The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be opening a winter attraction of Seoul, the skating rink of Seoul Plaza on Dec. 22, 2017, to be opened until Feb. 25, 2018 for 66 days. Celebrating its 13th anniversary since its first opening in 2004, the Seoul Plaza skating rink will be set up to cover an area of 5,176㎡ in the northern part of Seoul Plaza, for the enjoyment of winter sports for citizens of Seoul and its visitors.
The hours of operation are 10:00am to 9:30pm on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday), and 10:00am to 11:00pm over the weekend (Friday and Saturday) and on holidays, with a special extension of open hours for the Christmas holiday (Dec. 24th and 25th) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) until 12:30am the following morning.
The entrance fee of 1,000 won remains the same as the past year for burden-free access to citizens, and entry to the skating rink will be free for foreigners holding the Discover Seoul Pass. Skate rental fee is included in the entrance fee, and purchase of one ticket provides one hour of skating time as well as free rental of safety helmets and knee pads for the safety of skaters. Of particular interest, in an effort to support the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul City will introduce a part of the Olympic Games by opening the Curling Experience Zone, and provide a variety of programs related to the coming Winter Olympics.
The Curling Experience Zone will be open from Feb. 1st through Feb. 14th, 2018 for one hour each day starting at 11:30am on the children’s rink. A biathlon, stuffed animal shooting gallery, making your own gold medal, demonstration of an Ice Hockey team match, and other events related to the Winter Olympics will be held during different periods including the weekends, the Christmas holiday, and New Year’s Eve.
Seoul Plaza takes into account that the skating rink is an outdoor space located in the middle of downtown, and it will stop operation of the rink for the safety of users should the Comprehensive Air-quality Index (CAI) exceed a certain level, and will inform citizens at least two hours in advance.
In case of disruption in service, SMS messages will be sent to students taking lessons and reservation holders, and those who require refunds will be refunded in full. Visitors wishing to use the next available time slot will be granted access to the skating rink with no additional reservation or ticket purchase necessary.