15 Samcheong-ro 9-gil, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Photo by Leslie Patrick
Sipping Ancient Alcohol in Bukchon Hanok VillageSet amidst the quaint hanoks (traditional Korean houses) of tourist favorite Bukchon Hanok Village, this upscale brewery serves a special kind of Korean alcohol that in days gone by was served only to the ruling gentry class. Made with rice and brewed three times, Samhaeju was popular during the Jeseon Dynasty, but production halted when the Japanese colonization of Korea began in 1910.
Working to revive this nearly lost traditional beverage, the brewmaster leads tours and shows visitors how this traditional liquor is made. After the tour, it’s tasting time, so come thirsty. Reservations are required and English isn’t spoken—bring an interpreter.
15, Samcheong-ro 9-gil, Jongno-gu