Want a fun weekend experience just north of Atlanta, Georgia, in Duluth and Suwanee, two neighboring towns in Gwinnett County? Yes, you do, and here’s why: they have a bustling Korean community with more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bakeries run by Korean families. This makes this area in Georgia the perfect place to embark on a cultural food tour without needing to splurge on airfare. And, to make it easier than ever, on June 24, August 19 and September 30, 2017, Seoul of the South Korean Restaurant Tour is available for $50 a ticket.

The plan is simple: You must arrive at the departing location on any of these Saturdays by 10:50 a.m. as the trolley leaves promptly at 11 a.m. You will visit four Korean restaurants and bakeries, and you’ll learn about Korean culture and history with your tour guide, Sarah Park. Sarah was born in Korea, and she loves food and Gwinnett County! The tour ends at 3 p.m., and you can continue touring Duluth or Suwanee, or drive home with a full belly and new knowledge about Korean food and culture!

We are completely intrigued by the Seoul of the South Korean Restaurant Tour! Images: Gwinnett County Tourism

You’ll want to further your immersion into all things Korean, so head to H-Mart on Pleasant Hill Road. Since you’ll be there on a Saturday, you’ll likely get to try all kinds of tasty samples, which you can look at as a free extension of your food tour. Plus, with Korean beauty products being so hot, you’ll want to check out that section of H-Mart as there are so many options to consider. Then, head to your pre-booked appointment at the Jeju Sauna, a Korean spa specializing in mineral baths. Insiders say to book the body scrub for a refreshing experience. Yes, this area in Gwinnett, including Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville Suwanee Road and Duluth Highway, is affectionately known to locals as “K-Town” in response to all the Korean churches and businesses found here. Since 2000, the growth of the Korean community has more than doubled, and when it comes to food and specific Korean services, this makes Gwinnett County an obvious destination for anyone interested.

At this point, you may need to stretch your legs a bit in the great outdoors. With the late setting sun of summer, grab a short walk at a nearby park, Shorty Howell, which has 67 acres including a 1.25-mile paved walking trail.

If you want to make a night of it, TripAdvisor’s No. 1 hotel in Duluth is the Sonesta, with rooms around $125/night. On Sunday morning, head to Egg Harbor Cafe for a large and yummy breakfast. Then, book a Sunday tubing trip for just $10, and enjoy the sunshine as you float down the river. You will go home having had a fun weekend and you didn’t break the bank!

Find more information on the Seoul of the South Restaurant Tour at exploregwinnett.org/seoulofthesouth.


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