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  • LATEST: New Halal Certified Korean Barbecue Place In Singapore You've Got To Try!

    Imagine the juicy marinated meat sizzle on the grill and it goes pssssssssssst. Korean Barbecue peeps ARE YOU READY? via GIPHY We are so excited to hear that the Korean Barbecue outlet, HansSik, at Clementi Mall is now Halal-Certified by MUIS! Credit: HansSik Time to treat yourself to a Korean barbeque or Gogigui (meat roast) feast without worrying about its halal status! Formerly known as Ssiksin, the now-rebranded HanSsik offers you an authentic Korean barbecue dining experience with a fully Halal Certified menu. The best part is, each table has a built-in grilling pit for all meats and vegetables, looking exactly like the ones in Seoul! Credit: HansSik At this All-You-Can-Eat Korean Grill Barbeque restaurant, you’ll find a spread of 10 to 12 different types of signature marinated meats prepared with fresh ingredients. Each item on the menu is specially curated by a team of Korean chefs, serving you the authentic taste of Korean barbecue.  Credit: HansSik Get ready your grilling skills and dig into their all-day menu which includes beef bulgogi, marinated chicken, spicy octopus and a whole array of seafood options. Bonus! If you dine in for dinner, you can expect a premium selection of meat cuts featuring marinated ribeye, beef short ribs as well as prawns on top of the existing buffet line. Daebak! Credit: HansSik And let’s talk about their dips! Creamy cheese dips (with an additional $3++)? Wow. To go along with your meat, don’t forget your free flow of side dishes such as radish pickles, onion sauce, green chilli, enoki mushrooms, tomatoes, kimchi and many more! Now that HansSik is Halal Certified and looks exactly like the Korean barbecue outlets in Seoul, we can totally imagine ourselves in a K-Drama! Jjang! Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #05-17/18 The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri)                          11.30AM to 10.30PM (Sat & Sun)Price: Lunch          Mondays to Fridays (11.30PM to 4.30PM)          $15.90++ (Adult) | $9.90++ (Child)          Saturdays & Sundays, Public Holiday (11.30AM to 4.30PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)          Dinner           Mondays to Thursdays (5.30PM to 10PM)          $24.90++ (Adult) | $15.90 ++ (Child          Fridays & Saturdays, Eve of Public Holiday (5PM to 10.30PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)          Sundays & Public Holiday (5PM to 10PM)          $25.90 ++ (Adult) | $15.90 (Child)...

  • Saving On Accommodation For Your Seoul Trip? 11 Airbnbs For You To Crash While On A Budget

    One of the biggest things to consider when planning your trip is accommodation. Where you stay makes a difference in how much you might or might not enjoy your holiday – convenience, comfort, and amenities are only part of the thought process required to make it perfect. Airbnb is awesome because you can find places to crash that seem tailor-made to fit your requirements, including budget. The best part is you also get to really feel like you are a part of the culture, adding on to your trip experience. With so much hype over Korean culture lately (thanks to K-Pop), Korea has been opening its doors to the world. Don’t fret about where to stay in Korea though. Feel at home in these cozy Airbnb Apartments while immersing yourself in the culture and people. 1. A Studio 52 | The K Hotel | Yangje Citizen’s Forest ST Credit: Haejun on Airbnb With a highly rated host, this studio apartment with rooftop garden access has plenty of good reviews. If you go in springtime, you’ll be blessed with cherry blossoms practically outside your window! Haejun and her husband have traveled extensively, so language is not a barrier. Chat with her about life in Korea and her travels around the world; and thanks to her husband’s profession of photography, experience those journeys through his pictures. Their house is located near train stations and a shopping mall for your added convenience, making this a wonderful homestay in Korea. Price Range: SGD$59 ($$)Airbnb 2. Tradition with modern. Lovely & cozy Credit: Dain on Airbnb Dain is a great host who has opened his house to guests. He believes in living the culture when you travel and has turned his house into something of a porcelain antique store, complete with a tea ceremony for your entertainment. With nearly a 5 star rating, this is the kind of place where you get the best of both worlds – traditional indoors with the city at your fingertips. Price Range: SGD$60 ($$)Airbnb 3. Bright Spacious Fully Furnished Apartment Credit: Dennis on Airbnb The only downside of Airbnb homes is that, well, it’s not a hotel. And let’s face it: who really wants to do housekeeping when they’re on holiday? In that case, this place is a treat! Extremely conveniently located (within 5-10 minutes of bus stands and metro stations; including direct access from Incheon Airport via the 601 Bus), one of the advantages of this fully furnished apartment is the housekeeping service available from Monday to Friday. The hosts believe in hotel service with a personal home environment giving you a great Seoul Airbnb experience. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect holiday! The neighborhood is packed with cafes and souvenir shopping stores as well. Price Range: SGD$140 ($$$)Airbnb 4. Myeong Dong Portable WiFi  Credit: Seoul Sister House Located just 8 minutes away from the major shopping area of Myeong Dong, and literally, a hop, step and jump away from Chungmu-ro subway station are only a few of the perks of this furnished studio. Sisters J and K are super hosts that are readily available to answer your queries or solve any issue you might be having. Part of their 5-star rating is due to the portable WiFi egg they offer that allows you internet access when you are on the move in the city. Add in a view of the city and the mountains and you’ve got a great deal. One of the best places to stay in Korea! Price Range: SGD$68 ($$)Airbnb 5. Fantastic View in the Middle of Seoul Credit: Yeojin on Airbnb If you’re looking for a quiet area to stay that is also convenient, this is the jackpot. With a beautiful view of the Han River and a park around the corner, you can get your fill of nature and fresh air. The Dongjak station is only a 5-minute walk away with major tourist areas like Apgujeong and Itaewon less than a half an hour train ride away. Living with a hospitable family gives insight into tourist hotspots as well as what life in Korea is like. Price Range: SGD$53 ($$)Airbnb 6. Safe and comfort for Women Lovely apartment Credit: James on Airbnb Female travelers, rejoice! This clean, stylish apartment has a 5-star rating thanks to the amazing hosts and its central location. It is one of the best Airbnb’s in Seoul. The wife of the host speaks English, the kids love if you play with them, but the family also respects your privacy if you wish to keep to yourself. The metro station is a 5-minute walk away and the building has top security, so you are free to explore the city and come back to your safe spot. Since the other guests are only women, sharing the space and the bathroom (only if the other room is reserved) is much more comfortable. Price Range: SGD$37 ($)Airbnb 7. Located at Main Street at Bukchon Hanok in Seoul Credit: Donny on Airbnb If you really want to steep yourself in the culture, the best place to stay is a hanok. There aren’t too many of them available now, so jump at the chance if you get one. A hanok is a traditional Korean house and staying at this one will transport you back in time. Set in the culturally rich neighborhood of Samcheongdong, the wider setting only serves to add to the charm. The staff and hosts are extremely friendly and will help guide you around the area to popular spots. Price Range: SGD$60 ($)Airbnb 8. Bibimbap Guesthouse Credit: Bibimbap on Airbnb This traditional guesthouse is over a hundred years old and located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ChangDeok Palace. The olden charm is enhanced with the ondol style rooms (traditional Korean) with its own private bathroom and Korean breakfast, but they do offer Western breakfast if you prefer. The hosts live on the premises and they love interacting with their guests. The guesthouse is situated just a few minutes away from the Jogno Subway Station and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and stores for you to explore. Price Range: SGD$51 ($$)Airbnb 9. Private Queen Bedroom in a Beautiful Shared House Credit: Villa Seoul Garosugil on Airbnb If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in Gangnam, this is the spot for you. Gangnam is an up-and-coming neighborhood and as such, is teeming with stylish cafes and spots to explore. Being located close to public transport makes this task all the easier. The host, Sarah, is highly rated on her efficiency, friendliness, and attention to detail. The place is kept sparkling clean and is stocked with the usual amenities. If you want to meet people on your travels and like sharing a space, this is the place for you! Price Range: SGD$42 ($$)Airbnb 10. Don Quixote Stay Credit: 정한(Han'S) on Airbnb Single – Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars? Well, this isn’t really the same thing but it is a rooftop adventure! This place boasts a private room with a toilet and shower, plus basic amenities, on a rooftop, in close proximity to all the major areas. Do you need any more reasons to say yes? It is 5 minutes away from Gangnam and Itaewon and 10 minutes away from Myeongdong, not to mention close to the bicycle path, so if you’re a cyclist, this one’s for you. There is also a 24-hour convenience store nearby. With fresh air to bask in at the end of the day, this place definitely gives you your money’s worth. Price Range: SGD$36 ($)Airbnb 11. 5 minute Station, Gangnam, Super clean and spacious apartment Credit: Ann on Airbnb Located in that is known as the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Seoul, this clean and spacious apartment has a super host with attention to detail. The room in the apartment is centrally located being a 5-minute walk from the subway station and with direct access to the airport (Incheon Airport Limousine Bus stops at Cheongdam Station which is a 7-minute walk away.) With security to keep you feeling safe, stores and restaurants around the area to discover and a friendly host, this is rated as one of the top spots to stay in when in Seoul! Price Range: SGD$48 ($)Airbnb All the places listed here have a minimum of 4.5-star ratings on AirbnB. People do have slightly different experiences though, depending, so we hope yours is a good one! You don’t have to wonder about how to find accommodation in Korea now, thanks to Airbnb, so you have no excuses to put off planning a trip there!...

  • Feel Like A Korean Movie Star! Here Are 8 Movie Locations K-drama Fans Would Not Want To Miss!

    Talk about K-dramas, K-pop, K-beauty, and the beautiful Korean Culture, the list is endless! The worldwide interest towards Korean entertainment has been garnering popularity for more than a decade now.As endless K-dramas are released, tourists are spoilt for choice when deciding which filming site to visit. So here at HalalTrip, we attempted to narrow them down to 8 of the most famous filming locations to check out in South Korea. (Psst! Start planning your 5 Day Solo Travel to Korea!) 1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza Credit: Dongdaemun Design Plaza This landmark was not only featured in hit TV Shows like The Producers and My Love From The Star, but also in reality shows such as Infinity Challenge and Running Man. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is not only known for its neo-futuristic style but its fame also lies in the fashion aspects of it. The famous Seoul Fashion Week is organized at this plaza due to its urban architecture as well as its LED rose gardens, complimenting different styles. Incorporating K-reality, K-dramas and K-fashion, the plaza ties in three aspects of the K-Kraze! So what are you waiting for?! Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281Operating Hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon-Fri)                             10AM to 10PM (Sat-Sun)Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube 2. Gwanghwamun Square Credit: Visit Korea With a more authentic and traditional twist, Gwaghwamun Square is a fascinating location for historical lovers. It was the location of royal administrative buildings and the city center during the Joseon Dynasty, making it the perfect location for historical dramas. It may not be the exact location of all your favorite movies and TV Shows but it really gives the sense of Korean culture. The similar architectures, namely statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and Sejong the Great will all transport you to your favorite on-screen moments. TV shows that were filmed in this site were Queen In Hyun's Man and IRIS. Address: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 172Operating Hours: Opens 24 hours dailyWebsite 3. N Seoul Tower credit: N Seoul Tower on Facebook There is no doubt that a key selling point of K-dramas and K-movies are the romantic love stories that touch millions of hearts worldwide. Love is a universal language that allowed K-entertainment to travel far across the world and it's the reason why the N Seoul Tower is the perfect place to visit with your significant other. It is similar to other Cadenas d’amour around the world where you can buy a lock and secure it over the glorious panoramic view of Seoul. My Love From Another Star and Boys Over Flowers are both iconic TV shows that have featured the N Seoul Tower as part of their romantic scene development. Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul                 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)Operating Hours: 10AM to 11PM (Sunday-Friday)                              10AM to 12AM (Saturday)Website | Facebook 4. Korean Folk Village Credit: Korea Tour Information If you want to be completely transported on your visit to Korea, and have a taste of things you see and hear in all Korean dramas and movies, then the Folk Village is definitely an experience to NOT miss. Dramas like Jewel in the Palace, Arang and the Magistrate, and Moon Embracing the Sun were filmed here. There is something for everyone; cultural classes on the Shaman Faith, winter customs, lessons on Confucian Ideology and so much more! They also have performances that include martial arts on horseback, traditional weddings, and music shows. If neither of these is for you, there are also natural volcano sites, ice sledding sites and of course food stalls specializing in Korean delicacies! Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do                 경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)Operating Hours: February to April                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)                            May to September                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 8PM (Weekends)                            October                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)                            November to January                            9.30AM to 5.30PM (Weekdays)                            9.30AM to 6PM (Weekends)Ticket Fee: 13,000₩ onwards                  (Refer here for various ticket rates)Website  5. Wolmido Island, Incheon Credit: Visit Korea In a different spin, the Wolmido Island in Incheon is a great day trip out of Seoul. This coastal island features a wide range of attractions that you can visit such as an amusement park, restaurants, a cultural street and an outdoor stage with spontaneous performances and street artists. It’s been featured in Descendants of the Sun, a huge phenomenon in Korean TV that brought many new fans to the K-Craze. Due to its proximity to the sea, there is fresh seafood at an affordable price, making your trip a delicious one. Address: 36, Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon                인천광역시 중구 월미문화로 36 (북성동1가)Website 6. Chuam Beach, Donghae Credit: Korean Tourism Organization If you are in Korea during the hot sunny seasons, Chuam Beach is the perfect location for a mix of Korean and Mediterranean type beaches. There are beautiful landscapes with a variety of rock formations and glorious coastal cliffs that will make your beach experience more picturesque. So if you are not interested in swimming or sunbathing, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. Make sure to get there in time for sunrise and sunset to enjoy truly spectacular scenery that will take your breath away. The beach was featured in My Secret Romance and resorts around it have also been used for filming too. Address: 26, Chotdaebawi-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do                  강원도 동해시 촛대바위길 26 (추암동) 7. White Block Gallery, Paju Credit: White Block White Block Gallery is an art gallery cafe with a white, sleek and clean design. It’s been featured in an immense amount of dramas including Introverted Boss, Legend of The Blue Sea and On The Way To The Airport. The aesthetics of the cafe makes it a clear choice for intense scenes and it should definitely be a priority for all tourists. The lighting here is perfect for your Instagram photo shoots. When you're done with your coffee and treats, make sure to absorb the cultural art that the gallery has to offer and wander around the beautiful outdoor gardens. Address: 1652-238 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10:30AM to 6:30PM (Weekdays)                          10:30AM to 7PM(Weekends)Website | Facebook | Instagram 8. Jangsado Sea Park Credit: Korea Tourism Organization Last but not least, for spectacular views and iconic photos, a stunning park named Jangsado Sea Park is great to visit all year round. You can see the blooms of Camellia flowers in the new year and witness the fields blossom to a new life in the spring. There are many scenic views varying from gorgeous greenery to calm waters. It was featured in episode 7 of Kim Woo Bin’s drama ‘Uncontrollably Fond’. It’s not particularly crowded with tourists so visiting here will allow you to experience the true charm of Korea. Address: 55 Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South KoreaWebsite There you have it! 8 different locations, each with a wonderful and unique feature, that you can visit as a K-Fan. Annyeong!!...

  • 5-Day Itinerary: Fall In Love With The Beautiful Winter City Of Jeju

    Jeju Province lies on the Korea Strait and is known for housing the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seongsan Ilchulbong and the highest mountain in South Korea, the Hallasan Mountain. Do you know that the busiest air route on Earth occurs between Seoul and Jeju? More than 26 million passengers fly to Jeju each year! That says a lot about Jeju as a popular travel destination. Thanks to Jeju Tourism Organisation, we had the chance to explore Jeju-si(Northern part of the island) before heading to Seogwipo-si(Southern part of the island). If you’re looking for where to eat, pray and have fun during winter in Jeju, we have put together a 5-day Muslim-friendly itinerary just for you. Why You Should Visit Seongsan Ilchulbong In Jeju Day 1 Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to get to Jeju. Several destinations such as China, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia fly directly to Jeju International Airport. If you’re already in South Korea, you can travel to Jeju via domestic flight or ferry. Domestic flights within Korea tend to have a lower checked baggage allowance (usually 15kg). Make sure you’ve not shopped too much in other cities before getting to Jeju! 1. Badapunggyeong Less than a 10-minute drive away from the airport, you’ll find Badapunggyeong. “Bada” means sea and “punggyeong” means scenery. You’ll be feasting on seafood dishes, with a beautiful sea view for you to admire. While taking in this breath-taking view, we were enjoying their delicious food that include assorted tempura, grilled mackerel, sea urchin seaweed soup and soy-marinated crab. Prayer rooms are also available at this restaurant! Simply ask the restaurant owners for directions and they will politely show you the way. However, you would need to bring your own prayer garments. Address: 654, Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 11PM *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 2. Check-in Maison Glad Jeju After lunch, we checked-in to our home for 2 nights – the Maison Glad Jeju. Although it’s a luxurious option for accommodation, it’s worth a stay for a night or two. When you exit the hotel, you’ll be surrounded by shopping streets filled with familiar brands such as Fila, National Geographic and Adidas. For Korean beauty junkies, you’ll be spoilt for choice – Innisfree, Etude House, Aritaum, Banila Co and more! Address: 80, Noyeon-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doWebsite: OraResort 3. Sumokwon Theme Park When you have freshened up and ready to explore the city, head over to Playbox VR for a fun gaming experience. Playbox VR offers various 4D games including a roller coaster experience if you’re not a fan of the real one. On the first floor of the building, there’s an ice museum where you’ll find amazing ice sculptures and even an ice hill where you can go sledding with a tube! When you’re ready to escape the -5 degrees ice museum, head outside to Sumokwon-gil where you’ll find colourful LED displays and decorations. These displays change seasonally, so it might not be the same when you return here some other time. Unleash your photography skills and capture some beautiful moments with your loved ones. Address: 2F/3F Sumokwon Theme Park, 69 Eunsu-gil, Yeon-dong, Cheju, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PMWebsite: Playboxvr 4. Dine at Cheonhaecheon To end your first day in Jeju, indulge in a Korean shabu-shabu buffet! That’s right, you can find Halal shabu-shabu in Jeju. Cheonhaecheon offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with an extensive selection of Halal beef, seafood, fishcakes, vegetables and cooked food such as tteokbokki and pizza. After a satisfying dinner, head over to the second floor for a dedicated prayer room. It’s well-equipped with prayer garments and slippers for you to perform ablution comfortably. If you have a small stomach, drop by Cheonhaecheon during lunch time instead where you can opt for an a la carte option such as the Abalone bibimbap that’s served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. Address: 25, Halladaehak-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 11AM to 10.50PMWebsite: Shabu1000 *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol Day 2 1. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak For a morning workout, hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak – one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This popular attraction among both locals and tourists was formed by a volcanic eruption that happened about 5,000 years ago. After a 20-minute hike up the 180-metre trail, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful bird’s eye view of the area surrounding Seongsan Ilchulbong. Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 7.10AM to 7PM(Summer)                                7:30AM to 6PM(Winter) Website: VisitKorea 2. Uribong Sikdang Photo credit: VisitKorea When you’ve taken enough fresh air at the peak, hike back down and take a short walk to Uribong Sikdang for a well-deserved lunch. We’d recommend you to try their specialty dishes such as seafood hotpot, grilled mackerel and abalone porridge – a fool-proof choice for a hearty meal after a tiring hike. Prayer rooms are available at this restaurant. Address: 273, Ilchul-ro Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 8AM to 8PM (Closed on the 1st Wednesday of the month) *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 3. Jeju Pureonbada Candle Have a relaxing afternoon at Jeju Pureonbada Candle and attend their candle-making class in a cute little shed. Design your own seabed using seashells, flowers and stones, then choose from a few scents including blue lavender and pink camellia for the candle wax. It could be a great souvenir for yourself or you could design it with your loved ones in mind. Website: Jejubada_s 4. Maze Land Another famous spot you must visit while in Jeju is the Maze Land, which you would have probably seen in Korean variety shows such as Running Man and dramas such as Legend of the Blue Sea. There are three mazes for you to explore – the Whinstone Maze, Woman Maze and Wind Maze. They were created to reflect the three things you can easily find in Jeju – rocks, women and wind. It's A-maze-ing! Plan your routes well, else you might be trapped in the maze for hours! Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 5.30PM (November to January)                                9AM to 6PM (February to March)                                9AM to 6.30PM (April to May)                                9AM to 7PM (June to September)                                9AM to 6PM (October) Website: VisitKorea 5. Jeju Best Hill If you’re still looking to have fun, head over to the Drone Park located at Jeju Best Hill. You can split yourself into two teams and compete to see who has better control. Jeju Best Hill also offers accommodation. Go glamping with them and have a Korean barbeque under the starry night. Drop them an email to request for Halal meat a few weeks in advance and they’ll import it from Australia or Seoul just for you! They also offer other activities such as hot air balloon rides and forest trails for you to have an all-round experience while you’re there. A prayer room is also being built and it will be completed in a month or two. Address: 2109-36, Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-siWebsite: JejuBestHill 6. Have a dinner at Bagdad For dinner, you can find Halal authentic Indian food at Bagdad. Chicken soup, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, naan, briyani and fruit yogurt – the perfect way to end the day! Complete your meal with a mango lassi to wash down all the flavoursome food. Then you’re ready for a good night sleep. Address: 38, Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 11AM to 11PM (Closed on Mondays) Website: Jeju_BagdadCafe *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol Day 3 1. Check-in @ Baypool & Villa After spending two days in Jeju-si, it was time to explore the Southern part of the island – Seogwipo-si. After a 1-hour scenic drive, we arrived at Bayhill Pool & Villa. It’s a hidden gem located away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They offer various rooms and villas that can accommodate up to 10 people. Breakfast is offered at the NARNIA Restaurant where Jeju-do dishes are created with fresh seasonal ingredients. If you’re looking to stay here, drop them an email in advance and they’ll make special arrangements to import Halal meat for you. Address: 424, Yerae-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doWebsite: BayHill 2. Innisfree Jeju House Make your own soap at the Innisfree Jeju House! Innisfree sources many of its product ingredients from Jeju and is known for being South Korea’s first all-natural brand. Choose from three kits – Volcanic Pore, Tangerine and Green Tea – and unleash your crafting skills. It’s definitely a fun experience for both adults and young children. Address: 424, Yerae-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Summer)                                9AM to 6PM (Winter) Website: Innisfree, VisitKorea 3. Osulloc Tea Museum Just a stone’s throw away, you’ll find Osulloc Tea Museum, the first ever tea museum in South Korea. Learn more about Korea’s tea culture and its rich history. While you’re there, be sure to drop by their Tea House which offers a green tea galore! Tea, latte, cakes, ice-cream, bingsu – almost every possible green tea-flavored item. Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do Operating hours: 9AM to 6PMWebsite: Osulloc 4. The WE Hotel Drop by The WE Hotel, a health resort that is equipped with treatment and relaxation facilities. We tried out their 1-hour mind therapy, which is aimed to reduce stress, improve blood circulation and refresh your body. It was a much-needed session for us as our bodies were not used to the cold winter winds in Korea. We’d highly recommend you trying at least one of their programmes! After feeling rejuvenated, we headed to their restaurant for a Halal lunch where we were served marinated abalone bibimbap, beef skewer and sea urchin seaweed soup. Drop them an email requesting for a Halal meal and they will make the necessary arrangements for you. Prayer rooms can be located at the 3rd (women) and 5th floor (men). Address: 453-95 1100 Ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 6PMWebsite: WeHotel 5. Play K-Pop K-pop fans, listen up! Combining new media technology and k-pop music, Play K-Pop allows you to show off your dance skills, try out K-pop idols’ makeup, snap pictures with them and more! You must not miss out on the Live Holo Concert where you can enjoy a hologram concert of your beloved idols including G-dragon, Bigbang, 2NE1 and CNBLUE. You can find prayer rooms located on the third floor of this building. Address: 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 9AM to 7PM (Closed on the first Tues of Mar & Dec)Website: PlayKPop 6. Yellow Cafe After being starstruck and drained of your energy, you’ll find the Yellow café  just across the road. If you love banana, this is the place to visit. Banana ice-cream, milk, americano, toast, and the list goes on. You might go bananas if we listed every banana-flavoured item on the menu for you. Address: 90 Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PM Website: YellowCafe *Disclaimer: Although Binggrae’s milk is Halal-certified in some countries, we’re unable to confirm the Halal status of this café. We’d highly advise you to ask the employees if they use any animal-derivatives in their food before purchasing. 7. Try their delightful Cutlassfish A great way to end your day is to treat yourself to a sizzling pot of braised cutlassfish and crispy grilled cutlassfish. Warm and packed with spices, the braised cutlassfish was reminiscent of our asam pedas back at home. To accompany the main dishes, you’ll be served various banchan including kimchi, fried anchovies, japchae, pajeon and salad. Address: 16, Changcheonjungang-ro 24beon-gil Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 10AM to 8PMWebsite: Choonsim Day 4 1. Camelia Hill Start your morning right by visiting the beautiful Camellia Hill during winter. Stroll along the picturesque trails and be enamoured by the stunning walkways filled with palm trees, wildflowers, ecological pond and an astonishing number of camellia trees (6,000 to be exact!). Lucky us, the first Jeju snow in 2018 happened while we were there! We made sure to capture some beautiful shots for us to look back on this wonderful trip. Address: 166, Byeongak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 8.30AM to 5PM (December to February)                                8.30AM to 5.30PM (March to May and September to November)                                8:30AM to 6PM (June to August)Website: CamelliaHill 2. Jungmun Oppa's Seafood Ramen We needed some food to warm us up as the temperature dropped drastically due to the snowfall. Just a 10-minute drive down, you’ll spot Jungmun Oppa’s Seafood Ramen! You’ll never go wrong with ramyeon wherever you are in the world. Indulge in a big bowl of ramyeon filled with crab, abalone, prawns and clams, and the broth was heavenly infused with their flavours. Address: 115 Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PMWebsite: Jejulamen *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol 3. Jeju E-in Tangerine Farm Tangerines are in season so we had to go tangerine-picking at Jeju E-in Tangerine Farm. We have a tip for you! Pick smaller tangerines that have a deep orange colour as they tend to be sweeter. We’d also advise you not to wear your favourite pair of shoes as the place might be muddy during the snowy season.  Once you’re done picking, drop by their café and try out their homemade tangerine drinks and jam. With a sweet and sour refreshing taste, they are perfect to quench your thirst.Address: 693 Hogeun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 10AM to 6PM (Closed on Wednesdays) Website: Jejue_In_Farm 3. Jeju Folk Village Visit the Jeju Folk Village to get an insight into the structure of Korean villages in the 1980s and how their day-to-day life was like. The scenes of some old villages such as the Mountain Village and Fishing Village were restored across a 40-acre land. Take a wander and explore the various villages and extensive range of folk item displays such as woodenware, bamboo ware and ironware.  To get a better understanding, you can rent the audio guide that is available in English, Japanese and Chinese for only 2,000 won (2.50 SGD). Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 8.30AM to 5PM (October to February)                                8.30AM to 5.30PM (March)                                8.30AM to 6PM (April to 15th July)                                8.30AM to 6.30PM (16th July to August)                                8.30AM to 6PM (September) Website: JejuFolk  4. Jeju Herb Dongsan Get a relaxing aroma foot spa at Jeju Herb Dongsan, located less than a 10-minute drive away from the Folk Village. The foot spa is aimed to relax your muscles and provide you with skin generation, anti-aging and anti-bacterial effect. Soak your feet in warm water that has been spiced up with a few drops of peppermint extract. Then, exfoliate your feet with rose salt that is provided. To end off your session, a therapist will apply peppermint oil on the back of your neck and give your face a mist of rosemary facial spray. If you have cracked dry skin or open wounds on your feet, do take caution as you might feel a burning sensation from the peppermint essential oil. Address: 170 Don-ohreum-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 10.30PMWebsite: herbdongsan 5. Convenience Stores For dinner, we decided to give convenience store food a go! Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and GS25 are everywhere along Korean streets and are a great place for a quick lunch or supper. We highly recommend you trying the samgak gimbap (triangle-shaped gimbap). They are offered in various fillings such as tuna and kimchi. Other packaged food such as cup noodles, dosirak and tteokbokki are also popular. For drinks, our personal favourite is the Binggrae’s banana milk! Binggrae has also launched new flavours such as coffee, strawberry, melon and tangerine. *Disclaimer: Some food or drinks may contain alcohol or meat derivatives. We’d highly advise you to ask the employees for help or use a translation app to find out the ingredients before purchasing. Day 5: Our last day has arrived (cries internally). Our driver took us on a scenic drive back to the city. Along the way, we spotted the beautiful snow-capped Hallasan Mountain – the highest mountain in South Korea! We took some time playing in the snow and capturing some picture-perfect moments before moving on to our next stop. 1. Dongmun Traditional Market An itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a shopping destination, yes? If you’re looking to score good deals, Dongmun Traditional Market is the place to go! Clothing, socks, household items, kitchenware, food and many more – all under one roof. Spend at least an hour or two exploring this huge market that houses over 300 stalls! A Muslim-friendly local delicacy that we would highly recommend you trying is hotteok – a fried Korean pancake that is filled with brown sugar and chopped peanuts. You can also find other fillings such as honey, vegetable and even Nutella! And the best part – it costs only 500 won (0.60 SGD) for a palm-sized snack. Address: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: Varies for different stalls 2. Visit Daewonga before departing via Jeju International Airport Just a 10-minute drive away from Jeju International Airport, stop by Daewonga for a hearty lunch before you fly back home. Enjoy a boiling pot of abalone stew filled with abalone, crab, octopus, enoki mushroom and more. End your meal by adding ramyeon into the seafood-infused soup!Address: 15, Donam-ro 16-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-doOperating Hours: 9AM to 9PM (Closed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month)Website: 대원가 *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol There you have it! Our recommended Muslim-friendly-itinerary for a 5-day holiday in Jeju! Before you fly, here are some things you should take note of. Feasting on Halal food in Korea In terms of food, Jeju(as compared to Seoul) is relatively new in catering to the Muslim market. However, with its proximity to the sea, you can find an abundance of seafood restaurants for you to dine at. Alcohol is however served in nearly all restaurants as soju is a huge part of their eating culture. Refer to our Busan article for more information! Where to pray in Korea You can perform your prayers at Jeju International Airport and several locations mentioned in this article such as Cheonhaecheon and Play K-pop. We’d advise you to bring your prayer garments while you’re out and about. Kindly ask the restaurant owners if they have an empty room for you to perform your prayers. A huge thanks to Jeju Tourism Organisation for introducing to us the beautiful city of Jeju filled with great Muslim-friendly food, beautiful culture and fun attractions. Now it’s time to pack your bags and explore Jeju with your loved ones!2-Day Itinerary To Busan During The Winter ...

  • 2-Day Itinerary: Here’s How You Can Enjoy Busan In 48 Hours During The Blissful Winter

    South Korea is all the rage right now, with the increasing popularity of KPOP and Korean dramas. We had the chance to visit Busan thanks to Korea Tourism Organisation Malaysia. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Seoul, Busan is located at the South-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. During this trip, we got to feast on an abundance of seafood due to its proximity to the coast. If you’re looking for where to eat, pray and have fun during winter in Busan, look no further. We have put together a 2-day Muslim-friendly itinerary for you! Day 1 If you’re flying to Busan, get an overnight flight so that you can get your beauty sleep before landing at Gimhae International Airport and start exploring the wonders of Busan. We flew with AirAsia X and arrived in Busan around 10 a.m. – perfect timing to start the day! We opted for an in-flight meal for breakfast so that we could get going once we land. Clever huh? 1. Check-in @ Ramada Encore Haeundae You would definitely want to start exploring this amazing city the moment you step out of the airport. However, you wouldn't want to bring your luggage with you throughout this fun-filled experience would you? So do check-in to Ramada Encore Haeundae right after you touch down in Busan. This classy hotel is just a 10 minutes’ walk from the Haeundae Beach. If you’re daring enough to brave the winds, you can have a night stroll down the beach before heading to bed. However, it’d be a better choice to wake up early the next day to catch the sunrise. Address: 9 Gunam-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaWebsite: RamadaEncoreHaeundae 2. Busan Marine Natural History Museum Start your day by visiting the first and largest marine museum in South Korea – the Busan Marine Natural History Museum. Be captivated by the exhibitions consisting of more than 25,000 items, including a wide range of aquatic birds, amphibious reptiles and precious fossils. The museum also houses live snakes, fishes and turtles. It’s a great place to visit with kids as they will get to learn more about marine life. Address: 175 Ujangchun-ro, Oncheon-dong, Dongnae-gu, BusanWebsite: BusanOperating Hours: 9AM-6PM (Tues-Sun)                            *Hours may differ during PH 3. Busan Al-Fattah Mosque After exploring the museum, perform your prayers at the one and only mosque in Busan, which is just a 15-minute drive away. Built-in 1980 with funds donated by a Libyan Muslim benefactor, Busan Al-Fatah Mosque becomes the spiritual home of all the Muslims in the South-eastern part of Korea. The mosque offers religious knowledge classes, Islamic lectures and even English classes for all to attend and learn more about Islam. You can expect huge gatherings during Eid Al-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr, with Muslims from all over the world including Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Ethiopia, and England. 3. Time For Lunch! For lunch, you can find Halal food at Cappadocia Turkish Kebab House, which is located just beside the mosque. Another option would be going for a wide range of Indian and Middle-eastern cuisines at Hello India Al-Waha, which is a 15-minute drive away from the mosque. We got to try their briyani, tandoori chicken, naan and chicken tikka masala. Out of all those that we tasted, the tikka masala is definite the most outstanding one. It was so good that we had a second serving! Cappadocia Turkish Kebab House Address: 30-1 Namsan-dong, Geumjeong-gu, BusanOperating Hours: 11.30AM - 10PM (Daily) Hello India Al-Waha Address: 23-1 Gunam-ro 41beon-gil, Jung-dong, Haeundae, BusanOperating Hours: 11AM - 11PM (Daily) *Disclaimer: Hello India Al-Waha serves alcohol 4. Goraesa Fish Cake After lunch, take a walk down the street to Goraesa Fish Cake for a fishcake-making experience. Fishcake, also known as eomuk, is a very popular ingredient in Korean cuisines. They are used in soups, gimbap, and various side dishes. During the class, we made our very own eomuk snowman (perfect for winter treat), sushi and gimbap. It was a fun experience and a great place to show off your artsy skills. If you have none(like me), just have fun and eat what you created! Address: 14 Gunam-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 9.30AM - 9.30PM (Sun-Thurs)                             9.30AM - 10PM (Fri-Sat)                             *Hours might differ during PH                     5. Shopping! Before exploring the next destination, you can return to your hotel room to wash up or take a quick nap as Ramada Encore Haeundae is located just across Goraesa Fish Cake!Now that you're feeling fresh again, head over to BIFF Square, Gwangbok Fashion Street, Gukje market and Jagalchi market. They’re all clustered together and is the heart of fashion, food, culture, and art. Be sure to give yourself two to three hours to explore this huge area. Try out their local street snacks such as tteokbokki, gimbap, and bungeoppang. We’d highly advise you to ask the stall owners if they use any meat in their fillings or sauce before buying. Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan 6. End Your Night With A Feast! To end the day, splurge on snow crabs for dinner as they are in season! Head over to The East in Busan for a crab feast. Choose from a range of starters such as crab soup, sashimi, sushi and salad to coat your belly before you start on the glorious steamed snow crabs. The portions were huge and the service was top-notch too! They had servers cracking open the shells for us and even feeding us. We would highly recommend you giving this restaurant a visit! Address: 266 Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang, BusanOperating Hours: 11AM - 9.40PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves non-Halal meat and alcohol Day 2 1. Gamcheon Culture Village Start your day early and visit the Gamcheon Culture Village which is a popular backdrop in Korean dramas and variety shows. However, behind its colourful houses, there is a sad and painful history of The Korean War. This neighbourhood was restored after the war, with houses built close to each other yet not blocking the front view of the house located behind them. Immerse yourself in their history as you walk through their colourful alleyways filled with cafés, food stalls and souvenir shops. Address: South Korea, Busan, Saha-gu, Gamcheon-dong, 10-13Operating Hours: 9AM - 6PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 2. Cable Car Ride @ Busan Air Cruise After a morning walk, take in the views of Songdo through a cable car ride at Busan Air Cruise. If you’re daring, opt for the Crystal cable cars that have transparent floors so that you can watch the waters as you ride across the sea. When you reach the top, you will discover the Songdo sky park and observatory. Spend some time admiring the stunning view from the top before you take a ride back down. You can also explore the Songdo Skywalk, which is located just across the road from the Busan Air Cruise. Address: 124-2 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 9AM - 10PM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 3. Jjimjilbang When you’re in Korea, Jjimjilbang is a must visit especially during winter! Head over to Spa Land, located in the largest department store in the world – the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store. Korean saunas are also a great place to have light lunch by having their popular roasted eggs and shikhye. Spend at least two hours enjoying their facilities such as massage chairs, saunas, foot bath, ice rooms and many more. It’s a great way to unwind and relax your body after braving the cold winter weather in Korea. The common areas are shared between men and women. Hence, we’d advise the ladies to bring your inner clothing and underscarf so that you can enjoy the jjimjilbang comfortably. Address: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South KoreaOperating Hours: 6AM - 12AM (Daily)                             *Hours might differ during PH 4. Namcheon Sutbol Jangeo Gui If you’re a fan of eels, dine at Namcheon Sutbul Jangeo Gui which specialises in charcoal-grilled eel. Don’t be surprised when they bring live eel for you to cook on your own, as that is the usual style of Korean barbeque. While you’re there, don’t forget to try other dishes such as maeuntang – satisfying comfort food in winter. Address: 71-1, Hwangnyeong-daero, 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan *Disclaimer: This restaurant serves alcohol There you go! Our suggestion for a Muslim-friendly itinerary if you are planning short getaway to Busan! Before you fly, here are some things you should take note of. Feasting on Halal food in Korea In terms of food, Busan(compared to Seoul) is relatively new in catering to the Muslim market. However, with its proximity to the sea, you can find an abundance of seafood restaurants for you to dine at. Alcohol is however served in nearly all restaurants as soju is a huge part of their eating culture. Refer to the image below for a summary of the restaurant categories in South Korea. Picture: VisitKorea Look out for these labels when you visit any restaurant in Korea. We’d highly suggest you reaffirm the Muslim-friendly status of the restaurant with the owners before dining in. Better yet, make your own research before you fly over to Korea to eat with a peace of mind. KTO has compiled a list of Muslim-friendly restaurants in Busan which you can find here. Where to pray in Korea It might be difficult to find dedicated prayer rooms in Busan. You can perform your prayers at Gimhae International Airport and Busan Al-Fatah Mosque. We’d advise you to bring your prayer garments while you’re out and about. Kindly ask the restaurant owners if they have an empty room for you to perform your prayers. A huge thanks to Korea Tourism Organisation Malaysia for introducing to us the beautiful city of Busan filled with great Muslim-friendly food, beautiful culture and fun attractions. Now it's time for you to experience Busan with your loved ones! Read more about Busan...



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