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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.

 

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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!

 

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Dark Side of Seoul EXTENDED EDITION

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Dark Side of Seoul

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Joe McPherson

Joe McPherson

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

 

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

 

Marie

Marie

Guide (Private)

 

Marie Frenette has called Korea her home for more than 10 years. She is fluent in the local language. She is interested in plant-based living, sustainability, globe-trotting and is also the volunteer Seoul rep for the vegan food app Happy Cow.

 

Jasmine Sohn

Jasmine Sohn

Guide (Gangnam Secrets, Private)

 

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. 

 

John Park

John Park

Guide (Seoul Pub Crawl)

 

Korean American who's classically trained in bartending. Arrived to Korea just as cocktails and craft beers have placed a foothold amongst the youthful neophiles. John as seen or directly participated in the positive changes to the drinking culture that is the Korean nightlife.

 

Shawn Morrissey

Shawn Morrissey

Dark Side of Seoul

 

Heritage interpreter, writer, comic book raconteur, armchair weird fiction scholar, self-proclaimed automath, sipper of fine dram, ambler of high places, hopeless conservationist. 17 years of pondering aimlessly in Korea.

 

Michael Hurt, Ph. D.

Michael Hurt, Ph. D.

Street Fashion Photography

 

One of Seoul's most experienced and respected Korean-American street fashion photographers. Dr. Hurt knows the ins and outs of spotting great street models, the art and legalities of Korean street photography, and making your shots look great.

 

 

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Restaurants in Myeong-dong: A Quick Guide

Restaurants in Myeong-dong: A Quick Guide

Where are the good restaurants in Myeong-dong? Short answer: There aren't any. No, that isn't entirely true. If you're looking for great food in Myeong-dong be prepared for disappointment. Here's why. A long time ago, Myeong-dong was a great vibrant place for food....

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Top Things To Do In Seoul: Palaces

Top Things To Do In Seoul: Palaces

The Short and Blunt Guide to Seoul's Palaces Palaces are one of the top things to do in Seoul. If you're coming to Seoul for a short time just go to one palace. Seriously. From my own experience and from talking to guests on our tours, once you've seen one...

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10 Unique Souvenirs You Should Get In Seoul

10 Unique Souvenirs You Should Get In Seoul

Don't know what to buy in Korea? Here are some Korean souvenirs. One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting Korean souvenirs and gifts for friends, family, and office mates. What are good things to buy in Korea? I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004,...

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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 blustery, but we...

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A Little Hollywood

A Little Hollywood

A few weeks ago I just had one person sign up for the Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out. 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...

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The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch

We had two guests for the Ultimate Korean BBQ Night Out 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...

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