As temperatures soar, people dream of enjoying a relaxing vacation but dread traveling far to enjoy it. For people in Seoul, there is no need to worry! Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area have it covered, with plenty of attractions perfect for keeping cool and making great memories of your summer vacation. Read on to learn about the five best attractions sure to make your summer vacation in Korea even better!
1. Onemount Snow Park
Onemount Snow Park in Goyang is an indoor winter wonderland! Open all year round, the snow and ice will have you feeling like you traveled to Arendelle along with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen (2013).” The color-changing lights and decorations hanging from the ceiling create a romantic atmosphere.
The park is kept at -2 degrees Celsius to keep Snow Hill, made out of real ice, from melting. Here you can sled and skate to your heart’s content and take shot after shot in the photo zone.
2. Trick Eye Museum’s Ice Museum
A hidden kingdom of ice in the city! In addition to optical illusion art, Seoul Trick Eye Museum facilities also include Ice Museum. Upon entering through the Ice Museum’s grand metal door, visitors will be shocked by two things; one, that your whole body will be completely chilled from the instant cold, and two, that so many amazing works of art can be created from the single material of ice. Compared to other exhibitions, Ice Museum is quite small, but it is prepared to entertain visitors with a variety of sculptures such as ice wings, an ice carriage, an ice hotel and much more. The 10m-long ice slide allows visitors to actively enjoy the museum all summer vacation.
The best way to experience the ocean in the city is by visiting one of the four aquariums in the metropolitan area. While all four locations provide a glimpse into life under the sea, each venue has its own special charm.
Lotte World Aquarium and COEX Aquarium are home to the standard fish and marine life typically found at aquariums. Aqua Planet 63 provides a learning experience of the ocean’s ecosystem through storytelling, while Aqua Planet Ilsan features animals that live near the ocean as well. As each aquarium offers an experience unique to its own, find the one that draws your attention most.
4. Dynamic Maze (Insa-dong)
Dynamic Maze is a fun attraction recommended for those who enjoy Korean variety programs. This thrilling attraction was showcased in the popular program “Running Man.” Designed with the concept of “escape the maze in the city,” Dynamic Maze offers 16 unique missions to overcome, run in teams of at least two people. To fully enjoy your time in the maze, be sure to check all of your personal items in the lockers before entering.
5. Woongjin Playdoci Waterdoci
Woongjin Playdoci’s driving range is Korea’s largest premier driving range, with 200 tee stations and a 360-yard capacity. Starting with this driving range in December of 2009, Woongjin Playdoci expanded to include Korea’s first indoor skiing center, Korea’s largest water park, a western style spa, fitness center, kids academy, and various shopping areas made to be enjoyed by everyone throughout the year. It is a futuristic theme park at the heart of an urban environment.