Known as the "Manhattan of Seoul," Yeouido is the center of Seoul's politics, finance and business and is home to some famous landmarks like the National Assembly Building, 63 building, one of the tallest buildings in Korea, major TV stations and financial corporations. However, some recent developments have started to change the atmosphere of this fast-paced business district into a more leisure focused area.
The IFC Mall, a large international shopping area, was opened in the heart of Yeouido in 2012, and the Hangang River area has undergone continuous improvements over the years, creating a more welcoming place for people relax along the river. With this brought the opening of many international hotels and a variety of restaurants. The stereotypical scene of Yeouido being full of men in suits has been slowly replaced with people who come to enjoy a relaxing weekend, do some shopping or indulge in fine dining. Yeouido is no longer a tourist destination only when its cherry blossoms are in full bloom, so read on to find out more on some great spots to check out on this.
Towering over the buildings in Yeouido, 63 Building not only serves as headquarters for several major financial companies but it also offers plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options for visitors.
Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4 / Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 / Daebang Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 6 / Saetgang Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1. From these exits you can take a free shuttle bus to 63 Building. The shuttle bus runs around from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
* Shuttle bus time table: http://www.63.co.kr/home/63CITY/eng/contact/shuttleBus.do
Hours: Varies by attraction
Admission: Varies by attraction
(*International visitors can get a 10% discount by showing their ARC or passport)
Homepage: www.63.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Tel: +82-2-789-5663 (Korean)
The 63 Wax Museum has a collection of wax sculptures replicating famous people throughout history as well as contemporary personalities. Visitors can take photos alongside the wax figures of world-renowned musicians (Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven), painters (Salvador Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh), sports stars (David Beckham, Tiger Woods), Hollywood celebrities (Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Leonardo DiCaprio), political figures (Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Park Geun-hye) and more. A special section dubbed the Chamber of Horrors is where the more grisly exhibits are displayed. The museum also offers visitors several hands-on programs (making a wax mold of one's hand, painting ceramic figurines, etc.), making this tour anything but a typical day at the museum.
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (visitors may enter until 21:30)
Admission Fee: 14,000 won (Ages 19 & over) / 13,000 won (Ages 4-18 and over 65)
Website: http://www.63.co.kr/home/63CITY/eng/wax/intro.do (Korean,
English, Chinese, Japanese)
63 Seaworld has over 20,000 sea creatures from 400 species and is famous for its exciting seal and sea lion shows. The aquarium offers an opportunity to get up close to a variety of marine life ranging from the cute and cuddly to the fascinating and bizarre. To add some thrill to the experience, visitors can try walking on the glass floor and watch as animals swim beneath them. Be sure not to miss the feeding show and special performances from your favorite animals by checking the schedule here.
Hours: 10:00–22:00 (visitors may enter until 21:30)
Admission Fee: 19,000 won (Ages 19 & over) / 16,000 won (Ages 4-18 and over 65)
Website: http://www.63.co.kr/home/63CITY/eng/seaworld/intro.do (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
63 Sky Art combines a beautiful view of the Hangang River and Seoul with special exhibitions from a variety of artists. The glass elevators take visitors to the observation platform on the 60th floor where they can see the remarkable city view below. From this vantage point, one can see several of the Hangang River bridges all at once, as well as Yeouido Park below and the surrounding areas. Visitors can take their time to enjoy the art, soak up the view, sit down and relax at the café, or shop for some souvenirs at the gift shop.
Hours: 10:00–22:00 (visitors may enter until 21:30)
Admission Fee: 12,000 won (Ages 19 & over) / 11,000 won (Ages 4-18 and over 65)
Website: http://www.63.co.kr/home/63CITY/eng/skyart/intro.do ((Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
After you've explored the various attractions in 63 Building, head back outdoors to Yeouido Hangang Park. As the park is quite large, riding a bicycle is the best way to explore the area. The park has a bicycle rental shop with a wide range of bicycles to choose from. Adults' and children's bikes are available to rent for 3,000 won per hour and tandems for 6,000 per hour. If your legs start to get weary from all the biking, you can sit down on one of the many benches scattered around the park or simply lie down under the shade of a tree. When the sun sets, you can watch the orange glow spread across the park. At night, the Hangang River bridges and the city skyline combine to make one stunning night view.
Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1. / Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2 or 3. / Saetgang Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4.
Hours: Open all year round
Homepage: http://hangang.seoul.go.kr/park_yoido/ (Korean)
Tel: +82-2-3780-0561~4 (Korean only)
Elie's Pie makes freshly-baked, delicious tarts and pies. From the simple fruit-flavored to the delicately icing-topped, these pies are certainly hard to resist and even harder not to eat two or three in one sitting. Aside from their assortment of pies, Elie's Pie also has a wide variety of breads and pastries, all of which are baked in-house using fresh ingredients. Their coffee is always freshly-brewed from organic coffee beans and they only use natural vanilla for their famous egg tarts.
Address: 118, Hongu Building, 43-3, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Go straight and take a right at the second four-way intersection. Walk down this street for about 430m and the building will be on your right. Elie's Pie is located on the first floor of the Hongu Building.
Menu: Lemon cheese tart 3,700 won / Camembert tart 3,700 won / Strawberry cup tart 2,300 won / Egg tart 1,900 won / Beverages 1,900-3,500 won / Set menu: Two egg tarts + two Americano coffees 7,000 won
Hours: 09:00–22:00 (Open all year round)
Homepage: www.eliespie.co.kr/ (Korean)
Tel: +82-2-784-8243 (Korean)
The International Financial Center Mall was established in 2012 and is one of the most upscale malls in Seoul. Due to its convenient location in Yeouido, brand new facilities and variety of stores, IFC Mall has become one of the hottest spots in Seoul.
IFC Mall divided into three floors. L1 is all about fashion stores, ranging from sports wear to international fashion brands. Fashion stores continue on L2, which also has a Youngpoong Bookstore. L3 is full of restaurants, several famous coffee shops, and a CGV movie theatre, which has a unique "Movie Street" themed hallway decorated with movie-related books, DVDs, and souvenirs. IFC Mall also provides English language services at the information center and at the many interactive touch-screen maps throughout the mall, a convenience sure to be appreciated by international visitors.
Address: IFC Mall, 10, Gukjegeumyoon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (23-1, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)
Getting there: Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5 & 9), Exit 3. The mall is directly connected to the subway by moving walkways.
Floor information: L1 – fashion / L2 – fashion & YP Bookstore / L3 – Food & CGV
Hours: 10:00–22:00 (Open year round)
Homepage: www.ifcmallseoul.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tel: +82-2-6137-5000 (Korean)
For a meal with friends, COTTO comes highly recommended because of its location, atmosphere and menu. COTTO, an Italian pizza & pasta restaurant, is situated in the basement level 3 of the IFC Mall in Yeouido. When you step into the restaurant, you will notice the ambiance set by the dimmed lights and a big chandelier. This restaurant is unique as it has an open kitchen and their pizzas are cooked in brick-ovens.
During the lunch service, salad is served for free and focaccia is served before the entrées arrive, helping to work up your appetite. Their pizza and pasta dishes have very rich flavors and even some unique ingredients. The fig and prosciutto pizza tastes very sweet, and the bottarga and chicken aglio olio has an authentic flavor. Honey is served as a side to put on the pizza for those wanting a sweeter flavor. Most dishes are around 20,000 won. For those who want to have a unique and authentic dining experience, try COTTO in the IFC Mall.
Address: Basement level 3 of IFC Mall, 10, Gukjegeumyoon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (23-1, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)
Getting there: Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5 & 9), Exit 3. The mall is directly connected to the subway by moving walkways. Cotto is located inside IFC Mall on basement level 3.
Menu: Smoked Shrimp, Jalapeno, and Chorizo Oil Tagliatelle Pasta 22,000 won/ Salami Diavolo Pizza 19,000 won/ Fig & Prosciutto Pizza 20,000 won
Hours: 11:30–22:00 (Open year round)
Tel: +82-2-6137-5260 (Korean)
Once a river where foreign steam boats delivered people and goods, today the Hangang River is home to cruise ships, water taxis and yachting. Opened in 2012, Seoul Marina provides Seoulites with great yacht services including yacht maintenance, yacht classes and yacht rentals. Yachting is no longer something only the affluent can experience in Seoul as the Seoul Marina has a variety of boats to rent suitable for any occasion or budget, from non-motorized dinghies to luxury power yachts. Tourists can enjoy the great views aboard a cruising yacht with a private skipper instead of a crowded cruise ship for just 15,000 won per person for an hour, rent a yacht with an interior romantically decorated for a marriage proposal, or even business yachts can be rented to host a party or meeting with catering services available upon request. The Seoul Marina Center has a café, restaurant and banquet hall for those who want to enjoy the views on land. Head to the Seoul Marina to venture out on a boat and fall in love with the city in style.
Address: 160, Yeouiseo-ro (Yeouido-dong), Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Getting there: National Assembly Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1. Outside the exit, take bus 260 and get off at Yeouido Yacht Naru (여의도요트나루) Stop. Walk straight for 300m and the Seoul Marina will be on your right.
Hours: Sailing - weekdays 15:00-20:00 / Weekend 13:00-20:00
Seoul Marina facilities - 09:00-22:00 (varies by facilities)
Reservation: Reservation and payment needs be made online at least 3 days in advance. As the website is in Korean, international visitors can make a reservation by calling Seoul Marina and wiring the money in advance. Same day on-site reservation is possible only if seats are available.
Homepage: http://seoul-marina.com/index.vw (Korean only)
Tel: +82-2-3780-8400 (Korean, English)
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☞ Nearby Attractions: The National Assembly Building, Hangang River Ferry Cruise, Yeouido Saetgang Ecological Park
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☞ Accommodations: www.ydp.go.kr
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