Unique Activities for a Memorable Seoul Trip
See & Do Tours
Any trip to Seoul is memorable, but these unique
activities can make for a extra-special Seoul trip.
By Skill or By Luck, Try for a Prize
Claw machines can be found in most parts of the world, but it's fairly unusual to see more than a couple of machines together. However, in Seoul claw machines stores are all the rage and the city has become somewhat of a claw machine paradise. Claw machines stores are just that, an entire storefront filled with claw machines offering different prizes. Though these stores stores can be found all over Seoul, there's a high concentration of stores in places with lots of students, like university districts. In Hongdae (the area around Hongik University) there's a plethora of claw machine stores. Claw machines are deceptively addictive and the anticipation of trying to snag a prize may be half the fun. Korean claw machine prizes are a step above the prizes found in other places around the world. Visitors to Seoul can expect to find stuffed characters from popular animated works like Pokemon, One Piece, and Doraemon. Test your skills on the claw machine and angle for a fun souvenir of Seoul to take home.
Zzang Games : 69 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul / Zzang Games (Korean)
Hongdae Game Park : 80 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Funny Land : 46-1 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul / Funny Land (Korean)
Take Home a Retro Souvenir of Seoul
A photo strip is a cheap and fun souvenir of any Seoul trip. Photo booths are not as common as they once were, but thanks to Photo Gray, visitors can experience the retro charm and fun of the old-fashioned photo booth. Photo Gray operates several photo booths at various locations in Seoul. The booths are self-serve and are located next to or within large stores and restaurants in the city, and many booths can be found in Hongdae. Step into the booth and choose from several filter and color options. In just a few minutes, a complete photo strip with 4 images will be ready to take home.
Locations : 1st Fl, 134 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (next to Cheese Otaku)
1st Fl, 39 Wausan-ro 27-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (inside Market A)
36 Jandari-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (outside of Pastasea)
62 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (next to In the Line 25)
Open 24 hours
Prices start at 3,000 won (prices vary by booth)
Get in Touch with Your Inner Katniss
Korea is home to many unusual themed cafes; the Arrow Factory Archery Cafe is just one of Seoul's cool cafes. An indoor archery range and cafe, visitors can line up and take aim at a bull's eye. The Arrow Factory may be the only place in the world where a person can shoot arrows and relax with a coffee indoors. The equipment used at the cafe is professional-grade and spectators of the archery competitions at the Olympic Games will be familiar with the professional bows that are at the cafe. Total newbies are welcome to pick up a bow and arrow, as the cafe's archery instructor guides and shows visitors the basics of how to shoot. Draw back the bowstring and take aim at a novel experience in Hongdae!
Arrow Factory Archery Cafe
4th Fl, 27 Dongmak-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hapjeong Station (subway lines 2, 6) exit 6 / Sangsu Station (subway line 6) exit 1
+82-2-336-2055 / +82-10-3382-2050
10:00-24:00 (hours may vary at owner's discretion)
10,000 won for 30 arrows, 15,000 won for 1 hour
Fun Saju Cafe
Divination and face reading are traditions that date back generations in Korea. Even in today's hyper modern culture, a walk around Hongdae will show that there is still a demand for practitioners of fortune telling. Numerous cafes and booths line the small side streets of Hongdae and there are often lines of people waiting to hear what their futures hold. At Fun Saju Cafe, even tourists can try out this unique Korean experience as interpretation services are offered alongside the fortune readings from fortune masters. The cafe specializes in several types of divination such as saju, face reading, and palm reading. Visitors can enjoy a beverage during their reading as well. The cafe's fortune masters can tell visitors about their futures such as weddings, job plans, and more. Fun Saju Cafe even offers free after-care service. Return customers can get two sessions for free if the appointments are made within a year of their first reading. Visitors don't have to be true believers, getting their fortune told is a fun cultural experience.
Fun Saju Cafe
2nd Fl, 24 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hongik Univ. Station (subway line 2) exit 9, in front of Hongdae Children's Park
One More Trip : Fun Saju Cafe (reserve online in English)
* English and Japanese interpretation is offered at the Hongdae branch; Chinese interpretation is offered at the Apgujeong branch.