The Three Best Cities to Visit in South Korea

The Three Best Cities to Visit in South Korea

South Korea has been globally known for its production of K-pop and K-drama that has flooded the entertainment business. You can pretty much hear K-pop girl groups like Blackpink all over the radio, and watch an endless amount of Korean movies and tv series’ all over Netflix

Because of this, popularity has grown for this land, and tourism has boomed. But when you do get to South Korea, where do you go first? It’s a huge landmass to cover and you don’t have all day to go everywhere. 

So we’re here to give you a small list of the three best cities to visit in South Korea that is sure to make your trip all the more worth it! 

Seoul. 

The vibrant, modern capital city of Seoul will offer the traveler everything that they are looking for with the South Korean experience. It’s the place to go to when you want a little bit of everything here! 

In Seoul, you can enjoy modern-day activities like shopping till you drop, partying all night in the clubs with the locals, or just eating at a fancy restaurant. Some notable places to check out include Hongdae’s chic bars and restaurants, the stylish boutiques of Gangnam, and the shops of Insa Dong

And though this is the pinnacle of modernism in South Korea, there are also some historical landmarks and attractions like the famous Changdeokgung Palace with its Secret Garden, and  Gyeongbokgung Palace which has a traditional and hourly guard changing ceremony much like those at Buckingham Palace

Gyeongju. 

Considered to be the coastal city and cultural heart of South Korea, Gyeongju offers people the chance and opportunity to experience what ancient South Korea was like. 

The best way to learn more about the country’s history is by visiting the National Museums, and in this case, that would be the Gyeongju National Museum. It is home to an endless amount of historical treasures that include the 23-ton Emille Bell that was made in the year AD771. So you can tell they really know how to take care of their heritage. 

But that isn’t all there is to Gyeongju, because here you can also check out other attractions such as the scenic Anapji Pond, Tumuli Park, and the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Listed Bulguk-sa Temple. So go ahead and take your pick! 

Busan. 

The city of Busan is widely known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, most of which you can explore too! From tropical beaches to majestic mountains, and even ancient Buddhist temples, you can see them all for yourselves! 

Not to mention, this city is well known for its delicious seafood and the ever so famous Jigaichi fish market. But if you’re looking to ignite your inner mountaineer then you can also hike to the top of Jangan Mountain. Or if you want to learn more about the country’s religion, then you can also head to the Haedong Yonggung Temple, which overlooks the Sea of Japan

Conclusion. 

South Korea is well known for many of its great contributions to the entertainment industry. From multiple K-pop songs hitting the charts to Korean movies winning Oscars, there is no doubt that South Korea is one of the most entertaining countries to see. And now, you know exactly where to go when you visit. 

Creative Ways to Order Vegetarian at Nonvegetarian Restaurants

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vegatarian food at a restaurant

Years ago, eating vegetarian meant having to settle for a salad and in some cases that meant a few pieces of lettuce that didn’t look pretty enough to make it onto a burger. Nowadays, vegetarian options are much more prevalent and even have entire restaurants dedicated to the cause.

However, not all of our friends share the same lifestyle as us, which can make getting together for dinner somewhat difficult. By making a few educated choices, and with the help of some tips we are going to provide for you in this article, you will soon be able to navigate any restaurant in this carnivore world.

Before you go out.

Before you even leave home, you should always check the menu if you have the time. Never be afraid to call the restaurant ahead of time to see if the chef can accommodate you. It is also important to ask your server about your did. Some questions you might think to ask are: “what was this food fried in?”, “does this dish contain any eggs or dairy (if you are a vegan)?” and “would it be possible to sub out this meat item for a vegetable item?.”

If you are a very strict vegetarian or vegan, please keep in mind that many restaurants will cook a vegetarian dish in the same pan/ area where they cook meat. If this bothers you, this is another question you will want to ask the restaurant on whether they can accommodate or not, prior to getting there and being disappointed.

Chinese.

For the most part, Chinese restaurants offer a lot of vegetarian options. In fact, a lot of the time dishes can have the meat substituted for tofu. Just be sure to double check if the dish was cooked in fish or oyster sauce.

Try: fried rice (without eggs if you’re vegan), chow mein, eggplant tofu, mapo tofu, stir-fried veggies, fresh soy milk, tofu and vegetables, and veggie dumplings, vegetable spring rolls, vegetable dumplings, vegetable soups, vegetable fried rice, vegetable noodle dishes, and beancurd are all great options.

Mexican.

Eating vegetarian at Mexican restaurants sounds hard but can definitely be done. First and foremost, you need to make sure that the tortillas weren’t cooked in lard and that the rice wasn’t cooked in chicken stock.

As long as it’s all clear there, feel free to order a burrito or taco without the meat (or cheese if you are vegan). Salsa, guacamole, chipotle sauce, tortilla chips, vegetable or bean burritos, rice, vegetable tacos, vegetable fajita, and vegetable chimichanga’s are all popular vegetarian/ vegan options that you can probably get at any Mexican restaurant you go to.

Italian.

Italian food is notorious for being covered in dairy, with all of the sauce and extra parm people tend to add. Next time you go out for some Italian, see if the following are on your menu: Bruschetta, grilled artichokes, bean salads, olives, bread with olive oil and balsamic, salads, pasta with marinara sauce (most pasta’s don’t contain eggs, so just ask to be sure), vegetable pizzas with no cheese.

If you’re vegan, make sure your dish doesn’t contain eggs or dairy and make sure your server doesn’t sprinkle any parm on it either.

American.

It’s easiest to stick to sides when you go out for American style food. Luckily, you can eat as many fries as you want! You can also include veggie dogs, veggie burgers, onion rings, and potato wedges in your meal as well. Just make sure to ask your waiter what they fried their potatoes in.

Thai.

Thai food is another Asian cuisine that can easily be vegetarian or vegan. In fact, meat is often a very small aspect of the dish and the flavor won’t be altered if you take it out.

Double check with your waiter that there isn’t any fish sauce that went into cooking your meal, and you are pretty much good to go! You can get spring rolls, fried mushrooms, Thai curry, Thai mushroom salad, Green Papaya Salad or Som-Tam, Clear (or Glass) Noodles, Tom Yum Mushroom Soup, Tom Kha Mushroom Soup, and vegetable soup.