Wow by the LED Flower Garden Outside Dongdaemun Design Plaza
A gorgeous addition to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), these 20,000 LED flowers glow as beautifully in the day as when night falls and gives the whole plaza a dreamy feel. Whether you go with your loved one, good friend, or just by yourself, it gives you an indescribable satisfaction to gaze at the seabed of roses.I am sure you will addicted by the flower beauty and you will have take a lot of picture here especially for the couple ! Besides that, I’d recommend to add a cup of hot chocolate in hand for that extra touch of warmth.
How to get there: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 ,5) and Exit 1.
Visit N Seoul Tower at Night
The views from the N Seoul Tower in the day is nice, but it is absolutely breathtaking at night. You will get different feel and view in the day and night. If you are a KPOP fans you also will know that this is a place that are a scene of the Kdrama “My Love From The Star” and also the variety show “We Got Married”. This is a place that famous for couple to make their wish and put on their love lock their.
TIP: I’d recommend going to the tower around dusk, take a walk around the vicinity and even put up a love lock with a special message, and then make your way up to the viewing platform to watch the sun set upon the city. This way you get to see the Seoul skyline transform in the changing light. An experience you must definitely try on your trip there.
How to get there:
By Bus – Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02. Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema)
By Subway- Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6. (Interval: every 15 min; Operating hours: 7am-12mn)
By Cable Car – Boarding point: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 3, walk for about 15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel. The boarding place should be seen. (Operating hours: 10am-11pm)
Operating Hours: Sun-Fri – Observatory: 10am-11pm, Sat – 10am-12mn. Last admission 30 min before closing. Operating hours are subject to change depending on weather or business schedules.
Go Ice-Skating at Seoul Plaza (City Hall)
Outdoor ice-skating is one of the things you can only do in the winter, this was definitely one of the activities I wanted to try. Especially if you go around Christmas time, the surrounding decorations and lights does add that warm fuzzy feeling as you glide along the ice.
There are quite a few outdoor ice-skating rinks that are open around Seoul, e.g. Grand Hyatt in Itaewon and Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, but so far the one at Seoul Plaza (City Hall) seems to be the cheapest and easiest to get to. It costs 1,000 KRW per person for a one hour session, including the rental of a pair of skates. If you need, gloves can be rented for an additional 500 KRW and you can rent lockers to store your belongings for the same price.
Insider Tip: We tried going on the first day and found out that because it was the first day of opening, they were allowing people to skate for free! You may want to try going on the first day or the day before just to see.
Kid-friendly: They have a smaller rink for kids and beginners. Helmets for children are also provided free of charge if needed.
How to get there: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1,2), Exit 5
Operating Hours: Open Daily. Mon-Thu: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun: 10am-11pm (Including Public Holidays)
Have Fried Chicken and Beer at Hongdae
Fried chicken and beer or “Chimaek” – The supper food made popular by Korean Dramas. Is it really that good? My friend and I decided to give it the ultimate supper test. So, after a full dinner of Stir Fried Spicy Octopus, we decided to have a nice evening stroll along the popular haunt for the younger crowd, Hongdae.
Coupled with the night lights and chill music from the street baskers, chimaek seemed like the perfect thing to wrap up the lovely night stroll. So we popped into one of the eateries along the street.
The conclusion? The fried chicken went wonderfully with the beer! We had Cass beer which was very light and refreshing to the taste – a great contrast to the oily fried chicken.
Tip: Servings are rather large, so best to order one or two plates to share, unless you have a big appetite.
How to get there: There are a couple of “Chimaek” eateries along the Hongdae stretch. Hongik University Station (Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang, AREX), Exit 9.
Visit the Bukchon Hanok Village
The Bukchon area is famous for the Bukchon Hanok Village. But there are other parts of the Bukchon area that are equally quaint and may even be less touristy. You can choose to explore the area on foot or you can choose to try the Pedicab tour. Hidden Bukchon streets lined with traditional houses, shops and cafes. When you walk around the road you can image yourself as the kpop drama actress and here you can capture lot of picture because you will get to see different few when you walk around the road.
For the Pedicab tour, there have a few routes you can choose from. It costs 45,000 KRW for a 60-minute basic tour. 60,000 KRW for a 90-minute detailed tour. They have both English and Mandarin speaking guides available but it will cost more to have them. There are also many other pedicab tours around Seoul that you can check out.
Suggestion: Due to the Bukchon area there are many citizen living there so when you are visiting there please keep your voice lower to avoid to disturb the citizen there.
How to get there:
- Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5, walk straight for about 700 meters (10 minutes on foot)
- Get off at Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 1, walk straight for 750 meters (12 minutes on foot)
Operating Hours: Open Daily. Mon-Sun: 10am-10pm.
Warm up with Hot Korean Street Snacks
The wonderful thing about walking around Seoul in the winter is being able to stop anywhere and chew on all the wide array of delicious hot street snacks! Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), Odeng (Fish cake sticks dipped in soup), Gamja Hotdogs (French fry covered hot dogs) and Mat Tang (candied sweet potato) to name a few.
Operating Hours: Most snack stalls close at around 10pm unless otherwise stated. Helps to do your research before heading down to any market streets.
Dance along to a Hologram Concert at K-LIVE
Even if you aren’t a crazy K-Pop fan, the mini-hologram concerts held at K-LIVE on the 9th and 10th floors of Lotte FitIn, are a multi-sensory experience. Especially if you need to take a break from the cold, pop by for a 30-minute showcase and perhaps have a drink at the cafes downstairs.
Personally, I was ‘wow’-ed by the clarity and depth of the hologram images. The images and dance moves were very vivid and the stage had a 270-degree panorama view that fills your field of vision, so much so the images seem to pop out at you. The video presentation was quite a new-dimensional experience, making it really catchy and fun to dance and sing-a-long to.
Price: Tickets cost 33,000 KRW for adults and 22,000 KRW for teens and kids.
How to there: Located on floors 9 and 10 of Lotte FitIn. Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Lines 2, 4, and 5) exits 11 and 12 (connected by underground path)
Operating Hours: Open Daily: 2-10pm except Mondays.
Have a Choco-Pie
Choco-Pies are a South-Korean favourite snack of all time. It consists of two small round layers of cake with marshmallow filling dipped in a chocolate covering. It’s cheap, easily available and absolutely a life-saver when you need a light snack to get through your hunger pangs while braving the winter. Not to mention super yummy too! Goes great with a cup of tea of coffee.
Eat a Ice-Cream in Winter Challenge
No, it’s not crazy to eat ice-cream in the winter! In fact, it’s a whole new experience! You strangely feel warmer on the inside as your body starts getting accustomed to the creamy, icy goodness. Not to mention that you don’t have to worry about your ice-cream melting as you eat it. It’s my new favourite thing! Try it!
Selfies at MBC World
MBC – One of the major broadcasters in Korea offers three whole zones of photo opportunities for you to pose and interact with the latest in media entertainment in their new multimedia theme park, MBC World. You can pretend to be a broadcaster, walk through a day in the life of a celebrity and just learn to dance full-on K-POP. And if you are really…really lucky. You may get to bump into a few celebrities while they’re grabbing coffee in between shoots!
Tip: You should check your favor variety show regular shooting schedule before you plan your trip to MBC. You never know when you may cross paths with your favorite celebrities.
Ticket: It costs 18,000 KRW per adult, teenagers (ages 14-18) cost 13,000 KRW and 9,000 KRW for children (ages 3-13).
How to get there: Digital Media City Station (IAirport Railroad Express Line), Exit 9.
Operating Hours: Open daily, 9am-6pm