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If you’re planning an adventurous escape to Seoul you’ll likely have exploring historic Bukchon, tasting a pojangmacha, and riding the Gyro Drop on your itinerary.

These are all great choices, and you’ll have a blast. If you’re looking for further inspiration, though, here’s a list of rather unusual activities you can experience in Seoul.

ENJOY* AN AJUMMA SCRUB DOWN

I’ve heard that an ajumma massage is akin to having a small woman scour your skin with a cheese grater before hosing your remaining layers of flesh with a garden hose.

*Okay, so technically “enjoy” was the wrong verb to use here.

WEAR HIS AND HERS OUTFITS

In Korea a couple’s date night is elevated to new realms of sweetness quite unlike anywhere else in the world.

Dress your loved one in an outfit identical to your own, even down to your underwear (yes men will sport lacy pink panties one night a week in the name of love), and head out for one of Korea’s many couple-themed meals.

TAKE PART IN A MUD WRESTLING FESTIVAL

 

Koreans are crazy about cosmetics, so it’s fitting that a local cosmetics company would conceive a festival to promote the region’s therapeutic mud.

Popular with locals, visitors, and expats alike, the Boryeong Mud Festival is worth taking a day trip from Seoul. This is a great way to celebrate summer in Korea.

SAMPLE THE KOREAN DESSERTS AT A LUXURY HOTEL

 

Famed for its string of notable guests like Bill Gates, President George Bush, and Michael Jackson, The Shilla Seoul is one of the best hotels in the city. It also boasts some of the best patbingsoo in Korea.

Patbingsoo or 팥빙수 is a medley of shaved ice combined with condensed milk, ice cream, small rice cakes, and sweetened red beans.

PLAY DONG CHIM

I’ll assume that you’ve never felt the overwhelming desire to clasp your hands together and attempt to insert your index and middle finger into another’s anal region? Well, gird your loins whilst in Korea because both children and adults alike may catch you unaware with a swift poke and a cry of “Ddong chim!” or “poop needle.”

Okay, so maybe the impromptu rectal poking is something to leave to the locals? I’m just letting you know it’s an option.

PARTY GANGNAM STYLE

 

Party hard in Gangnam, the affluent Seoul neighbourhood that rose to fame in Psy’s Gangnam Style song, and have some fun with the wealthy Seoulites that frequent this part of the city.

Koreans know how to live large and are said to consume twice as much alcohol as Russians, so prepare to get messy. Contemplating heading into Gangnam during your stay in Seoul? Here’s a handy guide to surviving the madness.

VISIT THE WORLD’S ONLY KIMCHI MUSEUM

Did you know that there are 187 different varieties of kimchi? Fear not, Seoul has a museum solely dedicated to the Korean staple. Here you can explore the varied ripeness levels and sample water kimchi, cucumber kimchi, and radish kimchi varieties.

Whether you plan to partake in these unusual activities or observe them from the safety of the well-trodden tourist trail, I assure you that your stay in Seoul will offer plenty of opportunity for adventure.

Featured image via CC Flickr by Byoung Wook

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About The Author

Freelance writer and blogger Charli has lived in 6 countries, driven 25,000km across Australia, explored the lush landscapes of Central America and the frigid winters of North America. Currently visiting St Kitts & Nevis she plans to explore the world one country at a time.

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9 Responses

  1. Erin

    I have never been! I haven’t ever been that interested, but it looks like you had a lot of fun. Actually I take that back, there’s no way I want to be near anyone who think DONG CHIM is fun haha.

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  2. Ishlah Fata

    Really want to experience being part in the mud wrestling feztival. Looks fun and amazing. I wish i can make it someday. Thank you for your post here. It makes me really want to visit Korea more and more.

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  3. Katie

    Getting an ajumma scrub down is on my list! I would also add go hiking in neon clothing and have a full meal complete with soup and makgeolli at the top of a mountain!

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