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 Post subject: South Korea!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:59 am 
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I'll be spending most of November in Korea. We're flying into Seoul and still trying to work out where else we want to go. Anyone have tips for food or other fun stuff to see/do?

I'll be using HappyCow a lot and the Alien's Day Out blog. Any other vegan resources out there?


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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:19 am 
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Neat! If you have a chance to meet up with Mipa (the author of Alien's Day Out), she is super nice.

There are many Loving Hut branches in Korea and in Seoul. The one in Insadong does all vegan versions of traditional Korean foods, so that's pretty nice. Loving Huts will also be your best bet for vegan restaurants out of Seoul. I know there is one in Mokpo, one in Yeosu, and for sure at least one in Busan.
In Insadong too, there are a couple of traditional restaurants that do (vegan) temple food, which is a very nice experience. You do need to book in advance with them.

Itaewon is the foreigner district in Seoul; if you are craving stuff like hummus or curry that's where you will find it. Close-ish to Itaewon, Haebancheon street is also quite foreign (but more Western) and has lots and lots of restaurant with veg options, including for breakfast. I don't know if giving you any names would be useful, restaurants have a very short life expectancy in Korea so the places I knew might have gone out of business...

Check the vegetarian and vegan Seoul meetup group on Facebook; when I was there we had gatherings about once a month. They also typically have info on their page about bake sales, restaurants, etc.

Other general advice: November starts being quite cold and very dry, so pack accordingly. If you like to hike / walk, Namsan (the mountain in the middle of Seoul) is very nice, especially their botanical garden-ish area (across from the Hyatt). THey have designed it so that something is in bloom all year long. I used to walk Orion there every morning. You can hike all the way from the Hyatt to Seoul tower in about one hour - it's not super well indicated or blazed but basically take any trail that goes up.

For transports, public transportation in Seoul is great, and so are KTX trains to travel across the country. Buy a reloadable transportation pass when you land (in any convenience store) and take the line 1 train downtown, it's just as fast as a taxi, much cheaper and very comfortable. The pass will also get you a discount on all subway and bus rides. The city bus system is a bit of a pain to figure out, but it does reach more areas (no trains to Namsan for instance).

That's all I can think of right now. Any specific questions?


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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:53 am 
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That's a ton of great information, aelle! Thank you! Any specific cities or other things that I shouldn't miss?


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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:23 pm 
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Here's an inquiry....any suggestions for roughly 6-8ish hours on a layover via Seoul? (We actually have 10 hours total, but taking immigration, boarding and local transit into account).

Or you know, we'll take it easy and enjoy the new airport and basement spa happenings... : )

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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:07 pm 
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Aelle, great list, thanks!

I'm here for 6 weeks doing a show...any Seoul PPKers out there? want to meet up?


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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:47 pm 
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I'm gonna be watching this thread despite my trip not being until June!

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 Post subject: Re: South Korea!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:51 pm 
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layover report! I had 10 hours between flights and taking the express train into the city was SO EASY and decently priced. I was actually going to do a free tour from the Seoul airport, but the timing was a little behind and I'm thrilled I went off on my own. I scrolled happycow's app listings, bookmarked a spot that was supposed to be located quite close to a main subway stop for lunch and made my way to Han Gwa Chae http://www.happycow.net/reviews/han-gwa ... eoul-11982
It's located off a side street in the adorable Insadong walking street/gallery area. The spelling on the sign was slightly different than listed, but it existed and was a fascinating experience of tasty, authentic (or so it seemed!) Korean dishes on a large buffet so I sat there pretty much giddy. Here's my plate: https://instagram.com/p/-Dvcx5tKF2/
I wanted to put the doenjang on everything, and still do.

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