We’ve lived in South Korea for over a year now, and I only just realized that I never actually posted our South Korea bucket list to my blog. I’ve had it in my notes on my phone so that I’d have it close at hand at all times, but I never actually got around to posting it. Honestly, we came in with huge goals of what to do, where to go, and what to see, and a lot of that was halted when we got hit with our restriction of movement (ROM) last year right before Christmas. Thankfully, things seem to be lightening up significantly now, but we’re also down to just about nine months left in South Korea.
So, before it’s too late, I’m sharing our South Korea bucket list from when we first arrived on the peninsula last summer. We’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s a lot we’ve yet to see and do – and we definitely won’t be able to see it all. But, despite that, cheers to making the most of every second here!
Our South Korea Bucket List
Let me caveat this list by stating that it’s 100% not a comprehensive list of all the things one can do in South Korea. Frankly, there’s just so much to do that it would be impossible to accomplish it all in two years. But, over time, I hope to update our list and link to individual posts in case others want to accomplish some of these things, too! Ready?
Visit Bird Sori Café Explore Gwangmyeong Cave Experience the Daejeon Expo Bridge at night
- Take a trip to Namhae
Cross the Tando Island Sea Route Take a trip to Busan
- Stay overnight at the Jeonju Hanok Village
Hike Crocodile Peak Spend a day at one of Korea’s hot springs
- Photograph the Jeju diving women/visit Jeju Island
Hike Elephant Rock Trail
- Explore the Uirimji Reservoir and Jerim Woods
- Visit the Boseong Tea Fields
Explore Ppuri Park Experience the Mancheonha Skywalk Hike Pinnacle Four in Asan
- Explore Upo Marsh
- Visit Sokcho in the winter
- Take a trip to Haesindang Park
Visit the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan
- See the Christmas lights at Garden of the Morning Calm
- Spend a day on Jebudo Island
Walk through Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan Fly in the balloon over Suwon Fortress at night Hike Baebang Mountain Loop Hike in Bukhansan National Park
- Hike in Seoraksan National Park
Visit the Starfield Coex Library in Seoul
- Taste the treats at the Harry Potter Café in Seoul
Eat at Eggslut in Seoul Visit Bee & Honey Café + hike the trail Spend a day at Songnisan National Park Stay in an AirBnB Visit the Chungju Jade Cave Spend a day at Daecheon Beach
- Add our own lock at North Seoul Tower
- Go to the top of Lotte Tower
- Experience the Boryeong Mud Festival
- Cross the sea at Jindo Island
- Visit Petite France
Explore Farm Kamille in Taean
- See Nami Island in the winter + snow
- Visit the Juknokwan Bamboo Forest
Visit a temple (or 10!) – Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Guinsa Temple, Gakwonsa Temple, Seoknamsa Temple Walk along the East Gate Wall in Seoul See the seaside temple in Busan Explore Yeonginsan Natural Forest Do karaoke in a Korean karaoke studio Visit the Goseong Dinosaur Museum to see the dinosaur footprints Try out a kid’s café (or 10!)– Naughty Child Cafe, Zoolung Zoolung Cross the Sogeumsan Suspension Bridge in Wonju Do the Pohang Space Walk Eat bingsu at a proper sulbing establishment
- Visit the DMZ (this is a tricky one because the kids can’t come to the Joint Security Area)
Explore Oeam Folk Village Spend a day at Yeonpo Beach
- See the muhly grass at Sky Forest in Seoul
- Experience a traditional tea room in Insadong
See the cherry blossoms+ visit a cherry blossom festival Harvest salt at Jeungdo Island
And there you have it, folks. That is our South Korea bucket list. We’ve added to it throughout our time here thus far, and we’ve crossed off and documented most of it on the blog. In writing this, I realized just how much we’ve actually done and experienced here thus far. Sometimes it feels like there’s just never enough time, but I’m eternally grateful for the time that we do have to experience, see, and explore this amazing country.
And yes, we still have nine months left here, and we intend to fill it with as much excitement and joy as we possibly can! Who thinks we can conquer at least 90% of this bucket list?!
Tell me – what would you do first if you got to visit South Korea?