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Adventure and thrill that can be had the Seoul – Lotte World

Opened in 1989, Lotte World is popular due to its convenient location at the heart of Seoul, while the proximity of numerous hotels, sports facilities, and department stores make it the ideal destination for a great shopping experience, too. 

Lotte World

  • Lotte World consists of two theme parks – Indoor Adventure, which is focused on exploration and mystery, and Magic Island, an outdoor lake-based theme park. 
  • There are 39 rides in total, including 22 rides at Indoor Adventure and 17 at Magic Island. 
  • Seasonal festivals, two daily parades, and other exciting stage performances are also held there. 
  • Location :240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Tel. :+82-2-411-2000

Holiday Outing Course – Seoul Land

Seoul Land is located in Gwacheon-si, one of Seoul’s satellite cities, and is easily accessible by car or subway. Opened back in 1988, right before the Seoul Olympic Games, Seoul Land was Korea’s first all-inclusive theme park comprising five entertainment zones boasting distinctive themes: World Plaza, Adventure Land, Future Land, Fantasy Land, and Adventure Land.

Seoul Land

  • Seoul Land is popular amongst Seoulites as a great place for a stroll as it features a zoo, a botanical garden, various forest trails, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, and an exhibition space dedicated to information and communication technology.
  • Opera Dreams Show takes place every night at the  fountain square. The show combines popular arias sung in popera (pop+opera) style with extravagant costumes. When night falls, Seoul Land lights up the sky with its beautiful fireworks and laser displays.
  • Location :181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Tel :+82-2-509-6000

A Treat for All the Children- Children’s Grand Park

Children’s Grand Park is built on the site of Yugangwon, the tomb of Empress Sunmyeong of the Korean Empire. The area was also used as a golf course by the US military for a brief period. The park’s lush greenery is a great place for youngsters to play. 

Children’s Grand Park
  • This park is ideal for relaxation and cultural activities for both kids and adults. 
  • Grand Park is popular with those seeking to be refreshed and surrounded by nature. 
  • The Music Fountain, soon to be promoted as ‘a place to pledge one’s love,’ will feature water shows that feature water streams that move to the music.
  • Location :216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
  • Tel :+82-2-450-9311

Theme Parks Near Seoul

Korean Folk Village
Everland

 Korean Folk Village

Korea Folk Village faithfully recreates Korea’s traditional way of life according to historic documents and relics. This popular outdoor museum is visited by tourists from all over the world. 

  • Location :90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Tel :+82-31-288-0000

everland

The theme park, opened in 1976 as Yongin Natural Farm (Yongin Jayeon Nongwon), has kept its place as Korea’s largest theme park ever since. Both Everland and the water park Caribbean Bay form part of the Everland Resort. 

  • Location :199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Tel :+82-31-320-5000

The Home Ground of Korea’s Soccer Team – Seoul World Cup Stadium

The Seoul World Cup Stadium, located in Sangam-dong, was opened on December 27, 2001,for the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup. The Seoul World Cup Stadium hosted the opening ceremony and the opening match.

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  • The largest soccer stadium in Asia, it is the home ground of Korea’s national soccer team. 
  • Equipped with a variety of facilities, including multiplex cinemas, shopping malls, wedding halls, gyms, saunas and discount stores, the stadium is a huge cultural complex where visitors can enjoy recreational and cultural activities, shopping, and sports. 
  • The outdoor square next to the stadium has been opened to the public for various events and sporting activities including inline skating and hockey.
  • Location :240, World cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Tel :+82-02-2128-2002

Brimming Bleachers – Jamsil Baseball Stadium

This baseball stadium located within Jamsil Sports Complex was opened in July 1982 – the  unforgettable year when Korea won the Baseball World Championship. 

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  • The stadium is the home ground for Korea’s pro league baseball teams LG Twins and Doosan Bears.
  • Baseball games are played every day except on Mondays and rainy days during the baseball season.
  • Location :25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Space for Citizens’ Daily Physical Exercise- Mok-dong Stadium

Seoul began constructing Mokdong Stadium in June 1987 to meet the ever-increasing  demand for a sports facility due to the city’s rising population. 

 Mok-dong Stadium

  • There is a baseball stadium and an indoor ice rink. The baseball stadium is the home ground of Nexen Heroes. 
  • The indoor ice rink is used for ice hockey games and figure skating among other ice sports. It is also used as an occasional stage for ice ballets. 
  • The stadium is used not only for major sports events but also serves as a sports ground for nearby residents
  • Location :336, Anyangcheon-gil, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
  • Tel :+82-02-2652-3888

All of the parks in Seoul are great for jogging. Perhaps the most popular and well-paved of these facilities are the tracks that run through the riverside grounds of the Hangang (River). 

Jogging

Another highly recommended jogging track and promenade is Namsan Expressway. The 7.5km-long track, which consists of an elastic pavement, is admired by many of Seoul’s foreign residents.
May and June are the best months of the of year to ride your bicycle due to the mild climate. You can rent a public bicycle and explore downtown Seoul and Hangang Park. There are bicycle rental stands in Sangam and Yeohuido – the ideal place to begin your bicycle tour. 
Furthermore, Olympic Park in the Songpa-gu and the World Cup Stadium in Sangam, Mapo-gu, are popular leisure complexes where all of the aforementioned activities are available.  


Sangam Tour Course

Sangam Course is quite short but it features a number of interesting sections that take in beautiful dawn redwood trees, the SeMA Nanji Residency, the Digital Pavilion, and other interesting exhibition halls that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Time

50 minutes for cycling and hiking, 3 hours for a leisurely walk around Sangam-dong

Course

Sangam Tour Course

Total length7㎞ Time50 minutes ~ 3 hours

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  • World Cup Stadium Station
  • World Cup Park
  • Nuritkum Square (Digital Pavillion)

Sangam →Yeouido Hangang Park Course

This bicycle path passes via Jicheon (Stream), the Hangang (River), and numerous bridges. The course may seem daunting because of its length, but because the path travels in a straight line, it will prove much easier to complete than you think. Why not go for a ride  with your friends on a weekend afternoon. 

Time

about 4 hours

Course

Sangam → Yeouido Hangang Park Course

Total length10㎞ Time4 hours

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  • World Cup Stadium Station
  • Hongjecheon (Stream) Bicycle Path
  • Mangwon Hangang Park
  • Mapodaegyo (Bridge)
  • Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido  Course

The Yeouido bicycle path is relatively short and travels across a level area, making it suitable for pretty much anyone who would like to enjoy a day out on a bike. The Yeouido area has low traffic on weekends so it is safe to ride a bicycle in town. There are many places to visit in downtown Yeouido, so why not  visit it with your family, friends, or loved ones.

Time

 about 2hours 30 minutes

Course

Yeouido  Course

Time 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • Yeouido Station
  • Saetgang Ecological Park Bicycle Path
  • Back Street of The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
  • Yeouido Hangang Park Floating Stage
  • Yeouido Junction
  • Yeouido Park

You don’t need to go all the way to the seaside or a lake to enjoy water leisure activities.

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 In fact, you can try almost all the most popular water activities on the Hangang (River), including yachting, surfboarding, water skiing, water biking, water sledding, dragon boating, parasailing or riding on a scooter or hovercraft, mainly in the Nanji and Jamwon areas. There are the 700 Yacht Club in Nanji and the Seoul International Yacht Club in Jamwon. Water skiing, wakeboarding, and wind surfing are also available at Ttukseom , Jamwon, Ichon, and Mangwon. Fly fishing and boat rides are also available.

Camping


1Nanji Camp

Nanji Camp

Nanji Camp Ground is located within Hangang Park near World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong. The camp ground boasts excellent views of the river, up-to-date facilities, and an ecology park. A natural grass baseball field and a swimming pool are only a few minutes’ walk away, while Noeul Park and Haneul Park are just a short walk over the Jungang Bridge. Nanji camp ground is the perfect waterside destination to spend your free time. 


2Noeul Camp

Noeul Camp

Noeul Camp Ground, situated in the northern corner of Noeul Park, Sangam, was opened in 2012 as part of a program aimed at encouraging family camping. There are 100 camping points scattered around the park offering a great view of the sunset, 60 of which are equipped with a barbeque pit, power plugs, outdoor benches, and a heated pad for the winter season. 


3Jungnang Camp

Jungnang Camp

Jungang Camp Ground is a recreational park designed for family and school groups. Built on a site previously cluttered by abandoned greenhouses, artificial facilities have been kept to a minimum in keeping with the theme of ‘a healthy ecology forest.’ It also has a small outdoor stage area for group performances.


4Gangdong Greenway Family Camp

Gangdong Greenway Family Camp

Gangdong Greenway Family Camp, located in the forest at Iljasan Park, is designed so as not to spoil or disturb the natural surroundings. Perfect for family getaways and outdoor activities, you can choose to stay at either the auto camp ground or the family camp ground. The latter features pre-installed tents. 

There are numerous tennis courts in the surrounding areas of Seoul, providing an affordable way for members of the public to enjoy keeping fit.

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It is, however, important to remember that some tennis courts are open to registered members only, and that online reservation is required for the majority of them. Most of the courts in the nearby colleges or public facilities are also open to the public at weekends.

Hangang Park Tennis Courts

The tennis courts in Hangang Park are located in Jamwon, Ttukseom, Ichon (Hangangdaegyo (Bridge)), Yeouido and Mangwon (beweenYanghwadaegyo (Bridge) and Seongsandaegyo (Bridge)).
Most courts can only be reserved online or by mobile phone.


Dong Seoul Tennis Courts

Located in Macheon-dong, Songpa-gu, this spacious facility offers hourly rates as well as monthly membership rates. 
On-site facilities for its nine courts include locker rooms, night lights and a spacious parking lot. Private lessons are given four times a week.


Jangchung Tennis Courts

Located behind Jangchung-dong National Theatre, the hard courts here are available for use on both an hourly and a monthly membership basis. Seoul Club members are free to use the courts as they are also registered as users of the Jangchung Tennis Courts.