Winter in Seoul

See & Do Tours

Winter in Seoul

By Steve Kim


Anyone who is familiar with Seoul’s winter will tell you, the weather can be brutal. The weather can get cold, windy and dry, all at the same time. But don’t let that stop you from coming to Seoul during the winter! Unlike the summer months with seemingly never ending monsoons, Korean winters are characterized by clear blue skies and fresh crisp mornings (+ the cold). So, put on your warmest coat and come enjoy the amazing city with some of these exclusively winter activities that will make your trip to Seoul in the winter totally worth it. 

Ice Skating and Snow Sledding

Ice skating and sledding are two of the most popular winter activities in Seoul. Though ice skating is not necessarily a winter-exclusive sport, outdoor ice skating is. Seoul boasts numerous public (and private) outdoor skating rinks for as little as 1000 won per person. With rinks located all around the city, stop by for an unforgettable winter memory in Seoul. 

Seoul Plaza Skating Rink

Normally a grass-filled square throughout the year, the Seoul Plaza transforms into a huge public outdoor ice skating rink from mid-December to mid-February each year. The Seoul Plaza rink is conveniently located at the heart of the city in front of Seoul City Hall. Admission is only 1,000 won per hour, which includes skates and helmet rentals. Gloves are required, so it is advised to bring your own. Nearby attractions include Gyeongbokgung(Palace), Deoksugung(Palace), Cheonggyecheon(Stream), and Myeong-dong.

Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink,Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink 

Period: December 19th 2014 to February 8th 2014 *On opening day (December 19th), there will be festivities ranging from sand-art, a figure skating concert and a DJ event.

Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 9:30pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holiday 10am to 11pm
Fees: 1,000 won per hour (skate rentals included)
Convenient facilities: bathroom, book café, coin operated lockers, lounge, outdoor tables, heater
How to get there: City Hall Station (Lines 1, 2) exits 5, 6

Garden 5 Skating Rink

Located in Songpa-gu, Garden5 is an enormous shopping center which boasts an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter months. The rink is located in front of the Life Building within the Garden complex. 

Period: December 15th 2014 to February 22nd 2015

Hours: 10:00~22:00
Fees: 2,000 won admission (additional 1,000 won for rentals)
How to get there: Jangji Station (Line 8) exit 3

Olympic Park Skating Rink

This outdoor rink is located within the Olympic Park, and is easily assessable from Olympic Park Station (Line 5) exit 3, and Mongchontoseong Station (Line 8) exit 1. 

Period: 2014.12.29~2015.2.8
Hours: 09:00~20:30
Fees: 1,500 won per 1.5 hours (skate rentals included)
How to get there: Mongchontoseong Station (Line 8) exit 1 or Olympic Park Station (Line 5) exit 3

Grand Hyatt Seoul Skating Rink

Located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, this outdoor skating rink is a slightly more luxurious option compared to the rinks mentioned above. While you do not need to be a guest staying at the hotel to use the rink, admission and rentals come at a premium. However, the beautiful outdoor rink has an amazing view of the city from atop Namsan(Mountain), and a lot less people. 


High Season (July, August, December to February) : Mon to Fri 11:00 to 22:30, Saturday, Sunday, Holiday 10:00 to 22:30

Low Season (March to July, September to December) Mon to Fri 10:00 to 21:30 Saturday Sunday, Holiday 10:00 to 22:30
Fees: Admission – Weekdays: 25,300 won / Weekends: 29,700 won (rentals 19,800 won). 
How to get there: Noksapyeong Station (Line 6) exit 1 → cross the road and take bus #3 to the hotel.

Lotte World Ice Rink

The Lotte World Ice Rink is one of the largest indoor rinks, and is open year round. Located within Lotte World Amusement Park, you can also visit the theme park while you are there.