Exploring the East Coast by Sea Train

A great, fun-filled and of course the most exciting way to survey the very beautiful east coast of Korea is none other than boarding the Sea Train which holds tons of surprises. The tourist train stretches from Jeongdongjin to Samcheok and is comprised of four divided cabins with special rooms, one standard room and one…

Chewy, spicy, delicious tteokbokki

Tteokbokki or stir-fried rice cakes are popular Korean street food; sold either in pojangmacha (street stalls). Spotting tteokbokki while on a crowded street isn’t that hard – the red, and soupy treat stands out from the rest of the stuff sold along the streets of Korea. The Korean dish is made from garatteok, or the…

The Brilliant Castle: Hwaseong Fortress

More than just a historical landmark, this UNESCO world Heritage site, Hwaseong Fortress (which means Brilliant Castle/Fortress), is considered a national treasure for its wonderful origin, and is also the epitome of the rich Joseon Dynasty. The establishing of the fortress marks the development of Korean architecture, urban planning, landscaping and related arts. The majestic…

Samgyupsal: in the company of the King

In many Korean restaurants across the globe, samgyupsal is King and while in Korea this might not entirely be the case, it still is a favorite in the vast Korean food repertoire – so much so that March 3 is dedicated to samgyupsal, and is rightfully called Samgyupsal Day. Imagine this setting: a Korean restaurant…

Round and round the bindaetteok goes

In Korea, the bumchigae or pancake family is rarely sweet but is commonly packed with ingredients and eaten as a side dish to an elaborate meal spread. This is especially true with haemul pajeon and kimchi bumchigae, but perhaps in this category of Korean food none is as packed as the bindaetteok or the mung…

Striking visuals for jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon has a black sauce, and visually it looks a little unusual – with yellow pickled radish as an optional and very delicious side and an egg, if the menu says so. Jajangmyeon is directly translated as noodles with black bean sauce, and it was originally a Chinese dish that first appeared in the port…