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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
* 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.