Korea Chronicle: Kimchi School

My visit: December 27, 2011

Day 5 (afternoon)

Kimchi School
Seoul, Korea

After visiting Changdeok Palace in the morning, we went to KimChi School where according to our tour guide, we will make our very own kimchi. 

infront of KimChi School

Kimchi also spelled gimchi, kimchee or kim chee is a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetable and varied seasonings.

different types of kimchi

I didn't know that were different types of kimchi and some are pretty expensive too!

basic ingredients of Kimchi

What are the basic ingredients of Kimchi:

  • cabbage
  • radish
  • green onion
  • sea salt
  • chili powder
  • garlic 
  • ginger
  • anchovy fish sauce

 premix chili paste


Inside the classroom, a premix chili paste and cabbage were already set up on top of the table. 


That's our instructress on my right. Photo and video are prohibited while the class in ongoing.

photo taken by our sneaky tour guide

making my very own KimChi love

 KimChi Love is a term used for donated kimchi made by the students tourists like us to the poor.

how to make KimChi LOVE

DH & his KimChi LOVE

kimchi tasting

Two different types of kimchi were served after we finished our project. One is made with octopus and the other with cabbage. You can purchase these kimchi in their store already packed and ready for transport.

that's octopus kimchi... yikes!

Right after the lesson, we were ushered downstairs to change into Korean tradition costumes called Hanbok.

DH in his very own Hanbok

Hanbok is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. It literally means "Korean Clothing" It is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations- Wikipedia

my brightly colored hanbok costume

We are in character lol

our pa cute Korean pose

where we had our lunch at 2pm

we had fish for a change


After 4 consecutive days of eating Korean barbecue, our tour guide took pity on us and let us have fish on our fifth day lol

Eating the rice, the Korean way. Scoop the rice, do not scrape the remaining rice in the stone bowl. Put water in and cover. Drink it up!

taken during our dinner with our tour guide, Mike

After lunch, we went to Dongdaemun to shop. It was really cold because it's an open air market. I didn't enjoy it.

dining the Korean way- seated on the floor

This is our last night together with the tour group. Finally, we are going to be on our own because we extended our trip for another 4 days! Woot!


We had our dinner just outside from where our hotel was located. It is owned and operated by husband and wife tandem. The husband cooks while the wife takes our orders.

Since it was our last night, our guide, Mike, made sure to order enough Soju for the boys lol I went back to the hotel with a tipsy DH lol