Things to do in Seoul’s winter

The winter in Korea is simply cold and windy and it’s going to be even colder. But at least the sun shines everyday. Don’t worry if you already plan to come to Seoul during the winter time. There are a lot of interesting activities to discover the city as well. Here is my list of things to do for you, just in case…

Watching Seoul from an observation deck

I love to go to a higher place and watch over everything moving below. It always amazes me, how beautiful, complicated but also tiny everything looks from above. In Seoul there are many observation decks you should visit, especially when the sky is clear:

Lotte World Tower

The Lotte World Tower is location on the south side of the Han river but you can see it from almost everywhere in Seoul. Because this is the highest building in Korea and the 5th tallest (2018) in the world.

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Lotte world tower from under

Taking the fastest double deck elevator from the lobby (L-1) you can reach the 117th floor just within some seconds. Then take your time to enjoy the stunning view, taking pictures and explore the highest floors of the building (117th up to 123th).

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View over Seoul from the observation deck of Lotte World Tower

Useful information for you:

  • Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Naver Map: Link
  • Operating hours: Sun-Thu: 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sat: 10:00-23:00
  • Entrance fee: Adult ₩27.000, Kid (3-13) ₩24.000 (It is kind of pricey but worthy!). You can make a reservation online to get some discount and shorten the queuing time.
  • Next subway station: Jasmin Station, Exit 1
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr, En, Ch, Jp)
  • Other cool things:
    • Online reservation possible from 14 days prior your visit
    • There is an outdoor observation area on the 122nd floor.
    • A luxury restaurant is located on the highest level (123th floor). It offers a great view and tasty drinks.
    • If you have time, browse through The Lotte World Shopping Mall in the lower floors of the same building.

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is an old TV tower, located on the Namsan Mountain in the middle of Seoul. That’s why it’s also named as Namsan Tower. If you’re traveling in Seoul center, you will sometimes see it between the buildings.

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View from N-Tower

You can either walk up hill or take the cable car to get there.

Useful information for you:

  • Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil Yongsan-gu Seoul
  • Naver Map: Link
  • Operating hours: Sun-Fri: 10:00-23:00; Sat: 10:00-24:00
  • Entrance fee: Erwachsener ₩10.000, Kinder (3-13) ₩8.000;
  • Cable car station: Naver Map
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr, En)
  • Other cool things:
    • It’s a popular place in Korea for couple to go and hang a love lock.
    • On the top floor of the N-Tower you can enjoy a 360° view over the city while having a decent meal at the revolving restaurant. Its floor is rotating slowly.

The Sky farm

A farm on the 51st floor of a highrise building! Can you imagine that?! I couldn’t until I saw it with my own eyes… 😲

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The Sky Farm on 51st floor
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… with amazing view over the Korean Assembly and Hanriver 

Useful information for you:

  • Address: FKI Mall, 24 Yeoui-daero Yeongdeungpo-gu Seoul; take the elevator to the 50th floor, then use the stairway to reach the farm.
  • Naver Map: Link
  • Operating hours: 9:00-23:00
  • Entrance fee: free 🤩
  • Next subway station: Yeouido Station, Exit 2 oder Singil Station, Exit 2
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr)
  • Other cool things:
    • There are some restaurants on the 50th floor, where you can sit down and enjoy the view. (Reservation recommended).
    • If you walk from or to Singil station, you will pass one of the most beautiful pedestrian bridges in Seoul – the Munhwa bridge.
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Munhwa bridge

Winter hiking on Seoul city wall

Same as from the observation decks, you can see the city from the mountain as well. If the cold isn’t a matter for you, don’t hesitate to hike on the Seoul city wall on a winter day. It’d be amazing!

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Useful information for you:

  • Suggested route: Baegak Mountain Trail (fom Hyehwamun to Changuimun), 4,7km
  • Map: Baegak Mountain Trail
  • Operating hours: Tue-Sun, Mar-Oct: 9:00-16:00; Nov-Feb: 9:00-15:00
  • Entrance fee: free of charge  🤩
  • What you should take with: Passport, warm clothes and enough water
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr, En, Ch, Jp)

Outdoor ice skating

You will find some outdoor Ice skating rinks around Seoul during the winter time, for example:

Ice skating rink am Seoul Plaza

  • Address: 54-3 Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga Jung-gu Seoul
  • Naver Map: Link
  • Operating hours: 21.12.2018-10.2.2019; Mon-Thu: 10:00-21:30; Fri-Sun & Holiday: 10:00-23:00
  • Fee: ₩1.000/hour 🤩
  • Next subway station: City Hall, Exit 5 oder 6
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr, En)

Ice skating rink am Grand Hyatt

  • Address: 322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 04347
  • Naver Map: Link
  • Operating hours: 04.12.2018~2.2019; Weekdays: 12:00-21:00; Weekend & Holiday: 10:00-21:00
  • Fee: Mon-Thu: ₩27.000, Fri-Sun & Holiday: ₩33.000; Monthly pass ₩280.000 (very expensive 😳)
  • Next subway station: Samgakji, Exit 1
  • Info & News: Homepage (Kr)

Well, this post is long enough, don’t you think? Other activities for really bad weather will come in the next post.

Have fun!

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Love locks at N-Tower
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