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ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours

Seoul, South Korea
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About ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours
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 for 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. We are one of the only tours in Seoul that accept single bookings. We are also great for groups, families, and couples.
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Tours and Tickets by ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours

Evening Ghost Walking Tour in Seoul

Discover a spooky side of Seoul that you won’t find in any guidebook on a nighttime ghost tour. Listen to tales of horror and hauntings that cover over 600 years of Korean history. Follow your guide to Gyeonghuigung Palace, Tapgol Park, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and other famous landmarks to hear the dark stories attached to them. Hear personal accounts from clairvoyants who claim to have seen a ghost or two in the Korean capital.
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2 to 3 hours
from $37.95

Immersive Korean BBQ, Market, and Secret Pub Experience in Seoul

Discover the South Korean capital’s rich culinary heritage on this 3-hour Korean BBQ, pub and market tour in Seoul. Follow your guide through Seoul’s Mapo district, famous for its traditional Korean BBQ restaurants. Enjoy speciality dishes such as charcoal-grilled pork and aged kimchi, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere for which South Korean restaurants are famous. Explore Jeon Market, where locals buy pigs’ feet for traditional recipes at home. Then, visit a traditional pub to enjoy a drink and learn about South Korea’s drinking rituals and culture.
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3 hours
from $101.29

Seoul Instagram Night Tour

Catch Seoul's iconic sites and increase your Instagram engagement in just under two hours. Don't waste time searching for great places to get those amazing shots of Seoul.

This night walking tour caters specifically to Instagrammers and night photography enthusiasts. Focus on capturing stunning shots, interesting angles, and enviable selfies.

The guide gives tips on getting the right shot, optimizing your Instagram account, and getting more followers.

Receive a link to a secret Google Map of Seoul with even more amazing Instagram-worthy locations after the tour. The map even includes shooting locations for the Gangnam Style music video and other famous places featured in Korean dramas and films.

Meet outside Gwanghwamun Station, exit 9.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $25.65

Authentic Chicken & Beer Experience

Experience authentic Korean chicken & beer three ways. Chicken & beer is an obsession in Korea. You must experience this in the most immersive way possible before leaving Seoul. Your guide is a food writer. He takes you to three vastly different chicken restaurants and pubs that only locals know of. Each place has its story and its way of shining in Korea's love for chicken and beer. From Gangwon Provincial barbecue, to classic 1990s fried, to the newest trend of fire roasted chicken on sizzling rice. You won't get this experience outside Korea. This is not just a food experience. It's a full immersion into Korean life. Only people who love food should book this tour.
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3 hours
from $121.03

Mountain Folklore Hike with Buddhist Temple and Hiker Restaurant

Embark on a small group 6-hour hike up Seoul's most famous mountain with Korean folktales told by an English-speaking expert . Take a unique trail away from the crowds to a hidden temple. Discover the mountain heritage that forms much of Korea's personality, followed by a mountainside meal and well-deserved food and drinks. This is not just a simple empty run up and down the mountain. The tour includes the most breathtaking views, stories and legends of famed Buddhist monks, ghosts, goblins, shamanic traditions, and how Korea's mountains define who Korea is. Hikers return with a deeper understanding of Korea than most tourists receive.
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6 hours
from $112.83
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Dylan G wrote a review Oct 24
South Korea9 contributions
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Great tour that led us through popular areas and told us about the stories you wouldn't hear in tourist brochures. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has a night free and wants to spend it both being entertained and educated by an awesome and knowledgeable tour guide.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Cassandra T wrote a review Oct 18
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I did the extended Seoul walking tour. It was fun and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about Korean history I didn't know before. It was such a unique experience. It was also nice having something like this for foreigners. I really hope the come up with another tour for other locations because I would definitely go again. Also, the comic book was great and I am sad it isn't a series.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Bailey B wrote a review Oct 17
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This was a fun tour that I took with my friends! It was very informative and I learned a lot about Korea and it's ghostly history! I would definitely do it again and bring my parents when they get a chance to visit! The palaces at night give it that every spooky factor~
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gabriel Piltz wrote a review Mar 2020
Cairns, Australia8 contributions
I like the tour the tour guide was good got to try a lot of new things that I haven’t tried before It was a good night
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kaitlin wrote a review Jan 2020
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The tour guide, Shawn, is amazing and the mountains are spectacular. Shawn takes you off the beaten path and tells you about mountain folklore that you don’t get to hear about anywhere else. He is both knowledgeable and very helpful if you struggle at any point during the hike. On this tour, I learned about Korean Buddhism and Korean Shamanism. I even got to look inside a cave that Shaman still worship in! (For video game lovers: it felt a lot like Skyrim) If you’re interested in history, need to get outside and want a truly unique experience, this is the tour for you. The post-hike meal that was included at the end of the hike was another highlight. We went to a family owned restaurant and ate a traditional chicken soup served with fresh, organic vegetables straight from the family garden. Absolutely perfection! it couldn’t get more authentic than that. The hike itself can be challenging at a few points, but is manageable. I’m a bit out of shape, but I never felt worn out. Shawn was readily available to provide support and a helping hand when needed. Plus, he never walked too fast and always made safety a priority.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from ZenKimchi, Manager at ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours
Responded Jan 31, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're very happy to know that the Seoul Hike experience was so impressive for you. Maybe we'll see you again in the future on another hiking tour! Travel safe.
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