Food tour in South Korea

“Discover THE foodie destination everyone is talking about right now, with an activity-packed small group tour of South Korea.”

Highlights

Nambu Traditional Market | Majang Dong Beef Market | Korean Barbecue | Jeonju | Learn how to make kimchi | Sunchang Gochujang | Red chili paste demo | Gyeongju | Bulguksa Monastery overnight stay | Sunmodo martial arts display | Morning meditation session | Busan | Jalgalchi Market |

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Food tour in South Korea

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

As a global tour operator, we are committed to traveling responsibly and endeavour to practise sustainable tourism wherever we visit. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling – respecting and benefitting local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip we run.

We take care to ensure that we use local transport throughout our tours, including the metro system and public buses. We always travel in small groups – this tour has a maximum of 12 passengers but our average sits at about 10. This enables us to stay in locally owned, small accommodation, encouraging unique connections with local people. On this tour, we stay in a traditional Hanok village house, similar to a Japanese ryokan, as well as overnighting in an ancient monastery among monks practicing traditional meditation and martial arts rituals. The experiences our travelers have here provide them with a unique insight into local life, encourage involvement in local activity and expose them to the traditions of Korean culture.
We also encourage travelers to take individual steps to help promote responsible travel and suggest bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$6 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Tackling areas like health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Community

Our South Korea Food Adventure is operated by an English-speaking passionate local food expert and all services are provided by local Korean people, including drivers, hotel staff and kitchen assistants at cooking classes. We ensure that our traveler’s funds are focused directly to the community and in support of small, local businesses, transport and accommodation.

In Korea dress standards are conservative, particularly outside of the major cities. We recommend that our travelers (both male and female) wear loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly when visiting religious sites, such as the temple stay. We encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs locally to support local businesses, contributing to the destination and to aid the economies of smaller villages. We visit local village markets to see, taste and purchase local ingredients like kimchi, chilli paste, fresh tofu and an abundance of produce. Taking in both street food and traditional homestyle preparations, this tour aims to facilitate local interaction and to support small producers and innovators in Korea, such as those involved in the country’s emerging craft beer scene. Enjoy a craft brewery tour including a tasting where you can experience the nuances of the local wild yeasts used in the final product. In addition, the dinner at the temple stay is entirely vegan, providing an interesting a chance to eat a healthy, sustainable meal.
In Gyeongju, we visit a local farm and learn the history of regional agriculture, as well as some of the challenges facing farmers today. Home-made snacks prepared by the family are enjoyed directly from farm to table!

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Reviewed on 13 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


April is beautiful time to see the cherry blossoms in South Korea. Also enjoyed experiencing the countryside outside of Seoul.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It is great to go with a group on a foodie vacation as you get to try so many different dishes. My favorites were the seafood, Korean BBQ, and amazing Korean fried chicken. Korean food can be very spicy, but you always have the option to the red chili paste separately.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A lot of fun!

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Traveling around Seoul in my free time visiting the historic Palaces and Secret Garden.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Overall, I found the trip very disappointing. There was little else of interest apart from the different food. I would ensure that you spend time in Seoul before or after so add value. I would also question the value of it......given transport, food and hotels are included, but the hotels and transport were but 25% of the total trip costs if you'd have booked them yourself on line.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, in that it used local buses and trains in the main,

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Enjoyable in parts...but not enough good food experiences and other interests to justify the cost. Definitely not value for money in my eyes.
Hi Nigel,

Thank you for writing your review of your trip to South Korea. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your vacation. We really value your feedback and this is important information we can use for helping future travelers. We will be following this up directly with them as well.

As we work with so many different destination specialists, we would be happy to recommend some great vacation options for your next trip.

Best wishes, Tessa

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