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5 BEST Summer Vacation Spots in the City

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  • Date06/25/2018
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Lotte World Aquarium (Credit: Lotte World Aquarium)

As temperatures soar, people dream of enjoying a relaxing vacation but dread traveling far to enjoy it. For people in Seoul, there is no need to worry! Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area have it covered, with plenty of attractions perfect for keeping cool and making great memories of your summer vacation. Read on to learn about the five best attractions sure to make your time in Korea even better!

Onemount Snow Park

Onemount Snow Park (Credit: Onemount Snow Park) Onemount Snow Park (Credit: Onemount Snow Park)

Onemount Snow Park in Goyang is an indoor winter wonderland! Open all year round, the snow and ice will have you feeling like you traveled to Arendelle along with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen (2013).” The color-changing lights and decorations hanging from the ceiling create a romantic atmosphere.

The largest charm to Onemount Snow Park is getting to enjoy activities generally only available in winter. The park is kept at -2 degrees Celsius to keep Snow Hill, made out of real ice, from melting. Here you can sled and skate to your heart’s content and take shot after shot in the photo zone. Don’t miss out on the unique experiences available here, from the dogsled to even a robot sled and mammoth sled!

  • ☞ Address: 300, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 300)
  • ☞ Directions: Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 or 3. Walk approx. 15min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 / Weekends 10:00-19:00 (Snow Hill Weekdays 10:15-17:00 / Weekends 10:15-18:00)
  • ※ Hours listed are for June 1 – June 30, 2018. Hours after the mentioned period are subject to change. Please refer to official website for more information.
  • ☞ Admission: 30,000 won
  • ※ Children under 3 years enter free with proof of age
  • ※ Prices listed are for June 1 – June 30, 2018. Prices after the mentioned period are subject to change. Please refer to official website for more information.
  • ☞ Website: snowpark.onemount.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Seoul Trick Eye Museum’s Ice Museum

Seoul Trick Eye Museum (Credit: Seoul Trick Eye Museum) Seoul Trick Eye Museum (Credit: Seoul Trick Eye Museum)

A hidden kingdom of ice in the city! In addition to optical illusion art, Seoul Trick Eye Museum facilities also include Ice Museum. Upon entering through the Ice Museum’s grand metal door, visitors will be shocked by two things; one, that your whole body will be completely chilled from the instant cold, and two, that so many amazing works of art can be created from the single material of ice. Compared to other exhibitions, Ice Museum is quite small, but it is prepared to entertain visitors with a variety of sculptures such as ice wings, an ice carriage, an ice hotel and much more. The 10m-long ice slide allows visitors to actively enjoy the museum.

After exploring the Ice Museum, visitors can warm up by visiting the Trick Eye Museum and Love Museum. Trick Eye Museum is divided into five themed areas: Water World, Best Trick Eye, Synchro Zone, Fantasy, and Horror Nights. Each themed hall offers plenty of fun photo opportunities. The Love Museum is designed with unique erotic art, and is only open to adult visitors. Other experiences at the Trick Eye Museum include 3D art and even augmented reality!

  • ☞ Address: 20, 3-gil, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 홍익로 3길 20)
  • ☞ Directions: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 9. Walk approx. 7min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) / Open all year round
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
  • ※ Ice Museum included in admission.
  • ☞ Website: www.trickeye.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Thai)

Flow House Seoul

Flow House (Credit: Flow House Seoul) Flow House (Credit: Flow House Seoul)

Flow House Seoul, where you can enjoy cool waves all year round regardless of the weather. The only indoor flowriding center in Korea, visitors to Flow House can borrow boards (free) and wetsuits (charged) so there is no need to prepare anything before visiting. Flowriding, a relatively new sport, is attractive to beginning surfers who are not quite ready for the powerful, wild waves of the ocean. Beginners can easily learn how to surf from expert instructors, and more advanced surfers can enjoy and practice their moves without traveling out of the city.

There are two ways to enjoy the artificial waves! You can lie down on the board to enjoy bodyboarding, or stand up to challenge flowboarding. As Flow House Seoul is the only flowriding center in Korea, the wait list can get quite long. We recommend making a reservation in advance.

  • ☞ Address: 104, Gongneungcheon-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산동구 공릉천로 104)
  • ☞ Directions: Wondang Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Take a taxi for approx. 15min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: May 13:00-19:00 / June-October 13:00-22:00 / November-April 12:00-18:00
  • ☞ Fare: 40,000 won per hour (for 1 individual)
  • ※ Wetsuit rental 10,000 won / Tower rental 5,000 won
  • ※ Prices will vary for packages and private lessons.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-10-6819-1115 / +82-31-966-1892 (Korean, English, Japanese) / iamflowrider@naver.com (Korean, English, Japanese)

Aquariums

COEX Aquarium (Top & bottom left, credit: COEX Aquarium) & Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan (bottom right, credit: Hanwha Hotels & Resorts)

The best way to experience the ocean in the city is by visiting one of the four aquariums in the metropolitan area. While all four locations provide a glimpse into life under the sea, each venue has its own special charm.

Lotte World Aquarium and COEX Aquarium are home to the standard fish and marine life typically found at aquariums. Aqua Planet 63 provides a learning experience of the ocean’s ecosystem through storytelling, while Aqua Planet Ilsan features animals that live near the ocean as well. As each aquarium offers an experience unique to its own, find the one that draws your attention most.

  • ☞ Addresses
  • - Lotte World Aquarium: B1, Lotte World Mall, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 300 롯데월드몰 B1)
  • - COEX Aquarium: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513)
  • - Aqua Planet 63: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 63로 50)
  • - Aqua Planet Ilsan: 282, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 282)
  • ☞ Directions
  • - Lotte World Aquarium: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 10. Walk approx. 5min.
  • - COEX Aquarium: Bongeunsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 7. Walk approx. 5min.
  • - Aqua Planet 63: Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3. Walk approx. 15min.
  • - Aqua Planet Ilsan: Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 or 3. Walk approx. 15min.
  • ☞ Operating hours
  • - Lotte World Aquarium: 10:00-22:00 (Last admission 21:00) / Open all year round
  • - COEX Aquarium: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00, Saturdays 10:00-21:00 / Open all year round
  • - Aqua Planet 63: 10:00-22:00 (Last admission 21:30) / Open all year round
  • - Aqua Planet Ilsan: 10:00-19:00 (Last admission 18:00) / Open all year round
  • ☞ Admission
  • - Lotte World Aquarium: Adults & Teenagers 31,000 won / Children 27,000 won
  • - COEX Aquarium: Adults 28,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / Children 22,000 won
  • - Aqua Planet 63: Adults 25,000 won / Teenagers 23,000 won / Children 21,000 won
  • - Aqua Planet Ilsan: Adults 29,000 won / Teenagers 26,000 won / Children 24,000 won
  • ※ Seasonal experience program fees charged separately.
  • ☞ Websites
  • - Lotte World Aquarium: www.lotteworld.com (Korean, English)
  • - COEX Aquarium: www.coexaqua.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • - Aqua Planet 63: www.aquaplanet.co.kr/63 (Korean, English)
  • - Aqua Planet: www.aquaplanet.co.kr/ilsan (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Dynamic Maze (Insa-dong)

Dynamic Maze (Credit: Creative Tong) Dynamic Maze (Credit: Creative Tong)

Dynamic Maze is a fun attraction recommended for those who enjoy Korean variety programs. This thrilling attraction was showcased in the popular program “Running Man.” Designed with the concept of “escape the maze in the city,” Dynamic Maze offers 16 unique missions to overcome, run in teams of at least two people. To fully enjoy your time in the maze, be sure to check all of your personal items in the lockers before entering.

After completing your Dynamic Maze experience, enjoy funny illusion artworks at Alive Museum. Become one with the illusion paintings for memorable photos of your time in Seoul.

  • ☞ Address: B1, Daeil Building, 12, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 12 대일빌딩 B1)
  • ☞ Directions: Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 5. Walk approx. 5min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-20:30 (Last admission 19:30) / Open all year round
  • ☞ Fees:  Dynamic Maze 12,000 won / Dynamic Maze + Alive Museum 18,000 won
  • ※ No admissions for children under 5 years old or less than 110cm tall. Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult in order to enter.
  • ☞ Website: www.dynamicmaze.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

* This column was last updated in May 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check the official websites before visiting.