1. Seoul Grand Park
2. Witness Traditional Dances At Seoul Nori Madang
3. Hike To Namsan Seoul Tower
4. Seoul Trickeye Museum
5. Discover Quirky Seoul
Seoul is known for temples and parks but if you look a little deeper there are all sorts of odd things to do. Like the owl museum, exploring the abandoned Yongma Land theme park or visiting Poopoo land — a museum that takes toilet humour to a whole new level.
6. Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower is a 555-meter monument in the South Korean skyline. The building is one of the top ten tallest buildings in the world and is full of attractions. It has everything from a mall, and a cinema to concert hall and an aquarium. If you are feeling brave, check out the Seoul Sky Bridge and experience what it is like to stand 541m in the air.
7. Make Your Own Kimchi At The Kimchi Festival
The iconic Korean dish Kimchi, otherwise known as fermented cabbage, might not sound very appetising but don’t judge it until you try it! Kimchi is enjoyed by so many that there's now a festival in its honour. Here you can eat, buy and learn to make all types of Kimchi.
8. Mud Festival
The Mud Festival attracts those wishing to unleash their inner kid, let loose, drink lots and get covered in therapeutic mud with a bunch of strangers (soon to be new friends).
9. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Like their neighbouring country of Japan, spring brings a vibrant fresh coat of colour as the cherry blossom trees come to life. The Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae is a very special place to see this spectacular event in full swing, having the best trees in South Korea on display.
10. Jindo Moses Miracle Festival
Also known as the Sea Parting Festival, this event sees thousands flock to the small island of Jindo to witness a natural phenomenon of tidal harmonics draw the sea out to reveal a 2.9 km path of sand connecting Jindo to its neighbour Modo island.
11. Jinju Lantern Festival
Each October, the town of Jinju transforms as thousands of lanterns travel downriver to pay respect to the 70,000 men and women who died fighting the Japanese during the Imjin War.
12. Korean Pop/K-Pop concert
13. Hang Out In Dog, Cat, Sheep Or Even Raccoon Cafés
14. Visit A Korean Fortune Teller
15. Go To The 1 am Markets
16. Go To A Board Game Café
17. Win Or Lose At The Casino
18. Watch A 4D Movie
19. Write On The Walls At Some Restaurants
20. Dance Gangnam Style In Gangnam
21. Practice Korean With The Taxi Driver
22. Embrace The Cute And Weird
23. Common Ground — Coffee, Food, Shops
24. Change Your Eye Colour
25. Bargain With Street Vendors
26. Buy Couple Shirts
27. Buy Gadgets At Yongsan Electronics Market
While you're in South Korea, you should definately check out the Yongsan Electronics Market. If you know what you're doing and have good haggling skills you can pick up bargains on any sort of electronic toy you can think of in this complex of 20 buildings housing 5,000 stores. They've got it all: phones, laptops, LCD screens, games, Hello Kitty lamps ...
28. Feel Super Rich
Ever turn $100 into 86,400 in five minutes? Prepare to fill your pockets with more zeros like never before. Thanks to the conversion rate, 1 AUD is equivalent to about 864 Korean won.
29. Visit Itaewon Station (Squid Game)
Since the launch of the hit Netflix show Squid Game, the Korean train station Itaewon has been converted to match the theme of the show. Guards in red suits patrol the station where several of the show's sets have been installed.
Culture and History
30. Independence Hall Of Korea
31. Goryeo Celadon Museum
The beauty of Korea's traditional celadon ceramics is famous the world over. Although originally a Chinese tradition, the 30,000 Korean-made items displayed in this museum and dating from the Goryeo dynasty (9th and 10th centuries) provide insight into traditional Korean art and society.
32. Hwaseong Fortress
Hwaseong Fortress is a fortification surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, in South Korea. It was built in 1790D by King Jeongjo of the Joseon dynasty to house and honour the remains of his father, Prince Sado.
33. Visit Yonggungsa Seaside Temple
This spectacular temple sits on a rocky shore in northwest Busan. Overlooking waves crashing at its ornate walls, Yonggungsa Seaside Temple dates back to 1376 and owes its unique location to directions given to its Buddhist founder by a sea god in a dream.
34. Bulguksa Temple
This temple complex recently attracted around two million visitors a year who were drawn to its flawlessly restored architecture in a spectacular hillside setting lush with manicured stands of pine, plum, peach, pear, cherry, and cryptomeria trees.
35. War Memorial Of Korea & The National Museum Of Korea
If you love history, be sure to check out the War Mermorial Of Korea and The National Museum Of Korea. With the largest collection of war memorabilia, artwork and retired military hardware (think old tanks and planes) in South Korea, the War Memorial Museum gives tribute to veterans of the Japanese and Korean wars. Some exhibition space is also dedicated to displaying weapons and armour dating back through the centuries.
36. Take Photos In Traditional Korean Attire
Wearing hanbok – traditional Korean clothing – for special occasions such as public holidays and weddings, has become popular in South Korea in recent years. So popular in fact, any day of the week you'll see locals and tourists alike decked in their finest (or hired) garb frequenting palaces and temples with photographers to get that period-perfect snap. With discounts and free entry to restaurants and palaces often offered to anyone wearing hanbok, what better incentive do you need?
37. Bukchon Hanok Village
Between Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (UNESCO World Heritage site) is a wonderful slice of traditional Korean cultural heritage, the Bukchon Hanok (traditional house) Village. You can wander through the narrow alleyways among the carefully crafted hanoks of this architecturally rich folk village for free. For a completely immersive experience, wear hanbok!
38. See A Pansori Performance
Like opera but not really, pansori is the traditional Korean art of musical storytelling performed by a solo vocalist accompanied only by a drummer with a single drum. Austere as it is beautiful, South Korea designated pansori as a National Intangible Cultural Property in 1964. Even so, public performances dedicated solely to pansori are a rare gem.
39. Use Metal Chop Sticks
While wood or bamboo chopsticks are used extensively throughout south-east Asia, metal chopsticks are a distinctively Korean thing and are most often accompanied by a metal spoon. What are the benefits of metal chopsticks? Reasons anyone in the know will give you include; the ability to eat freshly grilled (read sizzling hot) food, cleanliness, and environmental friendliness on account of their unlimited re-usability. So don't leave Korea without buying yourself an authentic, stainless steel chopstick-and-spoon set.
40. Gyengbokgung Palace
Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace was the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. The stunning and ornate palace we see today is the result of restoration work that was carried out after it was systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan in the early 20th century. Take an hour, take a day – the palace's pavilions, ponds and gardens are an endless treasure to explore.
41. Busan Gamcheon Culture Village
Locals call it the " Machu Picchu of Busan", for the way it precariously clings to a hillside. But unlike the abandoned Inca ruin, Gamcheon Village is home to a thriving urban community whose homes, cafes and other amenities cloister among narrow steps and alleyways.
Originally built as housing for the poor in the 1920s, Busan authorities eventually caught on to the idea of presenting it to tourists as an attraction and invited artisans to give it a makeover. The result is a colourful, vibrant and highly intriguing cultural hub for you to explore.
42. Visit The Demilitarised Zone
The heavily guarded line on the map that separates North and South Korea (who are still technically at war) is also a tourist attraction. A DMZ tour lets you set foot in the "Blue Room", the only place you can stand in both countries at the same time, and lets you explore the "Third Tunnel of Aggression" – originally dug by the North Korean Army as part of an unsuccessful invasion of the South.
43. The 8 Gates of Seoul
Did you know Seoul has city wall gates? Hundreds of years ago, there was 8 gates that gave access in and out of Seoul. Each night these gates would be closed to keep the city safe. These gates are steeped in history and are definitely worth having a look.
44. Panmunjon (Truce Village)
45. Play Yut Nori
Yut Nori is a simple but tactical board game that you can buy from most Korean supermarkets which has been played in Korea for centuries.
46. Watch A Local Soccer Game
South Korea's K League season kicks off around May each year and matches are played in stadiums all over the country. Can't get to a game? You can catch highlights on the K-League' official YouTube channel.
47. Watch Some Ssireum
48. Head Out To The Ball Game
49. Visit Damyang Bamboo Forest
Serene, green and beautiful, Damyang's 31-hectare Juknokwon Bamboo Forest is open all year round with eight main paths to let you explore. Be enlightened and enchanted.
50. Hike Seoraksan National Park
This national park is famed for its "Dinosaur Ridge" of jagged peaks and is home to two ambient Buddhist temples, Baekdamsa and Sinheungsa.
51. Explore Ulleung-do
The 3.5-hour ferry trip to Ulleungdo off the east coast of the Korean peninsula is well worth the effort. Remote with pristine waters, the island arguably has South Korea's best snorkelling, hiking, swimming and kayaking.
52. Relax On Sokcho Beach
53. Visit Loveland
54. Visit Insadong
This inner-city neighbourhood of Seoul has a main street closed to traffic that buzzes with teahouses, cafes and street food. Old meets new Seoul at its finest.
55. Apsan Park
This hilly wilderness at the south end of Daegu also has a handy gondola to one of its peaks with great views of the city.
56. Jeju Island
Essentially a dormant volcano popping out of the sea off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula, Jeju is home to beach resorts, a forested national park and the renowned "haenyo" women who can dive to incredible depths around the island's many rocks to gather seafood.
57. Jeju Olle Trail Routes
The 200-km coastline of Jeju, South Korea's largest Island, has several beautiful trails you can walk.
58. Manjanggul Cave
Manjanggul cave is a lava tube that stretches 8.9km under the island of Jeju. The cave, in some areas, is 23 metres wide and 30 metres high, making in the eighth largest in the world.
This tiny island near Jeju Island has a population of under 1800 and is sometimes referred to as "Korea's Scotland" on account of its grass-rocky landscape. Udo has a couple of quiet beaches and spectacular sea caves in rocky areas of its coastline.
60. Seongsan IIchulbong
This coastal mountain located on the island of Udo sits 100 metres above the sea and forms a grassy bowl. It also offers great views of the island.
61. Songdo Central Park
Modelled on New York's Central Park, Songdo Central Park in Seoul's satellite city of Incheon offers forest, open picnic areas, contemporary outdoor sculptures and strides a sea-water canals where water taxi's carry visitors from the CBD.
62. Hallyeo Maritime National Park
Hallyeo National Marine Park View Ropeway (essentially a gondola up a mountain) gives you some of the best views of the intricate peninsulas and tiny islands of South Korea's unique southern coastline.
63. Haeundae Beach
64. Nami Island
65. Taejongdae Resort Park
66. Visit the Boseong Green Tea Farm
67. Explore Gyeongju, The Museum Without Walls
69. Upo Marsh
70. Jeonju Hanok Village
71. Cheonggyecheon Stream
72. Browse Namdaemun And/Or Dongdaemun Market
73. Cruise On The Han River
The Han River is a major river in South Korea and a beautiful location for a sunset river cruise.
74. Shopping At Honodae Walking Street
Trendy shopping stalls compete with street vendors.
75. Relax in A Jjimjilbang
For ultimate relaxation visiting a Jimjilbang is the thing to do. Think of a massive room with hot tubs, saunas, showers, and massage tables.
Food and Drink
76. Drink Soju
Soju? Ever heard of it? It's the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. The Korean beverage is clear and will knock your socks off with an alcohol percentage of 16-53%. Normally drunk in shots, mix it with beer and it's called "somaek". If you do decide to indulge in some Soju, be sure to drink responsibly and remember the drinking age is South Korea is 19.
77. Eat BBQ Anywhere
Traditional Korean BBQ is a must-do experience when in South Korea as it's both exciting and delicious. You get to order whatever meats, vegetables, and sides you want and cook them yourself on a grill built into your table.
78. Eat Lots Of Chicken
79. Eat Bibimbap In Jeonju
80. Eat Dak Galbi In Chuncheon
81. Eat Fresh Seafood At Jagalchi Fish Market
82. Drink Beer At A Convenient Store (Marting)
83. Eat Live Octopus
84 Try Korean Ice Cream
85. Shaved Ice
86. Try Some Banana Milk
87. Caribbean Bay
88. Ocean Water
The most popular water park in Korea, Ocean Water is part of the larger Vivaldi Resort and is the best way to cool off and enjoy the South Korean sun.
89. Lotte World And Everland
Lotte World and Everland are like the equivalent of Disneyland in Korea, both these theme parks will ensure you reach your maximum thrill level with the family in Seoul.
90. Take The Hallyeosudo Cable Car
91. Play-based Learning At Seoul Children’s Museum
The Seoul Children's Museum is a highly interactive based learning source for kids that features exhibitions on mainly science, culture and art.
92. Seoul Animation Center
Treat the kids to a unique experience and take them to the Seoul Animation Center. This clever cultural space includes interactive curiosities like digital drawing, stop motion animation creation as well as a comics library that carries titles in Korean and English.
93. Download KakaoMap
94. Expect To Be Treated Poorly When Converting Your Money Into Korean Won
95. Fast Internet
98. Manner Hands
99. Don’t Shake Hands With An Older Person Unless It’s Been Invited
100. The Younger Person In The Group Pours The Drinks For The Older Ones
101. Find A Local Guide