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Myung Dong Eating Paradise, Seoul, Korea

Image by Matthew Penna

The ultra-urban city of Seoul is best experienced gastronomically. One first realizes this while stepping off the jetway and catching a whiff of the unmistakable aroma of Seoul – a sort of kimchi-and-spices medley. Seoul is massive, so targeting the tourist spots for starters is a sound idea.

One of the larger tourist shopping districts, Myung-dong, hosts hundreds of street vendors selling all types of delicious eats. For a nominal fee, you can sit outside and enjoy said eats while knocking back a few beers with the locals.

Enjoying Korean barbeque is something not to miss. Seated at a table supporting a recessed charcoal grill, expect the waitstaff to bring out an assortment of marinaded meats for you to cook yourself. It’s fun, but keep in mind that most guidebooks recommend you cook your meat well-done to avoid any gastrointestinal issues.

Kimchi, a Korean favorite, is pedaled at every tourist point. Resist the urge to buy! Any local market is just as good, but for half the price.

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The ultra-urban city of Seoul is best experienced gastronomically. One first realizes this while stepping off the jetway and catching a whiff of the unmistakable aroma of Seoul – a sort of kimchi-and-spices medley. Seoul is massive, so targeting the tourist spots for starters is a sound idea.

One of the larger tourist shopping districts, Myung-dong, hosts hundreds of street vendors selling all types of delicious eats. For a nominal fee, you can sit outside and enjoy said eats while knocking back a few beers with the locals.

Enjoying Korean barbeque is something not to miss. Seated at a table supporting a recessed charcoal grill, expect the waitstaff to bring out an assortment of marinaded meats for you to cook yourself. It’s fun, but keep in mind that most guidebooks recommend you cook your meat well-done to avoid any gastrointestinal issues.

Kimchi, a Korean favorite, is pedaled at every tourist point. Resist the urge to buy! Any local market is just as good, but for half the price.

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