BEST 5 Escapes in the City
As temperatures soar, people dream of slipping into cool waters or even remember fondly the times of shivering in the chill of winter. On a summer trip, what could be better than finding a unique way to escape the heat? Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area have it covered, with plenty of attractions perfect for not only keeping cool but also for making great memories of your summer vacation. Read on to learn about the best five attractions sure to make your time in Korea even better!
Onemount Snow Park
Onemount Snow Park is an indoor winter wonderland! Open all year round, the snow and ice will have you feeling like you traveled to Arendelle along with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen (2013).” The walls are painting with scenes of a village in northern Europe, making this indoor space feel much larger. The color-changing lights and decorations hanging from the ceiling create a romantic atmosphere.
The largest charm to Onemount Snow Park is getting to enjoy activities generally only available in winter. Here you can sled and skate to your heart’s content and take shot after shot in the photo zone. Visitors definitely should not miss out on Santa’s House and Santa Igloo to take fun and unique photos of their time here.
TIP) To temporarily leave Snow Park, be sure to get a stamp at the entrance. To re-enter that day, simply show the stamp on the back of your hand to the entrance staff.
☞ Address: 300, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Walk approx. 15min.
☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends 10:00-20:00
※ Hours listed are for July 1-22, 2016. Hours after the mentioned period are subject to change. Please refer to official website for more information.
☞ Fees: Weekdays 25,000 won / Weekends 30,000 won
※ Prices listed are for July 1-22, 2016. Prices after the mentioned period are subject to change. Please refer to official website for more information.
☞ Website: snowpark.onemount.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
Seoul Trick Eye Museum’s Ice Museum
A hidden kingdom of ice in the city! In addition to optical illusion art, Seoul Trick Eye Museum facilities also include Ice Museum. Upon opening the grand door of the ice museum, visitors will be shocked by two things; one, your whole body will be completely chilled from the instant cold, and two, that so many amazing works of art can be created from the single material of ice. Compared to other spaces, Ice Museum is quite small, but visitors will feel happy to see Santa Claus, penguins, an ice hotel and a variety of cute sculptures filling the space. The ice slide allows visitors to actively enjoy the museum.
After enjoying the Ice Museum, warm up while visiting Trick Eye Museum and Carnival Street. Trick Eye Museum is divided into five themes: Water World, Best Trick Eye, Swimming in a Sink, Fantasy, and Famous Art. Each themed hall offers plenty of fun photo opportunities. Carnival Street offers up fun carnival games and interesting takes on classic paintings like Mona Lisa dressed in carnival clothing!
- Seoul Trick Eye Museum: 20, 3-gil, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Busan Trick Eye Museum: 20, BIFF Gwangjang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
- Jeju Trick Eye Museum: 942, Gwangsan-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
- Seoul Trick Eye Museum: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9. Walk approx. 5min. / Hongik Univ. Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line∙Airport Railroad), Exit 7. Walk approx. 13min.
- Busan Trick Eye Museum: Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3. Walk approx. 4min.
- Jeju Trick Eye Museum: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, walk approx. 3min to Intercity Bus Departure Bus Stop. Take Intercity Bus No. 750-3 approx. 42min and get off at Hwajeon Village Bus Stop. Walk approx. 4min to arrive at the destination.
☞ Operating hours: 10:00-21:00
※ Hours listed are based on Seoul Branch. Hours may vary by branch.
☞ Admission: Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won
※ Ice Museum and Carnival Street included in admission.
※ Prices listed are based on Seoul Branch. Prices may vary by branch.
☞ Website: trickeye.com (Korean, English, Chinese, Russian, Thai)
Flow House Seoul
Flow House Seoul, where you can enjoy cooling waves all year round, regardless of the weather. The only indoor surfing location in Korea, visitors to Flow House can borrow flowboards (free) and wetsuits (charged) so there is no need to prepare anything before visiting. Flowboarding, a relatively new sport, is attractive to beginning surfers who are not quite ready for the powerful, wild waves of the ocean. Beginners can easily learn how to surf from expert instructors, and more advanced surfers can enjoy and practice their moves without traveling out of the city.
There are two ways to enjoy the artificial waves! You can lie down on the board to enjoy body-boarding, or stand up to experience flowboarding. Complete beginners to surfing are recommended to try out body-boarding first. There is no fear of falling down when you’re already sitting down!
TIP) Flow House Seoul is the only flowboarding location in Korea so the wait list can get quite long. We recommend making a reservation in advance. For reservations and inquiries, you can call (+82-10-6819-1115 (Korean, English, Japanese) or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org (Korean, English, Japanese).
☞ Address: 104, Gongneungcheon-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Wondang Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Take a taxi approx. 15min.
☞ Operating hours: 13:00-21:00
※ December-March 13:00-18:00 / April 13:00-19:00
☞ Fare: 40,000 won per hour (for 1 individual)
※ Prices will vary for packages and private lessons.
☞ Website: flowhouse.com (Korean, English)
The best way to experience the ocean in the city is by visiting one of the four aquariums in the metropolitan area. While all four locations provide a glimpse into life under the sea, each venue has its own special charm.
Lotte World Aquarium and COEX Aquarium are home to the standard fish and marine life typically found at aquariums. Aqua Planet 63 uses the method of storytelling in the layout of the aquarium, while Aqua Planet Ilsan is unique for also including a zoo featuring animals that live near the ocean. The sights and experiences of each aquarium are unique, so find the one that draws your attention most.
- Lotte World Aquarium: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
- COEX Aquarium: 513, Yeongdongdae-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Aqua Planet 63: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
- Aqua Planet Ilsan: 282, Hallyu World-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Lotte World Aquarium: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. Walk approx. 10min.
- COEX Aquarium: Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Walk approx. 8-10min. / Bongeunsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 7. Walk approx. 3-5min.
- Aqua Planet 63: Daebang Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 6. Take Maeul Bus No. 11 approx. 20min. / Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4. Take Bus No. 5534 approx. 15min. / Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Take Maeul Bus No. 11 approx. 17min. / Saetgang Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1. Take Bus No. 5534 approx. 17min.
- Aqua Planet Ilsan: Juyeop Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk approx. 25min.
☞ Operating hours
- Lotte World Aquarium: Monday-Thursday 10:00-20:00 / Friday-Sunday 10:00-22:00
- COEX Aquarium: 10:00-20:00
- Aqua Planet 63: 10:00-22:00
- Aqua Planet Ilsan: 10:00-19:00
- Lotte World Aquarium: Adults 29,000 won / Teenagers 27,000 won / Children 25,000 won
※ Prices are for admission only. Separate charges apply for other programs.
- COEX Aquarium: Adults 22,000 won / Teenagers 19,000 won / Children 16,000 won
- Aqua Planet 63: Adults 25,000 won / Teenagers 23,000 won / Children 21,000 won
※ Prices may vary for packages.
- Aqua Planet Ilsan: Adults 29,000 won / Teenagers 26,000 won / Children 24,000 won
※ Prices include admission to “The Aqua,” “The Jungle” and “The Sky Farm”
- Lotte World Aquarium www.lotteworld.com (Korean, English)
- COEX Aquarium www.coexaqua.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Aqua Planet 63 www.63.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Aqua Planet www.aquaplanet.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Dynamic Maze (Insa-dong)
Dynamic Maze is a fun attraction recommended for those who enjoy Korean variety programs. This thrilling attraction was showcased in the popular program “Running Man.” To fully enjoy your time in the maze, be sure to check all of your personal items in the lockers before entering.
Designed with the concept of “escape the maze in the city,” Dynamic Maze offers 16 unique missions to overcome. The rules of the game are simple: enter the guardian of Seoul, Haechi’s mouth and complete the missions one by one. Make your way through a mirror maze, climb over walls, discover the missing element, scream over 100 decibels and more. Do everything it takes to escape! The time required to complete the entire course will vary depending on the skills of the group, but the average time ranges between 35 to 50 minutes. After completing Dynamic Maze, enjoy the funny illusion artwork in Alive Museum. Put yourself in the painting for fun photos of your time in Seoul.
TIP) Dynamic Maze is run in teams of at least two people, entering based on the reservation order taken on-site. The admission of each team is spaced out in about 10 minute increments. If the wait list fills up for the day, reservations for more teams will not be accepted. Therefore, we recommend visiting earlier in the day, as afternoons are generally fully booked. In addition, as the maze requires a lot of moving and crawling around, all visitors should wear pants.
- Insa-dong Branch: 12, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Sokcho Branch: 88, Wonamhaksapyeong-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
- Jeju-do Seongeup Branch: 2644, Beonyeong-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
- Insa-dong Branch: Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3), Exit 1. Walk approx. 8min. / Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Walk approx. 3min.
- Sokcho Branch: From Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi approx. 17min.
- Jeju-do Seongeup Branch: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, walk approx. 3min to Intercity Bus Departure Bus Stop. Take Intercity Bus No. 720 approx. 56min and get off at Trick Art Museum Bus Stop. Walk approx. 3min to arrive at the destination.
☞ Operating hours: 09:00-20:30
※ Hours listed are based on Insa-dong Branch. Hours may vary by branch.
☞ Fees: Dynamic Maze 12,000 won / Dynamic Maze + Alive Museum 18,000 won
※ No admissions for children below 5 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult in order to enter.
※ Prices listed are based on Seoul Branch. Prices may vary by branch.
☞ Website: www.dynamicmaze.com (Korean only)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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