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13 delicious Korean foods to try in Seoul

Thanks to unique and tasty delicacies such as kimchi and bibimbap, Korean food is gaining popularity the world over, and what better place to sample the key dishes of the cuisine than in Seoul? Our guide to 13 of the most delicious South Korean foods highlights the must-try dishes on your visit to the capital

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Hannah Lewis,

South Korean cuisine has been growing in popularity in recent years, in part because it is believed to have many health benefits; it is regularly cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. The diet consists mainly of rice, vegetables and a little meat. Meals tend to comprise a variety of small dishes, many of them plant-based, served with the ubiquitous kimchi (fermented vegetables) and ‒ almost always – rice.

But it’s not just health concerns that have made South Korean cuisine so popular; it is also delicious and is packed with layers of flavour and texture. Eating is one of the highlights of exploring the nation. We've selected 13 of the most mouth-watering dishes to try on your trip to Seoul, from traditional savouries to street food sweets.



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