Maybe you can’t imagine, but Seoul is not only a huge and modern metropolis to visit as a tourist, it’s also a paradise for rock climbers. Geographically, the city is surrounded by many mountains where you can do trad or multi-pitch rock climbing. The climbing spots are easily reached by public transportation. However, it will take time to go there and sometimes the weather is too hot or cold to go to the mountain. In this case, you still can enjoy rock climbing on many artificial outdoor climbing walls in the city.
Have you tried them out yet? I’ve tried many of them. For me, these are best locations to meet and greet Korean rock climbers.
Check this post out to know where you can find them.
There are not so many options to survive the winter in Seoul for rock climbers. I mean, while boulder gyms seem to be easy to find, in door rock climbing walls can rarely be found in the city. Unfortunately, K2 gym and the DYNO wall were closed forever 😭.
However, if you don’t mind to go to Incheon, I have another good option for you: the Discovery Climbing Square (DCS ICN).
The first snow has come to Seoul. That means the outdoor rock climbing season is over. In order to be stronger even during the winter, you can go to indoor climbing gyms. Beside the DYNO Wall by The North Face, in Seoul you can also visit K2 Climbing & Fitness (K2 C&F).
I have checked it out recently and I have to say, it’s an awesome climbing gym.
How to find it?
Operating hours: Weekdays 9:00~23:00; Saturday: 9:00~21:00; Sunday and holidays: 9:00~18:00
Fee: day pass: 40.000₩; monthly pass: 100.000₩
Address: K2 Sport climbing center, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga 277-70 Seongdong-gu Seoul
It’s again time to climb outdoor, since the weather gets much cooler but not yet cold. If you live in Seoul but don’t have time to go to the mountain for climbing, try to visit one of some artificial rock walls in Seoul, for example in Eungbongsan Rock Park.
Closest subway station: Eungbong, Exit 1, then about 20 min walk uphill.
If you don’t want to walk far, you can reach the park at best by bus. The closest bus stop is “Eungbongdong Hyeondae Apartment”.
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.
How to find it?
Address: NorthFace Outdoor Culture Center;
356 Dobong-ro Gangbuk-gu Seoul