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Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2019: Right here’s What Muslim Travellers Want To Know

Korea has all the time given us many causes to maintain coming again for a trip – from its wonderful sights to lovely tradition, breathtaking pure sights and naturally, halal Korean meals! Excellent news for all Muslim travellers – Korea’s Halal Restaurant Week is again for its fourth version this 2019! 

P.S. Plan your journey with our 5D4N Muslim-friendly Seoul itinerary!

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The Halal group was privileged to be given the prospect to attend the opening ceremony of the 2019 Halal Restaurant Week Korea. That is the primary time that we’ve been invited and we couldn’t be extra thrilled to be a part of this superior occasion. For these of you who’re visiting Korea quickly, right here’s what you’ll be able to anticipate for this 12 months’s Halal Restaurant Week Korea 🤗

P.S. Be sure that to gather your Halal Restaurant Week coupon booklet (stuffed with reductions to halal eating places and standard sights!) from Korea Plaza in KL! Simply strategy the pleasant counter employees and enquire in regards to the Halal Restaurant Week booklet. (whereas shares final) 

Deal with: Korea Plaza, Floor Ground, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am-3pm (Sat), closed on Sundays
Assortment Interval: From 5 September onwards (whereas shares final) 

You can too get the booklet on the upcoming KL MATTA Journey Truthful (6-Eight Sept)! 

1. Halal Restaurant Week


For these of you who’re unfamiliar with Halal Restaurant Week Korea, it’s really an occasion held yearly since 2016 to advertise the nation’s Muslim-friendly eating places. And this 12 months marks the fourth version of the occasion! What’s nice in regards to the occasion is that it’s not simply restricted for Muslims but additionally open to different travellers in Korea and it celebrates the range of Muslim-friendly eating places in Korea. You possibly can anticipate to get pleasure from halal meals from numerous cuisines like Korean, Turkish, Chinese language, Mediterranean and extra. What’s even higher is that there are reductions for eateries, sights and buying, so that you gained’t need to miss it. 

 You would possibly suppose that it solely lasts for every week however you’d be happy to know that the occasion lasts for two months 😊 And this 12 months, it’s held from 1 September to 31 October 2019! Which means you can begin planning your journey now and nonetheless have time to get pleasure from promotions and reductions in Korea (extra on this later)!  

This 12 months is particular as a result of the Halal group had the privilege of attending the opening ceremony of Halal Restaurant Week Korea on the InterContinental Seoul COEX Resort. 

The occasion began off with a couple of speeches together with a speech by KTO CEO An Yong Bae on how far the Halal Restaurant Week has come because it first began in 2016. Travellers can now get reductions at 152 Muslim-friendly eating places and 40 vacationer spots!  

KTO’s Asia and the Center East Workforce Director Kim Hyoung-Jun additionally launched us to imminent tasks to spice up Korea’s Muslim-friendliness akin to getting extra eating places in different provinces apart from Seoul to take part in Halal Restaurant Week. That’s as a result of at the moment, there’s an imbalance within the focus of Muslim-friendly eateries between Seoul and rural provinces. In the end, they hope to equip Muslim travellers with helpful data like Muslim-friendly eateries, prayer rooms and sources to speak with locals.  

After the speeches, we have been handled to a stay cooking show by InterContinental COEX’s Chef Muhammad Maksood. He whipped up a fusion dish – Hen Briyani with kimchi and the scent was so aromatic all through the corridor! 

And naturally, what’s a halal occasion with out wonderful halal meals? We have been served a 4-course dinner meal and the meals was a fusion of cuisines – Indian quinoa salad with pomegranate dressing, halal tteokgalbi with mushroom, hen Briyani with kimchi (which Chef Maksood ready) and recent fruits and mango lassi for dessert. The tteokgalbi (minced beef patty) was our favorite because it was actually yummy. We additionally loved Chef Maksood’s creation – it was barely spicy with an fascinating flavour to it 😋  

On prime of that, we may additionally pattern meals from numerous Muslim-friendly eating places in Seoul, together with this scrumptious japchae (candy potato glass noodles, left) and Korean conventional mini pancakes (jeon) from Myeongdongjeong. Our tummies have been so full from all the nice meals! The night time ended off with a efficiency by fusion gugak (Korean people music) group, Okay-pera Lin.  

This occasion gave us the chance to realize insights from a authorities physique like KTO and that it’s heartening to see the growing number of Muslim-friendly choices in Korea. We can’t be happier that it’s a lot simpler for Muslims to journey to Korea now. Can’t look forward to extra thrilling information in future! 

2. Much more halal eating places to get pleasure from at discounted costs 

With 150 halal eating places collaborating in Halal Restaurant Week this 12 months as in comparison with 120 final 12 months, it signifies that there are extra choices so that you can get pleasure from halal meals in Korea so yay!  

P.S. Try the highest 9 halal Korean eateries you must strive in Seoul!


One of many newcomers to hitch Halal Restaurant Week this 12 months is The Halal Guys which has three retailers in Seoul! This American chain which began out as a humble cart in New York is known for his or her mouthwatering hen and gyro over rice meal topped with yummy sauces. If you happen to haven’t had the prospect to go to New York, don’t fear as a result of you’ll be able to get pleasure from The Halal Guys proper right here in Korea 😊

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We all know how vital it’s so that you can strive genuine halal native meals once you journey and in case you’re on the lookout for someplace new to fulfill your Korean meals cravings when in Seoul, Hajj Restaurant in Itaewon can be good. Take pleasure in home-cooked meals like bibimbap, bulgogi, Ginseng hen soup and extra!  

P.S. Heading to Seoul and want an inexpensive place to remain? Listed below are 12 lodging in Seoul close to halal meals!


Moreover Seoul, you can even anticipate extra Muslim-friendly choices within the up-and-coming metropolis of Busan. Town is understood for its recent seafood and one restaurant that’s becoming a member of Halal Restaurant Week is Eobu. Savour oysters, mussels, clams and abalones grilled over charcoal hearth or have them in a hotpot. And use coupons to get a reduction in your meal!  



The most effective half is that you should utilize coupons to get reductions at Muslim-friendly eateries. There are two sorts of coupons – a 3000KRW coupon and 10000KRW low cost coupon which you should utilize to offset your complete invoice at any eating places on their checklist. The 3000KRW coupon can be utilized for ala carte objects whereas the 10000KRW can solely be used for pre-fixed menus. Click on on the person eating places on their web site to examine which coupons are eligible.  

To get the coupons, all you must do is to enroll in an account on the Halal Restaurant Week Korea web site. You possibly can even use a Fb or Google account to take action.  

After getting an account and are logged in, click on on “My Web page” > “My Coupons” and also you’ll see the 2 coupons. The most effective half is that you are able to do this simply in your cell phone.  

How this works is that once you’re on the restaurant, the employees will click on on the precise coupon, enter their code and voila, you have got efficiently redeemed your low cost! Try the phrases and situations of coupons right here  

Even in case you don’t join an account on-line, to not fear! You possibly can nonetheless get the exhausting copy of coupons within the Halal Restaurant Week booklet. Decide them up from any KTO branches all over the world, together with Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  

Classification of Muslim-friendly eating places 

Whereas eating in Korea throughout Halal Restaurant Week, one tip is to look out for the classification of eating places set by the Korea Tourism Group. You’ll be capable to spot them by their stickers on the entrance of eating places. Listed below are the 4 completely different classes: 

Halal Licensed: Eating places on this class have been halal-certified by an accredited halal certification physique just like the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF). 

Self Licensed: All meals served in eating places on this class are halal as confirmed by restaurant homeowners. Eating places are licensed as halal by restaurant homeowners themselves.  

Muslim Pleasant: Halal menu is accessible and a few dishes on the menu are halal. No pork is served within the restaurant however alcohol could also be served.  

Pork-Free: Eating places don’t serve halal menu however don’t serve pork. Alcohol could also be served. 

Disclaimer: Do observe that whereas there’s a classification system in place, we advise you to determine which sort of restaurant you’re comfy with and dine at your individual discretion.  

3. Buying and attraction reductions

Suppose Halal Restaurant Week is barely about meals? You’re mistaken! Do you know which you can get pleasure from superior reductions on sights and buying too? There’s no manner you’ll be able to resist these enticing offers 😍 

Hanbok Rental 

If you happen to’ve all the time needed to strive on a hanbok however by no means had the prospect, there’s no higher time to do it than throughout Halal Restaurant Week as you’ll be able to get pleasure from reductions!  

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One of many hanbok rental outlets that’s providing a large low cost is Hanboknam. You’ll get a 40% low cost once you lease your hanbok right here 🤗 With retailers close to iconic spots like Gyeongbok Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, you’ll be all set in your mini photoshoot. There are retailers in Busan and Jeonju too. Try this hyperlink for the varied retailers and opening hours.  

If you happen to’re visiting Jeju as an alternative, head over to Gogung Hanbok to get pleasure from 5000KRW off your hanbok rental payment. Discover out extra about their handle and opening hours right here.  


You possibly can’t say you’ve been to Korea with out purchasing for some cosmetics! The nation has earned a reputation for being the hub for inexpensive skincare and make-up merchandise.  

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Luckily, you’ll be able to get pleasure from as much as 30-50% reductions on cosmetics and make-up objects at Expertise Cosmetics throughout Halal Restaurant Week. Store until you drop and get your palms on numerous masks, serums, eye lotions, basis, eyeliner and extra! The store has over 150 merchandise (below the model Sunwoo Cosme) that are halal-certified by JAKIM 🤗 So that you gained’t must undergo the difficulty of checking by way of the components checklist. What’s extra, you can even get 10 masks sheets at discounted costs in case you spend greater than 100,000 KRW Undoubtedly an amazing deal in case you ask us! 

P.S. Do observe which you can solely get these reductions at Expertise Cosmetics’ Myeongdong department. Discover out extra data by clicking right here  

Responsibility-free buying perks 

Responsibility-free buying? Rely us in! Throughout Halal Restaurant Week 2019, cosmetics aren’t the one factor that you simply’ll be having fun with reductions for, however you can even refill on worldwide and Korean specialty manufacturers once you store duty-free in Busan and Jeju. 

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Spend greater than USD100 and also you’ll get low cost coupons at each the Busan Lotte Responsibility Free retailer and Jeju Responsibility Free Store. The Lotte retailer in Busan has over 500 model title merchandise you’ll be able to select from, so you’ll be able to store to your coronary heart’s content material! After you’ve completed a lot buying, isn’t it nice that you simply get to get pleasure from all these reductions too? 

Discover out extra data about Busan Lotte Responsibility Free Retailer right here.  

Discover out extra data about Jeju Responsibility Free Store right here.  

#Halal Tip: Go on a buying spree at these 6 buying hotspots in Korea!

Reductions to theme parks 

In search of some theme park enjoyable in your go to throughout Halal Restaurant Week 2019? Look no additional than Everland and Lotte World – 2 of Korea’s greatest theme parks!  


Right here’s your likelihood to get pleasure from a 20% low cost off tickets for each theme parks once you use the particular code on the Halal Restaurant Week web site. Make sure to hop on Everland’s prime rides like T-Categorical and Amazon Categorical or go to its different adjoining parks just like the zoo and Carribean Bay water park.

P.S. Try our full information to Everland right here! 

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At Lotte World, a magical journey awaits you at its 50 completely different sights. Don’t miss out on its thrilling sights like Gyro Drop and Atlantis. This 12 months, the park is celebrating its 30th anniversary too, so anticipate to witness a tremendous lineup of reveals too!  

Discover out extra data about Everland’s reductions right here.  

Discover out extra data about Lotte World’s reductions right here.  

#Halal Tip: These should not the one reductions you will get throughout Halal Restaurant Week 2019! Try the total checklist of buying and attraction reductions right here! 

4. Data about prayer areas 

As if reductions on halal meals, sights and buying aren’t adequate, one other factor that’s nice about Halal Restaurant Week 2019 is that you could find an up to date and complete checklist of prayer areas on their web site too.  


Merely head to Journey Ideas and click on on Mosques and Prayer Rooms for the total checklist. What’s even higher is which you can slender down your seek for prayer areas in response to the completely different provinces in Korea – from extra frequent areas like Seoul and Busan to Gangwon-do, Daegu, Gwangju and extra.  

You can too get fundamental data of the prayer areas like handle, opening hours and the prayer amenities which can be accessible. So you’ll know if you must carry prayer clothes or if the prayer area has a wudhu facility. Try the checklist of prayer areas right here! 


You’d be pleasantly stunned on the variety of prayer areas you could find in Korea! For instance, in Seoul, apart from the Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon, there are prayer areas in numerous main accommodations like The Westin Chosun or Grand Hilton Seoul. There are additionally prayer areas in some sights, eating places, universities and even malls! Equally, in case you’re in different main cities like Busan or Jeju, there are prayer areas in numerous sights, accommodations and eating places too. We’ve rounded up the prayer areas close to standard sights in Seoul, Jeju and Busan on this checklist 😉

5. Primary Korean phrases

One factor we love about Halal Restaurant Week is that the eating places collaborating within the occasion should not simply in main cities like Seoul, Busan and Jeju however you could find Muslim-friendly eateries in lesser-known areas as effectively. Whereas most individuals within the larger cities can converse in fundamental English, you would possibly face some issue once you go to the outskirts. And that’s once you’ll want a fundamental information of Korean phrases! Listed below are some phrases which may be helpful to you: 

Please take away pork, ham and bacon.
Dwae-ji go-gi, ham, bacon ppae-go ju-sae-yo
[돼지고기, 햄, 베이컨 빼고 주세요] 

Please don’t embody alcohol within the meals.
[음식에 술 넣지 마세요] 

Please take away all meat from the meals.
[고기 빼고 주세요] 

Is the meat halal?

I’ll use this coupon.
[쿠폰 사용할게요] 

The place is the prayer room?
[기도실 어디에요?] 

Do you have got an English menu?
[영어 메뉴 있어요?] 

#Halal Tip: You could find these phrases and extra on the Halal Restaurant Week 2019 web site too! Simply head over to Journey Ideas and click on on Dialog or try the hyperlink right here.  

With reductions for not simply Muslim-friendly eateries but additionally sights and buying, the 2019 Halal Restaurant Week Korea needs to be a adequate purpose to persuade you to begin planning your Korea journey now. If you happen to’re already planning a visit there from 1 September to 31 October, be sure you use the reductions throughout your vacay and revel in huge financial savings. Sounds prefer it’s time in your most superior Korea journey but, so let’s go!  

P.S. Be sure that to gather your Halal Restaurant Week coupon booklet (stuffed with reductions to halal eating places and standard sights!) from Korea Plaza in KL! Simply strategy the pleasant counter employees and enquire in regards to the Halal Restaurant Week booklet. (whereas shares final)  

Deal with: Korea Plaza, Floor Ground, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am-3pm (Sat), closed on Sundays
Assortment Interval: From 5 September onwards (whereas shares final)  

You can too get the booklet on the upcoming KL MATTA Journey Truthful (6-Eight Sept)!  

This text is delivered to you by Korea Tourism Organisation (Malaysia). 


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