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The (in)definitive Jeju Bucket ListThings to do before you leave this rock
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There is enough here to keep you occupied for a month of Sundays so plenty of ideas to take away and germinate before you plan Jeju adventures of your own.

From battling monsters of the deep, to flashing passing seamen, to sharing a beer with your favorite village grandfather, there are ample ways to test your mettle as the winter descends and the days shorten. On the other hand, just go for a bowl of gogi guksu or do a shift in the local CU Mart.

Why not choose a handful and see how many you have done by next year? Good luck!

1) Witness Jeju United win the K League Classic (Simon Edmunds)

2) Learn ceramics from a Jeju master (2-6 Vika Safarian)

3) Get phenomenally good at yoga, taught by Reike, a Korean master

4) Attend Buddhist sunset service at least once a week

5) Paint my car with Jeju scenery on it

6) See the sunrise from Seongsan Ilchulbong

7) Climb a real rock on Jeju’s dry riverbeds with Jeju’s “dirtbag climbers” (7-9 John Burgman)

8) Drink a pint of delicious stout or pilsner at Boris’ Brewery

9) Get down and dirty at a kimjang making kimchi

10) Swim naked in the Yellow Sea (10-16 Tom Summers)

11) Stand in the eye of a typhoon on Suwolbong, overlooking Chagwido

12) Drive the southern coastal road, waves crashing on your car, in a typhoon

13) Survive a blizzard on Mt. Halla

14) Have a morning battle with an octopus before eating it for breakfast with a bottle of soju.

15) Eat a fresh sora (turban conch) straight out of the sea

16) Outdrink the principal at a school dinner

17) Have a BBQ on Hyeopjae Beach and watch the sunset (Kaye Miles)

18) Get hassled by the man for being out in the surf when it is “too dangerous” (Isaac Bettis)

19) Night-hike on Yongnuni Oreum and lie in the crater filled with moonlight! (Eun-young Lydia Park)

20) Participate in a Jeju Furey beach volleyball event (20-21 Troy MacLellan)

21) Paraglide off Darangshi Oreum on a warm, sunny and slightly breezy day

22) Dive like a haenyeo (22-27 Olive Ocampo)

23) Get lost in a Halla forest in spring

24) Learn Jeju dialect

25) View sunrise and sunset from Mt. Halla

26) Climb Mt. Halla in winter

27) Travel around Jeju on a bicycle

28) Go swimming at Donnaeko (28-29 Jonny Richardson)

29) Climb Mt. Halla at night

30) Dive into a sea of phosphorescent bacteria by moonlight at Oedolgae (30-34 Ptolemy Barnes)

31) Try not to retreat from the blazing inferno at the fire festival

32) Eat hoddeok (Korean-style pancake) at Dongmun Market

33) Snorkel at Biyangdo

34) Skype my parents from the top of Mt. Halla (where there is wi-fi, apparently)

35) Win a horse race (35-44 Seonyoung Kim)

36) Do the penguin swim in January

37) Watch the full moon at Darangshi Oreum during Chuseok

38) Camp at Gwaneumsa in heavy snow

39) Do midnight squid fishing

40) Have a sand bath at Samyang Beach as black sand is good for neuralgia

41) Get stung by a jellyfish and then romanced by a sexy paramedic

42) Visit gotjawal after sunset to see the fireflies

43) Walk all 21 Olle courses

44) Make a ganse rag doll

45) Surf at Jungmun before a typhoon (45-53 Sonya Kim)

46) Gather wild bracken in the spring with Jeju halmang (grandmothers)

47) Ride a horse on the beach

48) Pick Jeju tangerines

49) Stay at a guesthouse and drink with total strangers

50) Go to Mt. Sanbang and drink its spring water

51) Go dolphin-watching on a yacht

52) Go to the Yellowtail Fish Festival and catch a fish with my bare hands

53) Sledding at Mabangmokji in heavy snow

54) Wear a hanbok to the park during Chuseok and pose for pictures with Chinese tourists (Wanda Wynn)

55) Be a scooter delivery guy for one day - No helmet, no speed limit, no rules! (55-57 Steve Tessaniar)

56) Talk about the past, present and future with a group of Korean War Veterans over a beer

57) Swim into a Jeju tangerine sunset, be picked up by a fishing boat and spend the night at sea

58) Try Jeju raw horse meat (58-66 Kristen Bialik)

59) Eat raw squid by Seogwipo harbor

60) Take a ferry to a surrounding island

61) Have a kimbap picnic by a waterfall

62) Learn how to scuba dive or surf

63) Check out the surfing competition at Jungmun Beach

64) Go for a submarine ride in Seogwipo

65) Invest in some Korean-style neon hiking gear and test it out on Halla

66)
Watch haenyeo in the shadow of Seongsan Ilchulbong, or Sunrise Peak

67) Run the Jeju coastal road stopping at random guesthouses (67-73 Darren Southcott)

68) Clandestinely scale Halla’s slopes through dense woodland and riverbeds

69) Listen to stories of Jeju’s history with village elders over some pork and soju

70) Become Jeju Island’s “Swampy,” stopping any new airport construction

71) Feel the volcanic rumblings of Mt. Halla (as long as they remain rumblings)

72) Witness the full force of the Hancheon river after a typhoon

73) Work the weekend graveyard shift in the City Hall CU Mart

74) Learn Chinese and translate a Jeju life book for Chinese residents in Jeju (74-77 Kim Jinmi)

75) Write a novel in Jeju dialect

76) Make a music video with Jeju grandfathers and grandmothers in Jeju dialect

77) Publish a book of photos taken at 100 locations by 100 people in Jeju

78) Play the piano for everyone at the staff-less Noeul Undeok on Jeju City Coastal Road (78-79 Bogyeong Kim)

79) Enjoy gogi guksu at Jamae Guksu on “Noodle Street”

80) Spend the night at a cottage in Jeju Stone Park (80-83 Kim, Dong Yun)

81) Walk all the Olle courses

82) Build a beautiful new beach house

83) Walk in an autumnal woodland and enjoy the cool breeze

84)
Take a random rural road and hike up an unknown oreum
(Taylor Scaggs)

85) Try all of the patbingsu on the island (85-91 David Hollis)

86) Camp on the beach and wake up to the sound of the waves

87)
Run from Seogwipo to Jeju City and then jump into the sea at Iho

88) Make my own galot outfit

89) Witness a village shamanic rite

90) See sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong and sunset at Mara-do

91) Spend a weekend in Seoul speaking only Jeju dialect

92)
Swim in Oedo cold pool and share a makgeolli with the owner
(92-93 Matt Harris)

93) Eat Jeju haejangguk (far better than the mainland stuff)

94) Own a beachside cafe and play the guitar all day (94-99 Ko Eun Young)

95) Meet Captain Clean and clean a beach for the day

96) Stay at one of Jeju’s five-star hotels

97) Cruise to China on one of Jeju’s luxury cruises

98) Write a story for The Jeju Weekly

99) Host couch surfers and show them Jeju’s sights

100) Understand Jeju (Anonymous)

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