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
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Autumn in Korea – 한국 가을 2018

This is the first time for me to meet the Korean Autumn. Eventhough I already read on the Internet or saw on TV that this is a wonderful time here, I still can’t help but fall in love with it 😍.

The weather is not hot anymore, rather cool. You can feel the autumn breeze and also see it taking all the colorful leaves with it. Day by day  you can see the color of your surrounding is changing – on the streets, in the parks or on the mountains. From green to yellow, to orange then red… Then maybe you only see a naked tree left, without any leaf.

Everyday is more beautiful than the previous day…

I went around, enjoying this fabulous scenery and try to capture it with all devices I have. But I only feel helpless, because the reality is much more lively, much more colorful, much more fantastic… No word, no picture can describe the beauty of the autumn in Korea. You have to come, to see and breath it by yourself.

Well, despite that fact, I still would love to share some pictures of my autumn collection with you to give you more motivation to come to Korea in autumn ☺️.

All of them were taken between end of September and end of October 2018. The whole collection as well as the locations I’ve been to can be found here.

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Bukhansan

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Bukhansan

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Bukhansan

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The Han-River – 한강 (Hangang) [Seoul]

한강 – Hangang is the main river of Seoul that flows through the city and divides it in two main parts Gangbuk (northern part of the river) and Gangnam (southern part).

On the river banks there are in total 12 parks that were built since 1982 and are maintained regularly until today. Thanks to that, the citizens as well as visitors can enjoy a beautiful green environment for more than 41km along the river in many different ways. It can simply be going for a walk, taking some nice pictures, or doing exercises, jogging, riding bicycle, playing basket ball, go fishing… or even camping and partying with family and friends.

Seoul, Hangang Park
Pedestrian bridge to Yeouido park

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Seoul’s fish market Noryangjin – 노량진 수산시장

Well, since I was a child, I already loved to eat fish and seafood. A long the coast in Vietnam you can have the best seafood ever. While living in Germany, I really miss it, because fresh seafood there was too expensive. But now I’m in Korea, it’s really easy to find really fresh products from the sea with affordable price. For example in Seoul’s fish market – 노량진 수산시장 (Noryangjin Jichang).

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Inside the market

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Visit a public bath house – 찜질방 – Jjimjilbang

찜질 (jjimjil) means in Korean “hot bath” and 방 (bang) is a room. However, if you visit a jjimjilbang, you’ll see that it’s not only a hot-bath-room, but a common area, where people gather together to have some fun, to rest, to take a sauna or massage and even to overnight at low costs.

I’ve been to Dragon Hill Spa – a well known jjimjilbang in Yongsan, Seoul. The experience there was quite unique… You can find my special tips for a great jjimjilbang visit at the end of this post.

Dragon Hill Spa

Dragon Hill Spa
Entrance

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