While visitors worldwide flock to Seoul for its limitless shopping, sightseeing, and dining opportunities, the city’s historical significance, verdant mountains, and unique culture allows for plenty of interesting activities to fill your days with. Thanks to its efficient subway systems and public transportation, it is also very convenient to explore many sights and sounds beyond the city centre.
From spending the entire day at the world’s largest theme park to enjoying pampering spa services in a traditional Korean bathhouse, not only do the most popular things to do in Seoul appeal to all age groups, budget levels and preference, they are sure to leave you with fond memories – and possibly wanting a second trip the following year.
Home to the world’s largest theme park and Korea’s largest ice-skating rink, Lotte World is an iconic landmark in Seoul. It is open all year long from 09:30 until 22:00 and you can enjoy more than 20 rides, laser shows and cultural festivals, learn about Korean history at the folk museum, and browse an array of local and international brands at the theme park’s onsite shopping malls and souvenir shops. Admission fees for Lotte World vary according to time of entry and age, but visitors are encouraged to purchase the Daily Passport Ticket (free admission to all rides) which is priced at 48,000 won for adults (19 and above), 42,000 won for youths (13 - 18), 38,000 won for children (3 - 12) and 12,000 won for infants (below 3). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 22:00
- Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 1661 2000
Jimjilbang is a traditional bathhouse in Seoul where you can not only relax in quirky sauna rooms, but also spend the night at an affordable price. Open 24 hours a day, many of these establishments are also fitted with facilities such as hot tubs, snack bars, swimming pools, fitness clubs, golf ranges, noraebang (karaoke rooms) while sleeping quarters are fitted with sleeping mats or bunk beds. The entry fee to a typical jjimjilbang is priced between 6,000 and 8,000 won, making it a popular stay option for backpackers and budget travellers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: 28 Ogeum-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 404 7000
Another popular night-time activity in Seoul is karaoke, or noraebang, where many Seoulites flock to belt out to their favourite tunes until the wee hours of the morning. Available almost everywhere in the city, noraebang centres are usually equipped with massive televisions, ample microphones and tambourines, as well as a collection of songs in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The average rate per hour is between 2,000 and 20,000 won while beer, soft drinks and snacks are available at additional charges. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 19:00 –02:00, Sunday 19:00 – 01:00
- Address: Garden Level, Grand Hyatt Seoul
- Tel: +822 799 8440
Hike up to Seoul Fortress Wall
Enjoy hiking trails and remnants of the Joseon Dynasty at Bugaksan Mountain, which is South Korea’s highest peak. Standing at 342 metres, it takes about two hours to reach the top, where you'll get magnificent views of the city, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and N Seoul Tower. Along the way, you’ll pass through historical landmarks such as Seoul Fortress Wall, Bugak Pavilion, and Samcheong Park. As it is a popular spot for local hikers, it’s best to visit Bugaksan Mountain on a weekday and make sure you bring your passport along for registration.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: 110-701 Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 747 2152
Day trip to Nami Island
A half-moon-shaped isle in Chuncheon, Nami Island offers verdant sights, natural landmarks, and recreational activities for visitors of all ages. It takes about two hours to get to Nami Island by car, followed by a five-minute ferry ride that departs every 30 minutes until 21:00. Interesting facilities available on Nami Island include a theme park with merry-go-rounds, shooting range, roller-skating rinks, resort villas, bungalows, and the Song Museum, which houses a vast collection of ethnic musical instruments. Visitors can also get up-close and personal with wildlife that roams freely on this island, such as deer, ostriches, rabbits, turkeys, moles, and black woodpeckers.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 21:00
- Address: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gyeonggi-do Seoul
- Tel: +823 1580 8114