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ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours

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Address: Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2-722-3142
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: We've shown Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern the best food in Seoul...
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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Korean BBQ, Pub and Market Tour in Seoul
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Dark Side of Seoul Evening Ghost Tour

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Fascinating walking tour

I've lived in Seoul for a number of years, and I signed up for the tour because my sister was visiting from out of town. Having worked in the areas where the tour takes place, I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Marissa B
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Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I've lived in Seoul for a number of years, and I signed up for the tour because my sister was visiting from out of town. Having worked in the areas where the tour takes place, I was excited to learn some history - but didn't expect to see anything new. I was wrong. Joe took us to some amazing places... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I heard about zenkimchi through a flyer at my guesthouse. I booked a BBQ tour with Joe and went last night. It was just the two of us so I got a personalized tour! A lot of times tours won't go with just one person and I often travel solo - and you can't eat solo at most BBQ places... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I'm very glad I tried out the "Dark side of Seoul Ghost tour" in Seoul. I love and have tried various dark tours such as Ground Zero tour at NYC, Crime and Mob tour in Chicago, Holocaust tour in Germany and this Seoul tour didn't let me down. "Dark side of Seoul Ghost tour" was a walking tour spanning over... More 

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We spent an evening with Joe in early June and it was truly one of the best nights we had in Seoul, Joe was a great host and the places he showed us easily had the best food we had during our visit. Thoroughly recommend try this tour as the BBQ was the best meat I have ever eaten. Can't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We had a great dinner.... Mapo style Korean BBQ! Then off to the pancake market for snacks and a variety of Korean beverages...Makkoli ... Rice beer, Komju and Soju! Would recommend doing this tour if you are in South Korea!

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

It was great fun for me as well. Please contact me the next time you're in the neighborhood. More 

Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

For my birthday I chose to take the Ghost Tour (Dark Side of Seoul) and dragged along 7 family and friends. Lets just say that it was one of the best evenings out we have had as a group in Seoul. Joe McPherson is engaging, funny and super knowledgeable about Seoul, its history and its quirks. He stopped when we... More 

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

I'm looking forward to another one with you guys. More 

Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We took ZenKimchi's Dark Side of Seoul (Extended) tour on our last night in Seoul, a 2.5-hour plan that ended up being more like 3.5. We traipsed all over the center of the city, took a break for street cocktails, walked and walked some more, stumbled upon the huge celebration of Buddha's birthday, and ended with a quiet rest on... More 

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

Thank you! It definitely is a long trek, and that really was a fine evening. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We did 2 of the zenkimchi tours. Groovy Hongdae, and the darkside of Seoul were both very enjoyable and everyone seemed to have a good time. The guides were knowledgeable and very friendly.

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Marie and I greatly enjoyed having you on our tours. More 

Newhaven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband and I had the luxury of a whole day in Seoul with Joe and we had a ball! We booked a private tour for our first day in the country, so we could orientate ourselves and immediately start to build our knowledge of and confidence with Korean food. Joe was punctual, informative, friendly and fun! We travelled around... More 

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

That was an amazing day! We may just revive the fish market tour based on that experience. More 

Jeju, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

So Joe not only took us to some fabulous places to eat (places you may just walk by unless you knew better) and ordered tasty food at every stop, but he also has great stories to share and is up for anything you are up for. Our group ended up stopping in at a near by Kareoke place for some... More 

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I love doing extras. It's really about meeting and having fun with interesting people. We tend to have the best guests on our tours. That was a great evening. More 

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Address: Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2-722-3142
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul

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