Korean Drinking Culture

Bottoms up! Korean Soju Shots

I just wrote an article for Koreataste.org which has been kind enough to ask me to write for them on a regular basis. The site is one of the best sites I have seen so far for Korean food. It’s new (It has only been open since August 15th), but it has a wealth of content on the site. I wish that I could make Seouleats that organized. Anyway, I’m a writer and I’m happy to write for them.

Here is an excerpt of the article. Jump over to their site to read the rest. Please vote (Give a Thumbs up!) and leave a comment. It makes the site administrators (and me) very happy.

When our company, O’ngo Food Communications (www.ongofood.com) started our night dining tours, our concept was to introduce real Korea to tourists and have them experience the culture through the cuisine. It has become our most popular tour with over 200 participants.

We start our tour around the shops of working class people around Kwangjang Market. As night falls, the busy streets become calm and craftsmen and shops turn off their lights and the business energy transforms into joviality as workers shake off the dust of the day’s toil over tin cups of rice wine and platters of fried, crispy potato latkes-like pancakes (bindaetteok).

Our guests that join our tour are very excited about Korea. It is an actualization of a dream for them. They have read about Korea from books and magazines, they have seen it on television and in movies, and they have heard about it from other travelers. They are optimistic, excited, and even a little scared.

Go here to read the rest with more pictures :)


Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007, www.seouleats.com, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (www.ongofood.com), which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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  • 40adventures

    I read the rest in Koreantaste.org but could not comment so I'm commenting here:

    Wonderful article, it transported me into the scene and I felt like I was one of the tourists enjoying a night out in Korea. When I get to Korea I will definitely take this tour.

  • Simon Davey

    Ever wondered why soju is W1000 ?

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