South Korea has become one of the most travelled countries in the recent years. With the recent implementation of the travel visa waived for Malaysians, there will definitely be more Malaysians travelling up south to visit the land of K-everything. And why not, Seoul is fun, exciting, scenic, and rich in both traditional and modern culture.
And what’s a trip to Korea without experiencing their local cuisine? The choices are endless and each dish is unique. With South Korea becoming a popular travel destination for both Muslims and non-Muslims — eateries are definitely not lacking. Yet locating the best halal restaurants in Seoul is a challenge for both Muslim tourists and expats.
But not all K-hope is lost, as The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTA) and restaurants owners alike are pushing themselves to be a more Muslim-friendly country. This can be seen with the number of restaurants that received official halal certification from the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF).
If you’re planning to travel to Seoul, Korea, we hope this list of best halal restaurants in Seoul will come in handy. Here you’ll find an extensive list of restaurants that serve both Korean and international cuisine to kick off your food adventure in Seoul, Korea.
This particular eatery is very popular among Malaysians. Halal Korean BBQ is hard to come by because of the meat selections so this eatery is not only one of a kind but also delectable. They serve mainly Australian imported lamb here but there are also other traditional Korean dishes.
Yang Good Korean BBQ Lamb, 15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu (near Yeoksam Station – Line 2), Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-567-7060
Located in Itaewon is this Halal Korean restaurant that serves almost every Korean dish under the radar. It’s also quite popular among Muslims. We recommend their banchan, bibimbap, and Korean beef stir fry for a true Korean experience.
EID Halal Korean Food, 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 70-8899-8210
Your dining experience here will be a special one. Not only do they serve one of the best halal Korean dishes in Samcheongdong area, but the restaurant is in Korean traditional hanok — also great for those Instagram shots. Their menu isn’t large, but don’t leave without tasting their bulgogi and dak-galbi.
Halal Kitchen, 86-2 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-733-3106
The Halal Guys started out in a food truck in New York City only serving gyro and chicken (even up until today). They’ve now gone international having expanded across countries — including this outlet in Itaewon, Seoul. Epect flawlessly cooked premium halal gyro and chicken on a bed of rice — yum.
The Halal Guys, 187 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82-2-794-8308
Makan Halal Restaurant is opened by a Korean Muslim owner and they serve traditional Korean dishes. Bulgogi, bibimbap, and tteok-galbi here are great but do order the samgyetang — the chicken soup with ginseng that’s great for cold, windy nights.
Makan Halal Restaurant, 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-6012-2231
This is a vegan restaurant that serves traditional Korean dishes. But the unique thing about their jajangmyeon and tangsuyuk is that the restaurant uses quality soy protein and perilla oil. Bring some of the vegan meat items home as they can be purchased at the counter for home cooking.
Osegyehyang, 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-735-7171
Busan Jib is another eatery that serves halal Korean dishes. Located in popular Myeongdong, their meats are certified halal and they also have seafood on the menu. You can make your own bulgogi lettuce wraps here, or if it’s cold, the spicy seafood stew is a perfect meal to warm you up.
Busan Jib, 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-777-8660