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.


  1. Pyeongchang Trout Festival (December/ February)
  2. Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival (January)
  3. Inje Icefish Festival (January)
  4. Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival (January)
  5. Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival (January)
  6. Holi one colour festival Busan (March)
  7. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (March/ April)
  8. Jindo sea parting festival (April)
  9. Attend the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April)
  10. Nonsan Strawberry festival (April)
  11. Seoul Lantern Festival (April/ May and October)
  12. Visit the Damyang Bamboo Festival(June)
  13. Haeundae Sand Festival (June)
  14. Visit the Muju Firefly Festival (June)
  15. Korea Queer Culture Festival (June)
  16. Sinchon Water Gun Festival (July)
  17. Attend the chicken and beer festival in Daegu (Mid-July)
  18. Attend the Boryeong Mud Festival (July)
  19. Comic world festival (July)
  20. Korea Burn (July)
  21. Hwa CheonTomato Festival (August)
  22. Oktoberfest in Namhae (October)
  23. Busan Fireworks festival (October)
  24. Pumba Festival (October)
  25. Busan International Film Festival (October)
  26. Jinju Lantern Festival (October)
  27. Masan Chrysanthemum Festival (October)
  28. General Lee Festival in Jindo (October)
  29. Myeongdong dance festival once a month.

Seoul things

  1. Go swing dancing in Seoul
  2. Go on the Seoul Walking tours
  3. Visit the Seoul Art Museum
  4. Noranjin Fish market in Seoul
  5. Visit Petite France and the French village in Seoul
  6. Go to a Cat/ Dog/ Sheep cafe
  7. Visit the Cheonggyecheon River
  8. Go to Lotteworld/ Seoul Land
  9. Seoul Palaces
  10. Vsit the Han River in general
  11. Ride a bike around the Han River.
  12. Go to the Yongsan Electronics market
  13. Shop at the Gwangjang Traditional Market
  14. Go to one of these really old restaurants 
  1. Visit the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
  2. Majang Korean BBQ street
  3. Jjukkumi Street in Cheonho-dong
  4. Also Jokbal, jeon, and twigam street in Gongdeok
  5. Go to insadong and shop
  6. Go to the Alive museum in Insadong
  7. Go to the Ddong Café in insadong
  8. Go to the museum under the King Sejong statue
  9. Go to Hongdae and watch the street performances
  10. Go shopping at Dongdaemun
  11. Get princessed up at the Dress Cafe at Ewha
  12. Visit the Charlie brown and Hello Kitty Café
  13. Have fishies eat my feet
  14. Visit the Indie market at Hongdae
  15. Go to a KPOP café
  16. Seoul Floating Island
  17. Go to Gangnam style sign
  18. Go to Everland
  19. Olympic park
  20. Go to the Trickeye Museum in Hongdae
  21. Go to the Mouse Rabbit Cafe (Super Junior site! Yesung and his brother’s cafe)
  22. Get freaked out at the Plastic Surgery Museum
  23. Go to Santacon in Seoul over Christmas
  24. Lovers bridge Namsan Tower
  25. Love museum
  26. Go to the House of Sharing
  27. Cross the stone bridge in Seoul
  28. Seodaemun Prison History Museum
  29. Cheonho Station (seoul nov pg 20)
  30. 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)

  1. Jump
  2. Nanta
  3. Marionette
  4. Sachoom
  5. Fanta-Stick
  6. Ballerina who loved a beat boy
  7. The Wedding Show

Places to hike

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

General things to do

  1. Ride a Jeju pony
  2. Watch the first sunrise of the year on a mountain.
  3. Go to Korea Burn
  4. Pick fresh Strawberries to eat at Nonsan
  5. Eat live octopus
  6. Catch Trout with my bare hands and then braai and eat it afterwards.
  7. Catch fish from a boat
  8. Try plowing a field with an Ox
  9. Go sea kayaking at Dumo Village in Namhae
  10. Stay in a Korean traditional house in the backdrop of the ancient Korean capital,
  11. Eat 안성탕면 in Anseong
  12. Try eating Beongdegi (Silkworm larvae…)
  13. visit a jjimjiibang
  14. Go to ALL THE ROOMS (PCbang/internet cale, DVD room, noraebang/karaoke room, gameroom, Playstation room, and/or multiroom)
  15. Learn some Korean Dishes (kimchi jjigae, side dishes)
  16. Post messages at the back of restaurants
  17. Go to a korean wedding
  18. Learn a Kpop dance
  19. Do a Temple Stay
  20. Have a conversation completely in Korean
  21. Watch some K dramas
  22. Attend all some of Korea’s Music Festivals(Jisan Valley, Super! Sonic and UMF Korea, Global Gathering).
  23. Swim in the oceans on both sides of Korea.
  24. Penis Park in Samcheok
  25. Attend a K-POP concert.
  26. River rafting
  27. Wear a hanbok
  28. Eat Kimchi
  29. Try street food
  30. Attend a fansign and/or fanevent
  31. Go ice-skating
  32. Go to a baseball game
  33. Ride in a cable car
  34. Go to the world heritage sights in Korea

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List (11)



My first post….finally

Well, it’s taken me almost 3 months to write my first blog post.  Even though I set my blog up within the first 2 weeks.

I just always seem busy and I often think that, “oh, I must remember this, this would be a good blog topic.”, or “When I finally get my blog up and running I must definitely write about this.”

I don’t just want to have a blog that follows what I do but rather one that can also help others coming here.  For a land that has so many foreigners coming to visit it is surprising how little info there is on certain things and how many things actually contradict each other.  The reason for this is that Korea, even though it is small, has a vast amount of variety.  Someone living in Seoul will have a totally different experience to someone living in the rural areas, i.e. me.   There are many different things I wish people would have told me, and others things I wish they hadn’t, because I listened and they were wrong.  Everything is different here and I look forward to sharing it all with you.

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