Finishing up another year away (Well just under a year!) in a different country I have started to think of the highlights of living here in Korea I have been asked several times on what I would recommend in Korea so thought it was about time for another top 10! For more information on each just click on the title!
This time… my top 10 is of my must see and do’s in Korea… I am sure there are many more and these are just in my opinion and experience! If you think something else should be there feel free to share!
I think everyone knows what the DMZ is, if not you will if you come to Korea! The no-mans-land which stretches the entire width of Korea separating the South from the North with a 4 km distance between the two countries! Taking a tour will allow you to see the border (and in some cases cross over into North Korea!) go into the tunnels which North Korea dug when trying to dig their way into South Korea and if you get a clear day even see right over to North Korea. This history behind this is so interesting so its best you get a good guide… I recommend going with W.I.N.K (When in Korea) a Facebook tour group with an awesome leader called William who will show you everything you need to know and ensure you have fun! Check the group out as they do lots of tours all around Korea!https://www.facebook.com/groups/wheninkorea/
2. Skiing in Gangwon-do
During the winter season in Korea be sure to take advantage of cold and head off for a skiing weekend. There are a number of resorts you can choose from however High 1 in Gangwon-do is one of the biggest. Great for learners and for ‘experts’, with all levels of slopes! We went with Enjoy Korea, another Facebook group who had an amazing price including transportation, accommodation, ski rental and clothing rental and a weekend of great fun! You can find them here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/246245422169243/
Skiing in Gangwon-Do
3. Shark diving
I don’t think I can put into words just how amazing this was! Go into the tank in the aquarium with sharks, grouper’s and all sorts of fish. Non-qualified and qualified divers can take part and you are trained by a lovely American scuba instructor who will even find teeth for you when you are down there to take away with you! Although you MUST book in advance! You can book here… http://aquaticfrontier.com/busan-shark-dive/
4. Relaxing in a Jjimjilbang
One of the aspect of the Korean culture that I love the most! Although this might not be for everyone considering it involves you getting naked in front of a strangers it is one thing that everyone should do at least ONCE if you live in Korea… or even visit!! Spend an hour (naked) in various baths inside and outside in gender separated rooms before getting your clothes back on and meeting up with the opposite sex for various saunas, massage chairs/rooms, pamper rooms and restaurants. If you only do this once make sure you try Spa Land in Centrum City in Busan… it is something you will never forget or regret!
Andy and I at Spa Land
5. Bungee jump over Hantan River
As this was my first bungee it was the most exciting however standing on a ledge over a river high up on a bridge was an experience that still gives me shivers!! Not only that but it was super cheap! ($30) You can choose either to jump by your ankles or waist (I choose waist due to a back injury!) You can go yourself or do it as part of the DMZ tour with W.I.N.K! You’re knees will never shake so much!!
Ready, steady, jump!
6. Dog Cafe
As a dog lover it was a given that I would like this… not a dog lover? Well head over to a cat cafe instead!! With majority of people living in apartments which don’t allow pets these cafe’s offer you the chance to go for a drink and play with some of the most adorable dogs (or cats) ever with a breed to fit everyone!! We went to one in Seoul however these can be found in most big cities!
7. Jinju lantern Festival
Although this might not be as spectacular as Loi Krathong in Thailand the Jinju Lantern Festival is worth a visit. It takes place in October each year beside Jinju fortress (and the bus station) on the river with hundreds of floating lanterns on and off the water. You can buy (or make) your own floating lantern which you can set sail down the river with your wishes attached. It’s quite a magical scene! Although be prepared… it gets VERY busy!!!
‘Tunnel of Wish Lanterns’
8. International Fireworks show
On Gwangalli Beach in Busan you can visit the international fireworks show with fireworks from all over the world. Fireworks being set off from the boats, bridges and even remote control planes! Is really impressive and lasts for almost an hour!! We went with W.I.N.K and went on a bar crawl afterwards to celebrate Halloween!
9. Daejeon Zombie Run
This was the first year this has been on and they are hoping to make it a yearly event. It is a 5 km run through an old abandoned amusement park, graveyard and woodland whilst trying to keep the 3 ‘lives’ that are on a Velcro belt around your waist as Zombie’s jump out and try to ‘infect’ you. This was hilarious and such a good day and not only that it was all for a good cause for ‘Daejeon For Paws’ If you are around keep your eyes open for this and sign up!!https://www.facebook.com/zombiekorea?fref=ts
She’s behind you!!
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this due to an extreme case of tonsillitis. However my better half went along! A yearly festival held in Boryeong in the summer months where you can party on the beach with friends while covering yourself in mud! You can also buy some mud products which you can bring home as gifts. (Also means I am sitting typing this up with a mud mask on!!)