South Korea, also known as, The Land of the Morning Calm, features exquisite food no matter where you are. But in Seoul, you’ll have no trouble finding delicious cuisine, including a sizzling bowl of bibimbap. Colorful sautéed vegetables are coated in a mind-blowing combination of chili paste, soy sauce, and fermented soybean paste then served over fluffy white rice. Mixed all together, the ingredients meld into a texture-filled, flavorsome feast you’ll crave again and again.
When in Seoul, partaking in an ancient tea ceremony is just as essential as enjoying a bowl of bibimbap. Traditional Korean teahouses abound in Seoul but to ensure an authentic experience, find one off the beaten path in a hanok (a traditional Korean house). Then, take off your shoes and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere, delicate serving ware, and reverence surrounding this ancient ritual.
Spend an afternoon steeped in traditional Korean culture with a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village. The village is surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine and home to hundreds of hanoks still occupied by residents. It also features traditional teahouses, art galleries, crafts, cafés, and restaurants. In all, a wonderful place to immerse yourself in Korea’s well-preserved past.