Do You need a reason to go to south korea ?… well there you go!

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South Korea is an amazing country and I’m sure no one can deny that. The reasons why you should pack your bags buy a ticket and fly to S.Korea are many, I’ll try to give you the main reasons … so here we go!

  1. First of all FOOD ! Many of you will say that Korean restaurants are every where no need to fly to south Korea just to eat their food. Sorry guys but eating Kimchi in your country may look as delicious as the one in S.Korea, but it’s not! Original spices, local vegetables, Korean chef, traditional Korean restaurants … Trust me all of these factors affect the food taste, you will never be able to find the same flavors and variety of Korean cuisine as in Korea itself.There are combinations of flavors , spices and recipes that you can not find anywhere else.
  2. PEOPLEI’m sure that you’ll be amazed by the kindness of the Korean people. They are friendly, very kind and willing to help you if they can ( There are some exceptions of course ).I watched their dramas for over 8 months and you can not believe how it has affected my behavior ( positively ) so imagine if you could meet Korean people in person and learn from them.
  3. The Korean sauna: When I first heard about it I thought it’ll be a small , maybe, individual room ( like Hamam or spa ) where you can relax for little time and that’s it, but actually it’s a whole different story than I expected ! In their sauna you find three rooms or you can call them halls: The traditional Korean kiln sauna, The steam rooms and dry saunas. they offer different services like body scrubs and traditional Korean massage… But the thing that caught my attention is : If you can not find where to sleep go to the sauna, you can find  people there sleeping, eating… all I can say is go and see it by yourself it will be an amazing experience !
  4. Shopping !! Let me say this : Seoul is a 24/7 city. You can go there and do your shopping at any time of the day or night. Plus you have a variety of malls, shops, articles that match everybody’s taste. Also the many shopping centers are built next to amusement parks, places of interest for tourists, so make sure when you finish shopping go there and have some fun ;).

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15 Most Unusual Korean Dishes!

15. Budae Jjigae (Army Base Stew ):

After enduring the second world war, and then the Korean War, the Korean people were left hungry and in need. In order to feed their families, many parents who lived near US army bases took surplus supplies of army goods such as spam and canned frankfurters and added them to a basic kimchi stew. The end result was Army Base Stew. This stew, which can have virtually anything in it – including eggs and ramen noodles – has spread across South Korea and is wildly popular to this day.

14. Dakbal (Chicken Feet ) :

Chicken feet are probably one of the least unusual entries on this list, considering that most countries with a Chinese restaurant can get Chinese-style chicken feet. The texture of this dish is very unusual to western palettes – it is sinewy and chewy. Once you get past the idea that you are eating feet, this dish is truly delectable and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

13. Gejang (Raw Crabs):

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If you like to snack, you’ll have lots to do in South Korea!

Although Korean cuisine is quite distinctive, it does have some features in common with other Oriental cultures. Since the korean food is considered by many to be quite healthy and since Koreans now live in many countries, Korean restaurants have been popping up all over the world.

While there’s a tantalizing restaurant every few meters throughout the entire city, it’s street food carts and tents that fill all the open spaces. Walking through Seoul is like having to walk through a slot canyon of culinary goodies all calling your name.

Unlike Bangkok street food where you can eat entire meals on the sidewalk,  most Korean street food in Seoul to be more along the lines of snack material.

Instead of wolfing down bowls of rice and full dishes, Korean street food is often reserved for things that can be eaten standing up, especially catering to Seoulites that are running from subway to subway. Stuff on sticks or things can can be eaten with toothpicks are common.

Korean street food carts are bulky and quite sturdy in design, kind of like boats of food on wheels.

Gimbap – Korean Street Food

Gimbap :

As a beloved South Korean food, you can be assured gimbap is available in restaurants and on the street too. Packed onto street carts, often accompanied by tteokbokki, gimbap begins with a sheet of sea Continue reading