I have mentioned a few times that I have a list of places that Jared and I want to visit during our stay in Korea. A few of you may have assumed that I meant I have a mental list, or a general idea of what I want to do. A few of you who know me personally know that this means I have a well-researched, organized list complete with check boxes and organized into various categories. And a list doesn’t count if it isn’t printed out so that you can physically check items off of it.

For a few reasons, I have decided to share my list with you! First, I just like sharing on here. Also, there are several readers who are here in South Korea as well (안녕하세요!), and I thought they might like to see what is available out there. Plus, I thought that if I share my list, then others with knowledge of South Korea could make suggestions as to what I am missing out on!

The activities on the list are mostly based on our two Korea guidebooks Lonely Planet’s Korea and Seoul Selection’s: Seoul, both of which we are very happy with. When possible I have linked the activity to another website (usually Wikipedia or the Korean Tourism Website) to provide more information. If we had already visited that place than I have marked it off the list (because that’s the best part of making a list), and linked it to the corresponding post. Some of the places I have visited, but not in depth enough to write about for you; therefore, I have not checked it off the list yet. I have broken the list into different sections; some items may be listed in two categories. Enjoy!


STEP BACK IN TIME (Historical Sites)

UNDER THE SKY (Outdoor Spaces)


IT’S A WONDERFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Unique Neighborhoods & Districts)

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP (Shopping Meccas)




Please feel free to comment as to what you think should be added to list. I’ll update it every few months to let you know how we are progressing on our goals; also, if you really want me to visit somewhere that sounds especially intriguing, then let me know and I’ll move it to the top! I doubt we will actually visit every place on this list, and I hope that we venture out and find places that are so off the beaten track that they don’t appear in guide books and tourism websites.

PS:  My original intent was to list the restaurants we want to try also, but after I saw how long just this portion was, I decided to save the restaurants for a later post.



  1. Reply
    Jessica 4 October, 2013

    I totally knew there was a well researched physical list!!!! I can’t wait to see pictures from the Lantern Festival at Cheong-gye-cheon!!! I bet it will be beautiful!!! If you could get the cherry blossoms to bloom early that would be awesome! Cherry blossoms are my favorite…but I guess I will have to wait till spring!

    • Reply
      Bethany 4 October, 2013

      I’ll make sure to get good pictures just for you! I was so disappointed because I arrived in Korea about two weeks after the cherry blossoms this year. I can’t wait to see them this spring!

  2. Reply
    Yannick Khong 10 February, 2014

    What an amazing list! Thank you for making one like that 😀 I’ll be sure to hit it too when I come visit Seoul.

    • Reply
      Bethany 13 February, 2014

      I’m glad you like it! I hope you enjoy the city as much as I do!

  3. Reply

    Great list. I have a long list of places to see too, but haven’t ever really written them down. I’m also always finding new things to add to the list!

    Your list looks like a lot of fun. Definitely check out Gyeongju. It’s one of my favorite cities in Korea!

    • Reply
      Bethany 3 August, 2014

      Thanks for the Gyeongju suggestion; I’m always happy to explore new places!

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