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Winter Fun in Korea: Ice Skating and Sledding

Winter has arrived in Korea, and with it comes frequent forecasts of snow and freezing nighttime temperatures. With these conditions, it is easy to see why people tend to spend more time indoors in Winter, but Korea's winter sports offer plenty of great reasons to go outside. Ice skating and sledding are two of the most popular and affordable winter leisure activities and are loved by people of all ages. The winter cold will be a distant memory as you zoom down snowy hilltops or gracefully glide across the ice. So brave the cold this winter and visit an ice skating rink or sledding park to make some unforgettable winter memories in Korea.

Seoul Square Skating Rink

At Seoul Plaza, you can ice skate in the middle of bustling downtown Seoul. The best aspects of this ice skating rink are its convenient location, as it is placed at the center of downtown Seoul and is easily accessed by public transportation, and the affordable ticket price. After skating, it is just a short walk to Gwanghwamun Square and the Insa-dong neighborhood, where you can enjoy a variety of tourist attractions. The rink opens at 10:00 a.m. and the surface of the rink is cleaned and resurfaced for 30 minutes every hour. Skate rental is included with your admission ticket.

Seoul Square Skating Rink
☞ Period: December 16, 2013 – February 23, 2014 (no closing day)
☞ Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00 – 21:30 / Fri, Sat, and National Holidays: 1 hour extended operation
** 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (Feb 7-23, 2014): Sun – Thu 16:00-21:30, Fri, Sat, and National Holidays: 10:00-23:00
☞ Fees: 1,000 won per hour (including admission fee and rental fee)
* Make sure to bring gloves (purchase available on site).
☞ Convenience facilities: Toilet, book café, coin operated lockers, lounge, outdoor tables, and heater
☞ Homepage: (Korean, English)
☞ Nearby Attractions: Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Insa-dong, Deoksugung Palace

Lotte World's Indoor Ice Rink

Photo credit: Lotte World

An indoor ice rink is located on the 3rd basement floor of Lotte World, one of the major amusement parks in Korea. A glass ceiling lets in natural sunlight while protecting skaters from inclement weather or extreme temperatures. At night, moving laser lights help create an even more exciting atmosphere. Around the ice rink are family restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a pleasant dinner while enjoying views of the rink. Upon presenting your ice skating rink ticket, you can get a 2,000 won discount if you choose to purchase a Lotte World all-day ticket, so don't forget to enjoy other fun rides at Lotte World. Also, there is an event for skaters to watch a pro-basketball game for free until March 31, 2014. To take part in the event, take your stamped ice rink ticket and present it at Jamsil Gymnasium.

Lotte World Indoor Ice Skating Rink
☞ Period: Open all year round (Subject to change)
☞ Usage Period: Three hours per ticket (includes ice resurfacing period)

High Season (Jul-Aug / Dec-Feb) Low Season (Mar-Jun / Sep-Nov)
Everyday Mon - Fri Weekends and National Holidays
10:00 - 22:30 10:00 - 21:30 10:00 - 22:30

* High season depends on school vacation schedule in Korea.
** Opening hour is subject to change.

☞ Fees: Adults & Youths 14,000 won, Children 13,000 won (includes admission fee and rental fees for skates & helmet)
* Admission not allowed for children 7 years old or younger
* Make sure to bring your gloves (or purchase ones on site)
☞ Night Laser Show Time
* High Season: Weekdays 21:20 – 22:00
* Low Season: Weekdays 20:50 – 21:10
* High Season, Low Season: Weekends & National Holidays 21:20 – 22:00
☞ Convenient facilities: Coin operated storage, dressing rooms, tables and chairs, restaurants & cafés
☞ Homepage: (Korean)
☞ Nearby attractions: Olympic Park, Children's Grand Park, Seokchon Lake

Everland Snow Buster

Photo credit: Everland Everland Snow Buster, located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, has a wide variety of high-speed sledding slopes. There are three slope types: Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch Kid's Sled. Eiger, in particular, offers twice as much fun and thrills with its 200m curved slope. Family visitors can share a two-person sled, or fly down the slopes solo in one-person sleds. The lift takes sledders to the top of the hill while they are seated on their tube sleds, offering an easy and convenient way to the top of the hill. Heaters are placed around the ride for riders to warm up as needed.

As the Everland all-day ticket covers the Snow Buster, you may also want to enjoy the other fun rides of the amusement park after enjoying your sled ride. At night, fantastic light displays help create a unique evening atmosphere throughout Everland.

☞ Period: Undetermined
☞ Hours: Undetermined
☞ Everland Daypass: Adults - 44,000 won, Youth - 37,000 won, Children - 34,000 won
☞ Convenience facilities: coin operated lockers, indoor heater, lounge/snack bar, restaurants & cafeteria
☞ Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Nearby Attractions: Caribbean Bay, Korean Folk Village, Yongin Recreational Forest

Seoul Land Snow Sled Park

Photo credit: Seoul Land The Snow Sled Park in Seoul Land, located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, is a perfect family outing place for the ultimate winter experience. Flat plastic snow sleds provide high-speed fun. For safety, separate courses have been created for adults and children. The children's slope, where parents may ride sleds with their children, is the most popular among family visitors. Without an automated lift ride to take you up the hill, you may bring your own sled and walk up to the top for another ride.

At the playground adjacent to the slope, you can enjoy winter fun while making a snowman or having a snow ball fight. The playground also has a snow sledding ride area exclusively for toddlers and young children. The all-day pass for Seoul Land covers the Snow Sled Park, but the general admission ticket does not. In this case, you would need to pay an additional 5,000 won (children 4,000 won) to enter the Snow Sled Park.

Seoul Land
☞ Period: Undetermined
☞ Hours: Undetermined
* Operating hours and opening/closing time may vary per unexpected conditions
☞ Seoul Land Day Pass: Adults - 34,000 won, Youth - 30,000 won, Children - 27,000 won
☞ Seoul Land Admission Fees: Adults - 20,000 won, Youth - 17,000 won, Children - 15,000 won
(Seoul Land Day Pass / Annual Pass holders can enter the sled park for free. General admission ticket holders can enter the sled park for an extra 5,000 won for adults and youths and 4,000 won for children.)
☞ Convenience facilities: Coin operated storage, lounge/snack bar, wood-burning stove, restaurants & cafeteria
☞ Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Nearby Attractions
Seoul Race Park, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheonggyesan Mountain

Other Skating & Sledding Facilities

Skating Rinks

Skating Rink Period Hours Fees
Garden 5
Ice Rink
December 7, 2013 – February 9, 2014 Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:50
Sat - Sun
10:00 - 22:00
* 10:00 - 12:10: Not open to the general public during the skating lessons
Children: 1,000 won
Youth: 1,500 won
Adults: 2,000 won
*Rental: 1,000 won
Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink December 20, 2013 – February 9, 2014 Mon - Fri
09:00 – 20:30
*Admission: 1,500 won
*Rental: 500 won (first 1 hour 30 minute)
Mokdong Ice Rink Open year round Mon - Fri
14:00 - 18:00
Weekends & National Holidays
12:00 – 18:00
*Admission (Weekdays / Weekends)
Children: 3,000 won / 3,900 won
Youth: 3,500 won / 4,500 won
Adults: 4,000 won / 5,200 won
*Rental: 3,000 won (first 2 hours), 1,000 won per extra hour
Grand Hyatt Seoul Ice Skating Rink November 30, 2013 – The end of February, 2014 (Undetermined) Mon - Fri
12:00 - 21:00
Weekends & National Holidays
10:00 – 22:00
*From December 22 to the end of January will operate from 10:00 to 22:00.
Mon – Fri: 25,300 won
Weekends & National Holidays: 29,700 won
*Rental: 19,800 won
(includes tax)
Korea University Ice Skating Rink Open all year round
(Closed on Seollal and Chuseok Holidays)
Mon - Fri
14:00 - 16:50
Sat - Sun
14:00 - 17:50

*Summer / Winter Vacation Period
Mon - Sat: 13:00 - 17:50
Adults: 6,000 won
Youth: 5,500 won
Children: 5,000 won
*Rental: 3,000 won
 I' Park Mall Ice Rink December 6, 2013 – The end of February, 2014 (Undetermined) Sun – Thu
10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat
10:00 - 22:00
2,000 won (including rental fee)

* Make sure to wear gloves.

Sledding Parks

Sledding Park Period Hours Fees
Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill December 14, 2013 – February 16, 2014 Mon - Sun
09:00 – 17:00
6,000 won
Day Pass: 10,000 won
(available for sledding and rides)
Yeouido Hangang Park Ice Skating Rink
Noeul Park Snow Sled in World Cup Park December 20, 2013 (Planned) Mon - Sun
10:00 – 18:00
Day Pass: 8,000 won
Korean Children's Center Snow Sledding Field December 14, 2013 – February 23, 2014 Mon - Sun
09:30 – 17:00
Weekdays / Weekends 8,000 won / 9,000 won
Day Pass (Weekdays / Weekends) 13,000 won / 14,000 won
(includes snow sledding, ice fishing and an air bumper cars)

* Period and hours may vary in the event of unexpected conditions.

Last updated on November 28, 2013

Date 12/26/2013

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