Sunday, 25 October 2015

Seoul, South Korea Itinerary: Tourist Sites, Restaurants, Mosques, Shopping, Pinned Map


South Korea is a country I recently developed an urge to visit solely due to their food. Korean food is absolutely delicious, and known mostly for kimchi, a million side dishes to go with every meal, and spicy pepper paste used in soups, stews, and almost everything!

After staring longingly at youtube videos showcasing their vibrant variety of street foods I crave to consume, I put together this itinerary list of restaurants, sites, shopping areas, and prayer places which a muslim traveller to Korea could find useful.
Compared to Japan, the number of halal restaurants is much, much smaller, however they do have a district called Itaewon which is basically their halal district with everything a muslim needs.

Important Note: In South Korea, you will not be able to get by while using only Google Maps, as it is not widely used in the country and has very outdated content. You'll have to use a combination of Google Maps and "Daum". Click here for a recent article we've put together with a full guide that talks about this.

To save this map to your account and your phone for quick reference at home and on the go, scroll to the bottom of this article for instructions.


Tip: Zoom in and click on the pins for the direct link to the review websites!



Tip: To read the official websites in English, visit the link using a Chrome web browser. Then right-click the page and select "Translate to English"

Important: 

Often times when you do a Google Map or Daum Map search for a Korean address, it will not show you the accurate location. Instead, we have listed the exact Google Map coordinates which will show you the right location every time. Just paste the coordinates into the Google Maps or Daum Maps search field and hit search! 

Sites

No.
Site Name
Korean Site Name
Hours of Operation
Price
Recommended Length of Visit
Station
Address
Korean Address
Google Map Coordinates
Official Website
Review Link
Street View Screenshot
1
Eatyourkimchi Studio
-
-
-
You can't go in. See street sign from outside.
Hongik Univ. / Hongdae Station OR Sangsu Station
73 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Same building as: 서울 마포구 와우산로 73 2
37.55096, 126.92297
-

2
Bukchon- Historic Walking Area
북촌
-
Free
1-2 hours
Anguk Station or Gyeongbokgung Station
Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Same area as: 서울 종로구 북촌로12 29-1
37.58283, 126.98582

3
Banpo Hangang Park (By Hangang River - Rent a bike?)
반포한강시민공원
-
Free
1-2 hours
1. Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3,7 or 9), Exit 8-1 or 8-2.
330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Same area as: 서울 서초구 신반포로11 40
37.51253, 126.99858

2. Sinbanpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 2.
3. Dongjak Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1.
4
남산 공원
Cable Car 8,500 round trip: Click Here for More info.
1-2 hours
Myung Dong Subway Station
100-177 Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 중구 남산공원길 125-54
37.55191, 126.99291

Namsan Park by Cable Car
Shuttle Bus available to Cable Car from Myung Dong Subway Station, Free: Click Here for more info.
5
N Seoul Tower
N 서울 타워
Mon-Fri, Sun 10:00 - 23:30, Sat
Admission: 9,000 won.
1-2 hours
Myung Dong Subway Station
105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
용산구 남산공원길 105
37.55116, 126.98822

10: 00 ~ 24: 00
6
Cheonggyecheon Stream (best viewed at night)
청계천
-
Free
Less than 1 hour
Myung Dong Subway Station
37.568941, 126.983213

7
Gyeongbokgung Palace
경복궁 (태극기 )
9:00 - 17:00. Free English Tours at: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
3,000 won
2-3 hours
Gyeongbokgung Station
161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
 종로구 사직로 161
37.57736, 126.97668



Restaurants

No.
Restaurant Name
Korean Restaurant Name
Style
Hours of Operation
Station
Address
Address in Korean
Google Map Coordinates
Official Website
Review Link
Street View Screenshot
1
You Are Here Cafe

Cafe (Not halal)
8:00 - 23:00
Hongik University
Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
마포구 동교동 204-53
37.55862, 126.92087
-

2
EID - Halal Korean Food (Prayer space available)
이드 - 할랄 코리안 푸드
Halal Korean
Tue-Sun: 11:30 am-9:00 pm
Itaewon Station
67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 우사단로 10 67 (한남동), Seoul, South Korea 140-911
37.53233, 126.99915
3
Murree Muslim Food

Halal Korean
10.30am – 11pm
Itaewon Station
140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858
2 Buildings west of: 서울 용산구 우사단로10 23
37.53301, 126.99673

4
Korean Vegetarian
11:50 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:00
72, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 강남구 논현로 72 (개포동)
37.47653, 127.0462
SM Vegetarian Buffet
5
Loving Hut "Rainbow Store" - Vegetarian / Vegan

Korean Vegetarian
Closes between 3:30 and 4:30
Sinchon Station
33-10, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-834, South Korea
Same building as: 서울 서대문구 연세로 35
37.55863, 126.93667

6
Osegyehyang
오세계향
Korean Vegetarian
Might be closed between 3:30 and 4:30
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3 or Anguk Station
14-5, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Next door to: 서울 종로구 인사동12 14-7
37.57463, 126.98525
7
Hangwachae Vegetarian Buffet
한과채밥집
Korean Vegetarian
Lunch 11:30-14:30 / Dinner 17:00-20:30, Closed on Sundays
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3 or Anguk Station
13, Insadong 10-Gil, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
(Downstairs) 서울특별시 종로구 인사동10 13 (관훈동)
37.57431, 126.98569

8
Boa travel house - Hotel that serves Halal Korean Lunchbox (Must order 1 day before)
Halal Korean Dosirak (Lunchbox)
Hongik University Station
15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-836, South Korea
서울 서대문구 신촌로1 15
37.55901, 126.92841
9
Saffron Restaurant (Prayer Space available)

Middle Eastern / Indian - Halal

Myeong-dong Station
59-5 Myeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
중구 명동1 59-5
37.56439, 126.98235




10
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Halal Korean
Mon:
Itaewon Station
52 Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-911, South Korea
140-911용산구 우사단로10 52
37.53257, 126.99825
10:30 am-10:00 pm
Wed-Sun:
10:30 am-10:00 pm
11
Pasha Turkish Kebab & Food House - Halal
파샤
Turkish Halal
11:30 - 22:30
Gangnam Station, exit no. 9

서초구 서초동 1317-31 세계빌딩 4
37.49862, 127.02563

12
Kervan Turkish Restaurant - Halal (Inside Oakwood Premier Coex Center or "Coex Mall")
케르반 터키쉬 레스토랑
Turkish Halal

Samseong Station
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu | Coex Mall B1, Seoul 06164, South Korea / 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-091
06164강남구 영동대로 513코엑스몰 지하1



Mosques & Prayer Spaces

No.
Mosque Name
Mosque Name in Korean
Hours
Station
Address
Address in Korean
Google Map Coordinates
Official Website
Review Link
Street View Screenshot
1
Seoul Central Mosque
서울 중앙 성원

Itaewon Station
39, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
Can't miss it!
37.53305, 126.99782

2
See: "EID - Halal Korean Food" Restaurant
3
See: "Saffron Restaurant"









4
See: "Kervan Turkish Restaurant"


Shopping

No.
Site Name
Korean Site Name
Type
Hours of Operation
Station
Address
Address in Korean
Google Map Coordinates
Official Website
Review Link
Street View Screenshot
1
Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping
명동 쇼핑 거리
Stores and Street Shopping

Myeong dong Station
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Store in the middle of Myeongdong: 서울 중구 명동8 27
37.56272, 126.98488

2
Insa-dong Street
인사동
Handicrafts, Traditional, Street Shopping
Jongak Station or Anguk Station
Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
A shop on Insadong Street: 서울 종로구 인사동길 34 2
37.57355, 126.9857
3
Hongik University Street
홍대앞 거리
Stores and Street Shopping

Hongik University Station
Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea = Hongik University / Hongdae Station, exit 8 or 9

37.55489, 126.92305

4
홍대 프리마켓
Souvenir Shops / Crafts
Opens on Saturdays: 13:00-18:00
Hongik University Station
19-3, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로21 19-3 (서교동)
37.55214, 126.92297
Hongdae Free Market
(from March to November)
5


Flea / Street Market, Souvenirs
11:00 pm - 3:00 am
Hoeyeon Station
21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 남대문시장4 21 (남창동)
37.55917, 126.97765

Namdaemun Market

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How to save the "My Maps" Pinned Map to your Computer & Phone: 

Step 1: Click the "Star" button.

Step 2: Log into your Google or Gmail Account


Step 3: While logged in, go to drive.google.com and click the "Starred" tab, you will find the map there.


Step 4: For Mobile, open your Google Maps App and click "Your places"


Step 5: You will find the Pinned Map there, and you may also save it to an offline map so you can access it while not connected to data or wifi.


 Happy Travelling!

-Maryam 

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