Ice Skating and Sledding in Korea

by Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization

Winter has arrived in Korea, and with it comes frequent forecasts of snow and freezing nighttime temperatures that make it is easy to see why people tend to spend more time indoors. However, Korea's winter activities offer plenty of great reasons to go outside. Ice skating and sledding are two of the most popular and affordable winter leisure activities and are loved by people of all ages. The winter cold will be a distant memory as you zoom down snowy hilltops or glide gracefully across the ice. So brave the cold this winter and visit an ice skating rink or sledding park to make some unforgettable winter memories in Korea.

Seoul Square Ice Skating Rink

At Seoul Plaza, you can ice skate in the heart of Seoul’s bustling downtown. The best reasons to go here are its central location, as it is easily accessible by public transportation, and the low admission price. And after skating, it is just a short walk to Gwanghwamun Square and the Insa-dong neighborhood, where one can enjoy a variety of other tourist attractions. The rink opens at 10:00 a.m. and the surface of the rink is cleaned and resurfaced for 30 minutes after every hour of skating. Skate rentals are included with admission.

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Period: December 19, 2014 – February 8, 2015 (planned/ no closing days)
Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00 – 21:30 / Fri, Sat, and National Holidays: 1 hour extended operation
Fees: 1,000 won per hour (including admission fee and rental fee)
* Make sure to bring gloves (available for purchase on site).
Convenience facilities: Restroom, book café, coin-operated lockers, lounge, outdoor tables, and heaters
Homepage: http://www.seoulskate.or.kr/ (Korean)
Nearby Attractions:
Gwanghwamun Square
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Insa-dong
Deoksugung Palace

Lotte World Indoor Ice Skating Rink

An indoor ice rink is located on the 3rd basement floor of Lotte World, one of the major amusement parks in Korea. A giant glass ceiling lets in natural sunlight while protecting skaters from the elements. At night, moving laser lights help create an even more exciting atmosphere. Around the ice rink are family restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a pleasant dinner while enjoying the view of the rink. Upon presenting your ice rink ticket, you can get a 2,000 won discount if you also choose to purchase a Lotte World all-day ticket, so don't forget to enjoy all the other fun rides at Lotte World.

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Period: Open all year round (subject to change for large groups or special events)
Usage Period: Three hours per ticket (includes ice resurfacing period) 

* Peak season is based on school vacation schedule in Korea.
** Opening hours are subject to change in the case of private lessons.

Fees: Adults & Youth - 15,000 won; Children - 14,000 won (includes admission fee and rental fees for skates & helmet)
* Admission not allowed for children 7 years old or younger
* Make sure to bring your gloves (or purchase on site)
Convenience facilities: Coin-operated storage, dressing rooms, tables and chairs, restaurants & cafés
Homepage: http://www.lotteworld.com/icerink (Korean)
Nearby attractions:
Olympic Park
Children's Grand Park
Seokchon Lake

Everland Snow Buster

Everland Snow Buster, located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, has a wide variety of high-speed sledding runs. There are three slopes according to difficulty: Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch Kid's Sled. Eiger, in particular, offers twice the exhilaration with its 200-meter curved slope. Family visitors can share a two-person sled or fly down the slopes solo in one-person sleds. The lift then tows riders back to the top of the run while they sit comfortably on their tube sleds, giving a relaxing ride to the top of the hill. Heaters are placed around the area for riders to warm up when needed.

As the Everland all-day ticket covers the Snow Buster, you may also want to enjoy the other fun rides of the amusement park after enjoying your sled ride. At night, fantastic light displays help create a unique evening atmosphere throughout Everland.

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Period: Dec 15, 2014 - undetermined
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (vary by ride operating hours)
Everland Daypass: Adults - 46,000 won; Youth - 39,000 won; Children - 36,000 won
Convenience facilities: coin-operated lockers, indoor heater, lounge/snack bar, restaurants & cafeteria
Nearby Attractions:
Caribbean Bay
Korean Folk Village
Yongin Recreational Forest

Seoul Land Santa Sledding Hills

The Santa Sledding Hills at Seoulland, located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, is the ultimate experience for a family winter outing. This year’s concept is focused around a cartoon character called Larva. Flat plastic snow sleds provide high-speed fun. For safety, separate courses have been created for adults and children. The children's slope, where parents may ride sleds with their children, is the most popular among families. Without an automated lift to take you up the hill, you may bring your own sled and walk up to the top for another run.

At the playground adjacent to the slope, you can enjoy winter fun while making a snowman or having a snowball fight. The playground also has a snow sledding ride area exclusively for toddlers and young children. The all-day pass for Seoulland covers the Santa Sledding Hills, but the general admission ticket does not. In this case, an additional 5,000 won (4,000 won for children) must be paid to enter the Santa Sledding Hills.

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Period: Dec 15, 2014 - undetermined
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
* Operating hours and opening/closing time may vary according to unexpected circumstances or conditions
Seoulland Day Pass: Adults - 36,000 won; Youth - 32,000 won; Children - 29,000 won
Seoulland Admission Fees: Adults - 20,000 won; Youth - 17,000 won; Children - 15,000 won
(Seoulland Day Pass/Annual Pass holders can enter the sled park for free. General admission ticket holders can enter the sled park for an extra 5,000 won for adults and youth, and 4,000 won for children.)
Convenience facilities: Coin operated storage, lounge/snack bar, wood-burning stove, restaurants & cafeteria
Homepage: http://www.seoulland.co.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Nearby Attractions
Seoul Race Park
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Cheonggyesan Mountain

Other Skating & Sledding Facilities

Skating Rink:
Garden 5 Ice Rink
Period:
Dec 15, 2014 – Feb 22, 2015 Hosted by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Hours:
Mon - Fri
12:40 - 21:00
Sat - Sun
10:00 - 22:00
Fees
*Admission
Children: 2,000 won
Youth: 2,500 won
Adults: 3,000 won
*Rental: 1,000 won

Skating Rink:
Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink
Period:
Dec 29, 2014 – Feb 8, 2015 (subject to change)
Hours:
Mon - Fri
09:00 – 20:30
Fees
*Admission: 1,500 won
*Rental: 500 won (for 1 hour 30 minutes)

Skating Rink:
Mokdong Ice Rink
Period:
Open year round (closed on Seollal and Chuseok Holidays)
Hours:
Mon - Fri
14:00 - 18:00
Weekends & National Holidays
12:00 – 18:00
Fees
*Admission (Weekdays / Weekends)
Children: 3,000 won / 3,900 won
Youth: 3,500 won / 4,500 won
Adults: 4,000 won / 5,200 won
*Rental: 3,000 won (for 2 hours), 1,000 won per extra hour

Skating Rink:
Grand Hyatt Seoul Ice Skating Rink
Period:
Dec 6, 2014 – Feb, 2015
Hours:
Mon - Fri
12:00 - 21:00
Weekends & National Holidays
10:00 – 21:00
*December 20 to January 25 10:00 - 22:00
Fees
*Admission
Weekday: 26,000 won
Weekends & National Holidays: 30,000 won
*Rental: 20,000 won
(includes tax, 2-hour rate)

Skating Rink:
Korea University Ice Skating Rink
Period:
Open year round (Closed on Seollal and Chuseok Holidays)
Hours:
Mon - Fri
14:00 - 16:50
Sat - Sun
14:00 - 17:50
*Summer / Winter Vacation Period
Mon - Sat: 13:00 - 17:50
Sun: 14:00 – 17:50
Fees
*Admission
Adults: 6,000 won
Youth: 5,500 won
Children: 5,000 won
*Rental: 3,000 won

Skating Rink:
I' Park Mall Ice Rink
Period:
Dec 5, 2014 – Feb, 2015 (closing day yet to be determined)
Hours:
Sun – Thu
10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat
10:00 - 22:00
Fees
*Admission
2,000 won (including rental fee)
Children: 5,000 won

Sledding Park:
Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill
Period:
Dec 18, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015
Hours:
Mon - Sun
09:00 – 17:00 
Fees
6,000 won
Day Pass: 10,000 won (available for sledding and rides)

Sledding Park:
Korean Children's Center Snow Sledding Field
Period:
Dec 20, 2014 – Feb 22, 2015
Hours:
Mon - Sun
09:30 – 17:00 
Fees
Weekdays – 10,000 won;
Weekends – 10,000 won; SET 1 (admission + ice fishing) - 15,000 won

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