If you can bear to tear yourself away from the Four Seasons suites, Seoul offers plenty of distractions—including a world-renowned food scene. Koreans are rightly proud of their local specialties, particularly the signature barbecue experience. It typically starts with an array of small, shareable dishes like kimchi, dried fish, tofu, and spicy beansprouts. Continue on with galbi (beef ribs), samgyeopsal (sliced pork belly), bibimbap (a mix of rice, veggies, beef, egg and chili paste served in a hot stone pot), and—if it’s cold outside—a satisfying bowl of samgyetan (chicken soup with red dates, ginseng, and sticky rice.) Seafood, served both cooked and raw, is another local’s favorite, as is naengmyeon, a dish of cold buckwheat noodles swimming in a slightly sweet vinegar soup. Toast it all with glasses of soju, a local spirit, or cups of perfectly brewed green tea.
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