I recently met up with two bloggers on a world trip who’d just arrived in Korea and hadn’t jumped into seeing everything yet. I was bubbling with suggestions of things to do. I then saw another Internet friend tweet that she wanted suggestions for her Korea bucket list. That’s when I decided this had to be a post. Then I sat down and made the list and it turned out to be 50% food suggestions. That’s when I decided this had to be two posts. Here’s the second list: What to Eat in Korea.
Keep in mind two things. First, I live in the countryside and don’t know Seoul as well as some. There are probably some other cool attractions in Seoul that I’m missing, so forgive me and comment with your own suggestions. Secondly, I don’t know much about clubbing or nightlife, so this list doesn’t include any specifics in that area. Once again, if you are an expert, then comment please!
Suggestions are in groups of five, the top groups more essential than the bottom groups. However, there is nothing in this list that I wouldn’t recommend doing. If my family would ever visit me (hurry up, Mom!), I would drag them on every single one of these endeavors, provided I had the time.
Without further ado, here is my list! Enjoy South Korea!
- Go see one of the “great gates” of ancient Korea
- Overnight at a temple (temple stay), preferably outside of Seoul
- Overnight in a jjimjilbang (찜질방), or Korean spa
- Go to a Noraebang (노래방), or karaoke room
- Climb to the top of Namsan Tower
- Walk through one of the large outdoor markets, like Namdaemun or Dongdaemun
- Visit one of the old, royal Seoul palaces located inside the city
- See Hongdae at night or go out in Hongdae
- Take the subway across the river (and don’t forget to look out the window!)
- Visit a dog or cat cafe
- Visit the Korean countryside
- Visit a city outside of Seoul (Gyeongju, Daejeon, Daegu, Busan, etc.)
- Walk through a Shinsegae department store
- Visit Insadong
- Attend any festival going on in Seoul at the time
- Go shopping for socks or smart phone cases
- Walk through Gangnam (while listening to PSY)
- If you have the guts, go to a service in one of Seoul’s megachurches
- Climb Mt. Ansan for a killer view of Seoul
- See Cheonan’s Independence Hall of Korea
- Do the Samcheok Ocean Railbike on the Eastern coast
- Drive down the 30 minute stretch of road between 고래불해변 and 축산리, staying close to the shoreline to see seafood hanging out to dry for long stretches (summer only)
- Visit the Mr. Toilet Museum
- Walk into a traditional Hanbok shop
- Have coffee in a themed cafe in Seoul
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