Insadong

An alley away from the busy streets of Insadong is a quaint tea...







An alley away from the busy streets of Insadong is a quaint tea house with small birds by the windows and goldfish in shallow bowls. The Shin Old Tea House (신옛찻집) is hard to find and often crowded, but a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. 

Hours: 10am-11pm

Address: 33-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 33-1 (관훈동)

Directions: Short walk from Anguk Subway Station (Line 3) exit 6.


A First-Time Traveler’s Guide To Seoul

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“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart


Christmas comes to Korea: Part 1

Christmas came and went suddenly.

Registration For May 2nd Meeting Open!!

Well Mamas & Papas, you may have noticed a bit of a gap in meetings of late.  MMPK HQ has been hunkering down for a super important test that has taken all our focus for the last few weeks, but now that it is done we are salivating for some good makgeolli!  In the three years we have been in operation, we have been to some amazing bars and seen the industry begin to re-discover the beauty in traditional recipes and quality drinks.  So in celebration of (hopefully) the end of our testing time, we thought instead of visiting a new bar, it might be fun to revisit some of our favorites, with an added twist!


A Taste of Local Korean Cuisine with Gastro Tour Seoul

These days, there are so many ways for visitors to Seoul to explore the culinary treats of the city. With a practically endless list of taste tours and cooking classes available, it seems easy to delve into Korean cuisine. But the fact of the matter is that there are so many hidden treasures tucked away into the back alleys of Korea's capital that even most long-term residents like myself will never find most of them.

Enter Veronica Kang, founder of Gastro Tour Seoul. Having worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years, Veronica not only has an extensive knowledge of the roots of Korean food, but also has many connections with those most influential in the industry. Many of these include the owners and chefs of Seoul's oldest restaurants, along with master brewers who have been preserving the methods of making Korea's traditional beverages for decades.

Brew 3.15: "Clucking Crazy" Chimaek in Insadong

One of the biggest food trends to explode in Korea over the past year or two has been chimaek, or chicken and beer. And for obvious reasons. Separately, they're great, but together... the pair is a match made in culinary heaven.

The latest restaurant to feature the dish is Brew 3.15. Located in an up and coming neighborhood near Insadong-gil, the establishment is the second restaurant endeavor of Daniel Gray, popular food blogger of Seoul Eats fame. I stopped in recently to see Daniel's take on the Korean classic.



A "Zen"-Course Lunch at Barugongyang Buddhist Temple Food Restaurant

Barugongyang offers up authentic Buddhist temple cuisine using only fresh, local ingredients. Read on for my personal review of the restaurant's peaceful atmosphere and thoughtful course meals.


It's only been fairly recently that we've learned how eating greener and cleaner rather than focusing on calorie and fat counts can positively affect the health of our bodies and minds. With trends like CSAs, detox diets and green smoothies becoming all the rage in the nutrition world, we're taking a step forward toward healthier lives.

However, the Buddhist monks of Korea have been slightly ahead of this trend. And by slightly I mean by hundreds of years.

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Makgeolli Day 2014 & Insadong Festival

This time of year is a busy one for the makgeolli and traditional liquor industry, with a number of festivals and events being held all over the country.   The last Thursday of every October is also Makgeolli Day!  This is a day dedicated to celebrating not just the drink itself, but all the hardworking brewers, industry professionals, and the fabulous fans of drinking our favorite brew.


Our 4th Chuseok in Korea, Part 1 – Seoul

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. There is no pressure about gifts, the family is way less stressed, and it is all about gratitude, family, and good food. My kind of holiday. The day really embodies Fall, with it’s smells and sweaters, colors, and football (or nap time for me).

In Korea, Chuseok is compared to Thanksgiving because it is also a harvest festival (minus the genocide and kum ba yah stories of sharing some turkey), but it is as big as Christmas is in the States. Being that it’s one of the two biggest holidays in Korea, we usually get 4 or 5 days off! Hooray!

We also got some pretty great Chuseok gifts this year, and if you’re interested in seeing what kind of quirky things we got check out the video!


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