Korean Table d'hôte (hanjeongsik)
'Hanjeongsik, traditional Korean cuisine, is served with rice and soup or stew along with various side dishes. It offers you an excellent opportunity to try diverse dishes of wonderful Korean cuisine.
Pork belly (samgyeopsal)
'Samgyeopsal is a pork meat with a meat in three layers. It is one of Koreans’ favorite foods and especially matches well with soju (distilled rice liquor).
Korean pancakes (bindaetteok) with rice wine (makgeolli)
'Bindaetteok is a type of Korean pancake which matches with makgeolli (rice wine). It is cooked in a pan-frying ground mung beans with vegetables and beef or pork. This dish is good for a wetty day.
'Bunsik is a name for mostly flour-based snacks that are often available at street stalls for cheap prices. This so-called Korean fast food can be found almost everywhere. Gimbap has a variety of ingredients and rice rolled up in the center of a piece of seaweed. Tteokbokki is a rice cake seasoned with gochujang (red pepper paste) and fried with different vegetables. Other popular bunsik options include sundae (stuffed intestines) and twigim (deep-fried snacks).
Boiled pork (bossam) and pork trotters (jokbal)
'Bossam is a steamed boneless pork wrapped in cabbage leaves with seasoning and vegetables. This popular dish makes a good combination with boiled pork trotters.
Coex Mall is the largest underground shopping area in Asia, playing a role of complex cultural space that provides the largest multiplex theaters in Korea, aquarium designed with a special theme, shopping, dining service, entertainment, and an opportunity for Korean culture. Coex Mall is the best place for business environment like exhibition or convention which provides a service of entertainment, shopping, and rest as well as work operation.Especially, trade tower located in the complex of Coex Mall has 55 floors on the grounds and 2 floors of basement, consisting of import/export related organizations, approximately 250 of trade companies, and financial institutions. Coex Exhibition & Convnetion Center has 12 professional exhibition rooms and convention hall that accommodates 7000 people along with 61 meeting rooms.Coex is near from City Airport, Logist & Travel, Korea taking you to Gimpo and Incheon International Airport.
Apgujeong/Cheongdam (a shopping district with prestigious brands)
'If you want to check out the latest fashion trends, Rodeo Street in Apgujeong should be on the top of your list. You will recognize many famous high-end brands as you walk from the luxurious Galleria Department Store toward Cheongdam Street. There are numerous fine dining restaurants and concept bars in the Cheongdam-dong area.
Garosu-gil (a cluster of famous restaurants and cafes)
Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong is famous with the boutiques along the street, which is also known to the younger generation with charming coffee shops and restaurants. Especially in autumn, Garosu-gil attracts lots of locals as well as tourists who gather to see the sidewalk covered with autumn leaves. Small vendors and individuals bring out their own products to sell during weekend free market as well.
Gangnam Station (the place to see the energy and fashion sense of the younger generation)
'Easy access to the highway and the north side of the Han River makes this area popular hangouts for young people. The area around Gangnam Station is full of bars and restaurants serving Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Western cuisine as well as countless clothing stores, a movie theater and a bookstore. The food alley at Yeongdong Market near the Kyobo Bookstore intersection is worth to experience Korean nightlife.
Insadong (Korean cultural hotspot)
'To experience traditional Korean culture, stroll down this street and explore the many galleries, craft shops, ancient art museums, tea shops, authentic restaurants, and cafes. In particular, about 100 art galleries in the area offer a chance to visit a wide range of art gallery ranging from Korean painting and engraving to sculpture. Some of the most noteworthy galleries include Hak Go Jae, which played an important role in promoting popular art; Gana Gallery, where many talented artists came out; and Gana Art Center. In addition, the area is famous for the Korean restaurants and tea shops where you can enjoy the country’s traditional tea and food. The main street running through the neighborhood is for a pedestrians and travellers during weekend, and you can see sometimes performances on the street.
Itaewon (The place to enjoy global culture in Korea)
'With the American military base located close by, Itaewon has long been a residence of choice for foreigners in Seoul. Today, you can experience a range of cultures in this specially designated tourist zone. There are around 2,000 businesses in the area, including stores selling shoes, clothing, and bags, restaurants featuring food from around the world, and hotels. There are also many things to see, with the National War Memorial at Samgakji, the National Museum of Korea, and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art near at hand. The National Museum of Korea in particular has more than 220,000 items in its collection as well as offering a beautiful street scence and some incredible views.
In addition to its rich history and traditions, Dongdaemun Market is one of Korea’s representative markets. After becoming Asia’s largest individual market on December 23rd, 1970, the market grew with the addition of Dongdaemun Shopping Town in December of 1985. Presently, the market consists of five structures, including buildings A, B, C, and D and the shopping town. More than 5,000 sellers trade fabrics and associated materials, accessories, home furnishings, and more. In particular, the fabric and associated materials market trades the largest volume of products in the country. therefore, Dongdaemun became the center for both leading domestic and foreign fashion companies. It’s a shopping paradise not only in Korea, but also on the world stage.
Namdaemun Market is a Korea’s biggest general market. With goods used in people’s everyday lives, the market offers women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s clothing, other textiles, kitchen products, gifts, folk crafts, local products, food, imports, disposable goods, accessories, and more. In addition to selling a more diverse selection of products than any other market in the country, Namdaemun is also highly regarded for having quality products for sale in a very reasonable price. The shops open at 11 pm and by 4 am retail buyers from all over the nation are lined up to make purchases in the market. The early morning bustle at the market is not easy to experience in another country and testifies to the diligence of Koreans. The unique character of this world-class shopping destination makes it an essential stop for travelers to Korea.
Located in front of the Hyundai Apartment complex in Garak-dong, Songpa-gu, Garak Market is Korea’s largest wholesale market for agricultural and marine products. The market first opened in 1985 with produce and fish sections and quickly became Korea’s leading distribution center for farms and fisheries. The addition of a livestock market in 1986 and a more general sales area in 1988 helped to reach its current size. The 17 buildings sprawling over 543,451 square meters contain a loose network of markets selling fish, livestock, and more.
Gyeongdong Yakryeong Market, Gyeongdong New Market, Gyeongdong Old Market, Gyeongdong Building, and Hansol Dongui Bogam, is usually referred to collectively as Gyeongdong Market. The area is known as a hub of Oriental(Chinese) medicine, selling medicinal ingredients, herbs, dried goods, and vegetables. Including all of the associated markets, the area is about 100,000 square meters in size. At present, Hansol Dongui Bogam, Hanbang Cheonha, Dongui Bogam Tower-tel, and other buildings are being remodeled.
Noryangjin Fish Market
Located behind Noryangjin Station, Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market has been in operation for over 70 years. The sea foods are traded every day between 450 and 500 tons at the market including fish brought in by deep-sea fishing vessels. At Noryangjin, many retailers show up around 3 am to take part in the fish auctions, while normal consumers generally come between 9 and 12 in the morning and 3 and 4 in the afternoon. Fish can be bought about 30% less than the market price whereas other types of sea foods are often available at a discount of 15-20%.
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