Climbing & Bouldering @DYNO Wall (The North Face) [Seoul]

Since Seoul’s summer is always too hot, humid or rainy, it’s not advisable to go for out door climbing here. But you can try out one of the indoor climbing facilities in the city, for example the DYNO Wall by The North Face (TNF) in Gangbuk district. Climbing and bouldering, both are possible here.

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The DYNO Wall

How to find it?

Address: NorthFace Outdoor Culture Center;
356 Dobong-ro Gangbuk-gu Seoul

Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-22:00; Weekend: 10:00-19:00

Fee: Day pass: 20.000₩; Monthly pass: 120.000₩

Naver Map: Link

Closest subway station: Suyu Station (Line 4), Exit 1, then go straight for about 100m until you see the TNF building on your right.

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The North Face building

The climbing area is based on the 4th floor of this building. So just go through the shop entrance, then keep left to reach the stairs or elevators to get there.

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What else inside the building

It’s a busy area with a lot of shops and food tents on the street, in case you’re hungry.

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Food tent

How is the facility?

Once you reach the 4th floor, the reception is on your right. You need to register and pay for the day pass here. A day pass would cost you 20.000₩ (~16€) for climbing and bouldering, monthly 120.000₩, for 6-month 400.000₩ and one-year-pass 700.000₩.

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Entry costs

And if it is your first time to come here for climbing, a short test is required. Here is the check list:

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Tests for climber and belayer

Some tables, chairs, a water dispenser and a refrigerator are available right next to the reception desk, where you can have a rest. On the wall, you will see many portraits of TNF team members. And all of them are climbing experts! With a lot of national or international awards! I’ve seen some of them on the Spider Hangang Championship 2018 in last May as well. Awesome! If you come here, don’t forget to bring a pen and something to sign on to get their signatures, because you may run into them.

Yeah… And indeed, when I came there again with Ashley from Wandering Seoul, I’ve seen Kim Jain again after her golden medal at IFSC climbing world cup in Krani 2018. 😍 She is sooo impressive!

Behind the rest area you will find a fitness room with a lot of equipment for further trainings.

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Fitness studio
Rock climbing, The north face seoul, klettern, bouldern, fitness
Fitness studio

Lockers can be found in the fitness room as well as in the restroom area that is on the end of the 4th floor. There is a shower room too, next to the restroom.

Inside, the lower area has air conditioning, which is good for belayers and boulderers but not really good for climbers, especially from 5m height.

The gym is at least 7 years old now (based on the 1st entry of koreaontherocks). However, it’s still very clean and well maintained.

How is the route setting?

You can already see the bouldering and climbing walls from the reception through the glass door.

There are two floors for bouldering, each is about 3.5~4m high. You can climb short or long fixed routes (with labels) or create your own routes using all available grips. All experts there made up their own routes and try out very crazy problems.

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Free style bouldering

The 13m high climbing wall stands right behind the boulder area. It features approx. 40 lead routes with quicklinks every meter, only 4 top rope routes, mostly used for courses. Lead routes are between 5.9 and 5.13a, which are not really suitable for beginners.

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How was my visit?

I went climbing at the Dino Wall with a friend on a Sunday noon. Not so many climbers were there when we started, but more and more came afterwards. However, most of them seemed to be interested in bouldering.
We had a lot of fun, to finally be able to climb on a high wall after some months only bouldering. For safety reason, during belaying my climbing mate, I also belay myself on an ankle. The staff saw it, then fixed more ankles only for us. Very thoughtful and kind!
Some of the climbers were very good at climbing, but some didn’t really pay much attention on belaying. That’s why it was kind of scary for us to watch.

But in general, I am really happy to find an indoor climbing place in Seoul.

My review

Location: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – a bit far away from the city center, but reachable by subway
Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – normal price, comparable with bouldering or climbing in Germany
Staff: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – experts, very friendly, kind, thoughtful
Facility: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – clean, well maintained but old, no shower
Route setting: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – challenging, not many options for beginners

Unfortunately there is currently no official homepage of the Dyno wall.

If you’re curious about other climbing gyms, please check this link.

This post was updated on Oct 21st, 2018.

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5 Replies to “Climbing & Bouldering @DYNO Wall (The North Face) [Seoul]”

  1. Hi!

    I really liked reading your post. It’s the only good information about The North Face gym that I’ve been able to find. My name is Ashley, I’m from Canada, and I’m currently living in Seoul, too! I love climbing a lot, but I don’t have a climbing partner. I’m looking for a climbing partner here in South Korea! Please email me if you think you’d like to hang out and climb together sometime. 🙂

    Thank you for posting the information about the gym! I hope to hear from you!

    -Ashley

    1. Hey Ashley,
      thanks a lot for your comment. Very happy to hear that you like the post!
      And that’s awesome to know that you like climbing, too. And I’ll be more than happy to meet and go climbing with you. I also have some climbing friends in Seoul with whom I usually go. I can also introduce you with them.
      Can I reach you via the email address you entered? I’ll contact you for further climbing schedule 😘.
      Have a great holiday and talk to you soon!
      Mai

  2. Hi Mai, I found that your post is very helpful, thanks! May I have one question? For either Dyno Wall or K2, do I need to bring my own rope for lead climbing? Is it possible to rent one in the gym? Anthony

    1. Hey Anthony,
      thanks for reminding me of one important point. Unfortunately both of them don’t have stuff for rent. You have to bring your own gear.
      I’ve add some other good to know points in the K2 post (www.mydaysinkorea.com/2018/11/28/k2/). Hope this information helps.
      Thanks again and have a great week!
      Mai

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