Monday, June 25, 2012

Korean Food Tours in Korea




The Seoul Eats Blog is my hobby. My company, O'ngo Food Communications, offers food tours and cooking classes in Seoul for visitors. See our website at www.ongofood.com



KOREAN NIGHT DINING TOUR
If you are interested in Korea’s exciting nightlife and drinking culture, then this is the tour for you. The tour will take you through the back alleys of Korea to experience Korean alcohols and food while learning fun drinking
games and talking about the culture and history of Korea. We will go to at least 4 different restaurants and try a variety of delicious alcohols and foods. This is a 4 hour tour. (Discounted no alcohol option available.) On colder days or other bad weather days, we minimize walking and take public transportation.





KOREAN TASTE TOUR
This is a 2 and a half hour walking food tour that will show you the real Korea as we seek out classic shops, street stalls, and restaurants. At each stop, we'll have a small bite before dashing off to the next place. The tour starts with a cooking demonstration and tasting at O’ngo Culinary School. Then we’ll head to a market and walk the streets and the winding alleys of Seoul while tasting and snacking at each stop. We will have a full lunch and stop at least 6  places so be sure to come hungry. Restaurants may differ from tour to tour.





SEOUL'S GOURMET RESTAURANT TOURS
Explore culinary Seoul with restaurant critic and consultant, Daniel Gray, as he takes you to the top restaurants for Korean traditional and contemporary cuisine. You'll get to meet the chefs, explore the kitchens, and see the markets where they get the ingredients. You'll get an insider's perspective of the Seoul restaurant scene. Daniel Gray runs the food blog Seoul Eats and has been featured in Bizarre Foods, Food Network Asia, and the Kimchi Chronicles. He has consulted and done tours for CJ Foods, P.F. Chang's, Yum Foods, celebrities and chefs.





COEX FOOD TOURS
Due to popular demand, we have started tours south of the river near the COEX. These tours are designed for people that are here for a conference or meetings, but don't have the time to venture north of the river for our regular night dining tour. The tour starts with a visit to a Buddhist Temple to try some local teas. We'll then go to a Korean BBQ house famous for their marinated meats and frozen yogurt, finally, we'll go to a local cloudy rice wine house to try savory pan-fried delicacies.





KOREAN FISH MARKET TOUR
Noryrangjin Fish Market is the largest wholesale and commercial fish market in Seoul. Here you’ll see the everyday life at the fish market. After the tour, we’ll get to pick out our lunch from the tanks and have it prepared for us at a restaurant inside the market. Lunch and tour is provided. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sandals and open toed shoes are not recommended. This tour lasts about 2 and a half hours.





VEGAN TASTE TOUR
Trying to find Vegan food in Korea can be hard. On this tour we will introduce you to some of the best vegan and temple cuisine that Korea has to offer. All of the food is local, healthy, and delicious. We carefully select restaurants that do not use any fish sauce or meat-based stock. This tour is also good for Halal and Kosher people. We'll visit a tofu restaurant, a temple cuisine restaurant, a dessert restaurant, and tea house.



All tours include food, drinks, and a guide. Tours are led by English, Spanish, or Japanese Speaking Guides. Tours are run daily (Minimum 3 people per tour. If there are less than 3 people there is a $10 surcharge per person. Private tours and couple tours are available.) Pickup from your hotel in Seoul is available for an extra charge (depends on location). All costs include 10% Korean Tax. Please call at +82-2-3446-1607 or email at ongofood@ongofood.com to make reservations. These prices are set prices so please do not ask for discounts.





 




DANIEL GRAY
Tours are designed and often led by Daniel Gray, a Korean-American Adoptee that returned to Korea in 2005 to learn about Korean culture and to do a search for his birth mother. He started the very popular food blog, Seoul Eats and now writes, consults, and markets for organizations in Korea and overseas.




Private City Tours

If you are looking for a more custom Seoul experience we offer private tours.

Our private tours are a customized tour of the city and we help you get familiar with the city by means of taxi, subway and on foot. These tours are led by our local experts that speak English or Japanese. These tours are designed for those that would like to maximize their time in Korea to see as many of the authentic markets, palaces and sites from a insider's perspective. These are private tours for small groups, so we don't merge with other groups. See a sample itinerary here http://www.ongofood.com/?p=795 Keep in mind, that we customize tours exclusively for each of our clients, so let us know what your interests are and we can design a tour for you. Preset tours are also available. In the past we have done tours for antiques shopping, art, shopping, oriental medicine, medical care, architecture, photography, etc- with delicious Korean snacks and great meals along the way.

Our private Korean Food and Culture Tours are 150,000 won per person for a 5 hour tour (Minimum 2 people). Lunch, Transportation, and Guide is included. 250,000 won per person for a 9 hour tour (Minimum 2 people) and 500,000 won per person (Minimum 2 people) for a full day tour (up to 14 hours).  Tours are all inclusive. Admissions, Snacks, Transportation, and Refreshments are included in tours. Taxis, Subways, and Public Transport are included in the costs of the tours. If you would like a private car for your tour it will cost 35,000 an hour.

See our 5 day Kinetic Korea Tour: Food, Shopping and Culture here

See our Seoul Gourmet Restaurant and Food Tours Here

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Family Tours and Company Tours
Coming Soon! Send us an inquiry email at ongofood@ongofood.com




Private High-End Food Tours
We also offer private food tours for those looking for something a bit more adventurous in terms of food. On the private food tours, we'll visit a fish market and a traditional Korean market, have a tasting menu at a high-end, modern Korean restaurant, and visit several local Korean drinking places with food. You'll get to experience a great deal of this foodtastic city with the help of a Korean food expert. We have all inclusive tours and tours where you pay for the food. Contact us for rates.




 


Reviews of our Private Tours: See more reviews at Tripadvisor






“Excellent introduction to Seoul”My husband and I recently had a short stopover in Seoul en-route to London. We contacted Daniel Gray who jointly runs a Korean food school - O’ngo Food Communications in Seoul. We asked him by e-mail to arrange a one-day tour of Seoul as this was our first visit to South Korea. We have over the years travelled widely in southeast and south Asia. He asked us our interests in order to best satisfy our requirements and to enable us to make the most of the day. We said Korean Buddhist art and architecture, and food. The program he put together was excellent and enabled us to meet some very talented people (artists, actors and gallery owners) that just would have not been possible if we had done the “standard tourist tour”. We also enjoyed a delicious Korean barbeque lunch at a locally famous restaurant and had tea at a charming small tea house at a Buddhist temple. It all made for a memorable day and a fabulous introduction to Korea. Highly recommended.John E.
Visited March 2011







“Fantastic”Daniel put together a thoughtful, intelligent, tasteful and highly entertaining tour. He is friendly, attentive, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable. He left us both with many fond memories and an abiding affection for Seoul. I can't recommend him highly enough.Susan F.
Visited April 2011







“This is good, even for family with kids”Our group was two families ofr 4 adults and 5 small children, and somehow Daniel arranged an itenerary that acommodates all ages plus he prepared an extra guide too. With an extra guide, kids can enjoy their own time (child care and tour, all in one) and adults can fully focus to do things they like.We went to Korean markets, shoppings, parks, Nami island, and Nanta cooking show (kids love this). Dak Galbi, Myeongdeong Noodle (must try), Kimchi, Korean BBQ, traditional Korean snacks set our pulse racing. We were served by best of traditional Korean recipes and dishes in various restaurants and traditional markets.We really had an extraordinary experience with Daniel. Thanks Daniel.Wira S.
Visited March 2011







“Fabulous One Day Whirlwind Tour of Seoul”Well, what to do if you have never been to Seoul before and have only one day to get a feeling for the city before starting business meetings. My recommendation is to get in touch with Tours by Locals and ask for Daniel. In my case, this was a private tour since there was only one of me; but Daniel also does tours for small groups. Daniel made a point to find out the kinds of things I was interested in and then planned our agenda accordingly--even making alterations on the fly as we moved through the day. I was very pleased with the introduction to the sites, the culture and the food. Daniel was a great guide to the pleasures of foods available from street vendors--something I might not have been so adventurous about without a knowledgeable local. We hit local markets, museums, palaces and temples and ended up with a sumptuous full course Korean meal accompanied by traditional music and dance performances. It was a perfect one day introduction to a fascinating city. Thanks Daniel.Michaelyn S.
Visited February 2011







“What a great way to see, learn, and experience Seoul”When I'm in a city for a short period of time, I normally hire a private guide for a day or two. Rather than the usual professor or historian, this time I contracted with David to be my so-called food guide. Not only did I have a great time eating my way through the city, I honestly felt like I learned more about everyday life in Seoul through meeting people and experiencing their food than I would in any collection of museums, landmarks, or vistas.David is great and worth every penny. I will rebook with him again on my next trip to Seoul.Jess C.
Visited August 2010