Hi everyone! So it has been 2 weeks since I moved to Korea for varsity. The whole reason why I chose Korea to spend my varsity years in was to really explore and grasp the culture and the core to my existence. My nationality. I have yet to decide whether this really is my ‘home’ to which my friends and strangers refer to when they enthusiastically assure me: “Oh, you’re going back to the motherland.”
I decided to create an evolving list of things that I want to do in Korea, not only to explore the land and the people and the culture but to also revel in my identity and get a full grasp of who I am, and what my place is in this world. This post will be edited to add new things that I want to do, and check off the tasks that I have achieved. Anyway, here we go.
1. Attend a large scale sporting event, choose a team, wear there gear and support like my heart and soul depends on their rock and roll.
2. Speaking of rock and roll,
attend a music concert where I can veni, vici, and rave.
3. Attend a lowscale, indie concert preferably in a small, dimly lit basement with strange drinks and fascinating people. Probably somewhere in the vibrant college town of Hongdae.
4. Take a profile picture in the
famous Cherry Blossom festival.
5. Go backpacking in the authentic beauty of Jeju Island. Also refer to goal 36.
How majestic? It is described as : the “Island of the Gods,” and is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and foreigners. It remains the top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds, and is also regarded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.
6. Learn another
Asian language: this is not something particular to Korea, but what better chance to learn a neighboring country’s tongue? I’m thinking of Chinese.
7. Visit the World’s biggest church: Yoido Full Gospel Church here in Korea! I wonder what the sheer magnitude of the congregation will feel like. All people gathered to Christ. 800,000 members. Also, the biggest cathedral in Myeongdong.
8. Visit the Seoul Museum of Art.
Let’s see the formal collection of art.
9. Visit the only Kimchi museum in the world. I love Kimchi. Which also happens to be situated at COEX. I love COEX. COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping center in Asia. Just so you know.
10. Do a Temple Stay. Not going to do this for the religious value, but rather to experience a (forceful) time without any electronics or outside distractions. I also feel like it’s something that you can wholly experience in Asia.
11. Boryeong Mud Festival. It looks super fun to have full blown mud fights and have mud therapies.
12. Visit the
Cheongyecheon River. Apparently a common landmark amongst Koreans, I still haven’t had the chance to go.
Seoul N. Tower. Another Seoul landmark that I haven’t been to–this one includes writing my name on a lock, including my boyfriend’s name and throwing away the key, symbolizing our eternal love. I think I’ll save this for a future lover.
Han River. Cycle along it, drink a beer or two with friends.
15. Visit the Charlie Brown and Hello Kitty cafes.
16. Go to the Owl Museum because I once had an infatuation with owls and the scars run deep.
17. Be more athletic and take up some form of sport, even the ‘lazier’ kind, – yoga.
Seoul Bukchon Hanok Village.
19. Floating Island, as described by visitkorea.org, is “located near the southernmost part of Banpo Bridge, is the nation’s first-ever artificial island that floats on the surface of Hangang River. The Island is comprised of three flower-themed islets, Visat, Viva and Terra, with different functions.” That sounds pretty high tech and mystical at the same time.
Nami Island. Apparently a popular dating location, this small island, rumored to be stunningly beautiful has tried to maintain as much of it’s ‘natural feel’ and have even built telephone poles underground.
Lotte World: largest indoor theme park in the world.
dialogue-in-the-dark.com/. This looks really, really interesting.
23. Pentaport Concert. International Rock Concert? Seems like it’s definitely my thing.
24. Silent Disco in Hongdae, where you put on headphones and rock out to the music only in your head.
25. Visit all five of Korea’s historic palaces…and take lots of photos.
Drink Soju/Beer/eat Ramen at one of those convenience stores, just like they do it in the movies. Hahaha. Not the grandest of plans but.
27. Visit the
UN memorial in Busan, paired with extensive research beforehand.
28. Have tea at a traditional tea house… and be part of the original
tea drinking experience. Preferably with the chrysanthemums. Love it.
29. Get some
banana milk. Apparently this is something pretty rare in other countries? Lemme at this delicacy.
30. Visit the DMZ. One of them perks? *sarcastic laughter*
Write on the walls of some famous cafe because I’ve seen some speciality restaurants do this and I want to leave my mark!
32. Spend a good few hours (or all day) at
33. Same for
34. Watch a
4D movie. (I ended up watching the Martian and decidedly swore to never be so foolish ever again)
35. Work at a
book cafe/study cafe. Get them study vibes.
36. Attend the Jeju Canola Flower Festival. Refer to goal number 5.
37. Snap some photos at the
Trick Eye museum.
biking in the city. Any city.
39. Attend the annually held mega electronic party –
Watch the Script live!
41. Take a stroll through beautiful
42. Lock a love lock at
43. Volunteer at an orphanage/welcoming foreigners campaign
44. Travel to Japan
45. Travel to 3 other neighboring countries
46. Go road tripping …in a caravan
47. Maybe first go sleep in a tent pitched in Han River
48. Go to a waterpark and feel confident about it.
49. Learn how to make pottery
50. Learn how to
drive (and get that international license!)
51. Earn a unique certificate
52. Publish a photo journal
53. Open an AirBnB
54. Learn how to make 5 traditional dishes
55. Join an internship of choice
56. Adopt a dog/cat.
57. Learn about Korean art history and visit famous pieces.
58. Watch one of those TV programs, live as the audience.
59. Watch a movie from a car underneath a bridge somewhere.
60. Take the 내일로 train and travel around the country.
61. Create something as an ode to the city, be it a book/movie/magazine.
62. Participate in an art fair.
63. Learn how to make Kimchi.
64. Join an international/expat hobby group.
65. Sell something, be it in an open or online market.
66. Participate in a conference that is held in a hotel. (Like the one last week where Obama came to visit.)
67. Learn more about Korean politics.
68. Get that TOPIK (Korean Language) Certification.
69. Discover an unexpected and quirky part of Korea.
70. Create/participate in a social project that benefits a community.
This list is on going and edited frequently 🙂