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

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Immersive Korean BBQ, Market, and Secret Pub Experience in Seoul
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Dinner included
  • Free drinks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
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Dinner
Unlimited drinks (within reason)
Local guide
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Gratuities
Extracurricular activities (karaoke, fried chicken pub) are optional after the main part of the tour
Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out , 56-75 Singongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Gongdeok Station, Exit 7, bottom of the escalator

7:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 19 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for unadventurous eaters
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Pork is the only BBQ option. The restaurant has no substitutions.
  • Subway is the best way to arrive at the meeting point. Taxis tend to get stuck in traffic.
  • Tour includes pork and alcohol
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ZenKimchi International
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the social distancing policy during Immersive Korean BBQ, Market, and Secret Pub Experience in Seoul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Immersive Korean BBQ, Market, and Secret Pub Experience in Seoul?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Immersive Korean BBQ, Market, and Secret Pub Experience in Seoul.

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  • "The two restaurants of this tour are very local, difficult to find for tourists." See review

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A trip wasted and expecting refund
prem_S
, Jun 2022
Shocking there were no others except myself, my wife and our 19 year old daughter. The guide was Joe, a Caucasian. At the first stop of BBQ, we were joined by Joe’s female friend. Then we moved to another eating place but no explanation of the place. Tour ended there! We did not get the “market” tour and the secret gem of a pub experience. We left the eating place with Joe and his friend continuing to enjoy the meal and rice wine. Very disappointing and fundamentally wrong for the tour I booked for my family. Not professional and we learnt nothing except it was money wasted when we could go out and eat better, and find our own pub.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I apologize for your experience and that I am not the race you expected. To clarify, the tour consists of two stops, the BBQ place and the pub, which we went to. It is a place that only locals know about. Our tours focus on non-touristy, more immersive experiences. The market is the traditional pancake and tempura market, where we got the food for the pub. It's one of the last of its kind in Korea, and it's not in conventional tourist guides. Since the upstairs section wasn't open that evening, which is rare, we ate outside. We would have ventured further into the pigs feet section, but I was sensing some members were already outside their comfort zones, and that section of the market can be a bit--adventurous. I felt that since your family was the only booking for that evening (a private tour), bringing someone else along at my expense would make things more fun. The second part of the tour consists mainly of an introduction to Korean traditional alcohol, but since no one had more than a sip, we couldn't continue with it. Sensing the increasing discomfort, I offered to help you get back to your hotel, which you refused, and left. I apologize for the misjudgment, and I am disappointed--I am hurt--that the evening didn't fit with what you envisioned. I wish you had told me, but both of us remember you saying while you were leaving that you'd write a positive review. I hope the rest of your trip around Korea goes well, and that you make use of the map of secret restaurants I sent, which is an exclusive item we haven't released to the public yet. Best, Joe
star-5
Good time
Erin_M
, May 2022
This was a wonderful experience for my family. Ate good food, learned a lot about Korean food and drinking culture and heard lots of interesting stories.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! Your family was a lot of fun.
star-5
Great food, guide, experience
stevetsreviews
, Jan 2020
There were 6 of us on tour. A family of 4 (2 teenagers), and 2 individuals. Joe was our guide. We started at an authentic back street 'locals' restaurant that specialised in Korean bbq. The food was cooked at the table over hot coals supplied direct from the furnice outside on the footpath. Joe explained the process, the etiquitte, and showed us how best to eat it. This is the best Korean bbq I've ever tasted. The Terra beers were good too :) We then walked through a series of 'locals' eateries to the second place where we picked out what we wanted from a large array of pre-battered (and lightly deep-fried) mostly seafood items before heading to a secluded (almost hidden) little 'pub' where we waited for our previously hand picked items to arrive once they were fully cooked. They were very good too. We also learnt about the etiquitte & drinking of Soju, Makgeolli, and Dong dong ju. They too where all good too. Overall, a great night, with a great (and very interesting guide with great stories to tell). Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
That was a fun evening. You described the tour better than we did.
star-5
Authentic
TszYing_Y
, Mar 2019
The guide, Joe, is an expert in local and authentic Korean food. He is friendly and caring. The two restaurants of this tour are very local, difficult to find for tourists. The pork belly are delicious. I really enjoyed the rice wine that Joe introduced.
star-5
Awesome tour. Tried foods I would've...
Zackary S
, Nov 2017
Awesome tour. Tried foods I would've never dreamed of trying in restaurants I wouldn't have known how to order in. This was also a good way to meet other travelers. One of the highlights of my trip to Korea.
star-5
Top notch experience! Great...
Paolo P
, Sep 2017
Top notch experience! Great food, amazing guide, lots of fun and great memories. Highly recommended
star-5
Joe, the ZenKimchi, was awesome! He...
Thomas F
, Aug 2017
Joe, the ZenKimchi, was awesome! He was fun, knowledgeable, and gave us great insight into the Korean culture and how to best experience it via food and drink. It was a fun night and we highly recommend it!
star-5
The tour was fantastic, I woulod...
Sarah S
, Feb 2017
The tour was fantastic, I woulod highly recommend this tour for everyone. Joe was an amazing host and we had a ball.
star-5
Very nice barbeque in a typical...
Ulla F
, Jun 2016
Very nice barbeque in a typical Korean barbeque restaurant, we would never have found this place by our selves. The market with 50 or more different things to choose from was great very tasty with good dip sauces and fermented ricewine to accompany the dishes. Guide very nice and friendly. The other guests were also very nice.
star-5
This tour guide is awesome! Really...
Nathan I
, Mar 2016
This tour guide is awesome! Really chill and funny. Definitely knows his stuff about Korean food and all food, in general. He went out of his way to make sure I had a great experience as I have a seafood allergy. I could tell that he's very very enthusiastic with his work, which made the experience that much better. 10/10 would do this or one of his other tours again. Oh and the food and drinks were delicious! He will take you to the heart of Korean food where you will experience Korean cuisine as if you were a local.

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