Master Korean traditional cooking with a Kimchi chef

Seoul, South Korea

From USD 80.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn how to cook a traditional Korean meal with help from a local during this 3-hour, small-group cooking class in Seoul. Take a short walking tour through the city as you make your way to a nearby market to pick up some ingredients to use in your recipes. Then, head over to a traditional Korean house, and learn to cook Korean dishes. Once you’ve finished in the kitchen, enjoy eating your meal with the company of your group.
  • 3-hour cooking experience in a Korean-style house in Seoul
  • Small-group limited to seven people provides an intimate experience
  • Walk along the city streets to a local market to pick up cooking ingredients
  • Go into a local Korean-style home, and learn to cook your traditional Korean food
  • Enjoy eating the dishes you created with your group and cooking instructor
  • Different menu items will be cooked depending on what day you choose

Sample Menu


Menu is total 3 kinds of dishes including the main menu and side menu.


Korean Dessert


Welcome tea

What's Included

  • Lunch(Dinner) or Dessert (depending on selection and time)
  • Local guide
  • Group tour
  • Subway station pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 892-10
    892-10 Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Meeting Point: Jegidong station exit 2 (제기동역 2번출구)

Start time

10:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your small group at Jegidong Station Exit 2 (Line Number 1, near Dongdaemun Station) a little before 10am to get your 3-hour experience underway.

Your guide (who later becomes your cooking instructor) takes you and a small-group limited to seven on a short walking tour through the city to a local market. At the market, following the lead from your guide, your group picks up all the ingredients needed to make the recipes that have been planned out for the day.

Please note your meal has been planned differently by the day you chose for this experience. On Monday, you'll make samgyetang. If you chose a Thursday class, you’ll make kimchi. If you chose a Tuesday or Saturday class,you’ll make bulgogi, japchae, and deonjang jjigae. Fridays are reserved for bibimbap, and Sunday classes involve making a variety of Korean desserts.

After the market, your guide shows you the way to a Korean-style house in a local neighborhood. He or she sets you up in the kitchen with the others, and class begins. Learn how to make the popular Korean dishes on the menu for the day.

Once everything has been fully prepared, sit down and taste what you’ve created. Chat with your group members and cooking instructor before they bring you back to the station exit you were picked up from. Morning tea is included on all of the tours.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
  • OME's each class consists of Korean food (3dishes) Menu. It can be changed if you have an allergy or special needs(ex: gluten-free, Halal, vegetarian).
  • Composed of 3 different menu items.
  • Guests over 14 years are charged adult price.
  • Up to one children per class can participate. (under 36 months baby is not available for safety.)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
This class was so fun! Shopping through the food market was magical! We felt like locals rather than tourists! Our guide was the best and made cooking fun! She had entertaining stories about this non-touristy neighborhood. Would definitely recommend this class to Seoul visitors!


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Best adventure of the week!
Maria_C, May 2023
This class was so fun! Shopping through the food market was magical! We felt like locals rather than tourists! Our guide was the best and made cooking fun! She had entertaining stories about this non-touristy neighborhood. Would definitely recommend this class to Seoul visitors!
Great experience
Eli_G, Nov 2022
This was one of the most enjoyable activities we had in South Korea. The chef was professional and nice. The cooking class and the market tour were most enjoyable. Great experience of a Traditional Cooking Experience in Korean Style House in Seoul
Amazing teacher, amazing food!
Rachel_C, May 2022
Minseon was such a wonderful teacher! She made the day so fun. She was so great at explaining everything and giving details on the market and ingredients as well as helping us to make some of the most delicious food. Could not recommend this enough!
Really nice experience
Kilian_S, Oct 2021
Wonderful experience! The chef was really nice and we learned how to make 4 dishes in 2 hours! I recommend it.
Great experience
Joseph_N, June 2021
Impressed with the number of dishes made and amount of food. I have to take some to go 😁. My daughter really enjoyed the experience as well and we received a cookbook to use in the future.
David C, Oct 2019
Great activity with a vivacious young culinary enthusiast who was supportive and informative. Highly recommended.
It was completely perfect!
Pascal_S, July 2019
I am a semester abroad student in Seoul, so I decided to learn how to cook Korean. And this was the best tour/cooking class I could imagine to learn it. We started with a walk across the biggest market for groceries, spices and traditional medicine in Korea. Afterward, we walked to a lovely cooking studio which is nearby the market. We'd been a group out of 6 people and everybody was able to make different experiences within the cooking class. The chef's/instructors had been really friendly and nice to us! I definitely recommend this tour, it was a great expierience and I now have all the receipts I need to cook the korean food back home. Thank you !:)
Korean cooking class review
Anna_S, July 2019
Very instructive and fun! We learned about Korean ingredients and cooking and had a delicious meal! We loved our cooking teacher. Great value for the experience!
Great experience
Astrid_Y, July 2019
I recommend trying this Chef Jihee was great and friendly as the rest of the staff The whole this was well organized and knowledgeable You’ll not only learn how to cook but also a little bit of how Korean enjoy their food.
Loved it
GrandTour300250, June 2019
Just recommended to folks at my conference. a terrific way to spend the morning. Best food so far that I have eaten in Korea. Considering squeezing another class in at the end of my trip.
Great, fun class
Akua N, May 2019
This class is taught by a friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful head instructor. I booked it for myself and two others and we had a great time. The instructor took us throughout the market and taught us a lot about the types of ingredients used in Korean food and the distinctions between them. She showed us the pots they traditionally cooked in and we went to stalls were she explained the different vegetables unique to Korean cooking as well as special pastes. We also saw sesame being ground into sesame oil. We went by a pepper stall doing something similar. It was really cool especially if you are a cook and want very fresh ingredients to take back home. This pre-cooking class market tour was amazing as we thought we would just be taken back to cook but it really helped us to understand the ingredients and feel connected to their sourcing. The cooking class was great. We got to taste this yummy drink from some sort of sweet lemon tree that grows in Korea as well as rice wine. There were about 11 different dishes we prepared as a group and we were taught proper cutting technique and of course how to make each. We were very full of delicious food after the class. Highly recommend!
Safari18353859769, Apr 2019
Really friendly women who ran the course (and had an impressive grasp of many languages). Clearly very passionate about the food and excellent cooks! Very interesting and the lunch was delicious
Just amazing. The market tour, the...
SANDRA A, Sept 2018
Just amazing. The market tour, the cooking, the staff and entire experience was out of this world. Would highly recomend.
More than 5 stars!
MASHARON_R, Aug 2018
Our flight was very delayed for more than 6 hours hence not able to catch up with our 10am cooking class schedule, however, Chef Min-seon of OME Cooking Lab was very kind enough to accommodate us for the 2pm class. It was interesting to go around the market and much more interesting to be immersed in some Korean cooking under her. I have attended a cooking class here in Korea last February but this one under OME Cooking Class superceded far ahead. We did Samyetang Chicken, Kimchi, pancakes, side dishes. We were even served unlimited orange drinks. I would recommend ONLY THIS for a very organized cooking experience. DEFINITELY MORE THAN 5 STARS RATING. I would give a TEN THUMBS UP! Thank you Chef Min-seon and your staff! Keep up the good works!
Informative and Tasty Experience
David_G, July 2018
We were unexpectedly surprised by the informative tour of the market and of Medicine Street. Our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. Cooking and eating our meal in the cooking lab was also greatly enjoyed. We learned a lot and would enjoy taking another class the next time we return to Seoul. Grateful for the pictures and recipes emailed to us afterwards, and we look forward to trying to recreate the meal at home. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more about Korean culture and cooking.
This is a very enjoyable experience...
Ivy L, Apr 2018
This is a very enjoyable experience. The course was conducted in a traditional Hanok near a large traditional wet market in Seoul.There were 6 people in the class from 4 countries, what a melting pot. The cooking teacher and her two assistants work so seamlessly in introducing all the ingredients, switching utensils and could see they have very good experience and know what they are doing. The class was conducted in English in combination with some food history of Korea. Is a very hands-on session, all students are given tasks to prepare and cook together. The menu that day was Kimchi making, two types of Pajeon, Bossam, Doenjang-jjigae, and Japchae. The teacher gave us many cooking tips that otherwise we may never know the knowhow. The session highlight is eating the completed meal together. It was exceptionally delicious. The market tour was also very interesting to see some of the ingredients that are only available in Korea. Some students in our class signed up a few different sessions to get a good knowledge of Korean cooking. I will do the same next time.
My friends and I had a fun time...
Cindy L, Jan 2018
My friends and I had a fun time learning how to cook Korean foods and walking around the market. Chef/guide(Minseon) was proficient in English and we easily understand the lesson. The foods cooked were our lunch and it was delicious. I highly recommend this gourmet tour/lesson.
We had a wonderful time cooking and...
Mike D, Dec 2017
We had a wonderful time cooking and learning about Korea and Korean culture on this tour. It was quite memorable. I'm happy we signed up for this experience.
Nice group cooking class. You don't...
Susan C, Dec 2017
Nice group cooking class. You don't get to cook individual recipes yourself, you take part with the group. So if you like that style of cooking class this is good. VERY clean, beautiful kitchen, historic markets nearby. Plan to spend the rest of your day wandering around the markets! After class, I had to go to doctor's appointment and the teacher took me all the way to the taxi and explained to him my destination. Very good service and kind teacher.
Had a delightful market tour and...
Nudibranch, Dec 2017
Had a delightful market tour and cooking experience. Minseon and Ashley were extremely helpful and friendly. Food turned out great, recipes were provided, couldnt ask for more. Highly Recomended.

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