Seoul Grand Zoo | Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

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Seoul Grand Zoo is the biggest zoo in South Korea. Open to the public since 1984, Seoul Grand Zoo is a part of Seoul Grand Park and includes an amusement park, a museum of modern art, a rose garden, and a separate children’s zoo.

Home to lions, rhinos, tigers, flamingos, meerkats, parrots, and many other species, the zoo’s large open spaces aim to give animals as much room and freedom as possible.

How to get there:

Subway: Seoul Grand Park Station (line 4), Shuttle bus to the art museum and upper park entrance. 

Admission Fees

Type Adult (19-64) Youth (13-18) Child (5-12)
Individual 5,000 won 3,000 won 2,000 won
Groups 3,500 won 2,100 won 1,400 won

Notes:

  • Children under the age of 5 get free entry
  • Seniors: 65 and older get free entry
  • 30% discount for groups of at least 30 people

 

Summer season (Mar~Oct) : 09:00~19:00
Winter season (Nov ~Feb) : 09:00~18:00

 

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Seoul Land is Korea’s first theme park, with a beautiful scenery surrounded by Cheonggyesan Mountain. Seoulland has an area called ‘World Square’ where one can glimpse traditional architecture and folk items from all over the world. You can view the traditional Korea at Samcheonri Hill, the western frontier at Model Land, and Fantasy Land.About 300,00sqm of the park is dedicated to green space!

There are five theme based areas that make up Seoulland: Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land, Fantasy Land, World Plaza, and Samuchili Hill (Thousand Mile Hill); withthin them there are over 40 rides and a variety of rollercoasters such as Space Cruise, Black Hole 2000, Galaxy Train, Rapid Current Ride, Magic Carpet, as well as Adventure Theater, Movie Theater, Story Land, and many more. It may be smaller than Everland, but closer to Seoul with smaller queues.

A special kids zone contains height-based attractions such as Mini Viking, Frog Hopper, a Merry-Go-Round, and other thrills for those under 130cm. A large coin-operate arcade called “Game Zone” is also sure to be a hit with shoot-em-up games and opportunities to win large, plushy prizes.

The pride of Seoulland is  its unique evening LED Laser Lights Show held during the evening and its many seasonal festivals offered throughout the year. The Tulip Festival is held April-May; the Starlight Rose Festival July-August; the Chrysanthemum Festival September- October; and the Snow Light Festival from December-February.

We really like the variety of dining options here, its a good mix between familiar franchises and cafes as well as park-operated theme restaurants. Within the park’s walls you can find two Lotteria locations and a Cafe Bene. Three traditional Korean food restaurants, a Indian food cafe, and fast-food American and Japanese too.

 

Ticket Adult Youth Child Etc
Admission
Day-time
20,000
17,000
15,000
Free admission is allowed to infants under 36 months. Please bring a valid ID or valid documents for verification.
Night-time
18,000
15,000
13,000
One day pass
Day-time
40,000
37,000
34,000
Admission + unlimited free use of all attractions
(except experiential facilities/ coin facilities/
special exhibitions/ special performances)
Night-time
33,000
30,000
27,000
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As part of the KRA’s mission to promote horse racing and the livestock industry, it has been committed to the preservation of the Korean native pony, which is designated as the National Monument No. 347. There are three different LetsRun Park in South Korea in Jeju, Gwacheon, and Busan.

LetsRun Park Jeju is equipped with one sand track. The circumference of the race track is 1,600 meter, and 20m in width. It has two grandstands accommodating 6,400 racing fans and the stable area can have more than 500 ponies. The Park has lots of attractions that capture people’s notice. Its features include horse zoological garden where visitors can see various breeds of horses from one of the smallest horses “Shetland Pony” to one of the biggest horses Clydesdale which weighs about one ton, children’s pony riding where people can experience the joy of riding and a “luck” theme house where people can see the symbols of fortune from all over the world. The racing days are on Friday and Saturday.

LetsRun Park in Gwacheon was previously an Equestrian Park for the 1988 Summer Olympics. There are 2 sand tracks. The circumference of both the inner and outer track is 1,600m and 1,900m respectively. Both are 23m in width and widen to 30m in the home straight to accommodate a 450m run to the winning post. There are 2 grandstands in this LetsRun Park. Happy Ville can accommodate 35,000 people and Lucky Ville 42,000 people. Both grandstands are equipped with various facilities for the convenience of racing fans. There are 2 stable areas, Juam Stable Area houses about 700 horses and Sampo Stable Area houses about 600 horses. The Family Park is the park area inside the racetrack where visitors to the Seoul LetsRun Park can enjoy its many features including rose gardens, children’s pony riding, racing simulation machines and depending on the season, either wading pools in summer or skating rinks in winter. The Racing Days are on Saturday and Sunday.

LetsRun Park Busan opened in September 2005. There are three sand tracks in the park. The circumference of inner and outer race tracks is 1,470m and 2,000m respectively, and 25m in width. Training track is 1,300m in length and 20m in width. The home straight has a 460m run to the winning post. There is 1 grandstand which accommodates 15,000 people and is equipped with various facilities for the convenience of racing fans. The stable area can accommodate about 1,000 horses. The Horse Theme & Riding Park is the area of the park where visitors will be able to enjoy its many features that horse-related exhibition and experience facilities. Currently, the features include children’s pony riding, racing simulation machines, children’s multi-entertainment area and the four season sled hill, which can be used in all seasons. The Racing Days are on Friday and Sunday.

Opening Hours for LetsRun Park Jeju:

Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

 

Opening Hours for LetsRun Park Busan:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

 

Opening Hours for LetsRun Park Gwacheon:

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 6 pm

 

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Located near Seoul’s ever evolving Gangnam, Cheonggyesan helps residents and visitors rise above modernity and appreciate the simplicity of past generations.

Access this mountain by going to Yangjae Station on orange line 3 and take exit 5. From there jump on bus 8441, 8442, or 4432. If you’re looking for a more scenic route, Cheonggyesan is perfect for that.

Hiking Routes

  • Course 1: Wonteogol Entrance → Wonteogol Yaksuteo (mineral spring) → Kkalttakgogae Ridge → Heliport → Maebong Peak (3km / 1 hr 20 min)
  • Course 2: Wonteogol Entrance → Cheongaesa Temple → Gilmajae Pavilion → Maebong Peak (2.7km / 1hr)
  • Course 3: Cheonggyegol Entrance → Cheonggyegol Yaksuteo (mineral spring) → Gilmajae Pavilion → Heliport → Maebong Peak (2.13km / 1 hr)
  • Course 4: Gaenarigol Entrance → Ongnyeobong Peak → Santokki Ongdalsaem → Heliport → Maebong Peak (4.32km / 2 hr 10 min)
  • Course 5: Yangjae Truck Terminal → Ongyeobong Peak → Heliport → Maebong Peak (4.7km / 2 hr 20 min)
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The aT Center is a newly manufactured convention center that takes conference and event venues to a whole new level. This center caters to not only exhibitions but also conferences, meetings, shows, networking and business events, while providing modern technology in a user-friendly atmosphere so that all visitors and hosts can have a pleasant experience. But most importantly, the aT Center staff provide an instantaneous interpretation service, so that attendees can communicate although they may be from Korea, or abroad.

It also provides an audio, visual and sound system, storage and a trading information desk. There are five facilities available for lease, including three conference rooms and two exhibition halls. Nearby, there are a few hotels, cafes and restaurants for visitors’ leisure.

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The Seoul Arts Center houses an Opera house, Concert Hall, Art Gallery, Calligraphy Museum, and Performance Theater where you can enjoy a variety of performance and exhibitions. It can house more than 6,000 people and also includes a cafe, restaurants, record shop, art shop, flower shop, jewelry shop, and nursing room.

The Calligraphy Hall is a great place for foreigners to visit because it houses a large collection of well-preserved Chinese Characters. The entire plot of the complex encompasses 276,800 square yards and has a free outdoor space where people can relax and enjoy many events and shows.

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Made up of five main buildings, the Seoul Arts Center is said to be one of the ten best art centers worldwide. The Opera House, the Music Hall, the Hangaram Art Museum, the Hangaram Design Museum and the Calligraphy Art Museum lets both music and art lovers alike enjoy multiple interests in one place.

A variety of artistic performances and exhibitions are offered throughout the year. Not only does the SAC promote Korean art and culture, but it also links Korea with the international art scene.

Also, try visiting SAC’s fountain plaza or one of their many cafes and restaurants. The outdoor space offers a relaxing place for both locals and tourists to rest.

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Located within the Samsung Electronics building in Seocho-dong, Seoul, Samsung d’light is a global exhibition space that showcases the latest product lineup by Samsung Electronics.

The name d’light combines the words ‘digital’ and ‘light’ to correlate with the company’s vision of being ‘a guiding light to the digital world’ and sharing the excitement and delight of digital technology through interaction with visitors. The ‘d’ also carries with it the connotation of ‘dynamic,’ ‘dream,’ and ‘diversity.’

The three-storied exhibition space is not merely a display of electronic products, but a space of interaction that allows visitors to experience new life patterns through state-of-the-art digital technology categorized by theme. It is comprised of the digital lounge & shop (B1F), the mobile plaza (1F), and global gallery (2F) that features hands-on activities.

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Vaunce Trampoline Park is a great place to enjoy time with friends and family. With several locations around Korea, this park allows you to jump around all day just for fun or to relieve stress on rows and rows of trampolines. Suitable for kids and adults alike, the park offers additional recreational activities such as basketball and dodgeball, which you can, of course, enjoy while you bounce around.

At Vaunce Trampoline Park, you can pay just for an hour or two of fun – or, for those who want to go all out, the park’s spaces are also available for parties and other events!

 

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Tucked away in Seoul’s southern end, Gwanaksan seems like another world with it’s natural beauty and views within a bustling metropolitan city. Near Seoul Grand Park and Seoul National University, Gwanaksan also has some restaurants that you can visit post-hike and enjoy some food and even some maekkgeolli.

Gwanaksan also boasts barrier-free trails, designed with wheelchairs and prams in mind, the trails consist of boardwalks that maintain mild gradients at most to allow everyone to comfortably enjoy the outdoors.   

Hiking Course

  • Course 1 (4.5km, 140min): Gwaneumsa Temple Ticket Box → Dwaejibawi Rock → Yeonjudae
  • Course 2 (1.4km, 30min): 1st Square → Acacia Dongsan Hill → Ogyucheon → Sujung Dongsan Hill → 4th Campground
  • Course 3 (2km, 80min): 4th Campground → Yeonjusaem Spring → 3rd Ggalddak Hill → Yeonjuam Rock → Yeonjudae
  • Course 4 (0.9km, 15min): 4th Campground → Yongcheonsu → Jeolgu Mineral Spring → Samgeori (3-way Jun.) → Muneomi Hill
  • Course 5 (1.9km, 65min): 2nd Square → Royal Azalea Dongsan Hill → Samakjeong → Samgeori (3-way Jun.) → Ggalddak Hill
  • Course 6 (0.8km, 25min): Royal Azalea Dongsan Hill → 2nd Ggalddak Hill → 4th Campground
  • Course 7 (2.8km, 70min): Senior’s Zone → Dolsan → Yongamcheon → Gukgibong → 1st Campground
  • Course 8 (1.5km, 55min): Hwalteo → 3rd Campground → 2nd Campground → 1st Campground
  • Course 9 (1.4km, 50min): Samseongsan Mt. → Seongji (Holy Land) → Samho Mineral Spring → Songam Mineral Spring → 1st Campground
  • Course 10 (1.2km, 40min): Samgeori Mineral Spring → Geobukbawi Rock → Sammaksa Temple
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Found alongside the Han River, Banpo Hangang Park is best known for providing stunning views of the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain.

Banpo Hangang Park is a popular spot during the warmer months for both locals and expats alike who picnic and watch the water light show. The on-site facilities include a playground, in-line skating track, soccer field, and basketball court.

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Jeongneung Royal Tomb is the tomb of Queen Sindeok (神德王后, 1356-1396), of the Gang family. She was the second lawful wife of the founder King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty.

When Queen Sindeok died suddenly, King Taejo chose this site as her royal tomb. After burying her, he chose a spot right next to his late wife’s grave for his own burial ground in the future.

 

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Parnas Mall is a trendy shopping mall based on a new concept in that brings together art, culture, and shopping. It is located in the underground level of the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Hotel.

Parnas is also directly connected to Samseong Station, COEX Mall, a casino, and Hyundai Department Store.

Transcending the traditional notions of shopping malls, where products are merely purchased, Parnas Mall features elegant brands alongside artistic spaces and events, such as the Design Walk, media art exhibitions, and daily music concerts. Parnas Mall delivers endless new experiences for its visitors and provides a distinctive shopping space.

 

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The Ultimate mystery of nature unfold in the urban city, indulge in the unique sensation! Coex Aquarium is the domestic best marine theme park where you can enjoy learning about the marine education.

Exhibitions Include:

  • Deep Blue Sea Tunnel
  • Garden of Korea
  • Fish In Wonderland
  • Amazonia World
  • Marine Touch Lab
  • Penguin’s Playground
  • Living Reef Gallery

How To Get There

Subway Line No.2 Samsung station
Coming from the subway, use exit five or six connected to the Coex Mall.
Follow the Coex sign and you will come out at Millennium Plaza with the Coex Mall entrance in the back of the plaza.
Subway Line No.7 Cheongdam station
Take exit two and walk straight for about 15 minutes.
You will pass Bongeun Temple on your right and soon after that you will see the Coex Complex on the right side.
You can enter through North Gate.

Fees

Type Adult Youth Child
Individual 22,000won 19,000won 16,000won
Disabled 16,500won 13,000won 9,000won
  • Each parent can accompany only one infant (under 47month) with free admission
  • Group admission is applied to groups of 20 people or more.
    Tel. 02-6002-6312
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Seven Luck Casino opened casinos in three different locations in South Korea.

Seven Luck Casino located in Gangbuk Millennium Seoul Hilton boasts extraordinary class and convenience with its wide space and sophisticated interior. Located near famous hotels, tourist attractions and cultural sites with a long history, enabling you to enjoy not only the casino but also the political, economic and cultural aspects of Korea.

Seven Luck Casino Busan located in Busan Lotte, allow you to enjoy exciting games, movies at the cinema alleys in the world-famous Nampo-dong and Gwangbok-dong and the panoramic view of the ocean from Haeundae and Gwangalli.

Finally, Seven Luck located in the heart of Gangnam in the Gangnam COEX provides state of the art facilities and tasteful oriental atmosphere for all our guests. The Casino is situated at the fabulous location very near Coex center, top-notch hotels, duty-free shops, large-scale movie theaters, department stores and numerous entertainment facilities.

The Casinos propose games such as:

  • Baccarat
  • Black Jack
  • Roulette
  • Tai Sai
  • Three Card Poker
  • Casino War
  • Machine Games
  • Electronic Table Game
  • Caribbean Stud Poker
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COEX is a huge complex that houses a mall, conference center, movie theatre, library, dozens of local and international brands, and various restaurants within its facilities.

Starfield COEX is an underground mall and entertainment center in the Gangnam district of Seoul. It is one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia. Starfield, opened in 1979, offers dozens of brands, a huge library, a cineplex, and even an aquarium.

The conference center of COEX center offers various expos, exhibitions, and conferences each month for both the local and expat community in Seoul. Events such as the International Seafood Show, Cosmobeauty Seoul, and Coffee Expo have taken place at COEX center.

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Previously known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple is located north of the COEX building in Gangnam. The temple was constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794) and then refurbished and renamed Bongeunsa temple later on.

Originally located near the royal mausoleum, Bongeunsa Temple was transferred to its current location during Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign. 3,479 Buddhist scriptures, including the works of Kim Jeong-hee, are stored here.

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Take your singing skills outside of the shower! A Korean favorite, noraebang gives visitors a private space for friends to enjoy each other’s singing talents! Kpop and Coldplay fans can enjoy Noraebang with English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese songs available. A highly recommended noraebang among foreigners is the Luxury Su Noraebang in Hongdae.

You can find the phone number of the other Noreabang on the website of Luxury Su Noraebang. The phone number indicated is the one for the Luxury Su Noraebang of Hongdae.

**Bonus: click on this link to read about Noraebang Etiquette!

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The Camarata Music Company presents the classic story of the “Wizard of Oz” to the people of Korea in this live musical performance. Watch as Dorothy and her new friends navigate their lives, make important decisions, and fight an evil with together. This is a classic childhood story many have heard of and is now being presented as a musical for all to see. Tickets are 25,000 won in advance, 35,000 won at the door (Children 8 and under 20,000 in advance). Seating is general admission. There are no assigned seats, so please arrive early to have the best choice in seats. Run time: approximately 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

Dates:

May 26, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM; May 27, 4:00 PM; June 2, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM; June 3, 4:00 PM; June 9, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM; June 10, 4:00 PM

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Ultra Korea is one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in South Korea with the hottest DJs playing the best music. Every year, Ultra Korea has a great lineup which you can check out on their website along with ticket prices. It is a three-day event that takes place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. There are three phases throughout the festival with the best DJs and artists. If you want to find out more about which artists are performing, then check out their social media accounts to stay updated.

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Also known as Jamsil Olympic Stadium, the Seoul Olympic Stadium was built for the 1988 Summer Olympics but now is a multi-purpose stadium. It holds a capacity of 69,950 people and is located by the southeast side of the Han River. It has housed some of the biggest sporting events in Korea in the past, such as the 10th Asian Games. The sports facilities within the stadium include a swimming pool and gymnasium, among other things. Though the stadium was originally built to host big sporting events,  it is now used often for concerts. Events like Ultra Korea, and performances by artists such as Exo and BTS have been held here.

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Garak Fish Market or Garak-dong Agricultural Market is an extensive farmers fish market in the neighborhood of Garak-dong in Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea. In this wild setup, more than 100,000 people visit this market a day. There are different sections in the market for seafood, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

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Canon Korea’s first flagship store, where you can see all of Canon’s optical products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, lenses and photo printers. Also featuring an art gallery and electronics store located in Apgujeong.

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Located past Yongsan station, The National Museum of Korea is the flagship museum of Korean history and art, as well as being the largest museum in South Korea. The museum houses precious Korean cultural assets that display the story of Korea’s history, all the way from the ancient era to now.

Be sure to check out the museum grounds with many environmentally friendly and beautiful rest areas.

Exhibition Hall Information 
Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery on F1
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, mainly masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are on display. (10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, The Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Proto-Three Kingdom Era, Goguryu Kingdom Era, Baekje Kingdom Era, Gaya Kingdom Era, Unified Silla Kingdom Era, Balhae Kingdom Era)

Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery on F1
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme, including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to the Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges, Traditional Ideologies, Society & Eeconomy, Kings & Nations, Documents, Epigraph, Maps, Hangeu, Printing)

Calligraphy and Painting Gallery on F2
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room, Paintings Room, Buddhist Paintings Room, Wood & Lacquer Room)

Donations Gallery
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room, Donated Cultural Assets Room, Kim Jong-Hak Room, Yu Gang-Yeol Room, Bak Yeong-Suk Room, Choi Yeong Do Room, Bak Byeong Rye Room, Kaneko Room, Yu Chang-Jong Room, Hachiuma Room, Yi U-Chi Room)

Sculpture and Crafts Gallery on F3
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room, Metal Crafts Room, Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain, Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi, Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)

Asia Gallery on F3
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea’s neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room, Central Asia Room, China Room, Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room, Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room, Japan Room)

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What The Book? is an insightful space for foreigners to purchase English books in Itaewon, Seoul. Since 2003, What The Book? has promised a comfortable atmosphere and wide selection of books for expat buyers looking for a new read.

They also provide an online website that makes shopping for foreign books easy, with English speaking staff to help the buyer with any of their concerns or questions.

However, nothing beats a trip to the bookstore, where customers can browse the books they would like to buy while sipping on coffee or espresso, creating the “homely” feel that What The Book? prides themselves to provide. What The Book? also guarantees the lowest prices for foreign books in South Korea.

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Operated by Lotte Group, Lotte World is a major recreational centre which houses the world’s largest indoor theme park – Lotte World Adventure. Lotte World also houses an outdoor amusement park called ‘Magic Island’, next to Seokchonhosu lake.

Built on an artificial island, Lotte World is linked by monorails, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, Korean folk museum, sport facilities and even a movie theatre.

Lotte World Adventure consists of four main floors, each housing different rides and facilities.

Open all year around, Lotte World is the perfect place to take family and friends no matter the season.

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Located in Dongjak-gu, Noryangjin Fish Market is one of Korea’s largest seafood markets. The market opened in 1927 and was at first located next to Seoul Station. It was only in 1971 that the market moved to the new location in Dongjak-gu.

Open day and night, the Noryangjin Fish Market is a visit appropriate for any time! Experience seafood auctions in the early morning hours and test indulge yourself in some very fresh fish at restaurants located above the market, you may order something that is still crawling on your plate!

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Paper Muse is a foreign fashion magazine boutique in Itaewon, Seoul, that stocks various art and culture magazines for fashion enthusiasts. Paper Muse may be tucked away in Itaewon’s side streets but is worth a visit for fans of fashion. The shop sells a variety of varying issues, including the latest Vogue, frankie, Pin-Up, Kinfolk, Cereal and i-d.

Paper Muse also provides an online shop for those wishing to purchase, however fees and shipping may apply. Keep a lookout for any flash sales on their Instagram and webpage.

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Spend a rainy day relaxing with family and friends at the Jjimjilbang. Improve your circulation with a soak in the hot bath followed by a quick dip in the cold bath. Or reenergize your body and skin by soaking in a Salt Bath or Loess Bath. With restaurants and game rooms, these jjimjilbangs are sure to keep the crowd entertained for the whole day, at a great price! The most popular jjimjilbang among westerners is the Dragon Hill Spa.

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Lotte World Aquarium is a newly opened aquarium in Seoul. The visitors can experience 55,000 diverse marine organisms of 650 species. They have marine animals like the beluga whale, penguins and sea lions for people of all ages to enjoy.

  • 13 Themes in Five Oceans of the World: Encounter the marine animals in various theme zones where the oceans from all over the world are realized
  • Walking Along the Ecosystem: Experience the wonders of nature by walking along the flow of the ecosystem
  • A Vivid Place for Learning: 14 education programs where you interact with the animals, the largest program offered in Korea
  • Ecosystem presentations: Listen to the different ecosystems that surround the different animals they have

How to get there

Subway Line No.2 and 8 Jamsil Station

– Coming from the subway, use exit one connected to Lotte World

Fees

Type Adult Youth Child
Individual 29,000won 27,000won 25,000won
  • Children: 36 months ~ 12 years old
  • Teenagers: 13 years old ~ 18 years old
  • Seniors: 65 and older (must present senior discount card or identification card)
  • Infants under 0~36 months are free to enter the Aquarium. (Except group visitors)
  • * 1 infant per 1 adult is free to enter

 

Have you seen the marine animals at Lotte World Aquarium? Tell us about it in the reviews!

 

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Aqua Planet 63 is a small aquarium located in the heart of Seoul. Aqua Planet aims to demonstrate a variety of marine ecosystems not seen in everyday life, teach the value of marine culture and suggest “ecosystem preservation”.

Colorful fish, adorable otters, waddling penguins and dancing seals are some of the majestic marine animals that can be seen in this wonder-filled small aquarium.

  • Feeding times: See some of your favorite aquatic animals being fed
  • Synchronized swimmers: Witness the seals of Aqua Planet 63 perform their fun swim routine
  • Meet Mermaids: Watch the mermaids of Aqua Planet 63 swim

How to get here:

Subway

  • Line 1 Daebang Station
    • Exit 6, free shuttle bus stop, 40M towards Yeouido
    • Exit 6, Bus number 62
  • Line 5 Yeoinaru Station
    • Exit 4, free shuttle bus stop, 80M toward MBC
    • Exit 1, Bus number 5534, 5633, 261, and 8360
  • Line 5 Yeouido Station
    • Exit 5, free shuttle bus stop in front of Sungmo Hospital bus station
    • Exit 5, bus number 62
  • Line 9 Saetgang Station
    • Exit 1, free shuttle bus stop 10M towards Yeouido Station, in front of the bus station

Bus

  • Blue Bus 362 (Okeumdong Yeouido)
  • Blue Bus 261 (JangwidongYeouido)
  • Green Bus 5633 (NoeunsadongYeouido Full Gospel Church)
  • Green Bus 7611 (Hongeundong Yeouido)
  • Green Bus 5534 (Haandong Yeouido)
  • Yellow Bus 62

 

Fees

Type Adult Youth Child
Individual 25,000won 23,000won 21,000won
  • Children: 36 months ~ 13 years old
  • Teenagers: 14 years old ~ 19 years old
  • Seniors: 65 and older (must present senior discount card or identification card)
  • Infants under 0~36 months are free to enter the Aquarium. (Except group visitors)
  • 30% discount for the handicapped (including one guardian)
  • 10% discount for groups of at least 20 people

 

Have you visited the mermaids at Aqua Planet 63? Tell us what it was like, with a review!

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Lotte Concert Hall, located on the 8th floor of Lotte World Mall, is an auditorium that regularly hosts recitals, concerts, and other performances.

The hall has over 2,000 seats and its “vineyard style auditorium” delivers incredible acoustics no matter where you are seated. To see the performance schedule, check out Lotte Concert Hall’s official website. 

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Ttukseom Hangang Park used to be a famous resort site years back before it became a part of the greater Hangang Park. Today, the park includes music fountains, a riverside square, a rose garden, playground, a nature learning center, facilities for X-Games, artificial rock climbing, cruise ships, a Saturday Flea Market, a nursing mothers’ rooms, and women’s lounges.

This park is the place for diverse cultural events and performances. Water-light shows and outside film screenings are available in the evenings during the warmer months. Ttukseom Hangang Park also proposes a variety of different attractions and events that change according to the season.

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The Foreign Bookstore is a hidden gem in the heart of Itaewon, Seoul, that has a rich forty year history of selling foreign books in the area. The shop sells a variety of English and foreign books, such as novels and magazines. The walls are lined with numerous titles and authors, some dating back to the late 20th Century.

Owner Choi Ki-Woong established the store in the 1960s, by collecting leftover magazines and novels from U.S Army Base dumpsters. Now, it continues to thrive and sell quality second-hand books to its eager customers.

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Since the establishment of the Samsung Foundation of Culture in 1965, the Samsung Museum of Art has passionately collected and organized exhibitions of exceptional artworks, encompassing both traditional masterpieces and contemporary works. In 2004, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, opened its doors in its magnificent new facility in Hanam-dong, Seoul.

Leeum has phenomenally expanded the depth and range of its collection, enhancing its vast trove of Korean cultural treasures with numerous representative works from the most celebrated contemporary artists from around the globe. As such, Leeum is now internationally recognized as one of the preeminent cultural institutions in the entire world.

How to Get There

From Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1, walk straight for 100m towards Itaewon.

Make a right turn at the first intersection and alley, walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.

Fees

Permanent Exhibition

Adults: W 10,000 Youth: W 5,000 Seniors & Disabled: W 5,000

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Blue Square is a culture complex built by Interpark Group and located in Itaewon. Built in order to help advance the performing arts in Seoul, Blue Square first opened in November 2011 and is now one of the biggest performing art halls in Korea.

The musical theater houses 1,766 seats, a 1,373 seated concert hall, as well as two grand theaters.

The operating hours for the theater varies on the concerts, musicals, performances and shows at the time, so it is best to double check on the website and shows itself when the theater operates.

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Located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, the War Memorial of Korea was established in 1994 on the former site of the army headquarters as a way to exhibit and memorialise the military history of Korea. The memorial was built with the purpose of preventing war through lessons and information about the Korean War and for peaceful reunification.

The War Memorial of Korea houses artifacts and displays to commemorate those affected by the war. Visitors of all ages can participate in 20 various educational programs and cultural events, or independently enjoy the indoor and outdoor exhibits.

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Yongsan Electronics Market is a retail area in Seoul, South Korea. Comprising over 20 buildings, housing 5,000 stores that sell appliances, stereos, computers and peripherals, office equipment, telephones, lighting equipment, electronic games and software, videos and CD’s.

A variety of electronic components for constructing computers and other items can also be found.

Korean-made products generally cost 20% less here than other retail outlets, while imported items can be as much as 50% cheaper.

The market has a variety of stores, each with different operating procedures. Some stores operate like traditional retail shops, with set prices, name brands, and warranties. Other shops accept, or even expect, customers to bargain and may not have any posted prices for items.

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Seoul Forest, located in the Seongdong-gu area of Seoul, consists of five eco-friendly parks: the Culture and Arts Park, the Eco Forest, the Experiential Learning Park, the Marsh Plants Garden, and the Hangang Riverside Park.

The Culture and Arts Park is situated in the heart of Seoul Forest and features a square, decorative flower beds, a playground, and a water play area.

The Eco Forest connects the Han River and Jungnang-Cheon (Jungnang stream). Here, you can find an observatory that will provide excellent views of the local wildlife.

The Experiential Learning Park houses an education area and a botanical and wildflower garden.

The Marsh Plants Garden contains an ecological playground, an outdoor nature classroom, a bird observatory, a wetlands flower garden and a botanical garden.

The Hangang Riverside Park located southwest of Seoul Forest features a waterfront park, a marina, a rest area, and a great of the Han River.

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Yeouido Hangang Park is located in the heart of the Yeouido Island. The park is divided into four sections: the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest. In the Traditional Korean Forest, you can see traditional Korean trees on a trail walk within an elegant Korean garden.

Here, you can enjoy a walk, take a ride on a bicycle, or even enjoy a picnic along the Han river. One of the most famous areas of the park is Yunjunro Street, which is lined with cherry trees that blossom every spring.

 

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Looking for a place other than the typical tourist spots? Then check out the dozens of clothes and food trucks at Common Ground! Consisting of several blue containers, Common Ground is located near Konkuk University.

Many students come to Common Ground to hang out and enjoy the ‘hipster’ vibe, as the space is void of the mainstream brands you would typically see in busy shopping districts. The terrace on the third floor of the space has a restaurant perfect for those lazy summer nights, whereas other areas at Common Ground have spaces that host exhibitions, performances, and other events.

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IFC Mall brings an entirely new international standard mall concept to the city of Seoul, and features unique design elements that differentiate it from all other existing retail malls in Korea.  IFC includes a movie theatre, bookstore, food court, and various shops that will ensure that your shopping experience is an enjoyable one.

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Sk Olympic Handball Gymnasium, located in the Olympic Park, is an indoor sporting arena. At first, this place was hosting the fencing competition during the Olympic Game of 1988. But it was then remodeled in 2011 for Handball games. The current seating of the arena is 5,003 and hosts today handball games and concerts.

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Often shortened to Olpark, Seoul Olympic Park was built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics as has remained as a leisure facility for people to enjoy. The park contains various sport-stadiums, an eco-friendly forest and spacious grassy fields.

The park is divided into four park zones, which include the Cultural Art Park enjoy unique cultural experiences and performances, especially focused on the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The Leisure Sports Park includes walking/jogging paths, an acupressure path, an inline skating area, and large open fields. The Environmental Eco-Park, the History Experience Park in which you can visit museums in.

Due to the large area of Olympic Park (approximately 1.45 million ㎡), it can take over 3 hours to explore everything, so visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the entrances, exits and travel routes before they start.

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Olympic Hall, located in Olympic Park, was renovated as a concert hall in 2011. The concert hall includes a main hall of 2,452 seats, a small theater of 240 seats and an exhibition room. The small theater showcases indie musicians and new artists. The main hall showcased many Kpop groups and International Singers. The exhibition room was created in order to expose the history of Korean pop from the 1920s to the present is showcased.

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Namsan Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in South Korea. First established as a broadcast tower and then opened to the public, Namsan Tower stands at an impressive 480 m above sea level and provides a real panoramic view of Seoul and surrounding areas.

Climb up to the top of Seoul Tower to get the best sights from the Observation Tower. Enjoy cultural activities and souvenir shops surrounding the base of the tower. Travel up Namsan to the tower in style by riding a cable car!

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The N Seoul Tower, a complex culture space in Seoul, is where the clouds seem to meet with Namsan Mountain. It shows visitors the harmony of Namsan’s Nature.

The Tower which is a symbol of Seoul now, was established at the highest point to glance at the most beautiful images of Seoul.

Since it was opened to the general public in 1980, it has become a resting place for the citizens of Seoul as well as a touristic attraction for foreigners with the living nature of Namsan.

With the latest LED technology lighting which constantly changes colors and patterns, it has become a light art providing various media art with an unusual cultural art experience.

As a complex cultural space representation Seoul, the newly born N Seoul Tower is a proud landmark of Seoul.

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Times Square is a new all-inclusive space where you can find a department store, a multiplex theater, a shopping mall and various restaurants all in one complex.

The complex houses a Shinsegae Department Store, which features a number of luxury brands and high-end local products, a CGV Starium, which houses 12 movie theaters, a multi-purpose performance center, a Kyobo Book Center, an E-Mart, a Courtyard by Marriott, a Kolon Sporex Luxury Fitness Center, an Amoris Banquet and Convention Center, a Children’s Theme Park, and various dining establishments.

In addition, several large outdoor spaces, which collectively span over near 14,850 ㎡, provide perfect spots for relaxation and enjoying the nature inside the metropolitan complex.

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The area around Gongdeok Station is known for the quality of its food, and Gongdeok Market is no exception. Although the produce on sale here is much the same as any local market, the cooked food section is in a league of its own. That’s because Gongdeok Market is home to Jokbal Alley and Jeon Alley. Visit Gongdeok market for some of the best home-made Jokbal and Jeon!

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A very Korean-style water park, Sea La La houses a water play center for kids, lap swimming pools, a jjimjilbang (sauna), and several herbal soak baths (think apple, wood, jasmine-infused warm waters). There’s also a lazy river, wave pool, and small slides for the more adventurous.

This is a great, low-price park for families to enjoy a relaxing day. A full locker-room, food court, and excellent massage shop make it easy to turn this small park into a whole day affair.

Rates vary from 17,000-27,000 depending on jjimjilbang access. Enjoy a discount of 22,000W adult tickets and 17,000W Children’s tickets during the weekdays.

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D-Cube Department store is a High-Class Shopping Gallery and the first as well as the largest shopping complex in Geoje/Tongyeong. Surrounded by beautiful ocean views, Shopping Gallery D-Cube Department store aims to fulfill all your shopping needs.

D-Cube houses a variety of shops, restaurants, as well as a first-rate cinema.

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Located in Gwangjin-gu, Children’s Grand Park is a park complex which contains various facilities for families and their children to enjoy. The park includes a zoo, botanical garden, hiking trails, amusement park and diverse performance events in the area.

The park was first opened on Children’s Day (May 5th) in 1973.

 

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The Namsangol Hanok village is located near the famous Namsan Tower. It is composed of five hanoks from the Joseon Dynasty that were recovered from different parts of the city and then relocated near Namsan. The Namsangol Hanok Village offers cultural programs that are both traditional and contemporary. You will be able to enjoy cultural programs such as wearing hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school, and herbal medicine experience. You will also be able to see taekwondo performances and other various performances around the village.

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Korea House, established in 1981, is a traditional Korean building that introduces Korean culture to visitors to the country. Built in the traditional architectural style, Korea Houses proposes traditional foods and enjoy traditional music.

Here’ enjoy traditional music and dance performances such as Sinayui, Salpuri, Pansori, the Drum Dance, the Bongsan Mask Dance and more. Explanations of the programs are available in English and Japanese.

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Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the “Great South Gate,” which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.

The streets in which the market is located were built in a time when cars were not prevalent, so the market itself is not accessible by car.

Much of the market is outside, but there are also many stores which line the streets. Many retailers buy their items, particularly clothing, at wholesale prices at Namdaemun, to resell in their own stores in other cities.

The market is opening from Monday to Friday from 11 pm to 5 pm the next day. The Market is closed every Sunday. The opening hours can vary according to the shop.

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Since first hitting the stage in 2003, Jump is a musical slapstick comedy, incorporating various forms of Asian martial arts, such as Taekwondo and Taekkyeon. The musical details the story of a family of martial arts specialists who have to defend their home from robbers.

JUMP has impressed audiences not only in Korea, but also on international stages including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London’s West End and New York’s off-Broadway.

Admission/Participation Fees
VIP seat 60,000 won
R-seat 50,000 won
S-seat 40,000 won

The performance times and prices for the show may vary, so be sure to refer to the official website for exact details.

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Since its first performance in 1997 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NANTA is now a world-famous non-verbal performance seen by over 7,000,000 people. Each year NANTA is enjoyed by more than 750,000 foreign visitors to Korea.

Set in a Korean kitchen, the show uses kitchen utensils, cooking and drums to create a raucous percussion performance that tells the story of a group of cooks given seemingly impossible orders to prepare a wedding banquet at the last minute!

The show is currently running in four locations around Korea:

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Yes24 Live hall, located in Gwangjin-gu and previously known as UNIQLO-AX, is Korea’s first concert hall specifically designed to host pop music concerts.

With a seating capacity of 1,090 of people and a standing capacity of 2,500 people, Yes24 Live hall has hosted more than 200 concerts since its establishment.

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Original Drawing Show premiered in 2007 as the world’s first performance to feature both art and painting as the main ‘characters’ of the show. While this is a non-verbal act, the images speak for themselves through the artists on stage, special effects, and music.

The show features Light Drawing / Finger Drawing / Flower Drawing / Water Drawing / Marble Drawing / Speed Drawing.

Original Drawing Show is a popular performance to watch with either friends and families. To cater to younger audiences, Original Drawing Show features a special children’s show on Saturday afternoons.

Tickets can be purchased here

 

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Performing since 2003, DrumCat is an all-female percussion group that has received the ‘2008 Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel’ award and the ‘2008 Scotland Cavalcade Best Unit’ award. On top of being the first Korean band to win at these festivals, the DrumCat Concert also received the Grand Prize in the ‘2009 Korea Entertainment Awards’ in Korea.

A far cry from traditional drumming, DrumCat draws from musical styles such as rock, jazz, and techno, combining these various sounds to create a unique performance.

DrumCat Concert centers on the harmonization of femininity, dynamic sound and complementing pre-recorded soundtrack. Even though each part of the show has distinctly different characteristics and emotions, the underlying basis for the entire show is femininity.

Tickets can be purchased from InterPark.

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The Sool Company is an expat owned and operated company dedicated to the education and promotion of Korean traditional alcohol. It was founded in 2012, first under the MMPK banner and was rebranded in 2017 as The Sool Company. It specializes in brewing education, tourism, Korean alcohol history & culture, as well as consulting for domestic and international clients.  Based in Seoul, The Sool Company works closely with the domestic Korean traditional alcohol industry to create opportunities for the development of makgeolli and other Korean alcohols.

Director and Founder Julia Mellor and Managing Partner Daniel Mclaughlin have been studying the Korean alcohol brewing and commercial industry from various academies, including Susubori Academy, The Korean Traditional Alcohol Institute, The Korean Homebrewing Institute, and Makgeolli School.  Passionate about the craft, they are committed to forging a bridge between the domestic Korean industry and the international consumer market through education and tourism.

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The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also known as the DDP, is a neo-futuristic plaza comprised of five halls: the Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

Diverse cultural exhibitions, conventions, fashion shows, conferences, gatherings and other events are held here year-round, including Seoul Fashion Week and Cosmobeauty Seoul. Built in 2011, the DDP remains one of the newest and most iconic landmarks in the city.

Popular Korean Dramas, such as ‘You Who Came From The Stars’ or ‘Producer,’ have filmed scenes at the DDP, and the space remains a well-visited tourist attraction. For those ones who are looking for a late night activity: Take a stroll through the 24h Design Market!

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Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) is a modern art museum and is the representative art museum of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

SeMA is a 3-story building with 6 exhibition halls, a lecture hall for educational programs, and a library where art-related books, magazines, and visual reference materials are available to the public.

A permanent collection resides in one of the exhibition halls, titled “The Soul of Chun Kyung Ja”, which exhibits the work of the famous Korean artist Chun Kyung Ja.

Main Facilities 
[B1] Lecture halls, seminar room, etc.
[1F] Exhibition hall, resting area
[2F] Exhibition hall, library, Chun Kyeong Ja room
[3F] Exhibition hall, theater room, gallery
[Outdoor] Sculpture park

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Dongdaemun Market is near Dongdaemun from which it takes its name. The market is divided into five shopping districts—A, B, C, D and a shopping town, with 26 shopping malls over 10 blocks, 30,000 speciality shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.

The market sells all types of goods but notably silks and fabric, clothes, shoes and leather goods, sporting goods, plumbing and electronics, office supplies, fortune tellers, toys and food areas specialising in Korean cuisine. It also has many pet shops.

It is on the Seoul list of ‘Asia’s 10 greatest street food cities’ for the Korean snack Sundae and Mandu.

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Deoksugung Palace is located near City Hall Station (Line 1 and 2). Built in the 15th century, Deoksugung Palace is one of the five palaces located in central Seoul.

Originally the residence of the Prince Wolsan, the palace became a temporary palace for the King Seonjo in 1593.

Deoksugung Palace translates into the “Palace of virtuous longevity” and is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. Visitors can witness the Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony at 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm daily at Deoksugung Palace.

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The Korean Queer Culture Festival is an annual modern Korean festival, where the topic LGBT rights and raising awareness for it is tackled. The festivities include a pride parade and a film festival showcasing movies that center around the LGBT topics. The festival is best known for its parade culminating at Seoul Plaza.

Easily the largest LGBT festival in Korea and one of the largest in all of Asia it lasts one to two weeks and is held in June. People from all over the world travel to Korea to be a part of this festival which has come a very long way since its first event in 2000, which hosted only 50 participants. The number of attendees has now risen to 10,000-15,000.

Despite criticism towards this festival from religious groups and the government, the marchers and attendees proudly have fun and express themselves in a welcoming atmosphere.

What kind of atmosphere did you experience at the Korean Queer Culture Festival when you attended? Tell us in the review box below!

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Following the success of their last production, Miso, the Jeongdong Theater brings you Youll. Unlike past traditional performances at the theater, this show is a completely original production. The show mixes traditional Korean cultures, costumes and make-up with modern technology such as projection and media art to bring to life the fantasy world of ‘Mirinae’.

Much like a computer game or modern day movie, you’ll follow the adventures of ‘Gaon’ as he battles to avenge the death of his brother and save his home from the darkness that has fallen over it caused by the devil ‘Masin’. The entire performance is narrated in by ‘Seol’, a sorikkun, or traditional storyteller.

This heroic fantasy story features Korean dance, martial arts, swordsmanship, music, drama, and music all on one stage.

For more information and ticket sales you can visit the InterPark website.

Note: The show is spoken all through Korean, but features subtitles in English.

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Home to the Korean baseball team Nexen Heroes, the Gocheok Sky Dome has the capacity to hold 16,813 people. Opened in 2015, the dome has transparent soundproof panels to prevent noise from distracting nearby residents.

On top of hosting baseball games, Gocheok Sky Dome also functions as one one of the biggest indoor concert venues in Korea, having hosted concerts by Big Bang and Wanna One in the past. It also houses other sports facilities such as a swimming pool and gym.

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“Sachoom” is a nonverbal dance musical that can be appreciated by all generations from all countries, as it presents a simple plot full of various dance genres including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, break dancing, and more.

Since the first Sachoom performance stage opened in October of 2004, the dance musical has had over 1,900 performances to this date, and is continues to be a hit with audiences.

Sachoom was the first Korean production to perform at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 3-25, 2008), receiving international acclaim as it was nominated as a powerful musical.

***Listed showing times are subject to change, check with organizers for confirmation and more details.

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BIBAP is a musical which takes place in a kitchen where chefs make a variety of dishes as orders come in. They happily prepare Chinese, Japanese and Italian dishes. Finally, when the kitchen receives an order of ‘the best bibimbap,’ the two rival sous chefs, the “Red Chef” and the “Blue Chef” compete in a bibimbap cook-off.

Their dishes are judged by a randomly selected audience member, who determines which chef stays in the kitchen to carry on the legacy of making the best bibimbap.

The process of making these dishes is accompanied by a cappella singing and beatboxing, and features dancing, b-boying, martial arts and acrobatics. Bibap is currently performing at one exclusive location in Seoul.

For more information and ticket reservations, you can visit the K-Performance, InterPark and Bibap websites.

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Majang Meat Market is the largest meat market in Korea. It is equipped with Korea’s most modern and cleanest facilities. The butchers here are proud of the market’s size and hygienic facilities.

The market sells fresh meat arriving every hour from all over the country and from overseas. The prices are overtly marked for each meat along with the country and place of origin. For the market’s efforts to provide quality products, the market is recognized by the Korean Medical Association (KMA).

Traders are able to trade easily thanks to the market’s state of the art systems. At Majang Meat market, high quality meats are available at up to 30% less than at supermarket chains.

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Previously known as Dongdaemun Market, Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea. Gwangjang Market is filled with thousands of vendors selling groceries and souvenirs.

The second floor is filled with silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores. Be sure to check out the restaurants and food stalls that sell fresh, delicious, traditional Korean cuisine.

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THE PAINTERS: HERO is an innovative art performance that stages the skills of live drawing with incredible visual effects, mime, dance and comedy.

Rather than finding satisfaction from a completed artwork, THE PAINTERS: HERO embodies and share the joy and awe-inspiring journey of creating works of art with the audience.

Ticket Prices

A Zone S Zone VIP
W40,000 W50,000 W60,000
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Fanta­ Stick brings to life a traditional Korean love story but with a modern twist, incorporating western style percussion with melodies played on oriental musical instruments. This non-verbal performance features break­dancing, acrobatics, martial arts, percussion and string music to make for a visually fantastic show.

Feel the heart-­pounding, stirring rhythms of traditional Korean music with the unconventional incorporation of pop and rock.

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The Seoul Lantern Festival takes place every fall in Korea. The festival showcases various types of lanterns that are a part of the themes chosen randomly each year or they match some major event at the time. The details and colors of the massive lantern are exquisite and the lanterns come in all shapes and sizes.

It has become one of Seoul’s most iconic festivals and Korea’s most visited events with more than 3 million visitors from around the world. Because of its large variety of themes every year the festival can be attended by all age groups and is completely free, making it perfect for families. The timing of this festival is perfect, as the fall is one of the most beautiful seasons to be in Korea.

Have you walked the Cheonggyecheon and checked out the lanterns at the Seoul Lantern Festival for yourself? Tell us how it was with a review below!

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With peak is just 287m in height, Achasan Mountain  is an extremely popular hiking spot for residents of Seoul and Guri City and the surrounding area. It has a unique panoramic view of the Han River. 

Twenty bastions were discovered along Achasan Mountain that were originally estimated to date back to the Three Kingdoms Era. Further research has indicated that some of the remains were part of a military fortress built during the Goguryeo Era. In light of these findings, it was officially designated as an official historic site. Take a hike and see the fortress ruins, ancient tombs, stone pagodas.

Achasan Station can be reached via subway line 5.

Hiking Course

  • Course 1 (Duration: 1hr, 30min): Ecological Park → Pine Tree Forest → Achasanseong Fortress → Nakta Gogae Pass → Chinsu Valley → Management Office → Meeting place
  • Course 2 (Duration: 2 hours): Meeting place → Nakta Gogae Pass → Goguryeojeong → Haemaji Square → Summit → Daeseongam Hermitage → Nakta Gogae Pass → Chinsu Valley → Meeting place
  • Course 3 (Duration: 2hrs, 30min): Meeting place → Management Office → Chinsu Valley → Goguryeojeong → Summit → Yongmasan Mt. → Ppeongtwigigol Valley
  • Course 4 (Duration: 2hrs, 30min): Meeting place → Pine Tree Forest → Nakta Gogae Pass → Goguryeojeong → Daeseongam Hermitage → Summit → Ancient Fortress Site No. 4 → Gingorang
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Anyone interested in arts and indie culture should definitely check out the eleven-story Sangsangmadang building. With a modern glass and concrete infrastructure, the Sangsangmadang building is located right in the bustling area of Hongdae!

Sangsangmadang offers a full range of things to do, see, and buy. You can go to the art square on the first floor to buy crafts and handmade accessories, or visit the art gallery on the second floor for a glimpse of some contemporary artwork.

Alternatively, you can also watch an indie movie in the basement cinema, or enjoy a live performance in the underground hall.

 

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Cheonggyecheon Stream was restored in 2005 and became a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. At 8.4km long, stroll along the entirety of the beautiful stream or use it as a walking path to your next tourist destination. Escape the city rush and enjoy the symbolic bridges, decorative surroundings, and sculptures along the stream such as Narae Bridge representing a butterfly in flight or Gwanggyo Bridge symbolizing the harmony and the past. The stream is close to touristic places such as Deoksugung Palace, the Sejong Center, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace.

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No Escape sets the scene for a thrilling escape as soon as participants enter the building through a darkened hallway black box, dissolving the city outside. After a short briefing to prep for their chosen room, participants are then plunged into one of 3 worlds.

The smallest of the three rooms is a Victorian themed paranormal story that hints of the exorcist. The largest room is the only zombie themed escape room in Seoul, and depicts a world where biochemical warfare and a zombie outbreak plagues humanity. A third room with the ominous moniker, RED, challenges participants to escape a building set to blow up at any moment!

Test your logic, teamwork and creativity under the pressure and suspense of No Escape.

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First established in 1986, Museum Kimchikan is a food museum dedicated to one of the main staples of Korean cuisine – Kimchi. Visitors can learn the history of Kimchi and Kimjang – the process of making kimchi, which also has been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The exhibits focus on the history of kimchi, its many historical and regional varieties, and its importance to Korean culture and cuisine. The museum also regularly offers activities for visitors to partake in, such as demonstrations of the kimchi-making process, kimchi tastings and cooking classes.

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Jongmyo Shrine is a  a Confucian shrine dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910). Located in Jongno-gu, the Jongmyo Shrine houses tablets that bear the teachings of members of the former royal family.

The tablets are enshrined in two halls: the Main Hall (Jeongjeon) and the Hall of Eternal Peace (Yeongnyeongjeon). On weekdays, visitors are only allowed entry through guided tours during specific times. On Saturdays, visitors are free to visit the premises at their leisure.

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Hwaseong Fortress is the wall surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. This fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty.

Located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon, the Fortress includes King Jeongjo’s palace Haenggung. The site was designated as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997.

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The Kyobo Book Centre is a nationwide bookstore chain that has ten stores in over seven cities, with its main shop located in Gwanghwamun, Seoul. The Kyobo Book Centre sells a number of various books, including fiction and non-fiction, educational books, cooking and lifestyle books, travel books, children’s books and books for learning a language (Korean and English). Although their selection of English and foreign books is not as large as their Korean stock, they still sell a number of English books in store.

Also at Kyobo, customers can buy stationary, homewares, school supplies and merchandise. Located inside of most Kyobo Book Centres is also the Hot Tracks store, which sells various Korean albums,

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Ever felt like seeing double or triple or even standing upside down? Seoul’s Trick Eye Museum is exactly the place you should hit up if you ‘re looking to collect some bizarre looking pictures of yourself.

An exhibition space where culture and entertainment are combined, this museums invites you to touch, photograph and interact with their installations and optical illusions. With walls, floors and ceilings which seem to come alive, Trick Eye Museum allows you to have a fun experience (and take some great shots at the same time). Your entrance fee will allow you access to the indoor ice slide, an action figure painting station and a costume dressing area!

Admission Fee
Adult – 15,000 won
Children & Youth with student ID card (18 & under) – 12,000 won

 

 

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Nagwon Instrument Arcade has traditionally been Korea’s largest collection of music stores and is very close to Insa-dong. The second and third floors of the Nagwon building has a few hundred music stores clustered together.

Wind instruments, string instruments, percussion, pianos, electric instruments, amps, speakers, karaoke machines, audio equipment, and other music equipment can be found there. Countless people are there to sell or repair instruments for beginners and experts alike.

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The Seoul Museum of History, located in the Jongno district of Seoul, showcases the historic development of Seoul. From the prehistoric era to the city’s modern-day state, the museum houses many relics that traces the city’s changes over the span of hundreds of years.

With both permanent exhibitions as well as special exhibitions throughout the year, visitors will be able to learn about things such as the city landscape of Seoul was during the Joseon Dynasty, Seoul’s ancient palaces, and the city’s changing geography.

Opening hours change seasonally, so be sure to check the official website for up to date details.

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The perfect Vr cafe for students and groups of friends. Have fun, chill, and relax after a long day with amazing VR equipments and privacy of individual VR rooms.

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Gwangnaru Hangang Park, located near the Olympic Bridge, is well-known for preserving the natural landscape of Hangang. The park is equipped with several cultural and recreational facilities such as a bicycle park, a Gwangjin Bridge Lookout Cafe, a swimming pool, and an ecological park.

One of the particularities of the park is that boating and other water activities are strictly prohibited in an attempt to protect the wildlife in the area.

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Paradise Casino Walkerhill has provided our foreign guests with unforgettable memories with best facilities and services. It is definitely Korea’s best foreigner-only casino.

Tables:

  • Baccarat (68)
  • Black Jack (12)
  • Roulette (8)
  • Other Tables (17)
  • Slot Machines (135)
  • ETG (34)

Paradise Casino Walkerhill is located in the Sheraton Grand Walkerhill Hotel, which commands a beautiful, sweeping view of the Han River. Here, customers can enjoy both the convenience of the city and the serenity of nature in one place.

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Sejong Art Center, located in Jongno-gu and built in 1978, offers various programs and performances. The center’s grounds are composed of the Grand Theater, M Theater, Chamber Hall, Exhibition Hall, and other subsidiary facilities.

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If you’re looking to get away from the bustle of downtown Seoul and escape to a peaceful place full of beautiful outdoor art, wall fences and rooftop paintings, then trying taking a stroll through Ihwa Mural Village!

In the past, this area was full of small steel factories. After the 2006 “Art in City Project,” however, the neighborhood was revitalized by local artists who made the walls and spaces their own.

Also known as the hilly “moon village,” Ihwa Mural Village can be quite a walk so be prepared. As you walk around, you can rent old Korean school uniforms, cafe hop, or learn about the area’s history.

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The Unhyeongung Palace located in Jongno-gu was the home of the Prince Gojong who later became an Emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. The actual palace is smaller than before due to the Japanese Colonial Period but is still beautiful.

The Palace houses an exhibition hall where you will be able to see a small collection of artifacts such as writing tools, traditional wedding garments, and more. During your visit, traditional Hanboks are available for rent. The Unhyeongung Palace also organizes Norakdang traditional wedding ceremonies.

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As all the galleries established before 1970, when Hyundai Hwarang was founded, are closed today, GALLERY HYUNDAI (its name was changed from “Hyundai Hwarang” to “GALLERY HYUNDAI” in 1987) is currently the oldest gallery in Korea. Hyundai Hwarang is considered by many to be the first gallery in Korea.

The name of the gallery, “Hyundai,” is a noun meaning “the latest,” “now” or “new” and used to refer to modern and contemporary in Korean. This reflected the atmosphere of the time, which demanded modernization through distinction from the past or things of the old era. Thus, the early English description of Hyundai Hwarang was “Modern Art Gallery,” using the word “modern” to represent the atmosphere of “latest” or “modernization” in Korea at the time.

How To Get There

By subway 570m walk from the Exit 1, Anguk Station (Line 3-Orange)
By bus 330m walk from the Pungmoon Girl’s High School, Duksung Girls’ Middle & High School (bus no. 272, 401, 406, 704, 7022, and 7025).

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Egg and Nucleus is a theater located in Jongno-gu that opened in 1998 and has hosted dozens of plays over the span of 20 years. Though Egg and Nucleus is a small venue with only 170 seats, it is home to many performances by the Seoul Shakespeare Company and offers a cozy atmosphere to enjoy plays and other performances at close proximity.

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Located in Jongno-gu on top of Mt. Naksan, Naksan Park is a great place to witness stunning views of Seoul.

Here, you can visit the Seoul Fortress Wall (Seoul Seonggwak) which was built on the mountain during the Joseon Dynasty for protection against invaders and enemies.

Naksan Park features multiple facilities such as an exhibition hall, a center for seniors, sports courts, and squares that offer wonderful views of the city below. The park also features an exhibition hall which is open from 9:00 – 17:00.

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Gyeongbokgung also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, the palace is located in the northern part of Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul and is one of Korea’s most iconic tourist spots.

As the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built in the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings and their families.

The opening hours of the palace varies during the seasons and months, so please confirm with the palace’s official site before visiting.

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The hanbok is the traditional outfit of Korea and is today worn only for special occasions. However, the bright, cheerful colored hanbok are available for rent near many palaces and the hanok village. Visit traditional Korea while dressed like a traditional Korean!

**Bonus: visitors wearing hanbok get free admission to palaces!

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The Hanok traditional house once covered the whole country, but most houses were torn down during Korea’s economic revolution. This village is one of the last preserved homes, with residents still living in the Hanoks. Travel back in time and walk among the traditional wooden homes. With 8 photo spots, you’re bound to have an Instagram worthy photo!

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The Seoul Performing Arts Festival takes place every year around autumn and goes on for a month.  Attracting large audiences and plenty of media attention, The Seoul Performing Arts Festival introduces major international and domestic performing companies ranging from theater to dance to multidisciplinary “experimental” genres.

As one of Asia’s’ most prestigious culture and art celebrations, SPAF (Seoul Performing Arts Festival). Because of the standard that is set at these festivals, artists from all over the world visit Korea to perform their masterpieces of contemporary art.

Have you seen one of the many companies performances at Seoul Performing Arts Festival? Tell us about it in the review section!

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Changgyeonggung Palace was built by King Sejong in 1418 to honor his retiring father, King Taejong.

It often served as the residential quarters for queens and concubines of the king. Inside the grounds, you will find the Secret Garden, which includes a greenhouse that contains native plants and flowers as well as ponds and beautiful surrounding trees.

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Changdeokgung Palace, located near Jongmyo Shrine, was built in 1405 by King Taejong. The palace both housed the royal family and was used as a meeting place for kings and their ministers to discuss state affairs.

Changdeokgung Palace covers an area of about 462,000 m². Inside the grounds, you’ll find the famous Secret Garden which accounts for two-thirds of the total palace.

Since 1997, the Changdeokgung Palace was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage property.

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Located in the residential neighbourhood of Tongui-dong, near the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, Daelim Museum began its life as Korea’s first photography museum. Today, it holds exhibitions that embrace not only photography but also design and a range of other fields, while continuing to expand its own boundaries.

Daelim museum’s vision is to function as a museum where the everyday becomes art. As such, the museum strives to create exhibitions that suggest new types of lifestyle, allowing the general public to enjoy art within everyday life by casting new light on the value of the objects that surround us.

How To Get There

Exit 2, 3 at Gyeongbokgung Station

  • Go straight 100 meters from exit 3
  • Turn right onto alley next to Starbucks
  • Go straight 100 meters
  • DAELIM MUSEUM

Exit 4 at Gyeongbokgung Station

  • Go straight 100 meters from exit 4
  • Turn left along the sidewalk
  • Go straight 170 meters by Fashion Institute of KOLON
  • Turn left onto alley next to Fashion Institute of KOLON
  • Go straight 40 meters
  • DAELIM MUSEUM
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Known as the MoMa of Seoul, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul), opened on Samcheong-dong Street, which is also known as the “Culture Street,” in November 2013. MMCA Seoul is an art and culture complex equipped with exhibition and education buildings, digital lab, multi-project hall, and theater.

It offers a wide range of exhibitions, movies, performances, and education programs through which visitors can appreciate modern and contemporary art and gain exposure to the various genres of art.

MMCA Seoul pursues a creative approach to modern and contemporary art in order to generate a dynamic and open environment where the general public can gain an understanding and affinity for the arts.

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Bongwon-Temple was originally built on the site of today’s Yonsei University (former Yonhi palace) by Great Master Doseon(827-898 A.D.) in 889 A.D.

Bongwon-Temple has come to grandeur step by step since its establishment, due to continuous reconstruction over time. Currently, the temple is involved in several missoinary projects and is home to many Buddhist Groups, such as the Kwaneum Layman Association, Buddhist Young man Association, and the Buddhist student Association.

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The National Folk Museum of Korea is located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace in the Jongno district of Seoul. The museum presents artifacts that were used by Koreans throughout history and features both domestic and agricultural items on display.

The National Folk Museum of Korea presents three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions are held at least four times a year. Opening hours may vary, so be sure to check the official website for exact details.

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Located on the northern part of the Han river, Mangwon Hangang Park is perfect for picnics and promenades. It is also an ideal place for water sports such as windsurfing, waterskiing, and motorboating.

The park is located close to cultural relics such as the Mangwon Pavilion and Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine. Since the park is located near the World Cup Stadium, it is often full of resident and visitors. Mangwon Hangang Park includes as a bike trail, an outdoor swimming pool, sports facilities, and a dock for water sports.

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The Daehangno Filipino market is a small market that started in 1997 and has the specificity to be open only on Sunday. This market is a cozy little market tucked away into a cute corner of Hyehwa-dong. Sometimes called Little Manila, this market has everything you crave in the area of Filipino food. You can buy everything from staples to local delicacies. This is the place to buy hard to find products of the Philippines!

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Seodaemun Prison History Hall is a former prison now turned museum located in Seodaemun Independence Park. For the history geeks among us: this is a place you must not miss out on if you want to learn about past Japanese occupation in Korea.

The museum was built in remembrance of all the executed Korean Independence Movement followers, patriots, and political prisoners. The grounds include seven jail cells, a historical exhibition hall, an execution room, watchtowers and a basement jail cell.

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The Seongbuk Global Food Festival takes place on Seongbuk Street, right across the from the Seongbuk Civic Center. This festival is an international event that allows people to experience cultures from around the world through food and art. It is a great place to enjoy and learn about different cultures from all around the world in one setting. The festivities consist of an opening parade, global market, international playground, and dozens of booths to try a variety of different foods. This is a free entrance event.

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Inwangsan is another modest mountain but ideal for a solitary stride or for a leisurely promenade with good company. The granite peaks here are said to have motivated many past Korean artists. At 338 m, its inspirational views can be achieved in the brevity of a short afternoon hike. Inwangsan is a great place to see all of Seoul’s landmarks like N-Seoul Tower and the Han river via incredible 360 degree sweeping views.

To reach the mountain, take subway line 3 to Dongnimmun Station, exit 2.

Hiking Course

Course 1: Gyeongbokgung Station – Inwangsan-gil – Inwangcheon Yaksu – Summit – Gicha Bawi Rock – Muakjae Station

Course 2: Dongnimmun Station – Guksadang – Summit – Bukdongneung – Inwangsan-gil – Gyeongbokgung Station

Course 3: Muakjae Station – Playground – Summit – Bukdongneung – Inwangsan-gil – Gyeongbokgung Station

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Seoul Fringe Festival originally began as the ‘Indie Arts Festival’ held in Daehak-ro in 1998. Founded by young artists in their 20s seeking to break free from conventional art at the time, the festival took place every year until 2002, when it was renamed ‘Seoul Fringe Festival‘.

Holding true to its goal of supporting the growing independent performance culture of Korea, this festival accepts artists from a wide spectrum of performing arts participate. Unlike other festivals, this festival does not require formal processes to take part in this event.

Since everyone is free to participate as a performer, this festival thereby encourages young artists to go outside of their comfort zone and gives them the space to express themselves. Festival attendees get to be a part of the non-conventional art scene of Korea and explore the dancing, theater, music and other unique performing arts at all venues located all over the city.

Have you seen some of the indie performances at the Seoul Fringe Festival? Tell us what you think in the review below!

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This massive Mapo market is housed in a giant wholesale warehouse and offers a litany of deals under one roof. While many markets focus on one thing, this one offers everything from fruits and vegetables to prepared “banchan” (Korean side dishes) to fresh seafood.

Rest assured that these are wholesale prices. Small business owners around Seoul pull up in the early morning to stock up on wares, and you can get the same prices that they do – although you may have to buy 10 kgs of garlic to take advantage of some of the best deals!

Located across the street from Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, the Mapo Agricultural & Marine Products Market (could they have made the name any longer?) is a short walk from the subway station, making it easily accessible from line #6 (the light brown subway line).

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Nanji Hangang Park is located alongside the Han River. It was recently renovated to an eco-friendly park. As such, it features the Nanji-Eco Wetlands, a campground, and a marina.

Fans of extreme sports can enjoy various activities here, such as inline skating and BMX. There is also a pool to fully enjoy the Korean summer. Recently, the park has also started hosting festivals. Located close to the World Cup Stadium, it is easy to reach as well.

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This is a particularly interesting mountain as public access was prohibited until just three years ago because of its location in direct proximity to the Blue House (the president’s residence). Thanks to hikers being forbidden access for nearly four decades, nature has been preserved on this mountain like few others in Korea. Be sure to make reservations at least one week in advance.

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The World Cup Stadium Park, a collection of five small park grounds, is an ecological area located in the Sangamdong neighbourhood of Seoul.

The largest park, the Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park, was designed to enhance harmony between mankind and nature. The Nanji Hangang Park consists of a camping ground, soccer field, basketball court, grass field, cruise ship port, and an area for nature studies. The Haneul (Sky) Park is covered with Eulalia and wildflowers. The Noeul (Sunset) Park contains a golf course. Finally, the Nanjicheon Park is a free recreational area.

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Situated at the middle of the area in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, Gilsangsa Temple was built on the site of a fancy restaurant called Daewongak.

The restaurant owner donated her property that turned into a temple opened in 1997. Although Gilsangsa Temple has a relatively short history, it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul so it attracts many local and international visitors alike.

The temple also serves as a downtown cultural space by offering a variety of Buddhist programs like temple experience, classes on Buddhist teachings, and temple stay.

The temple features Gilsang Seonwon (Zen center) and the House of Silence, which are special halls dedicated to practicing meditation. While Gilsang Seonwon provides meditation rooms for Buddhists with experience in meditation, the House of Silence is open to the general public at liberty to pursue personal meditation. Gilsangsa Temple also has a branch temple in Paris.

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The Oil Tank Culture Park opened in September 2017 and is located in Mapo-gu. An old oil depot that was shut down in 2000 was then remodeled into an environment-friendly cultural multiplex and a park. This cultural multiplex is composed of six reservoir tanks that have been transformed into performance venues, exhibitions halls, and learning space. You will then be able to enjoy there cultural events, community activities, and more.

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Bukhansan, or Bukhan Mountain, is a mountain on the northern periphery of Seoul, South Korea. There are three major peaks, Baegundae 836.5 meters (2,744 ft), Insubong 810.5 meters (2,659 ft), Mangyeongdae 787.0 meters (2,582.0 ft). 

Because of its height and the fact that it borders a considerable portion of the city, Bukhansan is a major landmark visible from most city districts. The name “Bukhansan” means “big mountain in the north”, referring to the fact that it is the northern border of the city.

Bukhansan is the highest mountain within Seoul city boundaries. Apart from Bukhansan, there are seven other mountains including Dobongsan and Suraksan that are over 600 meters high within the city.

Hiking Courses

1 Day Courses

Peak Season Info

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

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Nicknamed The Disneyland of Korea; Everland is the largest theme park operating in South Korea. The park is divided into five zones, all with different themes and rides. The multiple sections inside Everland include Magic Land, European Adventure, Global Fair, American Adventure and Zootopia. Everland also houses a separate indoor and outdoor water park called Carribean Bay.

Throughout the year, Everland holds a variety of seasonal festivals, such as the Tulip Festival (March-April), Rose Festival (May-June), Summer Splash Festival

Check their schedule for seasonal festivals such as the Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash Festival (June – September), and a Halloween Festival (October).

Zootopia, Everland’s zoo, is must-see as it spans an area of 15,000㎡ and exhibits 2,000 animals and 201 different species. The Lost Valley Safari Adventure features a tour in an amphibious car that travels in water and on land through a route where you can see up to 150 different animal species roaming freely.

Everland’s Zootopia also houses Korea’s only panda bears, which were given to Korea as a gesture of friendship from Chinese President Xi Jinping  in 2016.

Admission Fees:

One-day Ticket 54,000 won 43,000 won
Night Ticket
(after 17:00)
45,000won 36,000 won
Two-day Ticket 84,000won 67,000 won
Notes:
  • Free admission to Hoam Gallery for the day and extra charges for coin-operated rides, rental, animal rides, and special exhibitions
  • No online purchase is available for Night tickets or Two-day tickets
  • No double discount option including the use of discount cards is available for Two-day Tickets

Have you been to Everland? Tell us in a review below!

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A Caribbean waters-themed extension of Everland, the largest and most popular theme park in South Korea expect American amusement park quality thrill rides, extensive Korean spa and herbal soak facilities, and also higher prices. This park has very long hours that make it worth the excursion, but arrive just as they open to avoid long queues!

Caribbean Bay Spa contains various hot spring pools and sauna facilities. Including a Jasmine Tea Spa believed to make women more beautiful, a Lemon Spa to relieve fatigue, and brighten skin, a Jade-crusted sauna is also beneficial for your long-term health, and a Mineral Spa for Muscle soreness. There’s also a salt-laden sauna to help expel toxins from the body and a couple’s foot bath.

Outdoors are running water pools with waterfalls and stone bridgesm a lazy river that allows you to view the whole park from the comfort of your pool, and shallow kiddie-pools perfect for kids and supervising parents to play.

Outdoors you can find several water rides include a steep bobsleigh water races, “Mega Storm”, a surf simulator, a wave pool,

The park understands that all the sun and the fun can get exhausting, so there is also the Relax Room and  the Sleeping Room: Take a nap here if you’re tired out after all that fun in the water.
The Relax Room has massage machines and “relax capsules” for adults. Visitors can also receive an aromatherapy massage for an extra fee.
The sleeping room, has about 50 beach chaises and 10 jade beds. Temperatures in the room remain warm and air purifiers provide clean oxygen, making it a comforting and healthy environment for nap. Visitors can also rent large-sized towels here.

Swimsuits and water caps are mandatory inside Caribbean Bay and can be rented from June to August. Safety vests are also a requirement within the wave pool as it generates 8ft (2.4m) waves and frequent collisions happen!

There are many seven different Caribbean Bay-owned restaurants within the park, most of them offering foreign foods such as Burger Bar or Madrid. Korean casual dining such as curry rice and jajangmyeon noodles are available as well.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the park, but there are 500W Lockers to store your “illegal” Chilsun Ciders and chips in outside the park. Caribbean Bay has a special payment system called “Bay Coins” where you purchase plastic coins at 10,000W, 30,000W, 50,00W, and 100,000W to use for food, services, souvenirs once inside the park. Some say this is handy as you don’t need to be watching out for your waterproof wallet, while others see it as a way of extracting more money…either way the coins can be redeemed anywhere in the park and refunded at the entrance.

All-day pass (Prices may vary by season). Check out their websites for special discounts! If you flew a certain airline or have visited another park you may be eligible for up to 50% off.

Adult: ₩60,000

Children: ₩47,000

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The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) has taken place every summer since 1997. The festival plays a diverse mix of alternative and international films from the genres of fantasy, horror, thriller and science fiction, but with a focus on Asian Cinema.

This festival, along with BIFF, has been major factors in the rise of Korean film and entertainment over the last two decades. They showcase around 300 films from all around the world and attract around 65,000 people.

The Festival itself accepts submissions from young filmmakers and makes it possible for them to showcase their cinematic talents. Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival is the largest gala in Asia regarding film in this genre.

Have you seen one of the fantastic films of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan)? Tell us in the reviews below!

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Suraksan’s peak stands at 638 meters and is easily accessible. Its trails allow clear views of Seoul, as well as other mountains. Quiet, serene, and peaceful, Suraksan also has unique attractions, like Elephant Rock. A mixture of concrete and dirt paths, wooden stairs, and rock climbing opportunities, Suraksan is perfect for a day hiking trip.

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Located in Bukhansan National Park, Dobongsan reaches 739 meters and offers more sunlight coverage, valleys, and streamside trails than its neighboring Samgaksan. The hike is about 10 kilometers and takes about 4-5 hours in its entirety and can be walking mixed with rock climbing, if desired.

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Songdo Central Park is a seaside park within Songdo International City in Incheon. The park is divided into five sections: a promenade, a sculpture garden,  a mountain strolling garden, a long meadow and a terrace garden.

Much like Central Park in New York, Songdo Central Park is green paradise in the midst of urban surroundings. Here, visitors can enjoy a water taxi ride on the man-made waterway, take a stroll around the walking promenades, or have a picnic on the meadow fields. A small section of the park is also home to a herd of deer that you can visit.

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Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival takes place at the end of July and goes on for three days. It is considered one of the biggest live music events in South Korea. The festival mainly covers the genres rock and electronic but they have performances from other genres as well.

Past acts include Bastille, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, DNCE, Nothing But Thieves, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Two Door Cinema Club and more over the past few years. The artists perform on one of the three stages they have at Pentaport which provide the option of choosing which artists you want to see.

The festival is held on a large outdoor field which makes it perfect for its festival-goers to enjoy everything from meeting new people, discovering new music, pulling an all-nighter and even sleeping in tents under the starry skies of Incheon.

The festival venue makes it possible for the attendees to stay all full days with on-site camping facilities and extensive food options and even recreational areas for people to just enjoy their time and relax.

Have you been to the Incheon Pentaport Festival at the end of July and seen any of the bands? Give us a review below!

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Aqua Planet Ilsan is an aquarium and a zoo alike. It’s a large building complex with 3 floors where an aquarium exhibit and a jungle exhibit take place together. Their large variety of animals include Lemurs, Sharks, Penguins, Otters and a Jaguar. Like some other aquariums, you are able to touch some of the animals on display.

  • Aquatic Show: Be mesmerized by the synchronized swimmers and on-screen media
  • Feeding time: Witness the feeding of the underwater animals in the main tank
  • Storytime: Listen to the stories of the fascinating animals that reside in Aqua Planet Ilsan

How to get there

Subway Line No.3 Juyeop Station

– Coming from the subway, use exit two, walk straight for 15 minutes to One Mount Mall, cross the pedestrian overpass, next to the Singing Fountain

Fees

Type Adult Youth Child
Individual 29,000won 26,000won 24,000won
Groups 21,000won 19,000won 17,000won
  • A group is comprised of at least 20 people.
  • Children: 36 months ~ 13 years old
  • Teenagers: 14 years old ~ 19 years old
  • Seniors: 65 and older (must present senior discount card or identification card)
  • Infants under 0~36 months are free to enter the Aquarium. (Except group visitors)
  • 20% discount for the handicapped (including one guardian)

 

Did you take the journey to enjoy the Lemurs and the Jaguar at Aqua Planet Ilsan? Give us a review!

 

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Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) located in Goyang, is the largest exhibition hall in South Korea. Opened in April 2005, KINTEX has 10 exhibitions hall and 40 meeting rooms. The KINTEX is a trade marketing venue for both local and overseas companies. The Exhibition Center holds tradeshows and convention in order to help global and domestic marketing activities.

The Korea International Exhibition Center’s Facilities include:

  • Exhibition Halls
  • Outdoor Exhibition Hall
  • Conference Room
  • Event Hall
  • Integration Conference Room
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The Jisan Forest Resort is used as a ski resort during the snow season and as festival grounds during the summer. There are condominiums at the resort with a supermarket, Korean and Western restaurants, and games centers on the grounds. The ski resort is open during snow season from 9AM-4AM. Also, there is a Jisan Country Club with a traditional golf course and a public course for non-members of the country club. The resort is also used for the Jisan Valley Rock Festival which is held every year in the summer.

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Valley Rock Festival, also known as the Ansan or Jisan Valley Rock Festival, is held the last weekend of July. The festival usually takes place at a ski resort has grown to include more and more world-famous acts since it began in 2009. Of course, there are a huge amount of Korean artists as well, but the headliners tend to be some of the most famous acts around.

Bands from the past include The Cure, The XX, Gorillaz, Major Lazer, Lorde, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Twenty One Pilots. Similar to the Pentaport Festival the Valley Rock Festival is held in the wild outdoors, with many of the attendees choosing to camp out for the whole event. The energy and vibe at the festival are of the friendly sort you will only find at a Korean music festival.

What did you think of the Valley Rock Festival held at the ski resort in Ansan? Tell us down in the reviews!

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Aquatic Frontier is a renowned PADI facility, conveniently located 45 km south of  Seoul and within travelling distance of virtually every city in Korea.

Aquatic Frontier offers various types of water lessons to its clients and also offers a vast selection of merchandise to meet individual water sports needs.

Here are the various types of courses that Aquatic Frontier offers:

PADI Open Water Diver Course

What it entails: Crew Pack including a book (5 quizzes and 1 test), Pool Training (~2days) , Ocean Training (~2days). Includes all rental gear.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

What it entails: Book, Ocean Training (whole Certification process). Includes all rental gear.

What to bring

Pool Training

Crew Pack, swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, goggles if you have a pair.

Ocean Training

Crew Pack, swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, clothes for the overnight trip, money for lodging and meal.

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Aside from the Paradise Casino in Seoul, the Paradise Casino is also in big cities such as Incheon and Busan.

The Paradise City Casino located in Incheon is the only casino exclusively for foreigners in Incheon. Located in the Hyatt Grand Hotel, just a three-minute drive from Incheon International Airport, it makes it easily accessible by transfer passengers and international business people alike.

The Paradise Casino Busan located in Paradise Hotel Busan by Haeundae Beach, is the best tourist attraction in Busan, allowing customers to enjoy the wide-open sea. This Paradise Casino is hugely popular among all of its visitors.

Both Casinos propose games such as:

  • Baccarat
  • Black Jack
  • Roulette
  • Other Tables
  • Slot Machines
  • ETG

Phone Number for the Paradise City Casino in Incheon: +82-1833-8855

Phone Number for the Paradise Busan: 051-749-3386

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Seonnyeo Rock Beach, also known as Fairy Rock Beach, is named after a rock on the shore that is shaped like a woman. After exploring the rock structures, why not hunt for crabs, shellfish, and other sea goodies on the shore?

Although this beach lacks sand, it is surely abundant in legends and beauty. Make sure to wear some proper shoes as the rocks can be slippery!

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Astronomy lover? Located near Seoul and the Incheon International Airport, Eurwangni beach is known for its astronomical observation areas.

The August festival is the best time to enjoy events near the beach and the seaside town surrounding the beach is filled with reasonably priced accommodations and restaurants that serve fresh seafood.

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Nami Island is a half-moon shaped isle that was created as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. To get to Nami Island, you have to take a ferry and pay an entrance fee. There are exhibitions halls, performance halls, restaurants, small theme gardens, seminar rooms, and more all over the island. Nami Island is also a very popular place for filming K-dramas.

Ferry schedule:

7:30-9:00 (30 minute intervals)

9:00-18:00 (10-20 minute intervals)

18:00-21:40 (30 minute intervals)

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A popular place to visit in Korea is Namiseom (남이섬)/Nami Island, and a fun way to get there is through ziplining. At Nami Skyline, you can zipline to two destinations, Namiseom (남이섬)/Nami Island and Jaraseom(자라섬)/Jara Island. This facility is one of the biggest and most famous ones in the world for ziplining and promotes eco-friendly leisure. You start from a 80 meter high tower and zipline your way down to one of the islands. Featured in many Korean dramas, Nami Island is a popular tourist attraction. Hours of operation are subject to change depending on weather conditions, so make sure to check to website or call to get details. 

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Jarasum Jazz Festival was one of the first major Korean music festivals when it was held in 2004. The past festivals together have featured about 989 bands from 55 countries.  The Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy world-famous jazz musicians and the beautiful scenery that surrounds the 15 festival venues.

The Korean Culture Ministry gave recognized the potential and have said that this festival is the ‘Premier Festival’ and ‘Best Festival’ of Korea. Of course, this festival doesn’t only have musical acts, they also offer other activities such as  ‘Jazz Kids Program’, ‘All-night Cinema’, and ‘Gapyeong Farm Market’ which really means that the festival is for people of all ages and countries.

Have you ever enjoyed the beautiful scenery at Jarasum during the Jarasum Jazz Festival? Tell us with a review below!

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The Rainbow Music and Camping Festival is located on Jaraseom (자라섬) /Jara Island and is a two-day festival filled with musical performances by famous artists. Visitors have the option of camping out on the grounds for an additional fee. It is a great trip for a getaway with either friends, family, or loved ones. Check out their website for more information on who is performing each year. 

Cost: Early bird: 66,000 KRW; Regular 88,000 KRW

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A life-size sphinx, Egyptian pyramid miniature, and 300m desert oasis pools greet you at Vivaldi Ocean World Park. With over 140,000 sqft of water sport and amusement activities as well as a 23,000 person capacity, this is one of the most popular, crowd-drawing water parks of Korea.

The indoor zone boasts state-0f-the-art spa facilities such as a water massage system with an aqua pool, as well as sauna/jjimjilbang facilities There’s also an aqua playground and kiddies pools within the vicinity. The outdoor water park offers the fun of tube river rafting, a 45-degree high-speed water slide, Korea’s largest wave pool “Surf

The outdoor water park offers the fun of tube river rafting, a 45-degree high-speed water slide. Most notable are Korea’s largest wave pool (“Surf Mount”) with 8-foot waves, Sledge slide races, a 6-seater family raft ride, and the world’s longest slide (“Monster Blaster”).

The park does not allow any outside food or drink, including personal coolers but there are plenty of eating options indoors. (Korean foods but also a Burger King and rotating American food options).

Ticket prices may vary by season.

Peak Season (June 2-July 6)
1-Day Pass: Adults: 60,000 won / Children: 48,000 won
Afternoon Ticket (after 14:00): Adults: 50,000 won / Children: 38,000 won

Gold Season (July 7-July 27)
1-Day Pass: Adults: 70,000 won / Children: 55,000 won
Afternoon Ticket (after 14:00): Adults: 60,000 won / Children: 45,000 won

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Referred to as either Chiaksan or Chiak Mountain, is a mountain located in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea. Chiaksan was first designated as a mountain park in 1984 and encompasses an area of 182.09㎢.

The mountain extends across the city of Wonju and the county of Hoengseong. The mountain peaks include Namdaebong, Cheongjibong, Hyangnobong, Sambong, and Birobong Peak, with the tallest peak reaching an elevation of 1,288 m (4,226 ft).

Chiaksan also features natural deep valleys, unique rock formations, waterfalls and tourist destinations for hikers to experience.

Hiking Courses

1 Day Courses

Peak Season Info

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

Mountain No Access Period

Seasonal Fire Watch Period
Spring: March 2 – May 15 / Fall: November 17 – December 15

* TBD by park rangers based on weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions. Please visit the official website to check before visiting.

 

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