Dining is one of the important parts of traveling. For Muslims, finding halal food when traveling isn’t always as easy. Traveling to major cities normally wouldn’t give that much problem but if you’re going to some remote areas, it might be a good idea to stock some food with you. For me, I already got used to feeling hungry while traveling since finding halal food sometimes is rather inconvenient or sometimes expensive.
If you happened to be in Seoul, Korea and wonder where you could get halal food, head to Itaewon area where plenty of restaurants serving halal foods are found. Most of the shops are found by the roadside with some being in the alley across the Hamilton hotel.
I’ve tried out a few eateries there during my short stay in Seoul. The briyani at Taj Palace was delicious and the Turkish kebab at Mr. Kebab was also tasty. Most shops are directly run by the Middle Easterns, Pakistani, Turkish or Indian Muslims. I found out that halal foods there are not only enjoyed by Muslims but also by Koreans and westerners.
Itaewon is also home for the Seoul Central Masjid, the largest mosque in South Korea. You would also be able to find Muslims bakery and grocery shops nearby the mosque area.
GPS Coordinate : 37.534981,126.995233
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Check out this Halal Restraurant list by Muslim Backpacker Seoul. They do provide a handful list of restaurants complete with maps to help u find them.
Here are some other links that might be useful to those who are searching for halal food in Korea.
1. Halal restaurants list – by the official visit Korea website
2. Halal food guide for Muslims living in Korea – by Muhammad Usman
3. Korean Food, guide for Muslims visitors – by Freme.com
4. Halal food in Korea – by Zarina Jani