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A List of 50 Things to Do Before Leaving Korea

Posted on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

After living in Korea for almost a year and a half, I figure I know the area pretty well enough to know what is Korean "culture" and "culture shock" still. So, I decided that compiling a list of fun and cultural things for anyone who is living, or visiting, would be something fun. There is definitely a lot more to add to the list! Look forward to seeing your bucket list check off while teaching English in Korea! Please proceed with caution :]

Korean food



  2. FREE kimchi (a side dish almost everywhere)

  3. Korean fried chicken (I recommend Yang Nyum)

  4. Convenient store stop – make a ramen and a side of triangle Kimbap as a meal

  5. Eat from a street vendor (ddukbokki and fish cake)

  6. Kimbap Chunguk (Kimbap Heaven) for a cheap, tasty and quick meal

  7. Eat squid while it’s still alive

  8. Buy a roast chicken from the back of a truck

  9. Korean pizza with corn and potatoes

10. Try raw (raw beef, raw fish)

11. Korean street foods which include kimbap, egg bread, waffles, fried chicken, shredded squid, Schneepang, Hoddeok, red bean fish cakes, and many more!

12. Eat fresh baked breads from one of the many bakeries which include Paris Baguette and Tous Les Jour

13. Have a muffin (more popular than cupcakes in Korea)

14.  For those who are brave and bold: try dog meat soup, chicken feet, and pork feet.

 Korean beauty products


15. Get free coffee after your meal in restaurants

16. Make a phone call with a free phone

17. Take a photo with the updated computers and send it your email

18. Charge your phone at the train station next to a computer

19. Public Gyms

20. Free caricature drawing by Samsung Note II in the Coex mall

21. Samples from the big department stores

22. Experience a shopping cart on four wheels (for North Americans in particular)

23. Hang around Hongdae for a night of free music

24. Get free samples by walking into cosmetic stores of Myeondong

25. Visit the Walker Hill casino and get a free meal (must have passport)

attractions in Korea 


26. Try on a hanbok (free at tourist cultural centers)

27. Sleep on a heated floor

28. Stay overnight at a traditional jjimjilbang for a low price

29. Go to a bang (PC, karaoke, multibang, DVD)

30. Experience a Temple Stay

dogs in Korea 

For fun

31. Go to Lotte World or Everland for amusement park fun

32. Take a tour of the DMZ (division of North and South Korea)

33. Visit an animal café (dog, cat, sheep)

34. Watch a 4D movie

35. Get a free hug from a gang of students in Myeongdong

36. Picture with a poster cut out of your favorite Korean celebrity

37. Take a picture with the random advertising characters in the street

38. Get a photo of someone passed out drunk on the subway

39. Set fireworks at the Han River

40. Shop at an underground shopping mall outside of the train station

41. Bargain at one of the many popular Dongdaemun shopping areas

42. Get your fortune told by a Korean fortune teller

43. Pay for food and taxi rides with your T-money card

44. Play board games at a café 


Lastly, please be responsible with this last part! This definitely does not mean to go crazy and get drunk! Just a check list for those who drink :]

drinking in Korea


45. Go to one of the many Ho Bars in town

46. Pregame with cheap soju before going to an expensive club

47. Drink a beer in the streets (do not abuse this)

48. Buy an adults capri sun

49. Buy makgeolli from the Makgeolli man in Hongdae Park

50. Plan a mountain climb with friends and drink makgeolli on the trail with Koreans



This is actually possible because I know from experience and co-workers who have proof! Jay Park has been seen to be hanging around the Taco Bell in Hongdae, Lee Kwang Soo has been spotted at a local Lotte Mart, Angela Baby has been eating street food in Myeongdong, and celebrities are constantly filming in the streets of Gangnam! Ye Sung of Super Junior was seen to be working in his own coffee shop, Mouse Rabbit by Konkuk University.

 What is on your Korea bucket list while teaching English in Korea

 Teach in Korea!

Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes.  With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.

Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer!

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