Touring Seoul in the Frigid Cold and Air Pollution
See & Do Tours
The break from frigid subzero temperatures is short-lived as air pollution step up to take its place. As frigid temperatures and air pollution take over the city this winter, going outside or doing outdoor activities has never been harder. Although excitment is building in the air due to the upcoming Lunar New Year, many are still hesitant about going outside to enjoy the holiday spirit. Well, here are some great places to go for a day trip regardless of the weather.
This is a place where snow falls for 365 days while a flowery scent lingers in the air.
L'atelier is an "Art+Interactive" theme park which hope to maximize the interactive art experience for visitors with their cutting-edge IT technology, creative exhibition contents, and unique spacial designs. It's a place where visitors can literally go inside and interact with the masterpieces of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Maurice Utrillo, Edouard Léon Cortès, and many other master artists.
Made up of 5 sections with 3 major attractions, L'atelier has paintings that will surprise visitors by talking to them, a space with neverending snow recreated to look like the winters in Montmarte, and a garden full of flowers with real flowery scent hanging in the air. 19th century French art can be a dry subject for some, but this attraction transforms the learning experience through its very interactive, immersive experience program.
Looking around, one might see many other visitors interacting with the paintings and taking a lot of pictures. Come visit and become a part of the paintings and art in this recreated space made to look like 19th century France.
Address 1F, 20 Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Nearest Station Dongdaemun Station
Admission Fee Adult 24,000 won, Youth 20,000 won, Children 16,000 won
Hours 10:00 - 21:00 (Last Entry 19:00)
Lotte World Tower & Mall has become a prominent landmark in the cityscape of Seoul. Its shopping facilities, restaurants, and observatory deck has attracted countless domestic and foreign visitors, leading this place to become a major tourist attraction spot.
It is also not a place to be missed for those who love Korean culture and K-pop. Inside the mall is Just KPOP, Korea's first entertainment restaurant to offer different K-pop music, performances, and entertainment options daily with your food. It attracts many customers by providing various contents on Korean culture including the globally popular K-pop, breakdancing, fusion gugak, percussion performances, etc.
Just because it's an entertainment restaurant doesn't mean it only focus on the entertainment aspect. This restaurant uses only carefully selected ingredients and offers Korean fusion menus, letting people slowly adjust and ease themselves into eating Korean food. Brunch Cafe & Deli is available during lunch times where visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of Seokchon Lake with their meals. And dinner times usually come with performances, allowing visitors to enjoy their meals with music.
Address 5F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Lotte World Mall)
Nearest Station Jamsil Station
Admission Fee 30,000 – 60,000 won per person
Hours Sun – Thu 10:30 – 22:00 / Fri – Sat 17:00 – 23:00
While it shares the concept of being a "mall" by having cafes, restaurants, and galleries gathered in one place, Sounds Hannam is different from other regular malls. As a multi-cultural city center complex with residential, office, and retail spaces, this place isn't very large in size but holds unique and distinctive stores to draw in the curious passerbyers. Upon entering the complex, visitors are greeted with a small plaza surrounded by small, trendy-looking restaurants, cafe, bookstores, and galleries.
Among the shops, one bookstore by the name of "Still Books" catches everyone’s attention. A curated 4-story bookstore, visitors can walk up and down the stairs to enjoy the different themes by floor. In fact, upon selection of a theme and book, visitors will be led to a display holding merchandises introduced in the book, leading to a very organic flow of experiences. Time will just fly by in here and visitors will soon find themselves lining up near the cashiers to buy the merchandise they were eyeing in the display area!
It’s hard to understand the layout of Sounds Hannam at a glance. Made up of five separate buildings that connect in various ways, this place is like a funhouse maze where visitors will surely enjoy navigating and untangling all the hidden nooks and crannies of this attraction.
Address 35 Daesagwan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Nearest Station Hannam Station
Hours Sounds Hannam 8:00 - 24:00 (Hours vary by store) / Still Books 12:00 - 21:30 (Closed Monday)