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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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Dark Side of Seoul Extended Tour

This is an amazing tour. Joe, the guide, is full of information and is more than willing to share about the history and his research and how they find things. The entire tour was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2014
Bernadette M
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Seoul, South Korea
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San Antonio
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The owner of this tour was good about communication when setting the tour up and even when there may have been time issues while we were in Korea. We were the first tour of this season and it was quite cold outside, we knew it would be going into this though. He spent most of the time walking around in... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback. I was substituting for the regular tour guide that evening and had no time to scout the usual places beforehand. That's what's so great about that area. It's constantly changing, so it's one of the more challenging tours to maintain. Our style is also very flexible, so we try new things with guests if they... More 

Seoul, South Korea
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is an amazing tour. Joe, the guide, is full of information and is more than willing to share about the history and his research and how they find things. The entire tour was both spooky and hysterical. The time flies and i could listen to him tell stories for hours. It's definitely worth it to take the extended tour... More 

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

Hi Bernadette. Thanks to your input we've decided to lower the price on this and all our other tours. We're glad you joined us on the Dark Side Extended tour. It was a good time. More 

Paris, France
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you enjoy good food and want to learn about eating habits and table manners in korea, it's the ideal solution. You spend the evening walking from one restaurant to the next, tasting different dishes (barbecue, vegetable pancakes, cold buckwheat noodles) and chitchatting. I had a great time. Thanks again Joe.

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

Thank you Helene! It was so much fun talking with you. I look forward to seeing you again. More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was super excited about going on this tour with one of my friends and really enjoyed the tour itself! Our guide Joe, was very knowledgable and kept me intrigued with all the different stories relating to the sites we saw. It is definitely a trip worth taking in my opinion! Although I'm not a believer of ghosts, it was... More 

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

That sure was a long walk. Lots of fun, though, wasn't it? More 

Bundang
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

As a previous history major, I found this tour very interesting. I liked the stories that were told, and how they were able to explain how they did their research when asked. As a lover of all things haunted, I really enjoyed this tour for the spooky vibe. I took the extended tour, and it was excellent. I especially think... More 

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

Hi! Thanks for that great review. As a response, we have lowered the ticket price for the Extended tour. More 

Seoul, South Korea
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This was an interesting historical tour through parts of Seoul. I went on the extended 2.5 hour walk tour. We learned about some of the places that are thought to be haunted and places that have a gruesome history. This is a historical tour, not a haunted house type tour. So, don't be disappointed if you are not scared...go to... More 

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

Thanks for the feedback. I'll make sure everyone can hear me in the future. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Attended the tour and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable and exactly what I had hoped for. Joe didn't make it feel like a history lesson and a good story teller making it all very interesting and entertaining. Would I recommend this others? Definitely especially the extended version which provides more stories and places to visit as well as finishing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

First of all, Joe from ZenKimchi was very accommodating by doing the food tour for me and my friends on the requested date. We went to restaurants where the locals eat with plenty of good food and drink. Joe was very informative and knowledgeable with Korean food and taught us how to eat in a right way. And Sue, Joe's... More 

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Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New Guinea
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My family and I attended the 'Groovy Hongdae Tour' and was disappointed somewhat. Food tours to me are suppose to be all about the food and the local insights that come with it. You want experiences you would not normally come across if on your own. I'm afraid we didn't get this. It felt disorganised and had no structure. When... More 

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

I'm so sorry about that. We have since worked out the kinks and am working on making the tour better. More 

Daegu, South Korea
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Dark Side Seoul tour is a lot of fun with great historic info and a spooky stroll through back alleys and bright shopping districts both. Friendly and knowledgeable, Joe is a great guide to Korea's haunted past.

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