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South Korea is a very beautiful country to visit throughout the whole seasons. Visiting tourist hot spots for your perfect Instagram posts is just plain normal. How about we spice it up with some locations of unique, extreme and crazy activities you can do in Korea?
Visiting Nami Island is a must to do in Korea. Instead of taking the ferry, take a Zip wire to the island. The Nami Skyline ZipWire is run by ZipRider. The zipline is over 3,000 feet and it goes over the lake from Gapyeong dock to Nami Island.
It only takes around a minute to get to the island using the zip line. This activity was even featured as one of the missions in an episode of Running Man China - Hurry Up, Brother!
#HHWT Tip: Why not do this in winter??
Address: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Operating hours: Daily; 9am-6pm (Subject to weather conditions)
Directions: Accessible via ITX Gapyeong station. Take a taxi to the Gapyeong’s dock.
Fee: 38,000 won (inclusive of entrance to Nami Island and return ferry ride)
2. Walk on tempered glass at Jeongseon Sky Walk
Take a walk on tempered glass and have an aerial view of the Korean peninsula accompanied by the streams of Donggang River.
Credit : sleepyincheongju
The zip line in Jeongseon is the steepest zip line in all of Asia (3,900 feet). This location was featured in the Korean famous variety show, 2 Days 1 Night!
Credit: zipriderAddress: 225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday; 10 am to 6 pm (subject to weather conditions)
Directions: From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus. Take a shuttle bus to Arii Hills Resort shuttle bus at the large parking lot of Arii Hills behind the terminal. Alternatively, take a taxi from Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal.
Fee:40,000 won (Zipline)
3. Walk on the seas of Busan at Oryukdo Skywalk
If the river view isn't your thing, why not walk onto the seas of Busan at Oryukdo Skywalk?
Credit: panoramioAddress: 137, Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
Operating hours: Daily; 9.00am-6.00pm (1 hour extension in the summer)
Directions: From Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10. Take bus 27 near Exit 10. Get off at Oryukdo SK View Humun (Backgate) Bus Stop. (25 stops)
4. Ride the T-Express Rollercoaster (Everland)
This is South Korea's first wooden roller coaster in Everland theme park. It is also crowned as world's fourth steepest wooden roller coaster.
Credit: Jeremy Thompson via Wikimedia Commons
Don't think it's that scary? Maybe this video will convince you otherwise?
Credit: 에버랜드 withEverland#HHWT Tip: Spending the whole day at Everland? Don’t worry, a prayer room is located next to Mystery Mansion.
Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Operating hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm (Operating hours vary by day of week so do check the official website before visiting)
Directions: Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin EverLine), Exit 3. Take the shuttle bus to Everland (operating hours 5.30pm-11.30pm).
Fee: One-day Ticket: Adults 52,000 won, Night Ticket (after 5PM): Adults 43,000 won
5. Try out the Cheongpung Land Bungee Jump
This theme park owns the highest bungee jump location in Korea, with a 62metres drop!
Credit: @l.2405 on Instagram
They also own Korea’s first-ever Ejection Seat, and ‘Big Swing,’ where you can experience zero gravity.
Credit: @sohee1112 on Instagram
Let's just say that this might not be suitable for the novice jumper?
Address: 6, Cheongpungho-ro 50-gil, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Operating hours: March & November: 10:00-17:00, April-July, September-October: 10:00-18:00, Late July-August: 10:00-19:00
Directions: From Jecheon Intercity Bus Terminal, turn right. Walk 50m and turn right onto the small street (Family mart on your left). Walk 150m and turn left to the bus stop in front of Tongyang Securities Building. Take buses 950, 952, 953, 960, 961, 962, 970, 971, 980 or 982 to Cheongpung. (40min)
Fee: Bungee Jump: 40,000 won, Cable Coaster: 30,000 won, Ejection Seat: 20,000 won, Big Swing: 18,000 won
6. Zombify yourself at the Zombie Run Festival
If you watched Train to Busan, you'll know what kind of zombie you're going to face off?
Credit: Zombie Run Korea on Facebook
Each player will be given 3 flags; you must protect at least 1 flag until you reach the finish line. The basic course will be a 3km run and needs to be completed in 90 minutes. This run is also held outside Korea.
Date: 29-30 October 2016, 4pm
Venue: Seoulland, 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Fee: Normal mode: 36,000 won / Hell mode: 56,000 won
7. Scary yourself silly at the Haunted House in Lotte World
Theme parks in Korea will organize a special Halloween theme for the parks in October. The Haunted House of Lotte World is a 3D theatre where you can experience a heavy rainstorm and strong wind when you walk into an old house.
Credit : dearbarbie23#HHWT Tip: Check out the Gyro drop (a 70m free fall drop) while you're there!
Credit: APinkTheBestAddress: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday 09:30-22:00 *closing time may vary for each day
Fee: The Haunted House requires a separate fee of 3000 won, alongside the admittance fee to the park; 1 Day Pass - Adults 48,000 won / Teens 42,000 won / Children 38,000 won / Infants 12,000 won, After 7pm - Adults 17,000 won / Teenagers 15,000 won / Children 13,000 won
8. Test your courage at the Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, Gyeonggi
This is the real deal. It might be the craziest on the the list. Gonjiam is a former mental hospital, with locals come here to catch a glimpse of the dead? The exterior is spooky enough for us!
The hospital was abandoned after a series of mysterious deaths.
Directions: You seriously want to go here? Then drive or take a bus to Gonjiam city from Seoul. Here are the Google coordinates: 37.362433, 127.33474
9. Take the spicy food challenge
Now, we all know that Koreans love spicy food! The word spicy is always found in their local cuisine- spicy tteobokki, spicy stir fried squid, spicy jjampong etc. The viral videos of people taking the instant spicy ramyeon challenge is proof of their love for all things spicy. There's even a sign which shows the number of people who couldn't the heat and fainted at one of the famous spicy JJampong restaurants!
Credit: cavinteo#HHWT Tip: The halal version of the Samyang Spicy Ramyeon is only available outside of Korea. The packaging comes with the Halal KMF (Korea Muslim Federation) logo, so do check before purchasing!
You can also try out the spicy halal dakgalbi at Nami Ok when you visit Nami Island! Be sure to ask the staff to add more scoops of the spicy sauce?
Address: 786-2 Eupnae-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (경기도 가평군 가평읍 읍내리 786-2)
Operating hours: 9:00 – 18:00Directions: 15 min drive from Nami Island’s Ferry Dock. Please take a taxi.
Price: 10,000 Won – 18,000 Won
So... Are you up to these challenges? Let us know in the comments below??
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