ROK bucket list

Adapted from Chris Backe's blog 
  • Spend the night in a jimjilbang (day spa/sauna).
  • Stay out in Hongdae or Itaewon all night and catch the ‘subway of shame’ home the next morning. 
  • Bargain for clothes at Namdaemun or Dongdaemun.
  • Go to Lotte World on a rainy/snowy day.
  • Go paragliding and soar like a bird amongst the Korean mountains.  
  • Take in a drag show on Homo Hill, and smile at the ladies of Hooker Hill.
  • Visit the Loveland sex museum on Jeju island.
  • Try the collagen face masks from Face Shop.
  • Watch the largest waterfall bridge performance at Banpo Han River Park.
  • Get off at a random subway stop and explore the local area.
  • Drink Korean beer in a convenience store cafe
  • Raise funds and/or volunteer for a Korean charity 
  • Dress up as something crazy for Halloween in Hongdae.
  • Eat a hot dog at a baseball game.
  • Go skiing/sledging at one of the dozen ski resorts around the country.
  • Get muddy at the Boryeong Mud Festival!
  • Play with the fancy technology around Yongsan Electronics Market or one of the Techno Marts.
  • Mix yogurt and soju. See what happens.
  • Watch the mayor of Seoul ring the big bell at Jonggak on New Year’s Day.
  • Drink makgeolli (rice wine) and eat pajeon (green onion pancake) on a rainy day.
  • Take a bike ride along the Han river.
  • Use your connections to get on one of the American military bases.
  • Enjoy a Westernized Korean wedding.
  • Say saranghae (I love you) to a special someone, whether they’re Korean or not.
  • Appreciate the air-conditioning on the subway in the middle of July.
  • See NANTA or another non-verbal, high-energy performance. 
  • People-watch at Garosu-gil over a cup of coffee.
  • Have a cocktail in a bag
  • Try your best to converse with a Korean taxi driver.
  • Get the evil eye from an ajumma
  • Swim in the East Sea and the West Sea.
  • Go puddle-jumping in a monsoon
  • Eat cold noodles with watermelon
  • Survive 'fan death' in summer
  • Spend a platonic night with a friend at a 'Love Motel'
  • Spot a fake town in North Korea
  • Brush your teeth at work
  • Learn a KPOP dance
  • Watch a Korean movie at a cinema
  • Work out on public exercise equipment in the park
  • Hug a giant teddy bear
  • Stuff your face with meat at a Korean barbecue
  • Eat sweet potato bread
  • Learn the Korean synchronised stretching regime
  • Go to Everland
  • Wear BB cream and be flawless 
  • Get a haircut in a Korean salon
  • Try Korean herbal medicine
  • Bang all night (PC Bang, Noraebang, DVD Bang, Wii Bang, Jjimjilbang...)
  • Get creative at Korea Burn
  • Check out some cherry blossoms
  • Take part in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Learn to cook a traditional Korean meal.
  • Jet-ski at cheongpyeong lake.
  • Go on a tour of the DMZ
  • See a K-Pop concert
  • Enjoy the 300 km/h speed of the KTX train.
  • Catch the Busan film festival
  • See what the fuss is all about at Jeju island
  • Get lost in a garden maze
  • Become proficient in the art of chopsticks. (30 April 2013).
  • Drink coffee from a can
  • Enjoy coffee and cuddles at a Pet Cafe 
  • Have a conversation completely in Korean
  • Soak in a natural hot spring
  • Go to Korean classes and learn the lingo
  • Do the Tower dance in front of Namsan Tower
  • Do tai-chi in the park
  • Learn to cook a Korean meal
  • Take a traditional pottery class
  • Win a game at a boardgame coffee shop
  • Explore the abandonned and evacuated Gonjiam psychiatric hospital in gyeonggi-do
  • Oppa Gangnam Style in Gangnam
  • Drink in public, in inappropriate places.
  • Have your feet nibbled by fish at Dr Fish.
  • Have a normal dinner in a Korean's home
  • Attend the Seoul photo scavenger hunt
  • Meander around the phallic statues in Penis Park (Gangwon-do)
  • Participate in a flashmob at Hyehwa station, exit 4



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