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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We've shown Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern the best food in Seoul. Let...

We've shown Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern the best food in Seoul. Let us show you!

ZenKimchi offers off-the-beaten-path Korean food tours for hardcore foodies. We have consulted and given tours to major TV shows, journalists, and corporations. We now share this experience to give culinary tourists the ultimate experience. We don't just give tours, we give you something to brag about to your friends. We are obsessed with the Korean dining scene, and we know the secret places that visitors want to try. Started as Korea's longest running Korean food blog in 2004, ZenKimchi has gotten recognition from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lonely Planet, The Washington Post, and more.

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Great food, fun stories, lots of drinks and overall great experience!

Joe's tour was fun on a cold December evening. As a solo traveller, I really enjoyed going out with a group people, chatting and exploring the town. Joe knows Seoul, Korean... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
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Park City, Utah
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Park City, Utah
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Joe's tour was fun on a cold December evening. As a solo traveller, I really enjoyed going out with a group people, chatting and exploring the town. Joe knows Seoul, Korean food, drinks and culture.

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Thank Skiandsoccer
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Oh, thank you! I love it when we can bring people together for a good time. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Outstanding tour. I have been living in Korea off and on since 1979 and this tour had a lot of fresh information about the dark side of Seoul history. I have taken tours from Cambodia to Milan and this tour rates up there with the best. Joe was very knowledgeable and articulate, he was just interesting to listen to. I... More 

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Thank Scott H
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Amazing compliment! I'm really humbled. It was a lot of fun. More 

Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I booked a private tour for a few friends so that we could have a guided tour of places we wouldn't know about other wise and have it be stress free. Joe delivered, and then some. He took good care of us and we all learned new things about Mapo we hadn't known before. It was a rainy night which... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We did the fried chicken and beer tour and loved it! Joe took us to a few great spots that we wouldn't have found on our own. It was great to try several different places all with different styles of chicken. We had so much great food and washed it down with plenty of beer. I highly recommend taking a... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I took the Groovy Hongdae Stroll with my husband and 2 kids age 7 & 4 years old. Joe had given forewarning that it will involve a lot of walking, so I packed a foldable stroller which came in handy towards the end of the tour when the kids started to get tired. Our guide Marie was great with the... More 

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Thank kwidayanti
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

We are so happy that everything turned out well. Marie sent me a message after the tour that she had a great time herself. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The BPM is an excellent tour to do if you are a solo traveller, new to South Korea or want a good night out but not sure where to go! Joe is a fun, entertaining and helpful host. The food and drink is plentiful and delicious and you get to try lots of different Korean specialties without the worry of... More 

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ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for putting up with the media. Movie stars!! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

We took the chicken and beer tour and had a very loud and fun night...all the other guest where from the US and all military guys and nice company...no one held back and everyone got wasted...the guide Joe is a nice guy with a lot off food experience....about the food....went to 3 places and 1 and 3 was good..the second... More 

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ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Thank you! We'll work on the price point and see how it goes. When people started taking off their shirts during the last stop, um... heh, heh, it was time to end the tour. Sorry about the alcohol at the karaoke. They usually have something up front, and you can also smuggle your own in there. There are technical laws... More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Took the BBQ/Pub tour with ZenKimchi founder Joe. Delicious food and copious amounts of soju and makjeolli, along with lots of info about the Seoul food scene. Restaurants visited in Mapo were excellent and off the usual tourist routes. Highly recommended.

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Thank teafriend
ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Thank you! It was a wonderful evening hanging out together. More 

Sf Bay Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The BBQ/Pub tour was a lot of fun. We ate an obscene amount of food & alcohol over the course of 3+ hours. Joe did a fantastic job telling stories and providing details that made the entire experience both fun & informative.

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ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

That certainly was a lot of alcohol. But sometimes we're having so much fun, I just let it go. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We took the Korean War Tour with Simon Lee. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the war and had many interesting personal, family anecdotes about the war. He then took us for a great lunch of a stew that was developed during the war using scraps found from the American Mess Halls. Highly recommend.

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ZenKimchi, Owner at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours, responded to this review

Thank you! Simon said he had a great time. We're very proud to have him on our team. More 

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