Moving to Korea and discovering Korean alcohol was absolutely mind-blowing. After the fogginess from that first night of makgeolli faded, I knew I needed to learn more. But where? Circa 2013, the sources for English edification on the subject were non-existent. Fortunately for today’s sool faithful, one place has you covered: The Sool Gallery.
Takjoo Journals has already reported on The Sool Gallery quite a bit but, for people wanting to visit, there are a few updates to be aware of. First, The Sool Gallery (전통주 갤러리 in Korean) will now simply be called The Sool (다술). This could be in a bid to make their name sound a bit cooler in order to fit their new location in Gangnam (see location and contact details at the bottom). Lastly, they are still maintaining a naver blog but it appears they also have a new website.
Excerpts from Baek Byung-yeul’s Korea Time article:
Soju and makgeolli are known as representative Korean alcohol products. But when someone asks what kinds of traditional liquors this country has produced, it would be difficult even for Koreans to answer…
Lee Hyun-joo, director of the gallery, said the gallery has raised awareness of traditional Korean liquors.
“…before we opened this gallery, many people, even Koreans, had thought these alcohol products are only for traditional memorial services for their ancestors or for older people,” Lee told The Korea Times at the gallery, June 21. “At this gallery, more people are learning about the kinds of traditional Korean liquors and how they taste. I think this is a good point of this gallery.”
Sool Gallery receives guests five times a day every day except Mondays. For overseas visitors it offers Japanese and English language programs in certain time slots…
For business visitors, Lee has consulted local and overseas restaurants seeking to stock traditional Korean liquors. “Those who are working at Korean restaurants have visited to receive recommendations. We recommend which liquor is right for what kinds of food and update their alcohol recommendation list every two to three months,” Lee said.
Read the whole Korea Times article here.
The Sool Gallery/The Sool
Address: 621-16 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-300 (Six minutes from exit 11 of Gangnam Station)
Phone: +82 2-555-2283
Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Reservations: Both the blog and website seem to lack English options. If you want to make a reservation for a group, call ahead and you can speak to someone in English.