It has been almost two years since I first set foot on a foreign land and I’m so fortunate to have visited and “staycationed” in South Korea for four long months. I was sent there as a part of the exchange student program of my college but of course I did a lot of travelling across SoKor as well. I was able to visit its top four biggest cities– Seoul, Incheon, Busan, and Daegu plus a couple of provinces including Jeju Island. The time I visited was also a blessing in disguise because it was Autumn transitioning to Winter season hence the first snow experience too!
Really, there were a lot of “first times,” that I am able to strike off a number of items from my bucket list in no time. Some just came in right in the moment when I do not expect them that’s why I’m really grateful of everyone who helped me made South Korea 2013 possible. Now, let me help you add some ideas to your South Korea bucket list by sharing you this list of things to do in the Land of Morning Calm.
- Drink, party, and club hop with Koreans and foreigners at Hongdae.
- Shop and try not to make impulsive purchases at the trendiest and most premiere shopping destination in Korea, Myeongdong.
- Climb by feet or by cable car to the highest point in Seoul, Namsan Tower.
- Latch a lock at Love Padlock affixed at the Namsan Tower.
- Learn a bit of Korea’s history by visiting a Korean traditional village, Bukchon Village.
- Step foot on at least one of the Five Grand Palaces namely Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung, Gyeonghuigung, and Changdeokgung. (Source)
- Get awed by the majestic buildings at Gangnam District.
- Roam around and make the most out of the world’s former best airport for 8 consecutive years, Incheon Airport.
- Go seafood shopping at one of Busan’s ten landmarks, Jagalchi Fish Market.
- Enjoy a picnic dinner (and/or skinny dip on a 6 deg. sea water like me) by the Haeundae Beach.
- Shop at the world’s largest department store, Shinsegae Centum City.
- Catch a free K-pop concert or a live online game event at BEXCO.
- Appreciate modern and contemporary art at the Busan Museum of Art.
- Chase some doves at the Gwangali Beach.
- Buy souvenirs and binge eat at Nampodong.
- Visit its oldest zoo, Dalseong Park.
- Wolf down a bowl of kaljebi and decide if you’re trading it with ramen. Because I did.
- Pass by the Motorcycle Street.
- Ski at the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, Yongpyong Resort.
- Set foot at the archetypal tuff cone of Seongsan Ilchulbong (and try to resist hugging the whole island in your arms).
- Get tired but happy by walking a lot to reach a pristine watered three-tier waterfall, Cheonjeyeon waterfalls.
- Get emotional by watching the sunset at Jungmun Beach.
- Hoard orange and cactus flavored chocolates throughout the island.
- Resist hugging teddy bears at Teddy Bear Museum.
- Take notes (of sex position ideas) and laugh with friends at Jeju Love Land.
- Get lost, run, and find your way to the bell at the Kimnyoung Maze Park.
- Take a selfie with the greatest lava column at the Manjanggul Cave.
- Check in at a jimjilbang/Korean spa.
- Eat the best fried chicken in the world that is Korean fried chicken with beer.
- Pig out at unlimited meat bars.
- Indulge on street food like toppoki and odeng.
- Get drunk at Korean pubs because drunk Koreans are twice the fun.
There’s so much to do in Korea that I said to myself that I’d really come back. Aside from the majestic places, delicious food, and one of a kind experiences, Korea has a lot of beautiful people too, both inside and out.
You can check the rest of my South Korea Adventures (+ the details) here.