Food I had in Seoul (Summer 2015 trip)

Actual days of travel: 7-9 Aug & 13-16 Aug 

Great news for Muslims visiting Seoul. There are now many more halal food options for you to try out. Best of all, they are authentic Korean food. So you no longer have to depend on just Muree at Itaewon (where the food is only so-so).

Let me share about the ones I discovered on my recent trip.

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My Jeju Map

As I’m preparing for my upcoming trip to Jeju, decided to put together this map of my accommodation, attractions I plan to visit, and interesting vegetarian/halal-friendly/ halal food places in Jeju for my reference.   Hopefully others will find the map useful too! (This map is still a work in progress and will be continuously updated over June – Aug 2015 as I plan my trip). (Also see my Seoul map here).

Last Updated: 4 July 2015

Note: Those labelled “Tried & Tested by Ms. RaRa” are those that I’ve actually visited on my last trip. Other places were found based on my research online. When you click on each place on the map, you will also also see links to blogs/websites that I referred to. Click on those for more info. The following are my main references.

Presentation on visiting Korea for the Wander Women

I’m a member of Wander Women, a meetup group set up for female travellers in Singapore. Had the chance to do a sharing about visiting Korea (focusing on Jeju Island and Suncheon Bay) to the group on 30 May. Thanks to the Korea Tourism Office in Singapore for providing us a space at Korea Plaza to hold the session. Thanks as well to Melody, Wander Women founder, and fellow speakers Wendy and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was our star speaker for the day – she is a travel ambassador for Korea under the KTO Global Seoul Mate programme and has blogged extensively about her trravel exploits on https://polkadotyyann.wordpress.com/.   In the spirit of sharing, below are the slides that I prepared for the event. (Wave to those who were at the session! Do leave a comment below to say hi :))

My map of Seoul

I first started putting together this map for my first trip to Seoul in Apr 2014. It indicates halal/halal-friendly/vegetarian eating places and shopping areas. Decided to add on to it as I plan my 3rd trip to Seoul (in Aug this yr). It is still a work in progress and will be continuously updated over June-August 2015. You can zoom in and click on the icons for more details. Give me a shout-out in the comments section if you find it useful 🙂

Last updated: 2 June 2015

Korea Summer Trip 2015

Saw Korea in spring and autumn last year, so hv planned a summer trip this time round. Bought my air tics yesterday.. Flying out to seoul on 7 Aug and returning on 16 aug. This time I hope to do much more cycling compared to my autumn trip when I just did some sections along the han river in seoul.
Just haven’t decided whether to do Jeju Round Island, or tackle (part of) the Seoul-Busan route. Also vaguely wondering whether I should try and find a travel buddy this time round, cos the thought of cycling alone is scary!! Dun think any of my friends wld be keen to join though 😦 I have heard of a group cycling trip for foreigners starting from seoul, but I think tt will be in June.

Anyway, at least my flight is sorted!

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Food I had in Seoul (Spring 2014 trip)

Actual days of travel: 13-14 Apr & 16-19 Apr in Seoul

While there are quite a lot of halal restaurants in Seoul, they are not evenly distributed around the city, with many concentrated in the Itaewon area. As I chose not so stay in the Itaewon area (as it is far from other attractions), before the trip I had to do quite a bit of research to find out where I could get vegetarian/halal-friendly food around the places I planned to stay at or visit. The research paid off and I rarely found myself hungry with no viable options nearby (people who’ve travelled with me before know how grumpy I can get when it’s lunchtime but we can’t find food or need to travel some more to get food). So here goes, my brief review of the places I had a chance to dine at back in April 2014. They include Oh Sae Gae Hyang, Gwangjang Market & Murree Restaurant Hope fellow Muslim travellers or vegetarians will find the post useful.

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Food I had in Jeju (Spring 2014 trip)

Actual dates of travel: 10-13 Apr 2014

When travelling, I try to look for halal food, or halal-friendly food. However, in Korea, it is difficult to find halal-certified food outside of major cities like Seoul and Busan. Even in these cities, the options are limited. Also, I wanted to try some local cuisine, ‘cos isn’t that one of the fun aspects of travelling? That’s where the halal-friendly options came into play. By halal-friendly, I mean food from places that are not certified halal, but whereby the food itself is from permissible sources (e.g. seafood or vegetables) and there is little or no risk of contamination with non-permissible items (i.e., the shop doesn’t sell non-halal meat). Here, I share the places where I found such food in Jeju.

[Update, 1 July 2015: You can view the locations of most of the restaurants below + other halal-friendly options on my customised Jeju Map; https://seoulnme.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/my-jeju-map/

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