101 Things to Do in Seoul – Huge Bucket List! – Seoulistic

 

Bucket lists are awesome. People create these lists to make sure they have a list of goals to accomplish. And when you travel to Seoul, it should be no different. So to get you started on your journey in Seoul, here’s a list of 101 things to do in Seoul that’ll help you get the best out of Seoul! 

Each item on this list is linked to more information, a picture, or example. Hope it helps!

Food and Drink

Cocktail Soju

1. Drink soju or makkeolli but in cocktail form
2. Buy makkeolli from the Hongdae makkeolli man (seen late night around Hongdae Children’s Park)
3. Drink beer and soju at a convenience store table
4. Learn to make kimchi
5. Drink coffee at Buamdong’s coffee street
6. Go to a makkeolli and jeon bar/restaurant on a rainy day
7. Pick a live fish and eat it 5 minutes later at Noryanjin Fish Market
8. Eat bindaetteok and mayak gimbap at Gwangjang Market
9. Eat super spicy food that have made people faint
10. Eat at a restaurant that’s been around for a hundred years
11. Get full off of tasting samples at a Korean supermarket (go around 7PM for the most selection)

Seonmae Tteokbokki Truck

12. This super spicy tteokbokki truck
13. Eat live octopus at noyrangjin market
14. Eat tteokbokki at tteokbokki town (or any other food at a “food town”)
15. Grill your own galbi at some famous galbi restaurants
16. Eat and drink at a pojangmacha (tent)
17. Get super refreshing naengmyun at a jjimjilbang (Korean dry spa)
18. Eat super healthy/delicious vegan food at a Buddhist temple
19. Eat ramyun at a convenience store like in a Korean drama
20. Eat raw beef (육회)
21. Get smashed just to see if Korean hangover cures really work
22. Buy a roasted chicken off the back of a truck
23. Get Korean style fried chicken delivery
24. Order in a Korean style pizza (with potatoes)

Icecream at convenience stores

25. Order meat at Majang Meat Market and eat it 10 mins later at a restaurant closeby
26. Try Korean street snacks – like hotteok or egg bread
27. Eat Korean ice cream
28. Drink Banana Milk
29. Drink some free milk coffee after a Korean meal
30. Go to a bar that’ll introduce some new Korean friends to you
31. Drink these drinks so you can drink all night without a hangover
32. Eat doo doo bread





Touristy Stuff

33. Stroll along Cheonggyecheon on a nice day

Old Seoul neighborhood

34. Take pictures with Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and King Sejong
35. Check out the museum underneath the King Sejong statue
36. Take a Picture with the Gyeongbokgung Guards
37. Visit an “old” neighborhood in Seoul
38. Take a tour of the President’s Residence, Cheonghwadae – the Blue House (reservations needed)
39. Try on a hanbok (do it for free at the Tourist Culture Centers – Myeongdong, Insadong, etc.)
40. Take a cable car up to N Seoul Tower
41. Go to an amusement park: Lotte World/Seoul Land
42. See the Han River Banpo Bridge rainbow show
43. Take a tour of the DMZ
44. Stay at a hanok guesthouse and sleep on heated floors, ondol
45. Buy traditional souvniers at Insadong
46. See the 5 Royal Palaces
47. Climb Bukhan Mountain
48. Go to a Han River Cafe

Activities

Dongdaemun Night Market

49. Have an all-night movie marathon at Dongdaemun
50. Go 1AM shopping at Dongdaemun street market
51. Watch street performances in Hongdae
52. Stay at a Buddhist Temple (try Haeinsa, one Korea’s most famous)
53. Hang out at dog, cat and sheep cafes!
54. Drink tea in a hanok
55. Get your fortune told (사주) by a Korean fortune teller (for some, need to know your time of birth)
56. Make Korean Friends while on your trip

57. Play board games at a board game cafe

58. Attend an e-sports tournament

59. Try on a dress at a dress cafe

60. Be mega entertained at a multibang

61. Watch a DVD at a DVD Room
62. Sleep at a jjimjilbang, put a towl on your head like Princess Leia

Study cafe

63. Go to a bath house and have someone scrub you down really hard (to get rid of dead skin)
64. Read a book at a really quiet study cafe
65. Go clubbing with college kids in Hongdae
66. Go clubbing with the pretty/handsome/rich in Cheongdam
67. Win some money at a Casino (foreign passports only)
68. Take sticker pictures with friends

69. Bike along the Han River
70. Get fishies to nibble your legs clean at Dr. Fish
71. Learn to cook some Korean food
72. Have a gimbap picnic at Han River Park
73. Go to a Korean baseball game
74. Watch old Korean men play Janggi and Baduk at Tapgol Park
75. Watch a 4D Movie

Shopping
76. Go crazy and shop for Korean clothing brands at Myeongdong
77. Collect free cosmetics samples in Myeongdong just by walking in

Cute stuff to buy

78. Shop at the Hongdae Free Market for Indie Designers (Hongdae Children’s park, every Sat 1-6)
79. Buy a Starbucks Korea tumbler
80. Buy cheap clothes at underground shopping malls
81. Buy lots and lots of cute stuff
82. Find a sock truck and buy, buy, buy!
83. Buy mega cheap glasses
84. Bargain with street vendors
85. Buy couple shirts with your gf/bf (or just friend :))
86. Buy the latest gadgets at Yongsan Electronics Market

Miscellanous
87. Pay for a drink with a t-money card
88. Get yelled at while exchanging your money into Korean won
89. Write on the walls of a famous cafe/restaurant
90. Practice your Korean with a taxi driver
91. Work out on public exercise machines

Free phone calls in Korea

92. Make a free phone call using the subway’s smartphone for giants
93. Dance to 90’s Kpop music
94. Get treated by a traditional Korean doctor
95. Try some aegyo while in Korea
96. Learn a new phrase in Korean and say it in Korea!
97. Dance Gangnam Style in Gangnam
98. Sing so much at a noraebang you lose your voice
99. “Hack” some free wifi
100. Score tons of free stuff just because you can
101. Visit You Are Here Cafe (Run jointly by Eat Your Kimchi & TalktomeinKorean)

If you’re a blogger, feel free to use anything on this list for your own bucket list! (We’d love it if you could link us ;)).

What else would you add to this list? Write a comment so that others can add your ideas to their own bucket list!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

53 Comments

  1. Krist says:

    This is soooooooooooo awesome!!! DAEBAK!!! I was worried about not knowing how to spend my 3 weeks in Korea, which I will probably spend about 8-10 days in Seoul. Now it’s like someone read my mind and did the planning for me!!! WHEEEEEEE~~~ 정말 감사합니다!

    P.S. How can I complete Seoul bucket list #101??? 😀

  2. Kenny says:

    really?? free phone calls.. thats interesting..

    • Chai says:

      Annyeong! Awesome list! Can’t wait to try all of these on my trip to Seoul next month. I’m super excited! I was just wondering how is Seoul doing despite the MERS scare? Any idea? Thank you! 🙂

    • vivaprince says:

      I hail from Nigeria and i really want to come over and study down their.

  3. Diana says:

    then last one is the best 😛

  4. Crystal says:

    Daebak!!!….This will really help me when I’m going there end of this year…..gosh, I can’t wait!!! >< Thanks Seoulistic! Keep up with the good work 😉

  5. kim says:

    I am so going to do this, when I come to korea 😀

  6. Lella says:

    v(^o^) annyeong!!! really thank you very much, this is very useful for me and my friend, I can not wait to go to Korea and put into practice many of these beautiful advice, I will follow also from facebook, I will not be hard to do aegyo ahhaha in Italy girls know how to get what they want making similar moves hahahha funny funny \(^o^)/ pai pai chingul (^,^)/

  7. My bucket list is still a work in process because the places I want to visit and things I’ll do is still written in a notebook but I’d love to get from the ones you’ve listed! 🙂 Thank you 🙂

    Here is the list as of now ^^
    http://wanderrwithmee.wordpress.com/bucketlist/bucket-list-101/
    http://wanderrwithmee.wordpress.com/bucketlist/korea-%ED%95%9C%EA%B5%AD-the-land-of-the-morning-calm/

  8. Mike says:

    The 1500:1 replica of the entire city of Seoul @ The Seoul Museum of History is definitely worth a visit!
    Great fun trying to locate all the places you’ve visited, since the model is incredibly accurate!

    Links:
    http://bisu.kr/100174662095

  9. lizzy says:

    My favorite post on your blog so far! Thank you for sharing this.

  10. cindy says:

    number 101, last thing on my list to do ! haha

  11. Patricia says:

    Thank you for this list!!! will be in Seoul this July excited!

  12. Alberto says:

    Challengue Accepted.

  13. Janey says:

    Hi! I just want to say for including my post on the free hanbok fitting! It definitely boosts traffic on my site. 🙂 Thanks!

  14. jdkim says:

    Thank to my friend Guillaume, I learned this website. Wow, Even I (fyi, i m a korean) can learn a lot of information from this post and there are still many things to do left, yeah~!! I dare to say that this website is the most useful website i have ever visited. Thank you for your efforts, sooooo impressed!! So happy to know this site. 😀

  15. Vanessa says:

    I´ve been looking for this kind of info for weeks!! I´m currently in Australia, but befor returning to Germany I´ll be in Seoul for some time. I´ll give my best to try as many things standing on the list as possible! Can´t wait <3

  16. AdeNike (@Na3ka2) says:

    Freaking Awesome!!!!!!!!

  17. Dmitri says:

    Hey man thanks so much for putting this together!

  18. neil says:

    ooohhhhhh.. i love this blog……. i have already visited korea last March 2012 but did not visit a lot because it’s very cold. hope to go back next year during summer. hope to see you and let’s complete the bucket list 🙂

  19. Dems says:

    Can you do all these in 5 – 7 days with time to spare to visit Jeju Island?

  20. Elle says:

    나는 확실히 내가 한국에 도착하면이 작업을 수행하는 것 ^^

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  22. Haha I love that you can buy makkeolli from the Hongdae makkeolli man and that he can be found near a children’s park “late at night”

  23. nutnut says:

    It’s surprising that I’ve been there several times but I’ve only done half of things on this list… what have I done???

    Anyway.. Can you guys make a list on what to do and where to go if I’m gonna spend christmas and new year’s eve in seoul??

  24. Sierra says:

    My friend and I decided to add most of this list into our list :333 We had a few things picked out but not sure what. We’re staying for an entire month 😛 Hoping the last one works out 😀 lol

  25. Zen says:

    Hi,

    Would like to check is there any places that sell authentic air jordan shoes in South Korea? Saw a lot at dongdaemun but I guess mostly are non authentic

  26. Lilian says:

    Your website is amazing – I could spend hours reading all your posts and watching your videos! Have you considered putting a guidebook together with all your articles?? I know I would be interested in something like that for my trip!

    Keep up the great work and thanks for all the great info! 🙂

  27. Pat says:

    Really cool checklist! Thanks Keith!!

  28. Sb says:

    Nice bucket list! Will try some of them but how to do the the last one? D

  29. Bart says:

    Thank you for the list! : )

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