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Rediscovering Seoul! Social Distance Traveling

Published Date : Aug 31, 2020 / Edited Date : Aug 24, 2021

Park Image Illustration with people, animals and trees as background

The word of the year for 2020 most certainly has got to be “untact,” or social distancing. All the while, social distance traveling seems to already be commonplace amid the pandemic, especially for all those travel-goers Luggage icon out there! Some examples that are trending involved car camping, stay-at-home vacations, solo travels, and more. So, for a crowded city like Seoul, how realistic is the idea of social distance traveling? Well, it’s more than possible! And we’re here to share some great ideas with you that you’ll be sure to enjoy! First, there are three crucial guidelines before trying to carry these plans out: One. Always wear a mask. Two. Avoid crowded places. And three. Whenever entering a place or going indoors, apply hand sanitizer and have your temperature Thermometer icon read upon entry.

Social Distancing Eateries & Cafes

We’ve now entered the era of robot service in the food industry where robots make drinks and even serve customers Surprised Look icon ! What once was fantasy in the movies is now reality! Some of the common social-distancing tech out there includes things like the drive-thru and self-service kiosks, but now there is a new generation of social-distancing tech increasing by the day! And this generation of technology that was thought to be that of the future just last year, has now, right before our eyes, become essential everyday items providing us with daily comforts. Cars may not be ready to take to the sky just yet, but why don’t we venture out into Seoul and check out all the fascinating, futuristic food technology out there!

Café BotBotBot

Left: Coffee-making Robot, Right top: robot making cake, right bottom: drinks and dessert served on a tray

Café BotBotBot has all the latest “food tech” to make sure you get the best out of your coffee and dessert! Just imagine a smooth café latte invigorating your taste buds for a refreshing pick-me-up. This summer, in particular, carries some significance as it marks the advent of three robot  Robot icon   "employees" that help prepare some of the delicious café items and desserts! The “barista bot” brews up a cup of fantastic coffee, Coffee icon the “dessert bot” illustrates a beautiful image of your choice on your dessert, and the “cocktail bot” stirs up a savory, signature selection of fun cocktails. Cocktail All menu items are provided without any manned services and the cafe has spacious seating available with a second-floor rooftop area. Café BotBotBot is the perfect spot to help subdue any concerns about social distancing while also giving visitors a chance to experience the cool factor of the Seongsu-dong area making a comeback!

Tag Bubble #RobotCafe #MediaArt #Seongsudong #UntactCafe #SocialDistancingCafe


  • Address
    Address 8, Achasan-ro 9-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
  • Hours
    Hours Daily 11:00 - 18:00 (Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 - 21:00) *Closed Mondays*
  • Tel
    Tel +82-2-499-9219

Merry Go Kitchen

Top left: Robot servers at Merry Go Kitchen, bottom left: image for GR code scan to check menu and order from table, Right: Robot servers with dishes placed on it's tray

Still feel apprehensive about going out and meeting people face-to-face? Then come out and enjoy the leader of future dining at Merry Go Kitchen! Merry Go Kitchen offers its guests complete social-distancing services, from ordering to payment, while also having collaborated with the delivery service app, Baedal Minjok, to create an in-house delivery infrastructure that provides all-in-one services using a QR code that enables payment and initiates robot  Robot icon   delivery   simultaneously. You’re sure to strangely warm up to the robot servers as they complete their task with a wide grin Laughter icon upon their face. However, don’t be mistaken! The cool techno atmosphere does not, in any way, detract from the quality and taste of your order! Merry Go Kitchen is actually a popular steakhouse Steak icon ! Now’s the chance for all those who may be concerned over venturing out of the house to enjoy proper social-distancing services at your convenience with your health in mind! Welcome to the future!

Tip Bubble Ordering from Merry Go Kitchen

  • 1. Place your order & payment via a QR code.
  • 2. Receive order from a robot server.
  • 3. Plate the food.

Tag Bubble #MiraeRestaurant #Future #BaedalMinjok #UniqueStyle #UntactDining #SocialDistancingDining


  • Address
    Address 7, Baekjegobun-ro 51-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Rm. 207, Jamsil L. First Officetel)
  • Hours
    Hours Weekdays 10:00 - 21:00 & Weekends 11:00 - 21:00 (Prep Time 15:00 - 17:00)
  • Tel
    Tel +82-70-8869-5609
Social Distancing Outdoor Zone

You’re totally missing out if all you’ve done is gone to a park Tree icon for a walk. There’s so much more to enjoy at a gorgeous park than just strolling around endlessly. Among the parks in Seoul, Seoul Forest stands out the most as it sits adjacent to the Hangang River River icon , making it very accessible to passers-by. In this section, we’ll explore the varied activities to be enjoyed while hanging out in a park area. Simply come with your energy charged Flexed Arm icon and a camera Camera icon in hand!

Seoul Forest Picnic

Top left: Seoul Forest Tree Path, Bottom Left: Picnic mat with fruits and snacks, Right: Lady sitting on a picni mat at Seoul Forest

This is especially for those out there craving a trip abroad, be it to Europe or NYC Central Park. It might be tough to follow through with such plans this year, but you don’t need to go far to satiate that desire for somewhere exotic and different! And Seoul Forest is the answer! Simply rent out a picnic set and get in some memorable snapshots under the breathtaking autumn sky and you’ll be instantaneously transported to London, Central Park, or the destination of your choice! First, head over to Motongi Waffle and rent out a customized picnic set and be on your way to set shop in the spot of your choice. Then lay out your picnic blanket or mat, place your food basket, table, croissant sandwiches Sandwich icon and other snacks and you’ve got yourself a picturesque picnic to enjoy with friends or that special someone! Be sure to go nuts with your camera and get in as many photos as you can and post them on your social media page. People are guaranteed to think you’ve up and gone to some cozy nook over in Europe Surprised Look icon or something. Little do they know, you’re on a Seoul Forest picnic! :) Wink icon

Tip Bubble It’s recommended to reserve a Motongi Waffle Picnic Set in advance using Kakaotalk! Make your reservation → here !

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  • Motongi Waffle, Motongi Picnic
  • Address
    Address 33, Sangwon 1-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
  • Hours
    Hours Weekdays 12:00 - 21:00, Weekends 12:30 - 21:30
  • Tel
    Tel +82-70-4414-1682

Ttareungi at Seoul Forest

Left: Lady riding a bicycle in Seoul Forest, Top right: Lady pose with a bicycle in front of I Seoul U sign, Bottom right: A man rifing a bicycle

The call for increased social distancing these days has led to the falling out of meetings with friends and being forced to stick it out at home in isolation. Unfortunately, one of the outcomes of this “home isolation” is packing on the weight! And one of the best ways to help shed some of that unwanted weight is bike riding Bike icon ! Seoul’s public bike rental brand, Ttareungi, is even said to have seen a two-fold increase in bike use since the start of the pandemic. As such, the Seoul Facilities Corporation has stepped up activity to ensure proper sanitation and disinfection of Ttareungi bikes. Seoul Forest Tree icon covers an especially expansive area, yet Ttareungi has been able to meet the demand of such a large-scale area with plenty of rental stops scattered throughout the park. Enjoy some free-spirited exercise accompanied by the nature of the forest, but be sure to use the provided hand sanitizer prior to bike rental and follow the safety guidelines.

Tip Bubble Check out this Kpop star’s clip of his visit to Seoul Forest on a ttareungi bike! → Watch the video!

Tag Bubble #Ttareungi #SeoulForestBike #SeoulActivity


Social Distancing Culture Zone

As social-distance traveling increasingly trends across the globe, there seems to be an unexpected positive impact from it. People now prefer seeking out less crowded Crowd icon quiet areas, which has led to many venturing out to different neighborhoods and corners of the city that perhaps had been previously neglected. And Seoul is a city that offers historical traces and anecdotes that remain preserved, in one way or another, in literally every area, making this the perfect time to embark on a little adventure that breaks away from the crowd for a memorable time out on the road less traveled!

Peace Culture Bunker

Top: Entrance of Peace Culture Bunker, Bottom left: Army tank vehicle in front of the entrance, Bottom righ: Side view of the bunker with tress and tower

For those looking to strictly put social distancing into practice, the Peace Culture Bunker is the place to go! Over last several years throughout history, the bunker has been used for several different purposes. It was once used as an anti-tank defense facility at a public lodging building, before being converted into public housing Apartment icon . In 2017, it was then converted once more into the culture space facility you see today. Time will fly by as you get absorbed in all the fascinating historical sites and structures. The Peace Culture Bunker really stands out as a rich embodiment of historical exhibition without all the hustling and bustling that one might expect in the city. The vicinity Changpowon Park and its well-preserved environment is also an essential stop during your visit to the bunker!

Tag Bubble #PeaceCultureBunker #CultureComplex


  • Address
    Address 932, Madeul-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul
  • Hours
    Hours Weekdays 10:00 - 18:00 (Closed Mondays)
  • Tel
    Tel +82-2-3494-1970

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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。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 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。
  • 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。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 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。
  • 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)