A few months ago, I mentioned that I would be going to South Korea+ for the second time and that I was super excited about it. Well right now I’m even more excited because I fly out tomorrow! I have 16 hours of travelling, not including my trip to and wait at the airport here in England, and my journey to Busan once I’ve arrived in Korea on Thursday morning. (By my calculations, once I get to Busan, since leaving my house on Wednesday morning, I will have been travelling for 31 hours…ew!) Anyway, to honour the fact that my trip is so close to happening, I have written a bucket list of things I want to do during my trip! I don’t actually have any sort of itinerary yet, except knowing that I will be spending 10 days in Busan and 4.5 days in Seoul, so I’m hoping I can get these in around any plans that Brittany might have for us!
(Disclaimer: I don’t know a lot about some of the things on my list, but I’ve heard of them or seen pictures. I’m more of a ‘I’ll find out when I get there’ kind of traveller!)
Gamcheon Cultural Village: I’ve seen this on Brittany’s blog before and it’s on a lot of ‘sights to see in Busan’ lists. It’s a cute little village on the side of a hill. All the houses are painted in lots of different colours and I’ve heard that quite a lot of TV shows are filmed here.
2. Beach (Haeundae/Gwangalli): There are two main beaches in Busan. I would like to go to at least one of them. The weather over there is still apparently pretty good, and I bought a new swimming costume for this trip so I want to put it to good use! (Also, with the disgusting rain we’ve had in England recently I am more than ready for a couple of hours on a beach.)
Beomeosa Temple: Constructed in the year 678 (and reconstructed in 1602 and 1613 after being destroyed during the Japanese invasion and fire, respectively) Beomeosa temple is one of the best known urban temples in Korea and, supposedly, has the best temple entrance of all the temples in Korea.
Shinsegae Centum City department store: It’s without a doubt that I am going to be doing a lot of some shopping during my trip, so why am I putting this on my list? Shinsegae Centum City is the largest department store in the world, with 14 floors, a golf driving range, spas, an ice skating rink and a whole ream of other things to do!
Gyeongbokgung (Palace): Last time I visited Seoul, I went on an organised trip to Changdeokgung with the summer school. This time, I want to go to Gyeongbokgung, the main of the five royal palaces of the Joseon dynasty. It was constructed in 1394 and served as the home of the Kings, their households and the government until the premises were destroyed by fire (also during the Japanese invasion). I want to go particularly for the gardens/outside areas. Donkatsu restaurant: The first on the list of visits to old haunts, I am so excited to go back to a particularly amazing restaurant in Myeongdong. The donkatsu they serve there is as big (if not bigger!) than your head and it tastes so gooood. I may as well tick this off now as I am 100% certain that Brittany and I will get food here during our weekend together in Seoul! Visit the University of Seoul: What really should have been first on my bucket list, I need to go back to the university where I did the summer school back in 2013 and made so many amazing memories and friends for life. I’m getting a little emotional at the thought of actually being there again! (Just to warn you Brittany, I might cry. I’m serious.) It’s going to be so good to see it again and take a walk down memory lane…that great big grey-floored lane that runs through the middle of campus that I walked almost every day!4. Breakfast set at the back gate: This will be the last of the places I want to visit from 2013 that I’ll put on my list or I could go on forever! If possible (if the place is still there) I would love to get a breakfast set (a soft bun sandwich with ham and cheese and some delicious sauce, and an iced tea) for breakfast either Saturday or Sunday morning with Brittany! Flavours can really bring back memories, and I’ve shared many a memory over a breakfast set!
And there you have it, my bucket list for my second trip to South Korea! There are a whole load of other things I want to do while I’m there, mostly involving eating and shopping, so I didn’t put those on, but let it be known that they will be happening!
I have almost finished packing, I have bought my train ticket to Busan, I have travel insurance, I have lots of gifts to give… I have done all of my washing! All I need to do now is check in to my flight and actually get there! Eeeeeek!
I will have limited internet and laptop access while I am there so I can’t guarantee many blogs while I’m gone. I will have my iPad with me so I will try to maybe get something up if I have the time, but don’t hold your breath! In case I don’t get an opportunity (or I decide to be super lazy and read books/see sights instead of writing) then I will talk to you again in just over two weeks!
(Afterthought: I apologise for all the exclamation marks. As you can no doubt tell, I am pretty damn excited!!!!!!!)