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South Korea with Kevin Lee (chefboylee) Food

Seoul - Jeonju - Gwanju

2022: Apr 24 - Apr 30


They say the road to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so to understand the soul of Seoul and beyond is to slurp, crunch, and munch your way through the belly of South Korea. Through the lens of Korea’s culinary scene, you will discover the diversity and heritage of the country through each delicious bite.

  • 7 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers from Incheon International Airport (ICN), we recommend arriving between 09:00 AM and 05:00 PM.

  • TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer to Incheon International Airport (ICN), we recommend departing between 08:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Activities Included

  • Seoul City Tour
  • Kimchi Making Class
  • Gwangjang Food Market Tour
  • DMZ & Korean Army Stew Tour
  • Korean Fried Chicken Cooking Course
  • Hanok Village and Street Food Tour
  • Chocopie Making Class
  • Sunchang Gochujang Village & Museum Visit
  • Juknokwon Bamboo Visit
  • Hanjeongsik Experience
  • Gochujang Making Experience

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 4 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Chefboylee

Hello, my name is Kevin! I'm a trained chef turned food content creator. I currently live in LA, and love to travel. I enjoy meeting new people, exploring different cultures, and teaching people what I know about food/cooking.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022

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Day 1

After a long journey, you’ve made it! Welcome to Seoul! After clearing customs and immigration you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city where your adventure begins.

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers from Incheon International Airport (ICN), we recommend arriving between 09:00 AM and 05:00 PM.

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Included welcome dinner at a Korean BBQ

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Hotel MidCity Myeong-dong

Overnight in Seoul

Day 2

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

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Day 2

Rise and shine to your first full day in Seoul! Fashion, technology, tradition, and K-pop all together in one city. This morning, your guide will meet you for a full-day tour of this stunning city.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Included lunch at local restaurant

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Seoul City Tour

Despite being a futuristic city, the soul of Seoul is ingrained into its traditions and past. Your first stop will be Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty built in 1395. Your guide will give you an orientation of the palace and you will also have some time for some photos.

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Kimchi Making Class

Take part in a Kimchi-making class. In the end, you will be served a snack of Korean pancakes to pair with your kimchi.

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Gwangjang Food Market Tour

Head to the nation’s first market, Gwangjang Market. The Gwanjang Market is still thriving, with the bottom floor serving as a labyrinth of vendors and food stalls. Here you will sample some of the city’s iconic street food staples like bindaetteok, tteokbokki, mayak kimbap, and san-nakji.

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Hotel MidCity Myeong-dong

Overnight in Seoul

Day 3

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2022

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Day 3

Good morning, today is another full day of exploring this unique nation and culture.

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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DMZ & Korean Army Stew Tour

your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a morning tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Korea is the only divided country in the world, as after the Korean War, South Korea and North Korea established a border that cut the peninsula roughly in half. The DMZ is one of the final relics of the Cold War. Like many places in the world, the cuisine is created through necessity and Korea is no different. For lunch, you will have a local favorite Budae Jiggae, a recipe built on necessity. Literally translated as ‘army base stew,’ the dish consists of surplus ingredients that were smuggled out of American army bases after the Korean War.

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lunch

Included lunch

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Korean Fried Chicken Cooking Course

You will meet with a local chef for a Korean fried chicken cooking class. You will learn all the secret tips and tricks to making the perfect crispy chicken to impress your friends back home.

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Hotel MidCity Myeong-dong

Overnight in Seoul

Day 4

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022

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Day 4

This morning you will wave goodbye to Seoul and head to Jeonju, the provincial and cultural capital Jeollabuk-do, and the birthplace of bibimbap.

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Hanok Village and Street Food Tour

While the city of Jeonju has been industrialized, Hanok Village maintains its charm with its 735 traditional homes at the center. The village is also a great place to wander and sample some regional Jeonju street food. But leave some room for lunch, as your guide will take you to their favorite bibimbap spot in town.

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lunch

Included lunch

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Chocopie Making Class

Another holdover from the war, the army left behind the chocopie, a local favorite. You will have short and fun workshop and make your own chocopie to snack on for now and for later.

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Jeonju

Overnight in Jeonju

Day 5

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

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Day 5

Today will be a day to indulge all your senses. Bring your camera and your appetite as you delve further into the culture of South Korea.

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Sunchang Gochujang Village & Museum Visit

The tiny village of 149 people specializes in 1 thing, gochujang paste. As you enter the village, you will notice rows and rows of hang-a-ri or clay pots used to ferment the chili paste. After sampling and perhaps purchasing some gochujang to bring home, you head to Damyang for lunch. Damyang is famous for its Tteokgalbi, or grilled short rib patties.

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lunch

Included lunch

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Juknokwon Bamboo Visit

You will be guided to the Juknokwon Bamboo forest for a little stroll. A digestive walk is probably a good idea as the indulgence continues in the evening.

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Hanjeongsik Experience

Dinner tonight is the Hanjeongsik, a full-course meal consisting of what seems like infinite small plates of banchan that surround various main dishes. The Hanjeongsik is considered a special meal that was served to royals and aristocrats.

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dinner

Included dinner

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Ramada Gwanju

Overnight in Gwanju

Day 6

Friday, Apr 29, 2022

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Day 6

Today is your last full day in South Korea with your crew. We have a full itinerary today as we finish out this amazing (and tasty) trip.

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Gochujang Making Experience

The savory, sweet, spicy, and fermented condiment is widely used in Korean cooking. Although it is more readily available in commercial supermarkets, nothing beats homemade gochujang. Your local expert will guide you on the secret tips and tricks to make the best gochujang to bring home.

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dinner

Included farewell dinner at local restaurant

accommodation

Hotel MidCity Myeong-dong

Overnight in Seoul

Day 7

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022

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Day 7

All good things must come to an end but only until our next adventure! You will be transferred to the airport for your departure and wave goodbye to your travel buddies and South Korea!

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breakfast

Included breakfast at hotel

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 1 transfer to Incheon International Airport (ICN), we recommend departing between 08:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Cancellation Policy

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*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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