A once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the secrets to preparing royal Korean court food is currently being offered through Korea’s National Palace Museum. Inside the walls of the Gyeongbokgung Palace garden, this unique cooking class offers hands-on preparation of traditional dishes, a privilege allowed only to the highest ranked servants called “suragan choigo sanggung.”
This three-month intensive program held each Friday, and lasting for an hour and a half, offers participants a step-by-step introduction into the culinary world of Joseon royalty (1392-1910). This traditional Korean culinary course covers twelve different types of royal court dishes that were offered up to the king. Renowned for using the freshest and the most valuable ingredients from all over the country, the menu will delight modern palettes as well.
Spots should be reserved online prior to the beginning of the first class. This course is taught in Korean, however non-Korean speakers are welcome to request the help of a guide made available by the palace museum upon reservation. The enrollment fee covers ingredients ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 won per dish, due monthly. Expect the total to amount to 50,000 to 60,000 won.
Prepared by chefs of the highest caliber, the mistress presiding over the royal kitchen or “choigo sanggung,” used only the most rare and valuable ingredients from across Korea. Each recipe was kept secret, made available only to the top chef of the royal kitchen or “suragan.” An expert in court food instructs the Royal Court Food Cooking Experience at the National Palace Museum of Korea, presenting over 50 different dishes once enjoyed by the kings of Joseon.
1hr 30min - 2hrs
- Learn 12 different Royal Court dishes over a 12-week period (accompanied by a guide)
- Experience programs will vary according to the season, so please inquire by telephone or via the homepage.
- For more information, refer to the homepage www.gogung.go.kr (Korean)
Age Limit for Activities
Family who is interested in a court food tradition or anyone who is interested can participate in this program.
Regular course : Every Friday 18:30 - 20:00
Irregular course : to be scheduled on Saturdays
Participants are allow to use parking lot at the National Palace Museum of Korea for free.
Regular course : Ingredient costs for regular courses will vary from 15,000 won to 20,000 won per month (around 50,000 won total for 3 months)
- You must register for the course before classes begin, and once you register, you will be registered to attend a 3-month course.
Irregular course : 4,000won - 15,000won per class (Actual fees are set after the purchase of materials.)
※ Fees are depending on the types of dishes.
※ Fees are to be paid at the day of the event.
Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Online application at homepage (www.gogung.go.kr, available in Korean)
※ Participate application is due three days before the event. (After the deadline, online application automatically shuts down.)