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Must Do's In South Korea

Must Do's In South Korea
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Travelling to South Korea any time soon? Make sure to add some of these destinations below on your bucket list and make the most of what this spectacular destination has to offer!

Myeong-dong District

Directly translating to bright tunnel, Myeong-dong is South Korea's main shopping and culture hub. The district features mid to high tier fashion retailers and is currently the ninth most expensive shopping district in the world. Featuring big name brands such as The Face Shop, Skin Food, and Missha, as well as Polo Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Forever 21, its paradise for any fashionista. 

The district features everything from hotels and restaurants to churches and theatres, including some of South Korea's most famous landmarks like the Myeongdong Cathedral. For those travelling in March/April or in September, the Myeongdong Festival is something you don't want to miss. Held twice annually, the festival runs for several weeks featuring parades, shows and performances throughout the streets. With such diversity, the area truly has something for everyone.

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Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Image: @marfoodadventures


Gyeongbokgung Palace

In the grand shadow of Mount Bugak, the Gyeongbokgung Palace (or Gyeongbok Palace) is the largest of 5 palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. The grand structure, initially constructed in 1395 and restored in the 1980s, is a breath-taking feat of national history in South Korea. Located in the Jongno District, the Palace sits in the heart of Seoul, attracting many tourists and historians throughout the year. A must-see for a budding architecture lover!

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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Hours: 9am-6pm (Closed on Tuesday's)
Phone: +82 2-3700-3900
Image: @iamsamboyle

Seoraksan National Park

Just north east of Seoul is Sokcho, Seoraksan; the largest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range. 
For hikers, the Ulsanbawi rock formation is an awe-inspiring trek. For those inclined, the trip requires a climb of close to 900 steps and some hiking is required on the journey. On the way, there are two different temples to explore and various other natural formations to view.
For the best experience, Seoraksan in autumn is regarded as the most beautiful location is all of South Korea. If you're looking for a humbling nature walk or even a surprising adventure, it's an essential activity.


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Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Open all year round
+82-33-636-7700
Image: @vcmochilando

Jagalchi Fish Market

Located at Nampo Port in Busan, Korea's second largest metropolis, the Jagalchi Fish Markets are the local activity for foodies. The markets range from both outdoor, fresh selection to indoor food stalls. Outside, mongers and small businesses sell both the start to a good dish and the end. 

You can purchase any local seafood all while experiencing Korea's seaside cuisine in all its glory. Be sure to grab some Hoe, a raw fish dish, to munch on as you explore the outdoor displays and then get some hot food inside the pavilion. Fight off the crowd by arriving in the very early hours of the morning and be sure to grab anything to go!

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52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening hours: 5am-9pm
+82 51-713-8000
Image: @chamlk


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Foodie Guide: The Best of Vietnam

Foodie Guide: The Best of Vietnam

Image: Vietnam Travel Blog


When travelling, always travel like a foodie. No idea where to start? We've got you covered!  For the best Pho, Banh, Chao or Mon cuon that will definitely impress your friends back at home, read more below to find the best eats in Vietnam.

Den Long

Both a hotel and a restaurant, Den Long is the pinnacle of professed 'home cooked Vietnamese' in Ho Chi Minh City. With everything you could possibly imagine, including frog's legs, you couldn't get a more authentic experience. Dawned with Hoi-An style décor and hand-crafted clay serving dishes, the restaurants serves up quite the experience with must-try's including the caramelized pork and beef spring rolls.

The location is incredibly tourist friendly, making it a great way place to 'dip in' to the local culture and turn your friends into foodies like you!

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130 Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 90 994 91 83
Opening hours: 10:00am-10:00pm
Image: @aamjayy

Bun Cha 145 Bui Vien

Top rated delicatessen Bun Cha 145 Bui Vien doubles as a restaurant on weekends (11:30am to 4:00pm), and with a line out the door, you should get there early for this one. The highly-coveted Bun Cha (grilled pork and white rice noodle) is the star of the show, and one of the cheapest options in the region. The menu is concise but expertly crafted and inside, the restaurant has a homely yet industrial feel with exposed brick being one of its most memorable features.

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145 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3837 3474
Opening hours: 11:00am-10:00pm
Image: @nanadeli1001

Pho Viet Kieu

Within the heart of Da Nang, this place serves the most classically perfect Pho. With both Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, there is something for all customers. Much like Bun Cha 145, the menu is smaller than per usual, but with staples like the Beef Pho, Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Bun Thit Nuong (cold rice noodles with grilled meat, herbs, Gia and spring rolls), what more could you really ask for?
The cosy location makes for a great place to meet locals and even other travellers and the classical flavours of each dish leave you walking away with nothing but satisfaction.

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201 Le Quang Dao, My An, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
+84 162 945 6309
Opening hours: 11:00am-2:00pm then 6:00pm-9:00pm
Image: @taeeun_heo


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Culinary Capital: Exploring Food and Culture in Hong Kong

Culinary Capital: Exploring Food and Culture in Hong Kong

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If you're a lover for all things tasty and happen to be in the vibrant and busy Hong Kong, you're in for a treat. Hong Kong is famously known to be the 'culinary capital of Asia' offering a wide variety of restaurants and some of the world's tastiest food. On top of this, Hong Kong provides its visitors with an amazing culture that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. With all these delicious food options, as well as cultural experiences, it makes it difficult to try them all. We have compiled a list of cuisines to try and places to see during your time in one Asia's greatest cities.  

Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese or Yue cuisine originates from Guangdong Province, and it is the most widely served style of Chinese cuisine in the world. This cuisine is the also the most common style of food found in Hong Kong. Cantonese food in Hong Kong is usually eaten with four main staple dishes: noodles, rice, rice noodles, or congee - which mimics a porridge, also made from rice. One of these side-dishes is always served with your meal, even if it doesn't say it on the menu. In Hong Kong, there is no fixed schedule of eating, they can eat anytime and have a lot of meals every day, eating is seen to be very important - we couldn't agree more. People of Hong Kong are renowned for being hard-working and often working overtime - therefore it is quite normal to have dinner at 10PM and then have a "late dinner" at 1AM.

Can't get to Hong Kong anytime soon? Don't worry, you can try this delicious cuisine at home by using our choice of Cantonese sauces in our Chinese range.

Dim Sum

Within the Cantonese cuisine, lies Hong Kong's most popular food; the dim sum. In most restaurants, waiters roll around trolleys full of different dim sum, such as dumplings filled with meat or seafood, shrimps, chicken feet, or buns with various fillings. In other places, you can order the dim sum treats off a specialised menu. As mentioned before, there are various delicious fillings to choose from, a few must-haves are:

lou mai gai- glutinous (sticky rice) rice with chicken and sausage, wrapped in a green lotus leaf
har gau- shrimp dumpling
char siu bau- barbecue pork steamed roll
wu gok- deep fried mushed taro and pork dumpling
fu pei guen- seasoned pork wrapped in a bean curd wrapping

This delicious little meal comes with a main dish such as fried rice, noodles or vegetables, giving you the whole Hong Kong cuisine experience in one meal!

Seafood

Hong Kong is amazing for seafood and the freshness is absolutely guaranteed! One of the best places to enjoy the fresh fish and shrimps are down by the prime locations at the water front - such as Sai Kung, Lei Yue Mun, Lamma Island, or Cheung Chau Island. There is usually the option to choose your own seafood at these restaurants, which is the most expensive option as it's charged by weight, but also is an amazing way to indulge in the local cuisine.

Restaurants

Now that you know a little bit more about the amazing cuisine of Hong Kong, wandering through the dining districts of the city will prove to be harder than originally thought. Restaurants in Hong Kong find it hard to survive longer that 3 months because of the rising property rents and food prices. A sign of a restaurants life or death is determined through how long the line of customers outside is. So if you see a long line, it's a good indication of how good the food is. 

You are bound to find more than one appealing option, with the more traditional food in Hong Kong's street eateries, and the more expensive, upscale restaurants. However, when in Hong Kong, you must try the small street-side restaurants at least once. A true Hong Kong experience at very little charge and a whole lot of culture, not to mention a delicious meal!

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