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5 BEST Summer Vacation Spots in the City

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  • Date07/19/2019
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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!

Onemount Snow Park

  • ☞ Address: 300, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 300)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 or 3
  • ☞ Operating hours:
    - Snow park: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 / Weekends 10:00-19:00
    - Roof sled: Weekdays 11:00-17:00 / Weekends 11:00-18:00
    * Carousel operates every hour on the hour until 50 min past
    * Dogsled: 11:00-12:00 / 14:00-15:30 / 16:30-18:00
    * Hours listed are for June 1 – June 30, 2019. 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, 2019. 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)

In addition to optical illusion art, Seoul Trick Eye Museum facilities also include a hidden kingdom of ice in the city! 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, the Ice Museum is quite small, but it is prepared to entertain visitors with a variety of sculptures such as ice wings, an ice carriage, ice hotel and much more. The 10 meter-long ice slide allows visitors to actively enjoy the museum.

After exploring the Ice Museum, visitors can warm up by visiting the Trick Eye AR Museum and Love Museum. The Trick Eye AR 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!

Seoul Trick Eye Museum

  • ☞ Address: 20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 홍익로 3길 20)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 7 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 9
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00) / Open all year round
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 15,000 won / Children 12,000 won / Senior citizens 7,500 won / Infants Free
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Children (ages 3-18) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older) / Infants (under 3 years)
    * 3,000 won discount for 3-member family with one child / 4,000 won discount for 4-member family with one child
    * Ice Museum included in admission
    * Love Museum not included (adults only; additional 8,000 won charged)
  • ☞ Website: www.trickeye.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)

Flow House Yongin

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

Flow House Yongin is an amazing place where you can enjoy cool waves all year round regardless of the weather. 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 Yongin is extremely popular, the wait list can get quite long. We recommend making a reservation in advance.

Flow House Yongin

  • ☞ Address: B2, Lotte Premium Outlet Giheung Branch, 124, Singomae-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 용인시 기흥구 신고매로 124 롯데프리미엄아울렛기흥점 지하2층)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Dongtan Station (SRT Station), Exit 2
  • ☞ Operating hours: 12:00-20:00
  • ☞ Fare: 60,000 won per 2 hour session (for 1 individual)
    * Wetsuit rental 10,000 won / Towel rental 5,000 won
    * Prices will vary for packages and private lessons.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-10-6819-1115 (Korean, English, Japanese) / +82-31-966-1892 (Korean, English, Japanese)

Aquariums

COEX Aquarium (top & left, credit: COEX Aquarium) & Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan (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.

Lotte World Aquarium

  • ☞ Address: B1, Lotte World Mall, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 300 롯데월드몰 B1)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 5 min from Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 10
  • ☞ Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-20:00 / Friday-Sunday 10:00-22:00 (Last admission one hour before closing)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 31,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 27,000 won
    * Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older)
  • ☞ Website: www.lotteworld.com/aquarium (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)

COEX Aquarium

  • ☞ Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Bongeunsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 7
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last admission one hour before closing)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 28,000 won / Children 24,000 won / Senior citizens 22,400 won / Infants Free
    * Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older) / Infants (under 3 years)
  • ☞ Website: www.coexaqua.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Aqua Planet 63

  • ☞ Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 63로 50)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 261, 5534, or 5633 from Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4 to 63 Building Bus Stop
    * Free shuttle bus operates from Sambu APT.6 near Yeouinaru Station to 63 Building
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last admission 21:30)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 25,000 won / Teenagers 23,000 won / Children & Senior Citizens 21,000 won / Infants Free
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior Citizens (ages 65 and older) / Infants (under 3 years)
  • ☞ Website: www.aquaplanet.co.kr/63 (Korean, English)

Aqua Planet Ilsan

  • ☞ Address: 282, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 282)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 080 from Juyeop Station Bus Stop (near Exit 2) to Aquarium Bus Stop → Walk for approx. 10 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last admission 18:00)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 29,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 26,000 won / Infants Free
    * Adults (ages 14-64) / Children (ages 3-13) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older) / Infants (under 3 years)
  • ☞ Website: www.aquaplanet.co.kr/ilsan (Korean, English)

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 SBS program “Running Man.” Dymanic Maze is an indoor sports themed park with a variety of unique challenges to overcome 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.

Dynamic Maze

  • ☞ Address: B1, Daeil Building, 12, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 12 대일빌딩 B1)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 5
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-20:00 (Last admission 19:00) / Open all year round
  • ☞ Fees:  Dynamic Maze 12,000 won / Dynamic Maze + Alive Museum 20,000 won
    * Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult
    * Must be 1 meter or taller to enter
    * No shoes allowed within maze; entrance may be prohibited if not wearing socks
  • ☞ Website: www.dynamicmaze.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

More Info

  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in June 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.