I am officially over halfway done with my time in Korea. This year has been flying by and I unfortunately haven’t accomplished nearly as many things here as I wanted.
So the only way to accomplish more is to figure out first what it is I want to accomplish.
My Korean Bucket List
√1. Go to a noraebang (karaoke room). I literally live next door to one, so you’d think this would’ve been checked off long ago.
√2. Do a Temple Stay. Temple Stays are an amazing way to experience Buddhism. You stay the night at a temple, dine and drink tea with monks, meditate and make crafts.
√3. Go to a yoga class at least twice a week for a month (not actually Korea-related, but something I’ve been meaning to do!)
4. Hike 2 more mountains in Ulsan (and also hike Gajisan again in the snow)
5. Hike 2 mountains outside of Ulsan
√6. Go camping on (or at least by) the beach – preferably at Gyeongpo Beach or Yonghwa Beach
7. Visit the DMZ – the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, which is ironically the most heavily militarized border in the world.
√8. Go to a dog/cat cafe – a cafe where dogs and cats hang out. Seriously.
√9. Go to at least 3 more festivals, including the Busan Fireworks Festival
10. Visit Jeju Island and hike Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea
√11. Eat a live octopus (or maybe just watch someone else do it)
Ummm yeah, maybe not.
12. Surf the DMZ – or what will most likely happen: watch the boyfriend surf at 38th Parallel Beach near the DMZ. Surfing here literally means walking past patrolling Korean guards and barbed wire fences to get to the beach – but it has the best surf in Korea.
13. Visit the Shinwa Art Village. I’m a sucker for street art.
15. Go to the Hwaseong Fortress outside of Seoul. Wikipedia (yes, I’m quoting Wikipedia) says “This fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to house and honour the remains of his father Prince Sado, who had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo after failing to obey the command to commit suicide.”
16. Visit Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan
17. See “Nanta” Musical – “[This] musical has a simple back story of three cooks attempting to finish preparing a wedding banquet within a strict time limit while the manager installs his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case is performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives.” (Thanks again, Wikipedia)
18. Go to a makgeolli brewery! Makgeolli is a traditional Korean drink (an alcoholic beverage, of course) – basically a delicious milky rice wine! There’s a makgeolli brewery in Busan (Geumjeongsan) that gives tours and lessons on how to make it!
19. Go to a flavored-Soju bar.
Ever been to Korea and have any recommendations on places to go or things to do that I should add to my list?
Thank you Meagan from Life Outside of Texas for the inspiration and ideas!