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Korean Beginner Cooking Class with a Local Market Tour in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn the culinary secrets to Korean cuisine at a morning or afternoon cooking class for beginners. Choose from a diverse menu of popular dishes that you prepare under the guidance of professional chefs at a cooking school located in the heart of Seoul. Start with a walking tour through a local food market and at the end of your session, enjoy your creations.
  • Enjoy a culinary experience in a professional cooking school furnished with modern kitchen tools and equipment
  • Study with professional chefs, trained both internationally and in Korea
  • Savor the delicious meal at the end of class
  • Take a guided tour around a local market to experience Seoul's food culture up close

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Rather than just eating, learn the basics of Korean cooking so you can recreate dishes at home.

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.

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 온고푸드커뮤니케이션
    12 Samil-daero 30-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Our building colored dark pink is just opposite to Crown Hotel. There is a parking lot in front of the building. The name of our building is 제일빌딩. Google map will get you to the backside so please turn around to find the entrance. We are on the 3rd floor.

Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Let professional chefs introduce you to the wonderful world of Korean cuisine! Make your way to the modern cooking school in the Nagwon-dong neighborhood near Anguk station, and prepare local dishes for lunch, designed especially for beginners.

Walk to a local market either before your cooking class and discover Korea's food culture and learn tips from your certified guide about how to choose the best ingredients.

Each beginning workshop provides a primer on the flavors of Korea’s diverse cuisine. Receive a few safety instructions before delving into the cooking portion of the lesson. After learning how to create a few specialties, sit down to a meal that features your dishes, accompanied by rice and one beverage. For a more detailed description of each cooking session, please consult the Itinerary section.

Additional Info

  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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One of the best experiences from Seoul
Romana_B, Jul 2018
It has been a great experience to learn how to make some of the traditional Korean food. I really enjoyed the walk through the market before the class and we had a lot of fun during cooking.
This tour was a great experience and...
Pader L, Mar 2018
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!
The teacher was great!!! and the food...
Danielle_M, Feb 2018
The teacher was great!!! and the food was so delicious!
Excellent. A must do. We liked also the...
Ivan I, Dec 2017
Excellent. A must do. We liked also the tour of the market
This cooking lesson was a wonderful...
Hanh_T, Oct 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.
We cannot say enough how wonderful...
Thomas F, Aug 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.
What a fantastic introduction to...
Colin W, Mar 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.
Highly recommend the japchae class...
Karen_H, Jan 2017
Highly recommend the japchae class. So easy and delicious. Wish I had time to take another class.
This was a great cooking class...
Karen_S, Nov 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.
This was an absolutely amazing...
Marie-Louise S, Sep 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.
The school was great I learned so...
Anita F, 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.
My 11yo daughter and I loved this...
Linda H, Aug 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.
THIS. WAS. AWESOME. I cannot...
Tiffany T, Jul 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!
I learned to make great food, the...
Marguerita M, Jun 2016
I learned to make great food, the chef helped me alter my food due to food allergy. I had a great time.
We had a great time and the class...
Adam S, 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.
The staff were very kind and helpful...
Sarah F, Dec 2015
The staff were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious too!
Loved this class! Everyone was very...
Jessica B, Oct 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.
the class was so much fun. my family...
Sandra K, Sep 2015
the class was so much fun. my family and i really enjoyed it.
I truly recommend this cooking...
Jeff, May 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.
Out instructor Yibben taught us a...
Trixie A, Mar 2015
Out instructor Yibben taught us a great deal about Korean cooking. I recommend a cooking class to anyone who visits Seoul.


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