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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.

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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.

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Majestic Buildings of Gangnam District, Seoul City, South Korea

The third and final day at Seoul was just like a filler. After getting off the jimjilbang, we headed towards Gangnam to the Bongeunsa Temple which happens to be a Buddhist Temple. Again, Korean traditional architecture for ya’ll.

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That day, we were able to witness some worshippers do their rituals and ceremonies (see video below). It was solemn but there were a number of tourists roaming around the area as well. There were also photographs displayed on the garden which were for sale. Prices can be as high as 100,000 Won. Continue Reading

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Namsan Tower & its Love Locks and more at Seoul City, South Korea

We had no time to catch some more Z’s given our brief stay in the city. The group was packed up at 9 am and decided to snack out at Tous Les Jours near the guesthouse. I had no idea of what places we’re going to visit except that I am expecting to be at least on top of the Namsan Tower by the end of the day.



Getting off at Anguk Station, the first stop was the traditional Korean village called Bukchon. It was a big residential community were traditional Korean houses still stand. According to the locals, only high ranking government officials and the nobility were allowed to live there during the Joseon dynasty. Bukchon is located north of the Cheonggye Stream, hence the name Bukchon which means north village. Upon walking around the area for a few hours, I believe that the residents there are stil predominantly rich people since a number of luxury cars are sported in the house garages.
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