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Korea Slow Trip – Authentic Eats in Seoul

For most foodies, planning a visit to Seoul would involve a deliberate exercise of budgeting limited time and stomach room for the innumerable genres and specialties within Korean cuisine. Some delicacies (hotteok, eomuk) are omnipresent while others (ganjang gejang) may…

Korea Slow Trip – Pilgrimage to Hanwoo Beef at Majang Meat Market

This post documents our pilgrimage to the capital of Hanwoo beef, a wholesale wet market hidden in a residential district of Seoul and responsible for feeding 10 million Seoulites’ insatiable consumption of everything from bulgogi to ujoktang. If you’re looking…

Korea Slow Trip – Seoul Self-Guided 10 km History Walk

As ambitious as it may sound, this is our real life experience of condensing central Seoul’s most iconic sights into one single 10 km route, metro-accessible and assistible by taxi/bus for those who prefer less walking. While our route is…

Korea Slow Trip – Unrestricted Roam at Changdeokgung Secret Garden

It was a dream come true for independent travelers, a divine afternoon spent lying flat on the centuries-old polished planks of the Joseon Dynasty royals’ favourite pavilion, and free to roam the normally-restricted acreages of the intimate Biwon, or Secret…

Korea Slow Trip – Spectacular Ulsanbawi Hike at Seoraksan

One of the most gorgeous yet easily accessible hikes in Korea, the Ulsanbawi Trail at Seoraksan National Park takes even beginners up the sides of precarious cliffs and granite pillars on well-engineered boardwalks and steel staircases. There is nothing technical…

Korea Slow Trip – Sokcho, Korea’s Seafood Mecca

Tragically dismissed by most foreigners as the unattractive gateway to Seoraksan National Park, the rough-and-tumble seaport of Sokcho is famous among Koreans for its lipsmacking regional recipes and bountiful hauls of red snow crabs. It’s also the closest thing to…

Korea Slow Trip – Jeju’s BBQ Black Pork and Beltfish Stew

The sizzle of red meat and oil was fully crackling as the smokey aroma of charred fat filled the room, despite the latest in Korean restaurant ventilation at this fancy BBQ joint. We’re having the designated Korean natural monument of…

Korea Slow Trip – Seriously Authentic Seafood in Jeju

Live sea bream served raw as hoe. Abalones served raw, stewed or atop a dolsot rice seasoned with abalone liver pâté. Beltfish at peak winter season served in an addictively spicy stew. We had a lot of seafood dishes over…

Korea Slow Trip – Udo Island, Jeju Chill at its Best

With a 4th day on Jeju-do — it’s a Korea Slow Trip after all! — we visited picturesque Udo for a theraputic afternoon of unwinding on its pristine beaches and zooming around in an electric three wheeler. If this picture…

Korea Slow Trip – Essential Jeju in One Day

Is this even possible? Now I’m certainly not advocating traveling all the way to breathtaking Jeju-do — UNESCO World Heritage Site and seafood capital of Korea — and spending just one or two nights. That’s just shortchanging yourself. But for…

Korea Slow Trip – Snow Storm on Subtropical Jeju Island

It would have been the classic winter scenery at Uji or Shizuoka, endless rows of immaculately manicured tea plants dusted in powdery white like icing sugar on a matcha pound cake. Ferocious snow storms thumped the floor-to-ceiling windows, catching even…

Korea Slow Trip in 3 to 4 Weeks – Itinerary

The itinerary for our self-guided Korea Slow Trip, which fatefully coincided with the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Korea, was optimized multiple times before arriving at the final version below: Day 01: Incheon Airport – Gimpo Airport –…