• 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!!...

  • 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...

  • Top 5 Halal Korean Restaurants In Itaewon You MUST Try

    South Korea’s Capital, Seoul, is a dynamic destination boasting endless things to do and see. The bustling city has become an extremely popular holiday spot and over the past few years has seen a surge in Muslim tourists. Although the city’s Muslim population is relatively small, the Korea Tourism Organization along with the numerous businesses in the city are on a mission to make Muslim visitors feel more welcome and at home. This has resulted in numerous restaurants around the city switching things up and catering to the Halal conscious. With these restaurants, cafés and food joints now accommodating Muslim preferences, Muslim tourists finally have the chance to truly experience Korea and its culinary masterpieces, from bulgogi; Korea’s signature marinated beef dish, to a steaming bowl of samgyetang, or more simply put, ginseng chicken, to even juicy Korean BBQ! Several Halal restaurants can be found around the city of Seoul, especially in the neighbourhood of Itaewon, but many of these focus on Middle Eastern and Indian fare, with only a handful offering authentic Korean dishes, making them harder to find. If you’re like us, and you think the best part about traveling the world is getting the chance to sample the most delicious food, then there is no way you can go to South Korea and not try Korean food! So, here’s our guide to some of the best Halal spots in Itaewon. Eat now, thank us later!  A Quick Guide to Finding Halal Food in Korea 4 Halal Eats at the Beautiful Nami Island in South Korea   1. EID Halal Korean Food Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food The small but homely, EID Halal Korean Food is a Korean Muslim owned restaurant located in the Itaewon area of Seoul, just a short walk away from the Seoul Grand Mosque. This must-visit Halal restaurant in Seoul is known to be the only Korean restaurant in the city certified by the Korea Muslim Federation, or the KMF, thus making it extremely popular amongst Muslim locals as well as tourists looking for an authentic Korean gastronomic experience. While the food options here are limited, don’t let the simple menu fool you! Everything on the menu; from the bulgogi to the samgyetang to the bibimbap, is cooked to perfection and packed with flavour. If we had to however pick one dish that blew us away, it would be the bulgogi - which is not surprisingly one of EID’s most ordered dishes. Completely homemade and free from any artificial flavours, the dish consists of thinly cut Halal Australian beef that is marinated in a flavourful combo of sauces and spices, and then grilled. The dishes served at the restaurant also come with some drool-worthy sides, such as kimchi and fried anchovies. Insider tip: Since the restaurant can only accommodate a small number of people at a time, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance so you won’t have to stand around hungry waiting for a table to open up. Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30AM to 9PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)Price: KRW 10,000 to 12,000Reservation: AvailableContact: +82 70 8899 8210 Facebook   2. Makan Halal Restaurant Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Another great restaurant serving some of the best Halal Korean food in Itaewon, Seoul, is Makan. Located just a short distance from EID restaurant and right near the Seoul Central Masjid, Makan Halal Restaurant is also Muslim owned, and like EID, serves a variety of mouth watering local dishes which attract locals and visitors from around the globe throughout the year. Again here, the menu is quite minimal, but no matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed. With menu options such as dakdoritang, bulgogi, samgyetang, bibimbap and mulnaengmyeon, at really affordable prices, Makan Halal Restaurant needs to be one of the places you check out for great Korean food when in Seoul. No matter at what time you’re visiting the restaurant - lunch or dinner - the spicy Korean-style fried chicken is an absolute must have! Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10.30AM to 10PM (Wednesdays to Mondays)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 6012 2231 Facebook   3. Murree Restaurant Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Murree Halal Korean Food Located in Itaewon, near the Seoul Grand Mosque and just a few minutes away from Makan Halal Restaurant, Murree Restaurant is one of the best places in the city for those looking to try out Halal Korean fare, with the option of also ordering Indian and Pakistani dishes. The cosy restaurant is known for serving authentic local dishes like bulgogi, samgyetang, dakdoritang and bibimbap; which are sure to tantalize your taste buds, and is hence one of the best Halal restaurants in Itaewon for Korean delicacies. While we think you cannot pass up on the local dishes available, the restaurant also cooks up a variety of flavourful, spice packed curries - such as their signature chicken curry – which will definitley make your mouth water. The warm service you receive from the staff at the restaurant, as well as the delicious food served will without a doubt keep you going back! Cuisine: Korean, Indian, PakistaniAddress: 140-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30AM to 9.30PM (Everyday)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 3785 1436 Facebook   4. Hajj Korea Halal Food Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Hajj KOREA HALAL FOOD Hajj Korea Halal Food is a Muslim owned fusion Korean restaurant situated in close proximity to the Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. Known to be one of the very few Halal Korean restaurants in Seoul, the wonderful menu at Hajj will leave you spoilt for choice, with a plethora of Korean and Malaysian options! You can dine on a wide variety of popular local fare like bulgogi, samgyetang and bibimbap here, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, the stir-fried octopus is sure to surprise you! Also, a special shout out to their bindaetteok or mung bean pancakes, which will just leave you craving for more! After a delicious meal, we highly recommend washing it all down with a Malaysian speciality - the iconic teh tarik! Cuisine: Korean, MalaysianAddress: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10AM to 2AM (Everyday)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 749 5185 Facebook   5. Yang Good BBQ Yang Good BBQ is probably one of our most favourite restaurants on this list just because we can’t think of a better way to truly experience everything Korea is about, BBQ session and all! Korean BBQ has been taking the world by storm, and while there are plenty of restaurants in Seoul that specialize in this, there aren’t that many that cater to the Halal conscious. Yang Good BBQ is one of the very few Halal Korean BBQ restaurants in the city and is hence not surprisingly extremely popular. Even though the restaurant does serve alcohol, catering to local demands, the meats that are imported from Australia are Halal certified. Here, you not only get to choose the type of meat you prefer, but also get to grill it yourself to the way you like, all the while chatting away with your friends. The juicy and tender meat is coated in a sweet Korean BBQ sauce that you won’t be able to get enough of! Yang Good BBQ is just one of those spots you’ll keep going back to, because it’s THAT good. You have our word!  Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 15 Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 4PM to 1AM (Mondays to Saturdays)Price: KRW 11,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 567 7060 There you go! Our Top 5 Halal Korean Restaurants in Itaewon. Travelling in Seoul will no longer be a problem for Muslims! If you found more Halal Restaurants or food places in South Korea, share with us on the HalalTrip App! 5-Day Itinerary for Solo Travel in Korea 6 South Korean Amusement Parks to Amaze Yourself in...

  • 9 Must Visit Places in South Korea

    Over the past few years, South Korea has been gaining much popularity especially with the rising interest in K-Pop music and K-Dramas. Even if you are not a fan, I believe you will still enjoy your trip to South Korea! The people are hospitable and it is no longer difficult to get halal food in this country. Here, we have compiled 9 Must Visit Places in South Korea that you have to give a shot to maximise your travel experience in South Korea! Find Mosques and Prayer Places in Seoul 6 Restaurants To Satisfy Your Korean Cravings in Seoul, South Korea   1. N Seoul Tower  The N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is the perfect place to go with your loved one. The best time to go is in the evening because you will be able to see the sunset clearly. Accompanying the sunset is a bird’s eye view of Seoul. Admission fee to the observatory tower is priced at 10,000 won for adults and 8,000 won for children and elderly. Visitors can choose to get to the tower via the Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Busses, Namsan Cable Car or the Seoul City Tour Bus. Be adventurous and try out these public transports to get to the Namsan Tower like a local! Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10AM to 11PM (Everyday), 10AM to 12AM (Sunday)Website: http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/ 2. Gyeongbokgung Palace Built in 1395, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Don't miss the opportunity to finally feel how it feels like to be a royal in Korea. To get here, simply hop on the train going along Line 3 and alight at Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3). The entire palace is absolutely picturesque. The traditional hanboks (Korean traditional costume) are also available for rent. You will see tourists and even locals wearing hanboks while walking around the palace. Join in the fun! Don't forget to keep yourself comfortable because you'll definitely be walking alot! Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Everyday, except Tuesdays)Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264337 3. Nami Island If you can only afford a day trip out of Seoul, make it to Nami Island. Apart from gaining popularity from the Korean drama Winter Sonata many years ago, Nami Island has been a popular choice for tourists due to its facinating views. Nami Island is gorgeous regardless of the season. During winter you will be greeted with snow filled pathways and frozen lakes. If you have the chance to walk to the end of the island, enjoy the view of the lake and the mountains. It will approximately take about 45 minutes to walk to the end of the island and perhaps only 20 minutes on bicycle. Here, you will be able to find a halal restaurant in the middle of the island and a musollah right above the restaurant. Also, click here to check out all 4 Halal Restaurants at Nami Island! Asian Family Restaurant Dongmoon Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon | 1st Floor Baplex, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do,South KoreaContact: +82 31-580-8099Price: $$-$$$Website: https://namisum.com/en/dish/restaurant/menu-dongmun/ 4. Petite France Picture Credit: www.nvexpit.com Another day trip out of Seoul that will be worth it would be Petite France. Petite France, also known as Little Prince theme park, is a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside. The thing about Petite France is that the place is extremely colourful with adorable decorations all over such that you will find it irresistible not to take photos with everything there. You will also be able to experience being in an authentically decorated traditional French house. If you are heading to Nami Island, you can plan to stop by Petite France on the same day. Address: 1063 Hoban-ro, Oeseo-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaContact: +82 31-584-8200Opening Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Everyday)Website: http://www.pfcamp.com/ewmain/main.php 5. Korean Folk Village Picture Credit: www.klook.com A walk around the Korean Folk Village will take you back through time. Here, you will be able to witness the traditional culture from the late Joseon period. It is interesting to see the difference between a farmer’s house and a noble man’s house. This village is also a popular place to film Korean period dramas so if you are a fan of period drama, some parts of the village will look slightly familiar! If you manage to spot the pure spring water well, the water is safe to drink! There is also an area where you can slip on hanboks (traditional Korean costume) for free. Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Bora-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaContact: +82 31-288-0000Opening Hours: 9.30AM to 6.30PM (Mondays - Fridays)                          9.30AM to 7PM (Saturdays and Sundays)Website: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/multi/english/ 6. Seoraksan National Park  Picture Credit: onebigphoto.com, Ahn Chung Ho The Seoraksan Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea. Situated in the city of Sokcho, Mount Seorak would be a great choice if you are a mountain hiking lover. If you are not sporty and do not fancy hikes, the cable car will take you to the nearest peak and from there, it will only be a few minutes hike to the top of Mt. Seorak. The little hike to the top will be totally worth it when you see the magnificent view. Be sure to check out the weather forecast before going as it tends to be pretty windy. If it is too windy, cable car rides will be temporarily closed. Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264211 7. Jeju Island Another beautiful place to visit outside of Seoul is Jeju Island. Only an hour plane ride away, Jeju Island is a popular destination even for locals to visit for short holidays. It is known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes. In fact, there are plenty of places to explore when in Jeju, you would probably need a week here to explore everything. If you are a nature lover, be sure to visit the waterfalls such as Cheonjeyeon and Jeongbang or hike up Mt. Hallasan to see the breathtaking view. If you hike before dawn, you will be able to witness the sunrise from the peak of Mt. Hallasan or better known as the Sunrise Peak. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest and longest lava tunnels in the world. It is impossible not to love Jeju Island. 8. Itaewon Picture Credit: www.theseoulguide.com This place is a mandatory place to visit for all muslim visitors in Seoul. There are several attractions here but the main one has got to be the Seoul Central Mosque. It was the first Islamic mosque in Korea. The streets surrounding the mosque are filled with halal restaurants that serves a variety of Asian food. Of course, halal Korean food is also readily available in the area. You can simply get to Itaewon via the Seoul Subway. Hop on a train along Line 6 and alight at the Itaewon Station (Line 6). You will be spoilt for choice on where and what to eat! Itaewon is also known as a shopping district so if you are looking for souvenirs for your family and friends back home, you may shop for them here.  Website: http://www.theseoulguide.com/sights/neighborhoods-and-districts/itaewon/ 9. Myeongdong Picture Credit: http://www.theseoulguide.com This is a MUST visit place especially if you love shopping! You will be able to find anything here, skincare products, clothes, bags, anything, you name it! Korean skincare products are cheaper here so a lot of visitors tend to buy everything in bulk. Just a tip, bring a big bag! The skincare products sold in Myeongdong specifically can be half of the original price sold anywhere else. This place is a shopping haven and most visitors will find themselves coming back twice or even thrice before they fly home. To get here, take a train going along Line 4 and alight at Myeongdong Station (Line 4). Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264312 South Korea will definitely be an adventure worth giving a shot. This beautiful city is both a shopping paradise for the shopaholics and a wonderful playground for the nature lovers.  Book a HalalTrip with us!...