My Korean Bucket List

I think I suffer from a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) fomo

and this is why when I travel somewhere I am always meticulous with my planning and research.  I want to make sure I get to see everything a place has to discover.

For this reason I have drawn up a Korean Bucket list of things I want to see or do.  I will be going through the list and writing a post on each thing I have scratched off the list. I also add some things to the list after I have done them as this way I can keep track of everything and write about them.

My Korean bucket list

In no particular order.


  • Pyeongchang Trout Festival (December/ February)
  • Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival (January)
  • Inje Icefish Festival (January)
  • Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival (January)
  • Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival (January)
  • Holi one colour festival Busan (March)
  • Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (March/ April)
  • Jindo sea parting festival (April)
  • Attend the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April)
  • Nonsan Strawberry festival (April)
  • Seoul Lantern Festival (April/ May and October)
  • Visit the Damyang Bamboo Festival(June)
  • Haeundae Sand Festival (June)
  • Visit the Muju Firefly Festival (June)
  • Korea Queer Culture Festival (June)
  • Sinchon Water Gun Festival (July)
  • Attend the chicken and beer festival in Daegu (Mid-July)
  • Attend the Boryeong Mud Festival (July)
  • Comic world festival (July)
  • Korea Burn (July)
  • Hwa CheonTomato Festival (August)
  • Oktoberfest in Namhae (October)
  • Busan Fireworks festival (October)
  • Pumba Festival (October)
  • Busan International Film Festival (October)
  • Jinju Lantern Festival (October)
  • Masan Chrysanthemum Festival (October)
  • General Lee Festival in Jindo (October)
  • Myeongdong dance festival once a month.

Seoul things

  • Go to one of these really old restaurants 
  • Shop at the Gwangjang Traditional Market
  • Go to the Yongsan Electronics market
  • Ride a bike around the Han River.
  • Visit the Han River in general
  • Seoul Palaces
  • Go to Lotteworld/ Seoul Land
  • Visit the Cheonggyecheon River
  • Go to a Cat/ Dog/ Sheep cafe
  • Visit Petite France and the French village in Seoul
  • Noranjin Fish market in Seoul
  • Visit the Seoul Art Museum
  • Go on the Seoul Walking tours
  • Go to the selfie cafe
  • Go to the blind cafe
  • Go swing dancing in Seoul
  • Visit the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
  • Majang Korean BBQ street
  • Jjukkumi Street in Cheonho-dong
  • Also Jokbal, jeon, and twigam street in Gongdeok
  • Go to insadong and shop
  • Go to the Alive museum in Insadong
  • Go to the Ddong Café in insadong
  • Go to the museum under the King Sejong statue
  • Go to Hongdae and watch the street performances
  • Go shopping at Dongdaemun
  • Get princessed up at the Dress Cafe at Ewha
  • Visit the Charlie brown and Hello Kitty Café
  • Have fishies eat my feet
  • Visit the indie market at Hongdae
  • Go to a KPOP café
  • Seoul Floating Island
  • Go to Gangnam style sign
  • Go to Everland
  • Olympic park
  • Go to the Trickeye Museum in Hongdae
  • Go to the Mouse Rabbit Cafe (Super Junior site! Yesung and his brother’s cafe)
  • Get freaked out at the Plastic Surgery Museum
  • Go to Santacon in Seoul over Christmas
  • Lovers bridge Namsan Tower
  • Love museum
  • Go to the House of Sharing
  • Cross the stone bridge in Seoul
  • Seodaemun Prison History Museum
  • Cheonho Station (seoul nov pg 20)
  • Shop at Namdaemun– Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the “Great South Gate,” which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.

Shows in Seoul (all non verbal)

Places to hike

  • Hike Hallasan
  • Hike Seoraksan
  • Hike Seongsan Ilchulbong
  • Hike Jirisan
  • Hike up Geumsan Silk Mountain in Hallyeo Heasang National park.
  • Hike Daedunsan and walk across the famous suspension bridge
  • Hiking in Sokcho
  • Hiking in Naejangsan
  • Places to visit
  • Gamcheon Cultural Village Busan
  • Jeonju Hanok Village
  • Busan Tower
  • Jagalchi Fish Market Busan
  • Go to the Dreamy Camera (꿈꾸는사진기)café
  • Gunsan’s historic downtown (seoul nov pg 12)
  • Jeju Olle Walking trail
  • Boriam temple on Geum mountain
  • Daraengi Village on Namhae Island
  • North Korea Arirang Mass games
  • Visit Geoje Island see where okpo land was
  • Go to Seonunsan
  • Ulleongdo and Dokdo
  • Go adventure caving at White Dragon Cave
  • Go to Sinsido Island
  • Go to Juknokwon
  • Oeam-ri Folk Village in Asan
  • See the giant Amita-bul Buddha statue that stands 15 metres tall at Gakwonsa Temple in Cheonan.
  • Camp on the deserted Island, Sa Seong Bong Do.
  • Geumsan Boriam Temple
  • Gyeongju
  • Go to Nami Island
  • Go to DMZ town Panmunjum
  • Gusipo Haesu World
  • Presidential holiday house- Cheongnamdae (청남대)
  • Go on a tour of the  DeMiliterized Zone
  • Visit Boseong Green Tea fields

General things to do

  • Ride a Jeju pony
  • Watch the first sunrise of the year on a mountain.
  • Go to Korea Burn
  • Pick fresh Strawberries to eat at Nonsan
  • Eat live octopus
  • Catch Trout with my bare hands and then braai and eat it afterwards.
  • Catch fish from a boat
  • Try plowing a field with an Ox
  • Go sea kayaking at Dumo Village in Namhae
  • Stay in a Korean traditional house in the backdrop of the ancient Korean capital,
  • Eat 안성탕면 in Anseong
  • Try eating Beongdegi (Silkworm larvae…)
  • visit a jjimjiibang
  • Go to ALL THE ROOMS (PCbang/, DVD room, noraebang/karaoke room, gameroom, Playstation room, and/or multiroom)
  • Learn some Korean Dishes (kimchi jjigae, side dishes)
  • Post messages at the back of restaurants
  • Go to a korean wedding
  • Learn a Kpop dance
  • Do a Temple Stay
  • Go to the Penis restaurant
  • Have a conversation completely in Korean
  • Watch some K dramas
  • Attend all some of Korea’s Music Festivals(Jisan Valley, Super! Sonic and UMF Korea, Global Gathering).
  • Swim in the oceans on both sides of Korea.
  • Penis Park in Samcheok
  • Attend a K-POP concert.
  • River rafting
  • Wear a hanbok
  • Eat Kimchi
  • Try street food
  • Attend a fansign and/or fanevent
  • Go ice-skating
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Ride in a cable car
  • Go to the world heritage sights in Korea

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List (11)



5 thoughts on “My Korean Bucket List

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  1. Wow! This is a pretty exciting list. And you ate live octopus? Amazing! I saw that on TV, unfortunately the guy was ushered out in a stretcher. That was probably very unusual, right? 🙂

    1. It is unusual but you do get warned about it. 6 people a year die of the suction cups getting stuck to their throat and them choking. You are supposed to (apparently) keep soju near as when they get stuck you take a shot of soju and the suctions cups let go (because of the alcohol). I find you just have to chew really well and you will be fine.

  2. But they are ALIVE! I give you major props for having the courage to chew live octopus really well. I can’t even … 🙂

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