Seoul is alive with fun and quirky things to do. All you need to do is scratch beneath its surface to find it’s hidden secrets. Here is a guide to 5 unique things to do in Seoul this winter.
Fun Things To Do In Seoul #1: Yongma Land
If you want a little adventure exploring some of Seoul’s history, we think this might be the spot. Located just 30 minutes from Seoul is a derelict amusement park filled with abandoned rides and an eerie atmosphere. Built in 1980, this park was popular among local residents wanting a Saturday night adrenaline rush. Rides such as the Korean octopus and the mighty viking became irresistible. However, with the construction of Lotte world in 1989. The octopus steadily stopped moving and the viking stopped swinging its might. Inevitably, the park had to close down in 2011.
Nevertheless, with its closure, came the opportunity to visit an abandoned park. As a result, we think you will definitely take something away from this unique experience. For only 10,000 won, this is a worthwhile trip to roam all over the rides, and get a feel for what Korea was like in the 1980’s. If you’re lucky, you might also be able to see the the ghostly carousel lit up in all of its glory.
118, Mangu-ro 70-gil, Jungnang-gu, Seoul. Open most days from 9am – 7pm, adult tickets start from ₩10,000.
Fun Things To Do In Seoul# 2: Dongmyo Flea Market
Second in our list is the Dongmyo flea market. This market is truly alive with vendors and shoppers trying to get the best price from all the second hand goodies on offer. With hundreds of stalls selling anything from leather jackets, to classic antiques, you are sure to get what you want at a fantastic price. Make sure you take a few bags to stuff all of your goods in, and don’t forget to bring a bundle of ₩1,000 notes to barter with. Above all, experience the fast pace of Korean life, and jump into the no holds bar of Dongmyo Flea Market- it sure is fun!
240-1 Sungin 2(i)-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. opens: 2pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends,closes around 8pm. The market is closes every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.
Fun Things To Do In Seoul#3: The Trick Eye And Love Museum
If you’re in Hongdae, we recommend going to the Trick eye and love Museum. As the name suggests, the Trick Eye Museum has a great number of creative and unique optical illusions for you to admire and interact with. Don’t forget your phone as you are guaranteed to get plenty of likes on your Instagram with all these humorous paintings. After being mind boggled into a boggled mess, make your way to the Love Museum, which is in the same building. This Museum is filled with Sexual explicit paintings so make sure it’s your partner or friends you are with, and not your Grandparents. Both of these Museums are really worth the trip when the weather gets too cold for exploring outside.
20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul. Opens most days from 9am – 9pm. Adult tickets: Trick Eye Museum: ₩15,000, Love Museum:₩8,000.
Fun Things To Do In Seoul #4: Gwangjang Market Food Tour
Next on our list is the Gwangjang Market food tour. Take a 3- hour food tour with context travel, and get a wonderful in sight into Korean cuisine. Guided by a local expert, you and six others will spend a night of eating. You will learn about all the exotic flavours that go into the many dishes Korea has to offer. Furthermore, the tour which is at Seouls’s largest food alley- Gwangjang Market. Here you can try anything on offer, while also learning about the all the fascinating history.
Fun Things To Do In Seoul #5: Rice Wine Tasting Class
Last but not least, is the Rice wine tasting class. Makeolli is a popular alcoholic drink in Korea, and we think it is sure to test your taste buds. Furthermore, we think a great place to understand its history and find out how its made, is by visiting the Korean Studio- Sool. Here, you will learn from a local expert on how to make, and drink this traditional liquor. The studio runs the class every Friday, and it lasts for 90 minutes. They cost 50,000 won per person. Jahamun-ro 62 3F, Seoul. Please note, you should book the class one week in advance via telephone( +8202)389-8611) Follow this link to their homepage: http://www.ktwine.or.kr/