Anthony Bourdain

 

Andrew Zimmern

Gizzi Erskine

Gary Mehigan

Eric Ripert

Ryan Clift

We have guided these famous chefs around Seoul. Let us guide you as well!

The Dark Side of Seoul

EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Korea’s only ghost tour.

Murder! Ghosts! Sex! This is the side of Seoul that you won’t find in the tourism brochures. Take a tour down the dark alleys of the forgotten 600-year history of bloody massacres, seedy hideaways, and mourning ghosts. Stops on this tour include the following:

  • The site of a gruesome massacre
  • The bridge whose stones tell a dark story that lovers and passersby know nothing about
  • A neighborhood known to be occupied by the spirits of prostitutes who met grisly ends

Also check out The Dark Side of Seoul EXTENDED EDITION.

PLAYING EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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Chicken and Beer Pub Crawl

EVERY TUESDAY

Chicken and beer is an obsession in Korea. It is one of the best ways to enjoy an evening with friends and new acquaintances. It’s also a great way to take a plunge into Korean night culture. You’d better get your eating and drinking hat on because we go to THREE chicken pubs in the lively Hongdae area.

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The Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out

EVERY MONDAY

Have an authentic Korean night out

Dine at the epicenter of Mapo-style barbecue for some charcoal grilled pork, aged kimchi, and raucous atmosphere. We will then head to the Jeon (Korean Pancake) Market for some cool photos and take our secret entrance into a traditional pub to chill for the evening.

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Groovy Hongdae Stroll

Seoul’s coolest and quirkiest neighborhood.

Why go Gangnam Style when Hongdae is the place to be? This quirky neighborhood full of students, artists, bohemians, punks, hippies, and just general eccentrics is the MUST SEE stop when in Seoul. We take you on a two-hour stroll through the secret alleys to show you the coolest restaurants, bars, and clubs. Don’t worry! We’ll email a map afterward so you can go back to the places you liked best. Hongdae is the home of Korean pop culture’s future. When your grandkids think of Korean pop culture, Hongdae will be where it started

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Don’t go it alone

Eat with us!

Experienced Tour Guides

Our guides are old hats in Seoul. Some are bloggers. Some are interpreters. Some are chefs and food writers. They ALL have a passion to show visitors around their ‘hoods.

Unique Tours

These aren’t conventional tours. These are the insiders’ guides to Seoul with no propaganda and no trips to salesmen.

Easy Payments

You can pay securely in USD online through PayPal or pay in Korean Won by bank transfer or in cash.

Unbelievable Stories

Never be at a loss for party conversation again. Brag to your friends at home the things you ate, the tales you learned, and the people you met.

The Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out

Eat like Anthony Bourdain
$60-90/person
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Chicken & Beer Pub Crawl

The Ultimate Night Out
$50-85/person
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Dark Side of Seoul

Korea's only ghost tour
$30-40/person
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Groovy Hongdae Stroll

Explore Seoul's quirkiest and most exciting neighborhood
$30-50/person
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If you enjoy good food and want to learn about eating habits and table manners in korea, it’s the ideal solution.

Helene

The Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out

Although I’m not a believer of ghosts, it was still awesome to learn the history of all those places!

Deb

Dark Side of Seoul EXTENDED EDITION

It’s a tour which is off the normal tourist track which makes it even better.

Janet

The Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out

The Dark Side of Seoul Tour was a blast! Joe was a knowledgeable and accommodating guide that told interesting stories with a dramatic flair! I was legitimately creeped out by a few of them.

Rachel

Dark Side of Seoul

GUIDES

Joe McPherson

Joe McPherson

Owner, Guide (BBQ, Dark Side, Chicken & Beer)

Joe founded ZenKimchi as Korea’s oldest food blog in 2004. He is a food writer and extremely minor celebrity.

Jasmine Sohn

Jasmine Sohn

Guide (Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out)

Jasmine has worked at the Korea Foundation, British Council, and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family spreading the word about Korea. Her specialty is organizing programs for the delegations from the world to help them understand Korean history, culture, and to build a network with locals. She loves to wander Seoul around looking for tasty restaurants, and share the secrets of Korean cuisine and its sub culture with people from all across the world. 
Marie Frenette

Marie Frenette

Guide (Groovy Hongdae Stroll, Private Tours)

Cory May

Cory May

Guide (BBQ)

Cory is a Korean-American YouTuber, who has been making videos about Korean food, culture, and life in Seoul for more than 3 years. When walking around Seoul, he gets lost on purpose, with the intent on discovering hidden food spots in the back alleys and side streets of Seoul. His main objective is to show Korea as it really is, with the rest of the world.

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Chicken & Beer Night

Chicken & Beer Night

I really get happy when someone signs up for the Chicken & Beer Pub Crawl. I just love Korean chicken and beer. I don’t get to go out for it much these days unless someone signs up. We had five with us this week. The weather was unusually chilly and...

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A Little Hollywood

A Little Hollywood

A few weeks ago I just had one person sign up for the BPM Tour. Even though I really don’t make money when one person signs up, I still love doing the tour. I meet the most interesting people, and we both have a great time. He was a young bearded man from L.A....

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BPM Tour: iWatch

BPM Tour: iWatch

We had two guests for the BPM Tour last night. A lovely young woman from Malaysia, and an American living in Japan. The American works for Apple, and he was sporting the new iWatch–the first one I’ve seen in the wild. We all got to play with it a bit. One...

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