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32 Things to Add to your South Korea Bucket List

(Featured Image of Changdeokgung Palace from flickr.)

 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.

Seoul

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Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower), Seoul City, South Korea

  • 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.

Incheon

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Incheon Airport (Source)

  • Roam around and make the most out of the world’s former best airport for 8 consecutive years, Incheon Airport.

Busan

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Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan City, South Korea

  • 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.

Daegu

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Dalseong Park, Daegu City, South Korea

  • 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.

Gangwon Province

Yongpyong Ski Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort, Gangwon Province, South Korea (Source)

  • Ski at the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, Yongpyong Resort.

Jeju Island

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Seongsan Ilchulbong, Jeju-do, South Korea

  • 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.

Others

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Fried chicken at a Korean pub at Jeju-do, South Korea

  • 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.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Shayne March 19, 2015 at 2:38 am

    My aunt and uncle live near Hongdae, I forget their actual neighborhood’s name. I’ve been meaning to visit for years. I have a lot of friends who also moved there for their careers a long, long time ago. I rarely see them because they don’t get any breaks! This post sparked a growing WANT I’ve had for so long. May have to make a pit-stop in SK this year on my travels. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply chester March 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      No worries Shayne! Claim it! I hope you’d step foot on Korea this year.

  • Reply Grace March 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Anyeong! Ahhh Korea! One of dream destination. I wanna go to Korea too, maybe two years from now :) kapag regular na ako sa work.

    • Reply chester March 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Go Ate Grace! I can help with suggestions if you want.

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang March 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Don’t forget Nami Island! I was there autumn last year, and it’s so beautiful! Also, the mountains are a big recommendation for that season, too, because of the autumn foliage! I will also be blogging about my SK adventures soon! :)

    • Reply chester March 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Looking forward for those!

  • Reply Sherica March 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I am going to be in South Korea with 5 of my friends this December!!! hahaha. Papahelp ako if ever ng itinerary ha! For now, I think this would do! Also, looking for good hostels we could stay at when I’m there hihi. <3

    • Reply chester March 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Yes beb of course!

  • Reply Alissa March 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I hope I can go to Korea someday. Their place and fashion intrigues me. Was it a challenge on the language part?

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales March 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Beautiful!!!!! I love SK’s magnificent views and tourist spots. I’m planning to go there right after I graduate! In Jeju Island, specifically. I can’t also wait to try one of their meat bars! Meaaaat!!! 😀

  • Reply Claudine March 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for the suggestions! I am actually planning to go to Korea. I still don’t know when, but I know that I will definitely be able to visit it! Fighting! 😛

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  • Reply Steff March 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing this :).

    I love Korea but i don’t know much about the tourist spots. Except of course the never ending coffee shops in Korea which I heard where pretty awesome

    • Reply chester March 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      You’re welcome Steff!

  • Reply Jae March 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    We’ll have a 3-hour layover in Incheon when we travel from Manila to LA in April. I wish we’d go, and discover more of South Korea!

    • Reply chester March 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      This is it Jae! Good luck!

  • Reply Alisa November 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I live at HongDae and for me it is nothing special. But I can recommend Sinchon, if u r not looking for shopping place full of couples ad foreigners :)
    And if u r looking for European or worldwide cuisine, than Itaewon. Lots of parties for foreigners, such as halloween, xmas party, St.Patricks day etc. It is mostly for foreigners and prices are high.

  • Reply Richel V. February 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

    My friends and I are booked for Korea this coming October with no idea on what to do yet. Haha! This really helps. I’m keeping tab of this post of yours when we decided to draft up our itinerary. Thanks!

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