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September 30, 2010
by wanderer 2005
December 29, 2004
This was not great Korean food and was too touristy for my taste. The buffet was huge but not very tasty. I wasn't paying, so I don't know the prices. The dancing afterward was the best part, but there was no picture-taking.
There's a small gift shop attached, but my advice is to save your money for the street vendors, which are much less expensive.
From journal South Korea
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
September 10, 2002
Housed in four traditional-style buildings, based on ancient Korean Palace architecture, Korea House is located a short walk from Ch'ungmuro subway station on lines 3 and 4 (come out of exit 3 and walk straight ahead until you reach the petrol station, just to the right is a blue sign with an arrow pointing up a small bank to Korea House). It's certainly not cheap to eat here with the banquet (featuring Galbi which are barbecued beef ribs and Shinsollo, which is similar to Japanese Shabu Shabu) costing upwards of thirty-five pounds. However, if you want to experience authentic Korean culture and try some unique food then it is well worth the money. In addition, while you're here you can also see an exhibit of traditional Korean musical instruments and browse around a tasteful and well-stocked gift shop.
You can pay 29000 Won (about sixteen pounds) to see the performances, which are held from 7pm to 8pm and 8.50pm to 9.50pm from March to December (with an intermission performance) and 8.30pm to 9.30pm in January and February. A better option may be to pay extra for the combined performance and buffet (much cheaper than the banquet). The restaurant is open from 12pm until 2pm for lunch and from 5.30pm to 7pm and 7.20pm to 8.40pm for dinner. Reservations (advised if you want to see a dinner performance) can be made by calling 02 2266 9101 or via the internet by checking out the excellent www.koreahouse.or.kr.
If you're interested in experiencing Korean culture I'd also highly recommend you take in the traditional wedding ceremony held in the courtyard of Korea House at 1.30pm every Monday and Friday (May to November). This lasts about an hour and is one of the few opportunities foreigners or Koreans get to see this once popular, but now fast declining in favour of tacky faux-Western style ceremonies, aspect of the traditional Korean lifestyle.
From journal The World's Best Kept Secret?