December has arrived, which means sub zero temperatures, arctic winds and some of the best ice skating rinks in Korea.  That’s right, Seoul’s finest ice skating rinks are back in action this year for you to slip and slide your way around.

In this article you will find the five best indoor, and outdoor rinks for you to enjoy in the capital this winter.

Korea Ice SkatingGrand Hyatt Ice Skating Rink

– Open’s December 4th.

Couple getting married at the Hyatt Hotel ice rink

Grand Hyatt Hotel have built a beautiful ice rink in central Seoul, that deserves to be on a to do list for couples wanting a romantic evening together. In particular, the rinks decoration is stunning, and it is sure to impress anyone you bring along. The ice, which glistens under the stars, is surrounded by twinkling little lights which adds to the magic of this wonderland. However, if you’re a Bambi on ice, don’t worry. There is an outdoor café for you to relax and take in the breathtaking atmosphere.

Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Nearest station:Hangangjin Station (Line 6,) exit 1. Open most days from 12pm – 9pm, adult tickets start from ₩33,000 on a weekend.

Korea Ice Skating- Banyantree Spa Ice Skating Rink

-Open’s December 7th.

BANYANTREE hotel ice rink which is in seoul Korea

Head to Banyantree Spa ice rink this December and you won’t be disappointed. This magnificent ice skating rink boasts a beautiful Christmas tree for you to glide around, giving you plenty of opportunities to snap some of those Instagram worthy shots to show your followers back home. This luxurious Spa has certainly given us something special this Christmas, and it is guaranteed to get you and your partner in a spin. Similar to the Grand Hyatt, it’s a bit more expensive than some others you will find in Korea. Nevertheless, if you are wanting to impress your date, we definitely think this is the place to go.

Jung-Gu, Seoul.  Open most days from 11am – 7pm, adult tickets start from ₩25,000 on a weekend.

Korea Ice Skating-Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink

– Open’s December 27th (planned)

ice skates with snow and ice on them

The Olympic Park ice-skating rink never disappoints, and this year it will return for its 12th consecutive year. For one thing, this ice rink is visited by thousands of people every winter, and it is definitely one of Seoul’s most popular skating attractions. Being that it’s so popular, and provided you like hanging out in busy places, we think you should make your way over and  join the fantastic atmosphere. Before sliding onto the rink, we suggest taking a winter stroll around the area to check out some of the museums that the park has to offer. After finishing, make your way over to the Peace Plaza and hop onto the ice. Notably, this rink is only ₩2,000, and is certainly one of the cheaper ice skating rinks in Seoul. Moreover, we think it’s an absolute bargain and you should definitely try it out this winter.

Songpa-gu, Seoul. Nearest station Olympic Park Station (Line 5), exit 3 .Open most days from 9am – 8:30pm, adult tickets start from ₩2,000 on a weekend.

Korea Ice Skating-Lotte world ice skating rink

– All year round

Ice skater skating on ice with a purple laser shining on the ice

Lotte world have built a fantastic ice skating rink in Korea that is open to the public all year round. Moreover, we think its a perfect place to enjoy a Saturday evening with the family.What’s more, the building  has a large glass ceiling, which sets the mood, and if you visit in the evening you will be dancing with the darting lasers that bounce off the ice from above. Ice skating is truly a strenuous workout- standing up and falling over can take its toll on the body. More importantly, it leaves you famished, and wanting to eat bowls of food. Luckily, there are plenty of great restaurants surrounding the rink for you to dine, and feed your appetite. A point to note, Children of 5 years of age and younger are not permitted to enter.

Songpa-gu, Seoul. Open most days from 10am – 10:30pm, adults & Teenagers ticket start from 16,000 won / Children 15,000 won (including admission, skates and helmet rentals)

Korea Ice Skating- Mokdong Ice Skating Rink

–(All year round unless there is a major competition)

Korea ice skating, woman practicing ice skating

Thinking about becoming the next Kim- Yuna? Or the next Lim Hyo-Jun?  Well if you are, then you’re going to need a lot of practice and Mokdong ice skating rink might be the place for you. This 5,000  capacity stadium can hold over a 1,000 skaters on the ice at any one time; so there is plenty of room for your speed, spins and twirls. The rink also provides a rental service, snacks and coffee for your convenience. Please be aware, sporting events do take place here frequently, so double check the ice skating is free before coming. If you love the idea of ice skating this winter, we have plenty more ideas for you try in Seoul these next couple of months.

Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. Open most days from 12pm – 6:00pm, adult tickets start from ₩5,200 on a weekend.

We also recommend bringing gloves or mittens, as some places might deny you entry without wearing these.