The Insadong Makgeolli Taster 

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  • Three Makgeolli bars,
  • Tasting of five brews,
  • Different kinds of Korean pancake and steamed pork belly on the menu,
  • A rare experience where you will learn about a little-known side of Korea

This traditional tour takes you on a three hour traditional Korean alcohol tasting immersion where you will visit three different makgeolli restaurants, each with their own unique style. You will be in good company with Sool Specialist Julia Mellor. 

A Traditional Tour

We begin with a place famous for its wide range of makgeolli sourced from around the country, set in a traditional hanok (a Korean traditional house).

After sampling a few bottles of what can be found on the market paired with some quintessential Korean pancakes, we head to a secret location unfamiliar even to locals. Here we sample some handcrafted makgeolli, straight from the hands of the brewer herself. Once we have had our fill of her delicious brew and some home-cooked dishes, we walk on to our final destination. We pull up stools at a dimly lit tavern with tin kettles filled with makgeolli and experience the revelry of tavern-style drinking.

A Unique Experience

What makes this tour different from any other is your guide. Julia has studied Korean alcohol for 8 years and has dedicated her life to absorbing every aspect of the industry. She will take you on an undiscovered journey of tastes and culture.


Private & Boutique

This tour is designed to be a small and intimate experience with a limit on group numbers. Bookings will only be accepted on a private basis, so you will not be joining another group of guests.  In keeping with the safety of the times, temperatures will be taken when we meet, and masks required when moving to and from each restaurant.  The locations are not overly busy places and are long-running small businesses that understand the importance of safe dining. We will take every precaution for your safety and the safety of our partners. 

Insa-dong - Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For this tour, we meet at 6pm at Anguk Station (Orange Line 3) Exit 6.

  • Tours will run with a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 8.  If you would like to take a tour with a group less than 4, we require a surcharge of $30USD for each guest.  Please contact us directly if you would like to take a tour with a group smaller than 4 people. 
  • If you choose to pay by domestic bank transfer, you will receive the bank details with your email confirmation.
  • For payments in Korean Won, we use a 1US$ = 1,000 KRW conversion rate.
Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea