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Seoul, South Korea – DNM List

Our Do Not Miss List for Seoul, South Korea


  1. Bugaksan – mountain within the city that is home to a fortress and palace – nice hike up to the top
  2. Bukchon – traditional Korean homes and streets lined with cute stores/local crafts
  3. Itaewon – the expat area of town, very developed with a vibrant day/night life – if you need to purchase anything accidentally left at home, you’ll find it here
  4. Gangnam – the high class, plastic area of town – variety of great restaurants/bars/clubs
  5. Hongdae – university area, full of backpacker hostels – artsy, fun, party area
  6. Hop-on, Hop-off loop in downtown Seoul – covers all main temples/palaces in the city, in addition to shopping and DDP (newly designed Zaha Hadid museum)
  7. Korean bath house/spa (Dragon Hill is the largest and most popular)
  8. Bongeunsa Temple (close to Gangnam – if you happen to be visiting during Buddha’s birthday, they host the laterns here)


  1. Korean BBQ
  2. Bibimbap
  3. Kimchi – in many varieties


  1. Subway Card (re-loadable card with T Money – best way to get around the city, money can be used in subway, buses, and cabs)
Culture, Food

Korean BBQ – Delicious!

Korean BBQ is an experience to be had by all.  Although the most popular selections for Korean BBQ are pork and beef, there are vegetarian options for the main course as well.  For those of you that have not seen the set up of a Korean BBQ, I’ll explain…

The tables throughout the restaurant are either round or square typically with a ventilation system directly above.  A long metallic tube extends to the center of the table from the ceiling to take the smoke from your personal BBQ out of the restaurant.  Some establishments are open air, while others occupy a more traditional restaurant space.

Now for the experience…when you are seated you are only expected order the main dish (meat(s) of choice or vegetables) – there are several side dishes, all of which come regardless.  These consist of Kimchi (the most popular Korean specialty, of which there are nearly a dozen varieties – mainly a pickled vegetable with chili and fish sauce), pickled onions, pickled carrots, possibly a form of potatoes, garlic cloves (to roast with main dish) spicy chili sauce, and rice.  In addition to this, they will bring a plate of lettuce and leaves to wrap everything up in together. Of course, these BBQs all have their own spin on things, but in general you get 4-5 sides dishes and then have the option to add on soups, which are quite nice.  Once you order, the real fun begins.

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