Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021

Every year, the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) hosts Halal Restaurant Week to cater to Muslim tourists by promoting Muslim-friendly restaurants. Last year, the event was brought online for the first time, due to the ongoing pandemic. As the pandemic has yet to abate, the event will be held online for a second time in 2021. 

What to know about Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - promotional poster
Image adapted from: Halal Restaurant Week 

According to the press release, KTO aims to promote Korean tourism and make Korea a Muslim-friendly destination through Halal Restaurant Week. The organisation also hopes to raise food-related concerns that Muslim tourists may have while visiting the country.

Besides getting info on halal eateries, attendees will also get to receive discount coupons of KRW3,000 (~USD2.57), which can be used in 150 participating restaurants.

Catch the teaser for Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 here: 

How to participate in Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021

The opening ceremony of the event will be held on 27th August, 8PM KST. It will be livestreamed on YouTube and TikTok globally.

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - football player Asnawi
Image credit: @asnawi_bhr

To get the ball rolling, an opening speech will be made by Park Jung-ha, the head of the KTO International Tourism Division. This will be followed by a congratulatory speech by Asnawi, an Indonesian professional football player playing at Ansan Football Club. 

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - chef choi kwang-ho
Image adapted from: Speeker 

After the opening speech, the 2014 Masterchef Korea winner, Chef Choi Kwang-ho, will be demonstrating how to cook halal Korean food.

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - youtuber jannahkorea
Image credit: @jannah_korea

The event isn’t just about food. Influencers such as Blimey, a Korean Youtube channel that covers Malaysian culture, and Jannahkorea, a Korean beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, will hold an offline talk. 

Several influencers, whose identities have yet to be revealed, will be sharing their videos on Korea’s tourist attractions and restaurants during the opening ceremony. These videos will then be uploaded on KTO’s YouTube and TikTok channels.

Virtual travel experience via Halal TV

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - halal TV
Image credit: @halal_restaurant_week

KTO will produce 10 Halal TV episodes to offer Muslim tourists a virtual travel experience. From 1st September onwards, one episode will be uploaded each week on KTO’s YouTube channel, for a total of 10 weeks.

Halal Restaurant Week Korea 2021 - two themes of halal TV
Image credit: @halal_restaurant_week

The theme of the first Halal TV video is Unboxing Korea. It will cover famous Korean tourist attractions and restaurants that Muslim tourists can visit. Bundung Oppa, also known as Indonesia’s most well-known Korean YouTuber, will be part of Unboxing Korea.

The second video, Korean Halal Food Cooking Class, will introduce a variety of halal Korean food recipes. Back by popular demand, Korean Halal Food Cooking Class will be hosted by Chef Choi Kwang-ho. 

Virtual KTO Halal Restaurant Week for Muslim tourists

Since 2015, Halal Restaurant Week has been hosted annually by KTO. Although the event will be held online due to the ongoing pandemic, it provides an insightful experience for Muslim tourists who plan to visit Korea nevertheless.

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Cover image adapted from: @halal_restaurant_week and WOWKOREA

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