Escape from the Tourists
Gangnam and Garosu-gil are known for their ostentatious wealth, plastic surgery palaces, and tourist-friendly restaurants. Really, Gangnam is a land of Dunkin Donuts and corporate coffee chains. Your guide Jasmine will show you this, and then she’ll show you the secret places that the selfie-stick wielding tourists know nothing about. Start out with some street food and walk around the wide boulevards of neon. Then duck into the alleyways. Enjoy a meal of sizzling charcoal grilled Chicken Galbi, a rarity in Seoul. Then duck into an old Korean version of a speakeasy–a supermarket with a pub in the back. This is ’70s style gamaek culture from the Jeonju region. It’s like nothing you’d see in glitzy Gangnam.
Shh… don’t tell anyone!
So, to break it down
- Korean street food
- Full Chicken Galbi meal
- Old-fashioned speakeasy pub
Wear comfortable shoes and bring an ample appetite. The ticket price includes all food. It also includes alcoholic beverages (within reason). Non-alcoholic option is available.
Time: 7 p.m.
Length of tour: approx. 2 1/2 hours
Type: Walking, eating
Food types for special diet consideration: meat (chicken, fish, maybe pork), alcohol, smoky environments (even though smoking technically isn’t allowed)
Suggested items: Comfortable walking shoes, umbrella (depends), camera
Start location: Sinsa Station, exit 8 (line 3)