20 of the Best Korean Food and Drinks You Must Try When Visiting

Korean food culture is seriously no joke. You may know about kimchi, barbecue, and bibimbap, but this country's cuisine is as varied as it is vast.

During our visit to the country, we made it our mission to try a new item in almost every meal- and accomplishing this goal was quite easy. We are not exaggerating when we say you could eat out for two weeks without having the same thing twice other than banchan (included sides). We cannot make that claim in many countries!

To help you get an idea of what you should try when visiting this delicious country, this guide was born.

This one is set up to discuss the dishes themselves, but at the end of each section we give one or two restaurant recommendations where you can find a stellar iteration!

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Millennium Hilton Seoul Review – A Business Hotel in South Korea

During our South Korea trip, we decided to splurge on a couple of nights at the high-end Millennium Hilton Seoul with points.

Thanks in part to our diamond status with the hotel chain, we ended up getting a rather nice room on a high floor which was quite comfortable and had a stunning view. 

But while the room and property itself was every bit of what we expect of a Hilton chain, we have to say, this one is perhaps not the best for tourists- it feels like a business traveler hotel more than anything!

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How to Visit South Korea Without Spending a Lot of Money

Before visiting South Korea, we weren't quite sure about how cheaply you could travel in the country.

We knew it would likely be much more reasonable than Japan, and assumed it would be much more expensive than South East Asia. Where in the middle it fell, well, we weren't quite sure.

As it turns out, South Korea ended up being quite reasonable overall and we had a stellar time for two weeks for just over $3,000 (excluding airfare, which we paid on points). But for this series, we don't want to just share our own personal spending. Here, we want to look at just how cheap you can get a trip to South Korea while still doing the country justice.

So in this one we will break down traveling in South Korea by spending type and then compare it to how we did on our trip at the end!

Pricing is based on our visit to South Korea in October 2019. 

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A Food-Centric Two Week South Korea Itinerary with Jeju Island

South Korea was one of our favorite destinations in recent memory. From history to culture, food, and everything in between, South Korea delivered day after day.

As there are numerous options out there when visiting, we decided to publish our South Korea itinerary (with Jeju Island included) to help give you an idea of what you can do when visiting!

Unlike other itinerary style posts, we are not going to break this down on what you should see in any given day, but rather take a broader look as to why you should visit each destination, some of the highlights you need to see, and a discussion on how much time is required when visiting. As we found out, figuring out how many days we needed was the hardest part.

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