Korean Beginner Cooking Class with a Local Market Tour in Seoul

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Korean Beginner Cooking Class with a Local Market Tour in Seoul
from USD $71.50
Discover the secrets to creating Korea’s most popular dishes during this small-group cooking class in Seoul. Your culinary adventure with a professional chef takes place in a modern, spacious cooking school located in the heart of Seoul. Your chef shares different dishes for this beginner class depending on the day selected, and leads a walking tour through a local food market. At the end of your lesson, enjoy the delicious meal with your class.
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In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
2 hours
Mondays, Thursdays, and first Saturdays
All necessary equipment included
Family friendly
Free drinks included
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Dinner included
Important InfoInfo
First, you’ll visit an authentic local food market near Insa-dong neighborhood, learning how to select the finest and freshest produce. Back at the school, listen to helpful safety tips, cooking demonstrations, and interesting Korea's food history. Then cook your own delicious dishes following the instruction and enjoy the meal you've prepared accompanied by rice and traditional beverage.

Stop At:

• O'ngo Food Communications, Seoul 03133 South Korea
• O'ngo Food Communications 온고푸드커뮤니케이션 - Korean Cooking Classes & Food Tours, South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), 3층 12 삼일대로30길

Sample Menu

• Soft tofu stew & crispy seafood pancakes - Create the flavor of savory soft tofu stew and try to achieve the crispy texture of seafood pancakes. Served with rice and one beverage.
• Cabbage Kimchi & Bulgogi (Soy sauce marinated beef) - Kimchi is Korea's representative for its spiciness and health properties. Bulgogi is a classic marinated beef. Served with rice and Kimchi pancake.
• Bibimbap & Doenjang-jjigae (Soybean paste stew) - Korea's signature dish, Bibimbap composed of seasonal vegetables. Doenjang-jjigae contains essential fermented Korean soybean paste.
• Spicy chicken stew & Glass noodle salad - Spicy chicken stew is made by boiling chunks of chicken with vegetables. Colorful glass noodle salad is made with a mixture of different vegetables.
• Spicy pork barbecue & Steamed soft egg - Get the secret of spicy pork barbecue seasoned with chili paste. Korean steamed egg is a savory egg custard dish. Served with rice and one beverage.


  • Beginner cooking class
  • All ingredients and equipment
  • Fully air conditioned modern kitchen
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Professional English-speaking chefs
  • 1 beverage
  • Local market tour


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Point

O'ngo Food Communications 온고푸드커뮤니케이션 - Korean Cooking Classes & Food Tours, South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), 3층 12 삼일대로30길

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age required for cooking class is 11; please note that while children younger than 11 are welcome, they may not participate in the class
  • Please bear in mind that minimum of 5 participants required only for Saturdays' class
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of the class
  • Please arrive at 9:30am if you would like to join a tour of the market.
  • Depending on the day, the market tour will be led by either a chef or a certified tour guide
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour was a great experience and chance to learn more about the Korean culture. We learned 2 step by step recipes (Japchae, chicken stew) and each ingredient's historical purpose in Korean cooking was explained to us. They hosts were extremely polite and helpful. I would 100% take another class!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
The teacher was great!!! and the food was so delicious!
• Submitted 28 Feb 2018
Excellent. A must do. We liked also the tour of the market
• Submitted 10 Dec 2017
This cooking lesson was a wonderful experience and I recommend it if you want to learn how to cook authentic Korean food. Ive tried to make bulgogi back in England but could never get the taste quite right. This lesson made me learn how to get the correct flavours and we even got to eat what we made at the end. It was also fascinating seeing the underground market, which you can see if you arrive 30 minutes earlier. I recommend you do this, as you learn a lot about Korean food culture. The cooking teacher who I think is called Rana was amazing. Her English was good and she kept an eye on us to make sure we were keeping up and if we needed any help. She was very professional at cooking and was very friendly. Thank you for this wonderful experience and insight into Korean food culture and I hope I can now develop my Korean cooking skills in the future.
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
We cannot say enough how wonderful this experience was. The food we cooked was excellent and the chef was funny and friendly. This was one of our best cooking classes that we have taken. Excellent experience. Granted, it is on the third floor of a building with no elevator, so stay hydrated on your way up and have fun. It is an excellent experience.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
What a fantastic introduction to Korean cuisine! First, I would highly recommend that you arrive early about 30 minutes before the listed time to get a tour of the local underground market. It's definitely a different way of shopping than in the US, so it helps to have a local's perspective on how they purchase the ingredients. Next, and probably the reason you are signing up for this, the cooking portion is excellent. We were lucky to only have 4 people, so we got a lot of personal intention from the instructors. They strike a good balance of doing the not-fun prep ahead of time while still letting you chop, dice, grind, and mix. Our instructor, Ran, was a lot of fun and took her time explaining each step. Her and her colleagues would then float around and help you as you did the steps yourself. We made a soup good and bibimbap excellent!. Come hungry. You'll definitely leave full! Would have loved to take another class from these folks if we were in Seoul longer.
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
Highly recommend the japchae class. So easy and delicious. Wish I had time to take another class.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2017
The teacher was fantastic, and everything was laid out for us. It was a great way to meet and chat with other tourists, as well as experience Seoul in a unique way. Would definitely recommend it!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2016
This was a great cooking class. Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable. They showed you how to make a dish and then sent you to your very nice, clean personal workstation to make your own. Slicing, dicing, mixing, cooking, was all done by the participant. At the end we ate what we prepared, so you were able to adjust spices if you wanted. It was delicious! Definately a must do when in Seoul.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2016
This was an absolutely amazing experience. I have zero cooking skills but the teacher was incredibly clear and informative. The meal was delicious and really helped me appareciate Korean food from an entirely new angle. The market tour before the class was also fascinating. Would strongly recommend.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2016
The school was great I learned so much the food the people the explanations. I would do this again if I were in town. Our class was small so we really had individual attention.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2016
My 11yo daughter and I loved this course. Great experience on our visit to Seoul. Tour of market was very informative and fun. Teachers spoke perfect English and very patient with my daughter. We really enjoyed it.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
THIS. WAS. AWESOME. I cannot emphasize enough how great this was. Our instructor was patient and kept an eye on our progress to catch any mistakes before it got too bad. Their english was excellent and all the staff members were excellent. One even came out to come find us when we got lost trying to find the building. Seriously, seriously awesome and would 20/10 would do again!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
Everything perfect. Enjoyed all the experience.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
I learned to make great food, the chef helped me alter my food due to food allergy. I had a great time.
• Submitted 23 Jun 2016
An amazing experience! Everything was ready and the teacher Chef Ram was amazing, a wonderful and engaging teacher. The recipes were easy to follow and the results will knock your socks off! This should be on a must-do things in Seoul!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
We had a great time and the class was just what we where looking for. On top of a great class the instructor and staff were very helpful advising my wife on what foods to avoid with her food allergy. All in all it was a great experience.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
The market tour was informative. The cooking class was very well organized. We each chopped and cooked our own meal. The instructor's English was excellent.
• Submitted 23 May 2016
The staff were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious too!
• Submitted 15 Dec 2015
Loved this class! Everyone was very nice, everything was all set up, it was easy to follow, and fun to cook! The menu was great and would definitely do it again.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2015
the class was so much fun. my family and i really enjoyed it.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2015
I truly recommend this cooking class. I am a solo traveler who enjoys lots and lots of food lol. So not only was I able to learn how to make kimchi, I was also able to meet some good people. The class I took was a beginner class for kimchi and bulgogi. The bulgogi recipe they have is very easy and very good. I'm not a kimchi expert, but I've had a lot of kimchi from different places, but never attempted to make it at home. They made it so simple to make kimchi so now I can confidently make it home. The market tour was a little lacking though I thought. But that could just be because I visited bigger traditional markets prior to the class. All in all we had a great instructor/chef that day so I had a very enjoyable time.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2015
Out instructor Yibben taught us a great deal about Korean cooking. I recommend a cooking class to anyone who visits Seoul.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2015
Truly enjoyed the cooking lesson!
• Submitted 05 Sep 2014

In Brief

Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
2 hours
Mondays, Thursdays, and first Saturdays
All necessary equipment included
Family friendly
Free drinks included
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Dinner included