10 Awesome Things to do in South Korea

10 Awesome Things to do in South Korea

Discover 10 awesome things to do in South Korea. I went to South Korea as a layover so decided to spend 10 or so days there. In my trip, I only went to Seoul and Gyeongju. Next time I go I will be sure to see the rest of the things I have put on this list.

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10 Awesome Things to do in South Korea

1. Korean Bathhouse

The first thing on this list of awesome things to do in South Korea is to visit a Korean Bathhouse. A friend I worked in China with would rave about the Korean Bathhouses. I went to the Dragon Spa in Seoul. It is more catered to foreigners than others. I doubt they are better than bathhouses in Europe, but I was still impressed.

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Korean bathhouses have spas, saunas, game rooms, and more. Although, I can’t recall the Dragon Spa having a sauna or steamroom.Via Pixabay.com.

2. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace is a palace/museum in the heart of the capital. The Joseon dynasty built it in the late 1300’s. It is the largest of 5 palaces built by them.

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The changing of the guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

3. Yangdong Folk Village, Gyeongju

Yangdong Folk Village is a traditional village not far from Gyeongju and makes a great day trip. It is a working village, meaning that people live there. You can walk around and look the different houses. Some of them you can go in.

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One of the display houses in Yangdong Fold Village. There are many.

4. Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital

This abandoned hospital is one of South Korea’s most haunted places. It is closed to the public but you can still go there and “break-in”.

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This is not a picture of Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital. Via Pixabay.com.

5. Korean Demilitarized Zone, Paju

Number 5 on this list of things to do in South Korea is to go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. This is a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Many tours are available.

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A buffer zone between North and South Korea. Via Flicker.com.

6. Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul

There’s no better way to explore an urban area than checking out street-art. Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul is exactly that. It’s a nice part of an otherwise bustling capital.

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One of my favorite pieces in Ihwa Mural Villages.

7. Haesindang Penis Park

I first saw this place in a Facebook post. I found it really amusing… a park dedicated to penises! haha.

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A park dedicated to the humble penis. Via Flickr.com.

8. Oedo Botania

Oedo is a small island off the coast of South Korea. It was once barren, but some guy and his wife transformed it into a nature wonderland. It sounds right up my alley. I hope I get to visit it one day.

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What was once a barren island is now a nature wonderland. Via Flickr.com.

9. Bulguksa Temple and Tohamsan Peak

I don’t remember visiting Bulguksa Temple. It mustn’t have made a big impression on me. I’m sure it was nice while I was there. What I do remember is hiking up to Tohamsan Peak afterward. It was a lovely walk through the forest along a very well kept path. I only got halfway up but still saw some amazing views.

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The pond near the entry of Bulguksa Temple.

10. Tapsa Temple

The last thing on this list of awesome things to do in South Korea is Tapsa Temple. I never went here but it is 120 pagodas built by one guy. A hermit non-the-less! Amazing.

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120 pagodas built by one guy. dokaspar [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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