Seoul is a vibrant city with a lot to offer for its visitors: abundance of good food, modern shopping malls, traditional sights and impressive night life.
Whether it is your first time in Seoul, you are a frequent visitor or staying here for a long time – here are some awesome ideas for your trip itinerary! Most importantly, all of them could be done during any time of the year!
THINGS TO DO IN SEOUL: #1 VISIT AQUARIUM
There are two aquariums in Seoul: Lotte Mall Aquarium and COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움). I have visited COEX Aquarium with my friends and it was very exciting!
Over 650 different species are there in COEX aquarium, and my favourites were sharks, turtle, crocodile, huge octopus and penguins. Moreover, we were lucky to see the Mermaid Performance – a small show under the water. Also, there is a feeding programme available during the afternoon – check all of the schedules here.
Aquarium admission fee is 28 000 won (24$), but you can also search for coupons and promotions (for example, there can be a discount if you have a certain type of credit card or student card, etc.)
Visiting COEX Mall is a great way to spend a day when the weather is no so good – you do not need to go outside at all, since you can go inside of the Mall straight out of Samesong subway station or parking lot. It is also the largest underground shopping mall in Asia!
There is so much to experience in COEX. For example, read books in gigantic Starfield Library, visit Kimchi Museum, have delicious meal or cup of coffee in one of numerous restaurants and cafés, find some good deals while shopping, and my favourite one – have an adventure in aquarium!
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Samseong Station, line #2 (green), exit 5 & 6
Aquarium opening hours: 10am to 9pm
(last addmission at 8pm)
#2 WATCH BASEBALL GAME WITH CHIMAEK
Baseball is the most popular kind of sports in Korea. My friend and her mom are big fans of baseball team Doosan Bears from Seoul. Since in my home country baseball is not popular at all, I had no idea about it. I watched it with my friend several times on TV while she was explaining me the rules, and once we all went to see Doosan Bears’ game at Jamsil Stadium.
It was a unique and exciting experience for me! First, we went to buy fried chicken and mandu (Korean dumplings) – popular foods eaten during baseball game. After that, we bought tickets at the entrance (13000 won per ticket). There are a lot of food, drinks and merchandise vendors at the stadium, including convenience store GS25. We got our beers and went to see the game.
During the game fans were cheering players with songs and dances – my friend made me dance too! The atmosphere was fun, foods were delicious and I got to know more about Korean culture. I totally recommend visiting baseball game in Seoul, even if you are not a baseball fan!
You can check the baseball game schedules here. They are happening all over Korea, so if you are in Seoul then pick ones at Jamsil or Gocheok Sky stadiums.
Jamsil Baseball Stadium
25 Olympic-ro, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Sports Complex Station
line #2 (green) & #9 (brown), exit 5 & 6
#3 HAVE A KOREAN STYLE PHOTO SHOOT
Photo studios, where friends and couples can come and take interesting pictures together are very popular in Korea. You can loan studio’s tripods for your camera/phone to take group pictures or ask someone to be your photographer. Photo studios have different photo zones and professionally installed lighting.
I have visited one of such photo studios in Seongsu, Seoul. The place is called 인생사진관 (Insaeng-sajin-gwan). Entrance fee is 15.000₩ per person. There are more than 10 interesting photo zones, and some of them have cool effects like smoke or bubbles.
There is a dressing and make up room in the studio, so bring 2 or more outfits for the photo shoot. This way you will not be in the same clothes on each photo (as I did ㅋㅋ).
서울 성동구 연무장15길 11 에스팩토리
Seongsu Station, line#2, exit #3
Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 7pm
#4 RELAX AT KOREAN TRADITIONAL SPA
Korean traditional spa – jjimjilbang (찜질방) – is an interesting experience for foreigners visiting Korea. I have visited jjimjilbang once with our group of international students in Konkuk University and our tutors. It was located in Dongdaemun, Seoul and called SpaRex (스파렉스). Adult ticket price is 8.000 ₩ from 5 am to 8 pm, and11.000₩ from 8 pm to 5 am. If you come to Seoul for one or two days, then this is the cheapest way to spend a night.
First, we payed for the day time tickets and received jjimjilbang clothes, towels and a bracelet, which works as a key to lockers. Girls have orange and guys have blue clothes (t-shirt and shorts, you might seen them in K-dramas!).
During our stay, I have visited few different saunas (they look so cute like small houses), ice room and then rested in the lounge zone. Some of my classmates went to take Korean massage and said it was very cool. In addition, here are hot tubs, computers, massaging chairs, TVs, and many more different amenities for visitors.
There is a food court inside spa where you can get delicious meal and refreshing drinks like coffee, juice, soda, but not alcohol. It is open from 9 am to 11 pm. I have ordered bibimbap for 8.000₩ and it was very good!
19 Jibong-ro, Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station
line #2 (green), exit 13 & 14
So, have you picked your favourite thing to do in Seoul or will try them all? Let me know in the comment section! 🙂