Take the romantic route in Korea

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Korea Tourism Organization

  Route 1  

Insa-dong and Samcheong-dong

Get off at Anguk Station (Line 3) Exit 6 and head towards the heart of Insa-dong to find Ssamziegil. Ssamziegil in Insa-dong is a culture and shopping complex housing craft shops, tea shops, and restaurants. Here, you can do a variety of couple-oriented activities such as getting a couple caricature drawing, or have your photos printed on a desk clock (1 for 15,000 won and 2 for 25,000 won).

Go up to the top floor of the complex to find the Wall of Love. Here you can purchase message tags (round tags for 5,000 won and heart-shaped tags for 8,000 won), write love messages, and hang them on the wall.

Go down to the basement level for a wide range of hands-on activities at the Ssamziegil Workshop. Here, you can decorate ceramics with your own drawings, make mother-of-pearl crafts and accessories, and learn how to make natural soap and hanji paper crafts.

Address: 38 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge (Varies by store)
Tel: +82-736-0088
Website: www.ssamzigil.co.kr/ (Korean)

Ssamziegil Workshop
Address: B1, Ssamziegil, 38, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Groups (20 and more) are required to reserve one week in advance. (10% discount for groups) - Up to 90 people
Activities: Make ceramics with your own designs / Make mother-of-pearl crafts and accessories / Make natural soap and hanji paper crafts

After Ssamziegil, head back toward Anguk Station to go to Samcheong-dong. Samcheong-dong is a neighborhood dotted with quaint coffee shops, distinct shops, and stylish restaurants. Some of the cafés have rooftop seating with good views of the surrounding areas with Bugaksan Mountain in the background.

One of the cafés on the main street is Café Breezin. Serving waffles, honey bread and a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages, this dessert and coffee shop has a lovely open rooftop seating area with great views .

Address: 90-2, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours:  10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (1st floor open until 11 p.m.) / Open all year round
Tel: +82-2-722-8120
Menu: Coffee 4,000 to 5,500 won / Frappe 6,000 to 6,500 won / Tea & juice 6,000 to 8,000 won / Sandwich 7,000 won / Honey bread 8,500 to 9,000 won / Waffle 8,000 to 14,000 won
Website:  www.cafebreezin.com (Korean)

Bukchon Observatory
To go to Bukchon Hanok Village, walk down Samcheong-ro until you reach the Stone Stair Alley (located between Café Terrace and Ogada). Being surrounded by hanok houses on all sides, the Bukchon Observatory is the ideal place to admire the scenery around the hanok village. One side gives you a view of the hanok rooftops with N Seoul Tower in the distance, while the view from the opposite side of the observatory has a great view of Bugaksan Mountain.

Address: 22-3, Bukchon-ro, 11da-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Summer season 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Winter season
9 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Dates and times are subject to change, so please call in advance.)
Tel: +82-70-8819-2153 / +82-10-4678-2153
Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won (inclusive of coffee, tea or juice)

Bukchon Hanok Village
From the observatory, you can easily find Bukchon’s most iconic attraction—the alley of Gahoe-dong. The view of the traditional hanok houses juxtaposed with the modern city skyline spread out in the background is regarded as Bukchon’s most scenic site.

Address:  Gahoe-dong, Jae-dong, Samcheong-dong, Gye-dong, Wonseo-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si
Hours:  N/A (* As this is a residential area, please try and keep the noise volume to a minimum.)
Admission: Free of charge
Tel: +82-2-3707-8388
Website: bukchon.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

   Route 2   

The Namsan and Myeong-dong

N Seoul Tower and Samcheong-dong, two of Seoul’s most romantic spots, have a lot to offer couples looking to spend a romantic day together. Both places are ideal for taking romantic strolls while soaking up the local history and culture.

Date Course 2 covers N Seoul Tower, Gyeonghuigung Palace, a romantic restaurant and more.

Namsan Cable Car
Located on Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower welcomes visitors to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from its observation deck. There are several ways to go up Namsan Mountain, with each route offering different things to see. Options include taking the walking trail, a bus, or the cable car. For a closer look at the routes and the attractions, download the map here.

The Namsan Circulation Bus No. 05 can be taken from Exit 3 of Myeong-dong Station. This bus will pass Chungmuro Station, Sindang Station, Yaksu Station and Dongguk University Station before finally going up the mountain.

Another option is to take the Namsan Cable Car. It’s a bit of an uphill walk to get there, so an easier way is to take the Namsan Oreumi (inclined outdoor elevator) to reach the cable car boarding point.

Address: San 1-19, Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (all year round)
Round trip
– Adults 8,500 won, Children 5,500 won / Groups (30+) – Adults 7,000 won, Children 4,500 won
One way
– Adults 6,000 won / Children 3,500 won / Groups (30+) – Adults 5,000 won, Children 3,000 won
- The Italian restaurant (Cibocima) located on the third floor of Namsan Cable Car offers a couple package: lunch for two and a round-trip ticket on the cable car for 39,000 won
Tel:  +82-2-753-2403 (Daytime) / +82-757-1308 (Nighttime)
Website: www.cablecar.co.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

N Seoul Tower
At the lobby of the tower, visitors can buy souvenirs at N Gift, have a coffee at Twosome Place, or check out the various optical illusions at the Alive Museum. Visitors can purchase tickets to go up the observation deck. There are several ticket packages for couples to choose from: combo package (drinks and popcorn/nachos), dinner/lunch package, and the Alive Museum package. Before taking the elevator to go up, visitors can have their picture taken at Memshot and purchase the printed copy at the observatory. Another popular couple activity at N Seoul Tower is writing messages on love locks. Locks and message tags can be purchased at the gift shop. Visiting the tower at night offers some of the most breathtaking views of Seoul as the city lights turn on and the streets come to life.

On the way down, take any of the Namsan Circulation Buses (02, 03 or 05) and get off at Namsan Public Library, the first stop. Located behind the library is the Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall. This beautiful and symbolic memorial hall is dedicated to Ahn Jung-geun, one of Korea’s most-loved independence fighters. Work your way down from the memorial hall and you will come across Baekbeom Square where you’ll be able to see the Namsan section of the Seoul Fortress Wall. The view is spectacular during the late afternoon when the sun is beginning to set. While walking down along the Seoul Fortress Wall, a fantastic view of N Seoul Tower and the fortress wall will be right behind you.

Once you’ve made your way all the way down, you can head to the main street to go towards Seoul Station or Hoehyeon Station. Right beside Seoul Station is Culture Station Seoul 284, the former building of the Seoul Train Station. This multicultural space holds a variety of exhibits throughout the year. From March 14 to April 13, 2014, the venue will be hosting “Festival Bo:m,” a leading festival in contemporary art.

Address:  105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (last ticketing is at 9:30 p.m.)
– Observatory only – Adults 9,000 won / Children 7,000 won
– Alive Museum only – Adults 12,000 won / Children 9,000 won
– Observatory + Alive Museum – Adults 15,000 won / Children 11,000 won
– Observatory + The Place Dining: Couple Package A (for 2) – 60,000 won
– Observatory + The Place Dining: Couple Package B (for 2) – 90,000 won
– Observatory + Combo A (1 popcorn and 2 drinks) – 20,000 won
– Observatory + Combo B (1 nachos and 2 drinks) – 22,000 won
– Observatory + Combo C (1 popcorn and 2 drinks at Twosome Place) – 24,000 won
Tel: +82-2-3455-9277, 9288
Website: www.nseoultower.co.kr/ (Korean, English)

Noon Square Rooftop (Afternoon Garden)
Yet another romantic destination is Myeong-dong. Located just one stop away from Hoehyeon Station, this shopping district is also a popular date spot. Noon Square has a rooftop garden on the 6th floor. Couples can hang love messages on a heart shaped fence or just simply enjoy the view of N Seoul Tower from here.

Address: 7F, Noon Square, 83-5, Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours:  11a.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge
Tel:  +82-2-3783-5005
Website: www.noonsquare.com/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Merry Go Round Steak Kitchen
Merry Go Round Steak Kitchen, located just around the corner from Myeongdong Theater, is a steak house with a romantic, yet casual ambiance. The interior is a mix of warm wood tones and merry-go-round-inspired decorations. Aside from steaks, they also serve pasta and rice dishes and a large wine selection that can be ordered by the glass or by the bottle.

Address:  5F, Mirae Building 48-2 Myeongdong1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (last order 2:30 p.m.)
Free tea / coffee during lunch on weekdays
Break time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Menu: Salad & appetizers, pasta & rice, brunch, steak (single and combo), dessert, wine & champagne
Website:  merrygoroundsteakkitchen.com/ (Korean only)

Gyeonghuigung Palace
For a dose of history, consider dropping by Gyeonghuigung Palace. One of the five palaces in Seoul, Gyeonghuigung served as the secondary palace for the king during the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was also one of the filming sites during the 18th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a famous reality TV show in the U.S.

Address:  1-2, Sinmunno 2-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Closed: Every Monday, 1st Jan
Hours:  Weekdays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / Weekend 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge
Tel:  +82-2-724-0274
Website: ikimi.cha.go.kr (Korean, English)

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