If your visit to Seoul consists of only one day, there is nothing that will get you into the spirit of Korea faster than a meal at a “galbi” restaurant, aka Korean barbecue.
Each table is equipped with its own charcoal or gas grill, where customers can indeed man their own tongs. The smell of beef and pork hangs heavy in the air, as does the scent of garlic, onions, peppers, and other side dishes brought to the tables and lined up like rows of tiny soldiers.
Word to the wise? Tong operation is a serious business. Those who appear untrained will often be forced to relinquish grilling duty to a restaurant employee.