Photo by Kelly West Mars Photography

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Korean "Bucket List"

Being that we're going to be moving back to the states in a little over five months, I'm starting to realize that there's still so much here that I haven't seen or done yet.  So here's my to-do list before we pcs.

1. Bongamsa Temple : A 1,000+ year old Buddhist Temple that is only open to the public, one day a year (on Buddha's birthday).

2. Busan : A beautiful coastal area with all sorts of touristy things to see & do.

3. Palgongsan Provincial Park : A natural park (unlike more of the sculpted garden parks here in Daegu), it's filled hiking trails, temples and giant sculptures of Buddha carved into ledges.

4. Woobang Tower Land : Kinda like Disney World, only smaller.

5. Herb Hillz : An "eco-adventure park." I was there back in December for a photo shoot, and it was freeeeezing! Plus most of the attractions were shut down for winter. 

Pretty cool, huh? :)  Here's a look back at some of the fun things we've been up to in the past 15 months. (You can click on the images to enlarge them).
Pardon the crappy cell phone camera shots.  This was our first experience at a traditional Korean restaurant.
The waitress brings you whatever meat you want (raw) and you grill it up yourself at the in-table grills.
They also provide all sorts of veggies, sauces, salts and spices to add to the meat.  It was incredible and I can't wait to try it again!

My friend, daughter and I went out to lunch, and ended up getting photographed.
A month or so later, we were featured on the front page of a local newspaper!
(I took the picture on the left).

We went to Osan to do Christmas shopping and tried Hoddeok for the 1st time. 
It was so neat to watch and learn how to make it!

Apsan Park - one of our favorite places! This park is so beautiful, has all sorts of walking trails, is filled with beautiful stonework and sculptures, and even has a gorgeous Buddhist temple.

View from the gondola ride up Apsan Mtn.

Chilseong Market
Not so exciting, but taking pictures of miniature dried fish was kinda fun. :)
Downtown Daegu!
Where you can find a Western clown on stilts, cupid, "Sexy Cookie" and
"Drunken Chicken" (sign just out of view), all in one spot.
Seoul! This shot was taken from the 60th floor of the Sky Art Tower.

Seomun Market! This place is pretty awesome. 
All sorts of fabrics, buttons, beads, clothes and purses!


  1. Wow it looks like you all have made some awesome memories and had a lot of fun!!

  2. We have! I would have posted more pictures, but didn't want to go overboard. lol Thanks for commenting! :)