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Feel the Warmth of Spring with Accessible Tourism in Seoul

Published Date : May 03, 2021 / Edited Date : Jul 15, 2021

April 20 is a day designated to promote the awareness of the handicapped experience, as well as to promote the importance of accessibility for people with disabilities. On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we’re here to deliver any and all information that tourists with disabilities should know before booking their trip to Seoul so that they can more easily navigate their way through issues pertaining to transportation, mobility, and more. Here are some places open to everyone around the city! Traveling in an environment that lacks physical and social barriers that could potentially interfere with a visitor’s experience is called “barrier-free tourism.” With that said, what are the services in Seoul that enable barrier-free tourism to be carried out so well? It is well known that Seoul is actively making improvements on the accessibility of various facilities, such as convenience stalls, restaurants, and shopping areas, in order to create a tourist-friendly city that both the residents of Seoul and the common traveler can readily enjoy. In order to better the physical environment of the city, twenty frequented tourist facilities in the downtown area are chosen annually to increase the number of rooms and restrooms for wheelchair users, as well as to install ramps at the entrances of each facility.

Left: Outside of the Seoul Danurim Tourist Center. There are cars parked in front of the building and a wheelchair ramp along the side; Right: Doors to the Accessible Tourism Seoul Center. They are sliding, automated doors.
Seoul Danurim Tourist Center

The Seoul Danurim Tourist Center is an information center for tourists that provides customized travel information and convenient services for people with accessibility issues, including the disabled, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with infants. Anyone in need can make reservations for lift vehicles and travel aids through the Seoul Danurim Tourism website. The website offers customized tourist recommendations alongside various themed sights across Seoul with detailed information on basic amenities, such as restrooms, nursing facilities, and more. Other content is available, such as VR and sign-language videos to better enhance the visitor’s experience at different attractions. In addition, it operates wheelchair lift vehicles, Seoul Danurim buses, and minivans for increased convenience in transportation and mobility around the city. For those who are unfamiliar with using the website, counseling is available via real-time chatting, email, and telephone to better assist those in need.

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  • address
    Address: 117, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (1F, Hana Insurance Building)
  • clock icon Hours: Daily 09:00 - 18:00, 
    Closed on Weekends and Holidays 
  • phone icon Tel: +82-2-1670-0880 

Transportation Amenities for Seoul Tourists

Left: An electronic wheelchair charging at the wheelchair charging station in the metro; Right: A photo of city-bus doors that have the "wheelchair" and "stroller" accessibility icon.

In Seoul, there are low-floor city buses for people in need of wheelchair access. Since April 2019, users have been able to make reservations for this specialized bus accommodation by contacting the transportation company directly at the bus stop before boarding. The program covers all 3,366 city buses operating in downtown Seoul. Subway station facilities vary from station to station, but among the basic amenities offered are elevators, wheelchair lifts, fast chargers for electric wheelchairs, accessible restrooms, and voice guided systems. In addition, there are also mobile platforms installed within stations to promote better mobility on and off the train. For assistance in the use of these amenities, please contact the Seoul Metro offices at 1577 – 1234.

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Amid the recent difficult times, the desire to get out and travel is on the rise, and Seoul is full of beautiful places that are sure to satisfy that travel bug! On that note, let’s take a look at some barrier-free, accessible tourist destinations that are particularly striking during the spring season.


A photo of Gyeongbokgung Palace taken from an entryway that has large red pillars visible in the foreground.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is known as Korea's premier tourist destination! Due to the influence of Hallyu across the world, foreigners' interest in Korean history has grown, and Gyeongbokgung Palace has become recognized as the most magnificent and popular of Seoul's historic palaces. Built in the late 1300s, Gyeongbokgung Palace holds a great historical and cultural significance in Korea and was the foremost court of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung Palace is known to be equipped with amenities that provide services for people with disabilities to make their visits easier. People can rent an audio guide at the information desk, and even view a video explaining the site in sign language using a QR code. Visitors can also enjoy the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Geunjeongjeon Hall through interactive interpretation and experience programs giving visitors a more realistic peek into the history of Korea. There are designated restrooms for people with disabilities next to the parking lot, located towards the Hyangwonjeong and Gyeonghoeru pavilions. Strollers and wheelchairs can also be rented free of charge next to Heungnyemun Gate.

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  • Address
    Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Gyeongbokgung Palace) 
  • clock icon Hours: Daily 09:00 - 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00), 
    Closed Tuesdays & from November through December
  • clock icon Admission: Adults (25 - 64) KRW 3,000 
  • Free Entry: 
     Young adults & teens under 24, Seniors 65 & over, Handicapped individuals & persons of merit, Those dressed in a hanbok
  • Audio Guide Rental: KRW 3,000 (ID required)
  • phone icon Tel: +82-2-3700-3900 


Left: Namdaemun Market on the outside where many vendors selling a variety of colorful objects can be seen.; Right: Inside Namdaemun Market where there are customers sitting near various food stalls and vendors.

Opening its doors in 1964, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea and hosts a wide variety of vendors. The market sells over 1,600 different items, such as clothing, glasses, kitchenware, toys, and fishing goods. In addition, there are delicious food and snack options ranging from hotteok and fried odeng to delicious noodle soups in the kalguksu alley, as well as dumplings and pretzels, which are quite popular among market-goers. There are no obstacles or hindrances when using a wheelchair or a cane as the market is set on a wide, flat road. Oftentimes, wheelchair users experience difficulties when visiting restaurants or shops due to narrow spaces, but at Namdaemun Market, all visitors are free to shop for souvenirs and handicrafts while enjoying local street food.

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Left: The exterior of Dondaemun Design Plaza, which is a large, grey and curved metal structure with blue windows.; Right: Inside Dondaemun Design Plaza. There are two staircases, one of the left and one of the right. There are some shelves and tables located on the main floor.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Seoul thanks to the healthy breadth of fashion shows, local events, and various exhibitions being held on a frequent basis. It has also appeared as a backdrop for Hallyu dramas, such as the SBS drama, My Love from the Star, and the MBC drama, She Was Pretty. Barrier-free facilities can be spotted from inside the Dongdaemun Historical Park Station, which is connected to the DDP. The pathway to DDP is smooth with no bumps in the road, enabling those with physical disabilities to use exit 1 of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station. In addition, there is a DDP general information room in the station where wheelchair rentals are available. The information room is a multipurpose space with the added bonus of an elevator and a spacious ramp for convenience. Accessibility is also well established thanks to the stickers on the information board for the visually impaired, braille blocks, handrails, and handicap restrooms located near the ramp. There are restaurants and cafes at the plaza, so meals and snacks are readily available without having to visit another location. There is a vibrant design shop in the main exhibition hall with a beautiful LED rose garden that brightens up the night sky! The LED rose garden is unique in that it is made up of light-emitting diodes, providing yet another light source for the visually impaired. It functions like a braille block and is set up as a barrier-free pathway. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is truly a place where visitors can enjoy a visit and experience Korean culture in an environment that is accessible to any and every one!

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    ※In case of including vaccinated people, group reservations up to 5 people are being accepted.(02-6925-0777)
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  • Reservations for tourists 14 years & under without an accompanying adult or guardian shall be canceled on site.
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    ※ At least one assistant shall accompany a tourist with mobility problem
    ※ In case of electric assisting device users (electric wheelchair, electric scooter users), one assistant may accompany up to 4 tourists with mobility problem
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  • All reservations are canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour is unavailable due to Particulate Matter Reduction Measure or other weather conditions (heat wave, typhoon, heavy rain). (As of the date before the tour day)
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  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも1週間前まで可能です。
  • 本コースは、移動弱者(移動が不自由な高齢者、障害者、ベビーカー利用者など)のためのコースです。
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  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は
  • PM 2.5(ピーエムにてんご)の非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 为防止新冠状肺炎疫情的扩散,预约人数将限制在4人以内。
  • 在已登记的预约团体中,只接待不超过预约人数的团体,可在前一天17时前追加预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前一月15日开始。
  • 参加徒步观光解说活动时必须佩戴口罩。
  • 如有发热或呼吸道症状(发烧、咳嗽、痰液、肌肉痛、鼻塞、咽喉痛等),请避免参与解说活动。
  • 活动开始前将进行体温测试,超过37.5度者将被限制参与解说活动。
  • 无保护者随同的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消解说活动。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等)无法运营徒步观光解说活动时,所有预约会批量取消。(观光前日基准)
  • 对于解说活动中发生的安全事故,首尔徒步解说旅游事务局和首尔文化观光解说社不予负责。
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
  • 最晚請於預約日期3天前完成預約。
  • 為防止新冠肺炎疫情擴散,導覽人數最少1人、最多4人。
  • 已完成預約的團體若人數超過限制,可於前一天下午5點前追加預約。
  • 每月15日將開放下個月的預約。
  • 參與解說觀光時請務必佩戴口罩。
  • 若有發燒或呼吸道症狀(發燒、咳嗽、咳痰、肌肉酸痛、鼻塞、喉嚨痛),請避免參與本活動。
  • 活動開始前將進行體溫測量。若體溫超過37.5度,將無法參與本活動。
  • 未有保護者同行的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消參與資格。
  • 因發布微塵緊急降低措施及其他天氣惡化(暴熱、台風、豪雨等),無法進行徒步觀光時,所有預約將取消。(預約日期前日基準)
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,首爾徒步解說觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)