Korea - Seoul/Ulsan/Busan
Aug 2, 11, 12:38 pm
I'll be heading to South Korea later this week for a month of work there. I'll be working in the Ulsan/Busan areas during the week and plan to hang out in Seoul on the weekends. This will be my second time visiting Korea, so I'm familiar with how to get around. However, I'd like some recommendations for foreigner friendly bars in any of the three cities.
Also, last time I was there I had Samgyetang (Korean chicken ginseng soup) at an off the beaten path restaurant in Geoje. It was probably one of the best meals I've had. I won't be in that area this time, so I'd like to find this type of place in Seoul/Ulsan/Busan. Can anyone help?
Aug 3, 11, 3:02 pm
You're so right...Samgyetang is fantatastic! I have two favorite Samgyetang restaurants in Seoul -- both north of the river, and both within walking distance of the Westin Chosun Hotel (for purposes of orientation).
The first is (north of the Westin) in the alley directly behind the Kyobo (Gyobo) Building (the office building with the bookstore in the basement). If you have an office on the back side of the building you can look down on the restaurant. Here's a view of the alley http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12977487
The second is (west of the Westin) on Seodaemun, north side of the street (right side walking away from the Westin). Here's a pic of the restaurant:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/18783803 Google Earth can also guide you right to it.
I miss samgyetang :(
It's a 2 hour bullet train ride from Seoul to Busan. You can get good samgehtang anywhere in Korea, it's a staple.
Aug 3, 11, 10:51 pm
zero2hu was correct in asking for Samgyetang recommendations. It is a specialty food and is NOT available in the vast majority of Korean restaurants in Seoul. Due to the very nature of the dish, nine out of ten restaurants don't carry it.
Aug 4, 11, 12:47 am
Tosokchon (http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FO/FO_EN_6_4_4.jsp?cid=582457) was excellent when I visited a few weeks ago. It's near Gwangwahmun.
Aug 4, 11, 2:53 am
I've been to a really famous place in Gangnam with Korean business partners but would probably not trek a long way for samgyetang.
There is at least one samgyetang chain that does take-aways in proper boxes (aka you don't have to return the plates to the restaurant) and the taste is perfectly adequate. It's one of the best foods for physical revival anywhere.
Aug 14, 12, 6:51 am
Beached Bar at Gwangan Beach is great. It's the Kiwi bar in Korea .. always has the rugby on if a game is being played. Owned by Craig, a New Zealander, and his Korean wife. Good food, good beer and good banter. http://busanhaps.com/nightlife/beached-cafe-sports-bar