Popular for its “couple culture”, it’s no doubt that Seoul, South Korea is considered to be a place for romantic escapades not only during Valentine’s Day but for the whole year round. Inspired by the Hallyu wave and the widespread popularity of romcom Korean dramas, the city is surrounded with places ideal to renew the love between couples from all over the world. Whether you want to re-enact a scene from your favorite Korean romantic series or just want to walk hand in hand for a night stroll in the park with your loved one, here’s the best romantic places in Seoul, South Korea to get lost in love. They are perfect for a lovely date!
1. Jamsil Olympic Stadium
Also known as the Seoul Olympic Stadium, this open field has 69,950 seating capacity and is home to the Korea Republic National Football team. Perfect for an ice-breaker, book a ticket and cheer for your favorite team in this stadium located in the heart of Seoul. Grab some beer and fried chicken and dance while trying to follow the chant of each team’s cheering squad that will surely help loosen the mood with your date. If the sport is not your thing, fret not because the place also hosts concerts for local and international artists, so it’s best to know your date’s favorite performer and book your tickets immediately.
Jamsil Olympic Stadium
Address: 25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Website: Jamsil Olympic Stadium
2. Seoul Forest
A royal hunting place for the kings during the Joseon Dynasty, this premium city-park is home to deer, ducks, chipmunks, and other wildlife. Have a romantic picnic date while indulging in the breathtaking natural beauty all around you, especially during spring where cherry blossoms are in full bloom or during autumn when the foliage is in reddish brown hues. Composed of five parks including the Hangang Riverside Park, Eco-Forest, and Marsh Plants Garden, you will never run out of a great spot to be with your better half. Rent a couple of bikes to make sure that you will both have plenty of time to explore the park without straining yourself walking around the whole day.
Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Website: Seoul Forest
3. Times Square Mall
If you have the means, make your significant other feel extra special with a shopping spree at Times Square Mall. But if your budget doesn’t allow it, you can both enjoy buying couple-stuff too (t-shirt, ring, cellphone accessory), which is a norm for most couples in this country. With a wide array of leisure, entertainment, accommodation, and dining options, you and your partner can choose to stay inside the mall or take advantage of the large outdoor spaces which are perfect spots for relaxation. If you are a fan of K-pop groups, you might have a chance to watch them during a live music performance around the area.
Times Square Mall
Address: 15, Yeongjung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Website: Times Square Mall
Opening hours: 10:30am - 10:00pm
4. Lotte World
Considered as the largest indoor amusement park in the world with thrilling rides, colorful parades, and department stores, a day full of excitement and romance is undeniably expected in this theme-park. Release the inner-child in you and enjoy the rides with your partner on the exhilarating roller coasters, perfect for holding hands. Have a ball of time talking to each other while waiting in line on popular rides or just enjoy a relaxing ride on the carousel after tasting a variety of traditional and international cuisines. If amusement rides are not on your plate, try to learn together the Korean culture with a leisurely tour in the Folk Museum showcasing 5,000 years of Korean history.
Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Website: Lotte World
Opening hours: 9:30am - 10:00pm
Price: 52,000 KRW (46 USD)
5. Naksan Park
Located in the center of Seoul, Naksan Park allows its visitors to enjoy magnificent views of the entire city especially when you are on the observation deck. Take a leisurely walk in one of its walking trails along the side of the fortress wall or traipse under the umbrella of cherry blossom trees during spring. Take advantage of the amenities like a basketball court, a playground, and areas with some exercise equipment that can be used for free. Watch the sunset in each other’s arms or wait for nighttime as the park illuminates with electric lights, making it even more romantic to spend the night with someone you love.
Address: 41, Naksan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
6. National Museum of Korea
Considered as the largest museum in Korea, this museum houses precious Korean cultural assets which are a great way to have a deeper learning about the country. Spend hours with your date while admiring the galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces. After feasting your eyes to the exhibits and while the sun sets, make your way to the roof garden where you can see the surrounding areas and the mysteriously romantic palace lit up at night that one should not miss when in Seoul. Take advantage of the romantic views to step forward and confess your feelings to your partner.
National Museum of Korea
Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Website: National Museum of Korea
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri (10am - 6pm) | Wed-Sat (10am - 9pm) | Sun or Public Holidays (10am - 7pm)
7. N Seoul Tower
A popular spot for Korean films and drama scenes, N Seoul Tower stands tall in Namsan with a plaza and an observatory to view the panorama of Seoul. Be amazed by the beauty of the surrounding mountain and downtown Seoul during the three-minute cable car ride from the base of Namsan to N Seoul Tower. Have a sumptuous dinner date in the observatory or head over to Seoul Tower Plaza for more dining options and shopping stores. Bring a cute padlock with your names and seal a promise of love in the Locks of Love fence keeping the keys with you as a souvenir.
N Seoul Tower
Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Website: N Seoul Tower
8. Banpo Bridge
One of the 27 bridges crossing the east and west side of Han River, Banpo Bridge is famous for its rainbow fountain that features a beautiful show of water, music, and lights. Bring a picnic mat and a basket of food and feast your eyes to a splendid water show under the cold breeze of the night, which is a perfect excuse to cuddle your partner. After the 20-minute show, let the live performances along the riverside serenade you or if you have the means, book a Han River cruise with a candlelit dinner for a complete romantic night in Seoul.
Address: 40, Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Website: Banpo Bridge (Korean only)
9. Yeouido Park
Capture the perfect moments of your date in this large recreational area that has a traditional Korean forest, swamp, and grassland that is a great place for a picnic or just walk hand in hand under the shade of the trees. If you happen to be in the area during spring, make your way to Yunjunro Street, where the loveliest cherry blossom street in Seoul can be found. Make use of this alluring flower and start a couple photoshoot perfect for an upcoming anniversary, proposal, or wedding prenup photo collection. Remember, cherry blossoms do not just bloom all year round, so make sure to seize the moment before it’s too late.
Address: 120, Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
10. Trickeye Museum Seoul
Burst into peals of laughter as you and your partner interact with paintings in this gallery that uses high-end technology features and 2D and 3D illusions. Bring smiles to your partner’s face while making a fool out of yourself posing with the artworks and capturing it using the newly developed Trickeye Camera app. Make sure to drop by in the Love Museum with sex and erotic arts to be a little naughty or enter the Ice Museum which is filled with objects that are made out of ice for the opportunity to cuddle your love-one. You will surely have lots of things to talk about even after finishing the tour that lasts from an hour to two creating a chance for you to know more about each other.
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Address: 20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Website: Trickeye Museum Seoul
Opening hours: Daily (9am - 9pm)
Price: 15,000 KRW (13.5 USD)
11. A skytop view at a roof garden
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
So you want a completely romantic evening, including a view? Head to a rooftop bar or garden. They are very popular and all over Seoul, and even have locations that range from inexpensive to extremely expensive. If you are looking to save money, you can always head up to one of these cheaper options for a drink and eat somewhere else.
If you have the money to spend and want a leisurely paced meal, our favorite is the Sky Rose Garden outside of Chungmuro Station. In the summer, this place can book up fast, so make sure to plan ahead. Many couples first see a movie at the infamous Daehan Cinema in this same building but on a lower floor. From there it is very easy to head up the elevator to the eighth floor and enjoy the beautiful variety of roses on display. You can enjoy a gourmet meal and pricey drinks here at the top, with an excellent view and constantly changing rose displays. The best time to head up here is, no surprise, at sunset! But it is beautiful no matter what time you make it here! If you are finding out about this place last minute and they are too busy to seat you, don’t fret! There are many other sky view restaurants nad bars on our list to choose from.
If you are short on cash but still want an impressive view, head to one of these cheaper options. Gaja Changgo is one of the original rooftop bars in Seoul, located in the Itaewon area. It’s a bit like hanging out at your college pad, with its plastic furniture and lack of decor but you are not heading here for the atmosphere! You can hang out here on the bar stools and watch the people on the street below. You can also join a large table of strangers and make new friends! Beer is the cheapest at this spot, costing you a mere 4469.77 KRW (4 USD) - which is the cheapest I have ever seen in Itaewon. The staff is super nice here as well and will gladly order you a cheap meal if you get hungry from a nearby chicken place.
Gaja Changgo (Rooftop)
Address: 50 Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
12. Olympic Park
Looking for a change of scenery and want to get out of the crowded downtown area for your date? Head out to Olympic Park Subway Station. Here, you can get a breath of fresh air, stroll around and admire the statues, displays and images from the 1988 Olympics. This park will be heavy on the walking, but luckily there are options to rent bikes from local vendors. There are also plenty of places to sit and relax and enjoy the outdoor space with your date. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch if you don’t want to be stuck eating in the limited restaurants nearby.
13. Everland Amusement Park
If fun is what you are looking for on your date, head to Everland Amusement Park. This is a great place to go on rides together, take tons of photos and have a whole day of fun. The price of admission will set you back about 52,000 KRW (45 USD) for the day, per person, but if you stay the whole day, it could be worth it. There are definitely more couples at Everland than kids! After you go on all the rides, there are tons of different shows to watch, food to eat, beer to enjoy, animals to see, and gorgeous views to enjoy for a whole day of romantic fun!
Everland Amusement Park
Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Price: from 52,000 KRW (45 USD) for adults
Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm.
Duration: easily 5 hours or more
Website: Everland Amusement Park
Let your heart and soul feel the love in Seoul
There are lots of fun and romantic things to do in Seoul perfect for every couple who wish to experience the beauty of nature, colorful culture, and the unique balance of modernization and tradition in the land of morning calm. Make sure to bring your camera to capture every sweet moment with your significant other for there are many picturesque and Instagram-worthy spots in Seoul that you can enjoy during your stay. Bookmark now and don’t forget to include this list of romantic places in Seoul for your next escapade with your partner.
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