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Exploring Rural Korea

Exploring Rural Korea

Although Seoul is full of adventure and exploration, rural Korea has much more to offer. For something completely different, head away from the city and fully uncover everything that South Korea is home to. Head slightly north and experience to beauty of Bukhansan National Park. This luscious Korean ecosystem provides scenic views and offers some of Korea's most beautiful fauna and flora. The Bukhansan National Park is easy to get to and top of our list for a must-do when in Korea.  

Go even further North to the less-populated Gangwon-do. This province is a region of contrast, holding some of Korea's tranquil beaches and bushland as well as being the boarder to North Korea. This region is covered in mountains and has no shortage of outdoor activities during all seasons of the year. Gangwon-do's capital, Chuncheon has no shortage of action where it is also known for its various markets and busting nightlife.

Regardless of where you go, The Lonely Planet describes the food culture and customs as a must-do. From the everyday touristy markets, to the alleyway stalls, Korea has a lot to offer. Although not as well-known as kimchi, Korea is home to many other culinary delights. Our top five recommendations are:

1.       Korean barbecued beef - This Korean favourite has been adopted internationally. This method of cooking involves grilling your chosen cut of meat over hot charcoals. Korean barbeques are abundant in flavour combinations and spices, with every experience being different from the next.

2.       Pork Bulgogi - Stemming from the barbeque theme, Pork Bulgogi is a sweet and spicy barbequed favourite. This staple owes it popularity to the unique flavour from Chile pepper paste and crushed red pepper and is found at most barbeque restaurants.

3.       Jeon - This Korea's version of a pan-fried pancake, made with endless combinations of meats and vegetables. This dish is often served as an appetizer, side dish or even a dessert. This Korean favourite is also known to be popular in Royal Korean cuisine.

4.       Bap and Juk - This meal is another authentic Korean classic. Bap and Juk is a rice porridge dish that is considered a staple throughout the nation. It is not only served for breakfast, but also a side dish for a special occasion and is often eaten to improve one's health.

5.       Hangover Stew - Known as Haejagguk among the locals, this rich broth is known to be Korea's little secret to that nasty hangover. Often made with beef or pork as well as a varied combination of vegetables, this soup is known to do wonders to give you a kick start after a big night out.

 

If you're eager to try your hand at authentic Korean cooking, be sure to check out Asian Home Gourmet's Korean products.


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