Saturday, November 5, 2016

Halal Restaurant Week

There's a very exciting event going on right now, and I was contacted to promote it. Here are the info:

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is holding Halal Restaurant Week from 1st of November to 10th of December in order to accommodate Muslim tourists with necessary information about Muslim friendly restaurants across the country, as well as various events and benefits.

Coupon booklets are available for Muslim tourists at Incheon Airport, Insadong Maru and Itaewon Tourist Information center, as well as KTO branch offices in Muslim countries. Exchange tickets are available for download on Visit Korea website to exchange with a physical copy.

Booklets contain information regarding 95 appointed Muslim Friendly restaurants in various parts of Korea, along with coupons for buy one get one for free items, discount menu items, free food or beverages and etc. You can receive other souvenirs and Halal certified product samples from participating restaurants as well such as Korean cosmetics or traditional drinks.

Participating restaurants are classified into 4 categories: Halal Certified, Self Certified, Muslim Friendly, Pork Free as mentioned in KTO’s food guidebook for Muslims. “Halal Certified” refers to restaurants officially certified by Korea Muslim Federation while “Self Certified” describes restaurants owned by Muslims. “Muslim Friendly” restaurants can sell alcohol and provide some or all Halal food options whereas “Pork Free” restaurants that do not offer Halal menu but do not also use pork. [Please do ask the restaurant staff if the meat provided is halal for Muslim Friendly and Pork Free restaurants. They may or may not offer halal meat]

Various opportunities to win prizes will be available for tourists who use coupons and share their experiences on their social media accounts as well.

Halal Restaurant Week is a token of Korean Government’s efforts to accommodate the needs of Muslim tourists and is a sign for a more Muslim Friendly Korea.

You can find the official KTO website for detailed information here : 
And the official FB page here :

South Korea is becoming even more welcoming to Muslims. This is a great initiative by them, and I also hope it will be a consistent effort. To be more welcoming how about another Muslim prayer room in Seoul? Somewhere near Dongdaemun would be awesome ;)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Terrace Green Restaurant @ Korean Folk Village

Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: -
Distance from Subway Station: -
District (gu): -
GPS: 37.25815, 127.11902

Now there is even more reasons to visit Korean Folk Village. Not only does it provide a prayer room for Muslims, (read the KFV post here), it has also recently opened a restaurant with Halal certification from Korean Muslim Federation.

This restaurant is near the Amusement Park zone of Korean Folk Village. The menu is more towards Indian food, with curries and naans. But there are also other menus such as chicken cutlets and barbecues. Price is quite affordable with a meal for one ranging around 10,000 KRW. (source 1, source 2, source 3)

source: KFV official site

Location in Google Map:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

BoA Halal Korean Food Dosirak

Category: Restaurant - Halal Restaurant
Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University Station (Line 2, AREX)
Distance from Subway Station: 182 meters (Exit 5)
District (gu): Seodaemun-gu
GPS: 37.55893, 126.92838

BoA Travel House is a Muslim friendly guesthouse that provides separate kitchen utensils, Muslim friendly breakfast and previously a Halal Dosirak (lunchbox) service for customers. Now they have renovated the first floor of their building and turn it into a restaurant serving Halal Korean food, still in the form of dosirak! Best of all, they also provide a prayer space for their Muslim customers. Their restaurant is open from 12PM - 9PM, so do mind the time. 

Their dosirak menu is around 8000 KRW, and they also have other dishes such as kimbap, tteokbokki, jjajangmyeon and chicken. Menu can be viewed below. Let's support their effort in making things easier for Muslims by visiting their restaurant. (source)

Location in Google Map:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Travel Planning Service - Mr. Rusydi's Testimonial v2

Mr. Rusydi went to Seoul for the first time early 2013, he then visited Seoul for the second time during winter 2013. Both times he employed Travel Planning Service. You can read about his first trip here. This time he was more familiar with getting around and he had this to say:

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I would like to thank Mr. Rusydi for sharing with us these beautiful pictures of Ewha Mural Village. They are really exquisite And thank you for trusting us for the second time. 

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Travel Planning Service - Cik Adlina's Testimonial

February this year, Cik Adlina and her friends visited Seoul on a cold winter. She engaged our service and here are her feedback:

This service was really helpful throughout my 8 days trip to Seoul. It made my journey to every destination easier with the guide from the map provided to us. We also got to enjoy a leisure trip as we just followed the schedule that had been organized by this service. I am sure that it would be very confusing for us if we decided to just follow the information from the internet.

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Cik Adlina, Malaysia

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Travel Planning Service - Encik Edshar's Testimonial

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Travel Planning Service - Mdm. Mahani's Testimonial

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Travel Planning Service - Mr. Mohd Tahir's Testimonial

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Travel Planning Service - Puan Aliaa's Testimonial

Here is another testimonial for a customer that went to Seoul back in 2013. I've been busy and not managing to post their feedbacks but I thought for this new month I'd release all of them.

Assalamualaikum dah balik dari seoul. Alhamdulillah seronok sangat kat sana, travel planning yg fadzlin buat mmg mudahkan kitorang sangat! Senang nak tau kena naik subway line mana, waktu solat pukul brapa. Org kt sana pun peramah sangat bila ada kitorg tersilap naik tren haha, jd diorang tolong. Tp tersilap naik tren tu pun sbb kitorang leka. Puas hati dgn service fadzlin. Kamsahamida =D - Puan Aliaa, Malaysia.

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