With my time in Korea rapidly coming to an end I need to get checking things off this list!
- Eat sannakji (live octopus)
I’ve yet to get my head (and stomach) around this one but it will be done!
Eat beondegi (silkworm pupae)
A vile experience that I plan on never repeating.
Eat chicken feet
Again, a one time only occurrence!
Controversial I know, but it is one of Korea’s most well-known delicacies.
While I am nowhere near being fluent I can at least hold a decent conversation in Korean so I’m going to count this one!
We’ve visited South Korea’s largest theme park, albeit on the wettest day of the year.
Watch a Korean baseball game
Woo SK Wyverns!
In true K-drama style I have left one padlock with my boyfriend and one with my Mum.
Sing in a norebang
I never thought I would enjoy singing in any place other than the shower but there is something about norebangs that makes it okay to grab a microphone and a tambourine and bust out your best rendition of Sweet Caroline!
Sweat it out in a jjimjilbang
And what an unforgettable experience that was…
- Haeundae Beach, Busan
Just one of Korea’s latest beauty fads, but I am now a convert!
Drink makgeolli and eat pajeon on a rainy day
- Wear a hanbok
Korea’s traditional dress.
- Do a Temple Stay
Still trying to find time to get in touch with my spiritual side and do a temple stay in Seoul.
I think I might have walked behind someone being interviewed at Mudfest last year but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count.
- Get a photo taken with a Korean celebrity
Still working on this one, too.
Swim in the East Sea and the West Sea
- Haggle at Namdaemun
Still need to work on my bargaining skills with the ajummas in this huge traditional night market in Seoul.
Watch a K-Pop concert
We saw Psy perform in Seoul last summer just as Gangnam Style was at its peak and it was epic!
- Peer over into North Korean from the DMZ
Described as the most dangerous place on Earth, no trip to Korea is complete without going here.
Attend a Korean wedding
- Visit Jeju Island
South Korea’s answer to Hawaii and a favourite with Korean honeymooners, Jeju was recently declared one of the New7Wonders of Nature, and an absolute must-see.
- Visit all 5 of the great palaces in Seoul
One down…four to go…
We went nearly two years ago in autumn and it was just so beautiful.
See the Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul See the Cherry Blossom Festival
Every spring Korean parks become awash with beautiful pink and white cherry blossom, and Yeouido Park in Seoul is one of the best places to see it.
Do the Gangnam Style dance in Gangnam
- Try kimchi soda
Yes, this actually exists. Along with kimchi cookies, kimchi ice-cream and kimchi cake.