Have you ever explored an abandoned amusement park? Visited a sex museum with six feet tall phallic statues? Jumped off a mountain? Neither had I before I moved to Korea. Here’s a quick list of awesome things you can do if you call 한국 home.
1) Attend a baseball game
Korean baseball games are unlike any I’ve ever been to. Tickets are cheap, as are beer and food. Sample some dried squid if you dare or just get a hot dog if you haven’t had enough soju. Don’t feel like paying two bucks for a beer? Bring your own! Do your best to sing along to each player’s chant and make a plastic bag hat at the end of the game. If none of this makes sense, don’t worry. You won’t fully comprehend (or appreciate) the spectacle until you see it in person.
2) Go to a sex sculpture museum
Love Land is located on the beautiful and easily accessible Jeju Island. This one of a kind park features some of the most erotic sculptures imaginable. Walk through Love Land while admiring giant genitalia and hills shaped as breasts. I found the other tourists most comical and was pleased to see the usually preserved Korean persona tossed away as men and women of all ages posed with a ten foot penis.
3) Explore an abandoned amusement park
Okpo Land is the stuff any second rate horror movie is made of. After a string of unfortunate events, including a few deaths, the amusement park was abandoned by the owner and staff; everything you see today is exactly as it was left. Okpo is located on Geoje Island, easy to get to by bus from Busan. You’ll have to walk up monstrous hills to discover this eerie park, but it’s worth the effort. Don’t be dismayed by the barbed wire but do be careful if you decide to go. I’m not encouraging you to break the law, but it is pretty awesome to see in person.
4) Try paragliding
I’m not an adrenaline junkie. I don’t seek the next big high and I would rather not trust my life to rubber bands or parachutes. However, I’m so glad I went paragliding during my time in Korea. I went with a group of friends to jump off a mountain in Ulsan and the experience was nothing short of exhilarating. You’ll have a tandem partner who will do all the hard work; all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the view.
5) Get up and hike
Anyone who’s been to Korea knows how green the country is. No matter what city you call home, you’ll be sure to find mountains and trails within a few miles. Get up and explore the outdoors and enjoy the workout gear sporadically placed. It’s true, you can hula-hoop or lift weights at various points on your way up or down. If you’re looking for something different, check out Jirisan. There are several trails with varying difficulty and breathtaking views along the way.