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Out & About! Summer Time in Seoul!

Published Date : May. 28, 2020 / Edited Date : Nov. 11, 2020

Out & About! Summer Time in Seoul!



Illustration of man on a ladder fixing a large clock with background divided into night and day

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year with as much as 14 hours, 35 minutes of sunlight in a single day, while marking the 10th solar term of the 24 terms throughout the year according to the traditional East Asian lunisolar (indicating moon phases and times of the solar year) calendar. It’s the same 24-hour day as per usual, yet you can’t help but get that sense that you’re granted more time during the day. In celebration of the long summer days ahead, here are some ways to make every minute of those days count!

Illustration of someone drawn in two parts with the left part showing him at home on the way out and the right part showing having arrived at the beach

9AM

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Rise and shine in the mornin’ at nine!

Let’s get our things packed and ready to break away from the concrete jungle and  head out into nature for some good ol’ R&R!


Two pictures of Baeksasil Valley on a sunny day

Baeksasil Valley, The Secret Habitat of the Fire-bellied Toad

There’s nothing like the exhilaration of enjoying a valley streamlet away from the city during the summer heat! A simple 15-minute walk from downtown Seoul brings you to a stunning yet humble streamlet, home to the fire-bellied toad, tucked away at the foot of Bukaksan Mountain. The sound of the cool, blowing breeze sweeping across the soft, flowing water is sure to calm the mind and soul. Crisp mornings after a days-worth of rainy weather are an especially beautiful site here in the valley, so be sure to start off your summer here at Bukaksan Mountain!

  Tag  #Ecoscape #Preservation #Nature #KoreanSalamander #FireBelliedToad #Bukaksan #SeoulValleys

Information

Address Icon Address   115, Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

 

Three pictures: 1) Two people walking on a forest path; 2) One of the I Seoul U sign; 3) One of a grassy field on an overcast day

World Cup Park, A Pathway Carved out of Nature

Explore the breathtaking, subtle beauty of the path of metasequoias surrounded by a pond area and a park that seemingly kisses the sky! All this and more is available for your viewing pleasure at World Cup Park! The park offers four different theme-based sub-parks that can literally take all day just to wander around. The crowds typically start to flow in by the afternoon, so it’s good to get out there from the morning hours and take in all of the natural scenery of the eco-park, especially the metasequoia walkway, which feels like a page ripped out from a fairy tale. Once used as a landfill, this area has now been witfully christened as “a trail of hope.” For those that have already frequented Haneul (Sky) Park, we highly recommend going to get a taste of nature at its finest at the metasequoia walkway!



  Tag  #Metasequoia #SeoulTrail #HaneulPark #WorldCupPark

Information

Address Icon Address   108-1, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   00:00 - 24:00

Tel Icon Tel   +82-2-300-5501

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12PM

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Morning’s gone too soon, the clock has struck noon!

Nothing like an impassioned photo outing at the turn of the day!


Two pictures showing Yongma Land during the day with abandoned rides and a castle in the background

Yongma Land, Instagram Hotspot for Adults

Earning some spotlight as a popular filming location for not only movies, dramas, and variety programming, but also music videos, as well, Yongma Land, a deserted theme park, is known among the public as the “Yongma filming site.” The ambiance, filled with abandoned items and rides, is somewhat spine-tingling, yet unique, in and of itself. Even Kpop group, Crayon Pop, filmed their music video for “Bar Bar Bar” here at the park’s carousel, which shortly after became a photo hotspot among Kpop fans. Anywhere you take a snapshot, you’re sure to get that vintage look you’re looking for! Calling all social media fanatics out there! Get your camera and meet you at Yongma Land!



  Tag  #Vintage #Seoul #Snapshot #FilmingLocation #Yongma #PhotoSpot #YongmaLand

Information

Address Icon Address   118, Mangu-ro 70-gil, Jungnang-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   09:30 - 19:00 (Hours subject to change on daily & monthly basis / Please inquire via phone)

Tel Icon Tel   +82-2-436-5800

 

Buramsan Butterfly Garden with two other pictures below showing figures of insects

Buramsan Healing Town, Butterflies 나비 & Azaleas Galore 꽃

Despite being lesser known, Buramsan Healing Town is the perfect spot away from the crowds. Originally renowned for the Royal Azaleas Park, the sea of azaleas stretching across the undulations of the land are nothing but awe-inspiring scenery at its best! The walkway takes on a patio décor that makes it comfortable for trekking, while offering a slew of wonderful photo opportunities. The park is filled with insect-like sculptures among the abundance of fluttering butterflies and azaleas as far as the eye can see. It’s the perfect spot to bring your children, especially if they are bug enthusiasts! In their eyes, it’s sure to become their own version of a bug-themed Jurassic Park!



  Tip  For those seeking out butterflies, be sure to make it out during the height of their activity

from the morning hours until three in the afternoon! 

Tag  #RoyalAzaleas #Park #Flowers #Butterflies #Buramsan #HealingTown #SeoulTrail 

Information

Address Icon Address   51-27, Hangeulbiseok-ro 12-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   10:00 - 17:00 * Last entry at 16:30 (Closed Mondays)

Tel Icon Tel   +82-2-936-0900

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3PM

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So much left to see, it’s already three!

There’s no time to lose! Let’s make the most of the day and head out to get a little taste of history!


Dongmyo Flea Market during the day with piles of books in one picture and crowds of people shopping on an overcast day in the another

Dongmyo Flea Market, One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Known as the “endpoint” of any and every secondhand item out there, the Dongmyo Flea Market, also familiarized as the “Hongdae for older folks,” has evolved into a hotspot among millennials looking to get a taste of rising trends based on vintage and retro looks. It quickly turns into a treasure hunt as market-goers sift through the piles of clothing for the style they’re looking for. Not only that, it becomes all too easy to slip through the passages of time, taking in all the antiques available. The cheap snacks and eats for everyone to enjoy are yet another alluring aspect of the market! You’ll run out of change in no time so bring plenty! Dongmyo Flea Market will satisfy the desire to get a little bang for your buck, while also providing the chance to get in some quality shopping. Try bargaining with merchants for a better buy and watch yourself become an ace of the Dongmyo Flea Market in no time!

  Tag  #Secondhand #Market #Hotspot #Rarities #Retro 

Information

Address Icon Address   Sungin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Dongmyo Station, Exit 3)

 

Three pictures: 1) A walkway near the palace; 2) Changgyeonggung Palace; 3) Changgyeonggung Palace Green Greenhouse

Changgyeonggung Palace Green Greenhouse, A Centennial’s Worth of History

Bridged together with the Changdeokgung Palace, while also serving as a palace, in and of itself, the Changgyeonggung Palace is home to a must-see hotspot housed within – the Grand Greenhouse. The structure emanates a very exotic feel within the palace that already uniquely captures the characteristic nature of Korea. Built in 1909, this structure is the first of its kind having borrowed from Western greenhouse architecture. And we must not forget the beautiful juniper sapling (natural monument No. 194) greeting visitors upon entry. You’re guaranteed a great shot no matter where the camera shutter clicks, and an even better shot in the afternoon when the sun shines at its brightest! Come out and find some respite away from it all, even on those gloomy rainy days that surprisingly offer up a striking, yet quaint view.



  Tag  #JuniperSapling #Nature #Seoul #Snapshot #Changgyeonggung #Palace 

Information

Address Icon Address   185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   09:00 - 18:00

Clock Icon Tel   +82-2-762-9515

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6PM

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Get your fix, off at six! 

After work, it’s that part of the day to get in some “me” time. Hesitating on how to make the best of it?  Why not venture out to the Hangang River!


Three pictures: 1) Kayaks resting at the riverside; 2) Kayaks and other equipment stacked up in storage; 3) A couple kayaking at sunset

Kayaking at Sunset, Making the Best of a Brilliant Sunset

Kayaking is not just for the open sea! In fact, you can kayak out on the Hangang River, while taking in the setting of the sun! The city at this time of day upon a kayak riding along the river is sure to hit anyone out there on the water in all the right ways. Kayaking partners taking to the water amid the sunset backdrop is even more so guaranteed to bring on a strong case of the “feels.” Kayaking is available all day long for the public to freely enjoy the extra sunlight hours, so stop on by and add a little spice to your day with a little kayaking to close out your day.



  Tag  #Hangang #Sunset #SeoulDate #Leisure 

Information

Address Icon Address   94, Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   09:00 - 19:00

Website Icon Website (RSVP)   www.onemoretrip.net/goods/hangang-river-sunset-kayak-experience/

Tel Icon Tel   +82-10-3913-2915

 

Three pictures: 1) Hangang River at night at the Tubester rental area; 2) Three people riding a tube; 3) People riding a tube on the river at sunset

Tubester, Hangang River’s Very Own Brand of Fried Chicken

As a boat-ride picnic combining Seoul’s nightscape with some tasty fried chicken, Tubester is the perfect boat-based concept for a birthday bash, or even a colorful bridal shower! For those true trendsetters out there, you don’t want to miss out on giving this experience a try. And one of the best things about Tubester is that it’s available on the spot without the need for a reservation! Just keep in mind that it ceases operation during rainy or inclement weather! It’s time to break out those summer party invitations for some fun festivities at Tubester!

  Tag  #Hangang # Sebitseom #Seoul #Chimaek #Picnic #Nightscape 

Information

Address Icon Address   683, Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Clock Icon Hours   (Summer [Jun – Sep]) Weekdays 16:00 - 24:00 / Weekends & Holidays 14:00 - 24:00
            (Spring & Autumn [Apr – May / Oct - Nov) Weekdays 15:00 - 23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 13:00 - 23:00

Tel Icon Tel   +82-2-713-1362

Tags

#Solstice #Seoul #June #Yongma #WorldCup #Summer #Activities #Course #Tourism

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  • 보호자가 동반하지 않는 만 14세 미만의 하동 관광객의 경우 현장에서 취소됩니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)
예약 전 안내사항
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  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.(최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)
예약 전 안내사항
  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다.
    ※ 중증(1~3급) 동반인 포함 2명 무료
    ※ 경증(4~6급) 장애인 본인 1인만 무료
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  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.
    (최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)
예약 전 안내사항
  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 본 코스는 보행약자(거동이 불편한 고령자, 장애인, 유모차 이용자 등)를 위한 코스입니다.
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  • Reservation shall be made at least 3 days before the tour day.
  • Reservation for the next month is available after 15th of the previous month.
  • Reservation may be closed early during weekend, holiday, and peak season in spring and fall.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
  • Reservation for unaccompanied tourist under 14 will be canceled on site.
  • 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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  • Reservation shall be made at least 1 week before the tour day.
  • The course is for tourists with mobility problems (Senior, people with disability, stroller user).
  • You may not use the course without an assistant (or companion)
    ※ 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
  • Reservation may be canceled when a guide is unavailable on the desired date and course.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office (02-6925-0777) will contact you to confirm reservation.
    (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
  • 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)

予約前の案内事項

  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも3日前まで可能です。
  • 翌月の予約は、前月の15日から可能です。
  • 週末及び祝日、春秋シーズンには予約が早めに締め切られる場合があります。
  • 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責任を負いません。
  • 保護者を伴わない万14歳未満の児童観光客の場合、現場でキャンセルされます。
  • 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)によって徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
    観光日前日基準)

予約前の案内事項

  • 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。
  • 補助人(或いは同行人)を伴わない場合は利用できません。
      ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う
      ※電動補助具(電動車椅子、電動スクーターなど)使用者の場合、補助人1当たり歩行弱者最大4人まで同伴可能
  • ご希望の日付及びコースに活動可能な解説士がいない場合、予約はキャンセルされることがあります。
  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6925-0777)で確認のための連絡が行われます。
    (少なくとも5日~1ヶ月前)3回以上電話が通じない場合、予約が取り消されることがあります。
  • 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
    責任を負いません。
  • 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
      徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
     (観光日前日基準)

预约前说明事项

  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前月15日开始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的预约可早期结束。
  • 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。
  • 未伴随保护者的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消观光。
  • 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。
    (观光前日基准)

预约前说明事项

  • 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。
    (观光前日基准)

預約前說明事項

  • 觀光日基準最少3日前方可進行預約。
  • 下個月的預約可從前月15日開始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的預約可早期結束。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 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。
  • 未伴隨保護者的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消觀光。
  • 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)

預約前說明事項

  • 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)