Things to do when I get to South Korea

Monday, July 16, 2012

South Korea is one my dream destinations second to Japan. I am fascinated with Korean Culture primarily because I am a huge fan of Koreanovela. What I admire with this country is that it is a fully indrustrialized nation but the history is very well preserved. Anyway, here's the list of the things I want to do in Korea. Hope you enjoy! ^_^ 

1. Go to Everland and Lotte World
I'm not really a fan of amusement parks. Pero kung ganito ba naman kaganda, WHY NOT?!! I want to try the World's Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster!
2. Stay in Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is one of Korea's remaining traditional village. Hanok is a term used for a traditional Korean home. Walking around the village is an option but for a more in-depth experience Hanok Stays are also available. I think this would be a great opportunity to experience and immerse in Korean Traditional Culture.
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3. Experience DMZ tour - DMZ is short for Demilitarized Zone. It is the border between North Korea and South Korea where tension runs high constantly. It is like a bizarre theme park where you will be asked to sign a consent note that would say something like this: "Your trip to DMZ will entail entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action." OMG.
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4. Go to N Seoul tower and put my lock (locks of love)
Locks of love in N Seoul Tower symbolizes everlasting love. A promise made by lovers that they will stay together forever! What will I promise when I get there? I don't have an idea. I don't have a boyfriend. Darn it. Can I just promise something else? Like I will be good at work? O I will be a good friend? Hahaha. Anyway it's too early for me to think about it. :)
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5. Eat Korean food (a lot!)
Food is an integral part of Culture so I won't scrimp on it. When I get to South Korea, I will try authentic Korean food like Kimchi, Galbi, Kimbap, Bibimbap, Bulgogi and Hanjeongsik.
6. Drink Makgeolli - a traditional korean drink made from processed rice and grains with 5-7% alcohol content.
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I am always curious with traditional korean drink. I think this curiosity originated when I watched Cinderella's sister starring Moon Geun Young. The story revolves around the Makgeolli winery called Daeseongdoga. The story is very insteresting. The stages of fermentation is really amazing! It would be nice if we can see how it works in real life.
A scene from Cinderella's Sister where Moon Geon Yeong is learning how fermentation works
7. Pay a royal visit to the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty
I am a history buff and I am always fascinated to learn the origin of something. And I think the palaces are the perfect representation of Korean culture and history.
8. Try the Jjimjilbang - a mix of sauna, spa and entertainment facility
We have something like this in the Philippines but I want to experience this in Korea. 
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9. Visit a traditional style tea house in Insadong
After a long day strolling, I think nothing is as rejuvenating as sipping a cup of Korean tea in a traditional Korean teahouse. The aroma, sounds and korean setting. Perfect! 

10. Get booted and suited
I am pretty much obssessed with boots and suede coats. But living in a tropical country make it look ridiculous. When I get to Korea, I will take tons of pictures of myself wearing those! Ako na talaga! haha
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11. Experience winter and try Skiing/Snowboarding
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I couldn't list everything I want to do in South Korea because It gets longer everyday! There are so many places I want to visit and I know a week is not enough. I am giving myself 7 months to prepare for the trip. Korean Embassy please have my Visa approved! Please! This will be my first out of country travel with my friends. We are so effin excited!!! :)

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9 comments

  1. whoa! so happy to visit this blog. ang helpful naman nitong top 10 list. interesting yung #8! yung #7 ba yung grandest and must visit sa lahat ng palace nila? ayoko din kasi maging palace overload yung s.korea trip ko..

    havent really prepared yet. sa oct trip ko. kayo? =)

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  2. ^Chyng: March next year pa. Sobrang excited na nga ako ngayon pa lang. Oo yung number 7 talaga pinaka main palace nila, sa pagkakaresearch ko yun din yung pinaka malaki. 14th century pa yata yun ginawa.

    Good luck sa trip nyo to Korea! Aabangan ko yan :)

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  3. Of course di pahuhuli ang #10! K fashion!! Yung picture mo sa #6, nakakatawa kala ko kung anung ginagawa nila AHAHA!! ANyways nice list you have, I shall do this as well when visitng Korea!

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  4. ^Ada: tama! sa number 10 din ako na excite eh! :) yung number 6 kasi pinapakinggan nung bida kung pano nangyayari yung fermentation. :)

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  5. Wow that's a very comprehensive list! Halos lahat ng gusto kong mapuntahan at gawin sa South Korea nakalista! It only shows kung sino ang mga Koreanovela adik! Hahaha. Apir!

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  6. ^Joan: Tama ka jan! Laki talaga ng impluensya ng koreanovela! :)

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  7. ^Joan: Tama ka jan! Laki talaga ng impluensya ng koreanovela! :)

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  8. Ada: tama! sa number 10 din ako na excite eh! :) yung number 6 kasi pinapakinggan nung bida kung pano nangyayari yung fermentation. :)

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  9. Chyng: March next year pa. Sobrang excited na nga ako ngayon pa lang. Oo yung number 7 talaga pinaka main palace nila, sa pagkakaresearch ko yun din yung pinaka malaki. 14th century pa yata yun ginawa.

    Good luck sa trip nyo to Korea! Aabangan ko yan :)

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