Halal food in Seoul, Korea

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.

inside the Taj Palace restaurant

the naan

my briyani meal

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.

Location Map

GPS Coordinate : 37.534981,126.995233

View Itaewon in a larger map

**Updated**

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

19 Responses so far.

  1. Jiamin says:

    Wow! It’s very rare to have halal food in such a country. I’m already drooling. :P

    • danarif says:

      normally it wouldn’t be a big problem to find it in major cities around the world.. the problem is when u go to remote areas :)

  2. Posh says:

    Hey..we had delicious Halal Turkish Kebab at Itaewon! Yup lotsa Pakistani, Africans…foreigners there happening area but honestly kalau nak stay kat area situ tak brapa suka ;-)
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  3. Thristhan says:

    Wow, quite a number of Halal food stores. That’s great.
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  4. thomas says:

    Wow!The Taj Palace restaurant looks nice,
    is the price ok?
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  5. koreataste says:

    We’ve discovered the your site while searching for information for muslim visitors to Korea. We find that this page contains very useful information. Would it be possible to have this page published on our website? Or would you allow us to use some of the contents here? Thank you in advance.

    • danarif says:

      Hye.. I don’t see any problem with that… The purpose I’m writing this post is also to share information with others :)

  6. Leeya says:

    In itaewon also have a halal food, at maharaja restaurant, near the mosque.

  7. azman says:

    plan to visit seoul with family next month, 4 person with 2 teen kids. any suggestion for a suitable hotel with access to halal food.

  8. anym says:

    actually, when to Korea for korean food. huhu. not other food from other country. so..is there really no halal korean food? im really mean halal korean food/cuisine/snack. not halal food in korean which mean not real authentic taste of korea.

    • danarif says:

      check out Muslim Backpackers Seoul blog.. there’s a link at the Malaysian Travelholic section on the right..

  9. noridah says:

    i would be visiting seoul in june.
    what i saw here is a lot of pakistani.indian flavour.however i would like a halal restaurant that serve a korean food instead..is there any restaurant u could suggest.

    • danarif says:

      check out Muslim Backpackers Seoul blog.. there’s a link at the Malaysian Travelholic section on the right..

  10. Irdina says:

    Myself & about 4 other girlfriends would be bag-packing there next April. We’re in our early twenties, is there any place that offers halal korean food or at the very least sells halal groceries to cook with?

    • danarif says:

      check the ‘Halal Restaurant List’ link in the post.. for groceries, there are a few muslim groceries in Itaewon..


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