Say you’ve finally decided to visit South Korea. You've seen enough dramas, you know enough about the cuisine and their pop culture. Awesome! But have you thought about what you’re going to do when you’re there? Obviously you'll want to hit up Seoul, maybe see a few filming locations from your fave shows, but other than that you're drawing a blank. Well let me tell you, I just got back from a fully guided tour through Korea and I've got some suggestions for you! I came across seven truly unique sights that I can’t imagine I’d see in any other part of the world.

My trip was put together by the Korean Tourism Organization (The KTO) and was lead by Ryan from Good Day Tour. If you want to learn more about taking your own trip I would recommend checking out their website!


1. A cruise ship built atop a mountain


Seoul surely isn’t all that Korea has to offer. My trip took me all the way to the east coast to the city of Jeongdongjin where I spent a night in a freaking yacht constructed on top of a mountain. The building is visually stunning, but unfortunately it isn’t built to sail. The hotel itself is worth a trip to just to bask in its splendor, but if you stay a night, be sure to wake up early for the sunrise. Because it’s on the actual east coastline, I saw the sun rise directly over the sea from a jaw dropping sculpture park.

KTO can tell you more about it here!


2. Ads of your favorite celebrities, literally everywhere

It’s great keeping up with celebs on DramaFever and on social media, but I really enjoyed seeing physical representations of K-stars everywhere I went. To name a few, I saw Yoo Jae Suk selling some sort of vitamin drink, Sarang and her dad from Return of Superman were sitting in a massage chair, and a bunch of idols were on the sides of buses looking stunning. You just don’t get that kind of representation outside of Korea!


3. The famous Royal Palace

My tour guide filled me in on the history behind Seoul’s royal palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace. To keep it short, it’s fascinating. It housed the royal family over 600 years ago, and it has survived to this day despite being burned down, rebuilt, burned down again, and occupied by hostile forces. And now it’s open to the public. It’s amazing that someone like me, a tourist from New York, was able to walk the same brick path that was once reserved for only the highest echelon of Korean society.

Learn more about the palace from KTO here!


4. Romance incarnate at N Seoul Tower

It’s been a longstanding tradition for lovers young and old to visit N Seoul Tower with a lock in hand. When they get to the top, they write their names on the padlock, attach it to a fence, and throw away the key. This way their love will be forever memorialized. It’s such a beautiful expression of true, unending love, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else.It’s become such a popular activity that there are entire sections of the tower devoted to this lovely act. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of Seoul from 775 feet up in the air.

Read more on the Tower from KTO here!


5. Two words: Shrimp King

The entire Myeong-dong Market is full of fantastic treats and exotic sweets, but one cart stands above the rest: Shrimp King. While I didn’t actually try the food (I am a vegetarian, so no meat or seafood), it was there I became known as the Shrimp Prince. If you remember my eventful facebook live tour of the market, I was coronated after I happened across this unassuming food stand. If you’re a fan of me and me alone, fly to Korea and check out the now-famous Shrimp King.

Learn how to visit Shrimp King by checking out the KTO’s guide to Myeong-dong!

Here's my live tour of the market, witness my rise to power at 17:30!

We're checking out the best street food 🍢🍙🥐 Korea has to offer at Seoul's famous Myeongdong Market. What's your favorite late night snack? 😈😇 I'm here thanks to the Korea Tourism Organization on a drama filming location tour! Special shout out to Ryan with Good Day Tour for taking me all around Korea! #KTONY #visitkorea Plan your trip by checking out KTO's site! https://www.facebook.com/koreatourismny/

Posted by DramaFever on Friday, June 9, 2017


6. This beautiful, grotesque thing on Namiseom Island

If you’re an OG K-drama fan, you’ll want to stop by Namiseom Island to see all the filming locations from the all-time classic Winter’s Sonata. But that’s not the only reason to stop by, I found a statue, no, a new friend, on the island that I will never forget. Before you can say, “Oh my Lee Min Ho”  I can guarantee you that you will not find a statue as ugly, yet strangely alluring anywhere else. My tour guide told me it was a traditional folk-beast, the goblin. I think I'll stick with Gong Yoo, thank you very much. 

Check out these Namiseom facts!


7. The Thousand Sunny in Hongdae

This one’s really just a bonus for fans of the greatest comic ever written, One Piece. There’s an actual sea-faring ship in Japan, but the Cafe de One Piece in Hongdae did a pretty amazing job recreating the ship. For big fans, this is nothing less than a public art installation.

Real about the entire district here!


The KTO and my tour guide Ryan really dug deep to take me to a lot of unique and one-of-a-kind experiences when I was in Korea. They expertly crafted a trip that was perfect for me, and they can do the same thing for you. If you’re interested in going to Korea, I can’t recommend Good Day Tour enough. You can book your trip here.