Learn to Make Kimchi in Seoul

Before I moved to Korea, I began eating kimchi to prepare my body and mind. Once I arrived, I realized how truly major this dish is to this country’s culture. I’m always interested in checking out what Korea’s historical culture has to offer, so I attended a kimchi making class with some friends.

Kimchi making is also known as “kimjang,” and is very popular during the winter months as that’s when the cabbage is harvested. It is a great way for Koreans to socialize with one another while sharing their culture together. Kimjang has been named one of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage items in recent years, which is pretty exciting for Korea. Learning to make kimchi in Seoul was something I immediately added to my bucket list upon arrival, so I was pretty excited to partake.


A view of the farm in Ungilsan.

We went to an area called Ungilsan, where a sweet older woman taught us about the history of kimchi and gave several demonstrations how to make it ourselves.


So sweet.

So sweet.




Finished product.

Finished product.



  1. Isabel
    December 2, 2015 / 5:28 am

    I was wondering if you could tell me where in Ungilsan you went to make kimchi? I’m visiting Korea and that’s one of the things I want to do as well. Thank you!

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:59 pm

      I do not know the exact name of the place – I’m sorry! I went with a tour group here in Korea called When in Korea, also known as WiNK. They have some group events on their Facebook page – maybe they’ll do a kimchi making session while you’re in town.

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