Seoul is divided along the Hangang River, which splits the city into two halves, with Gangbuk in the north and Gangnam in the south of the river.
While Gangbuk is more of an old city including the center of Seoul. Gangnam is home to the city’s modern attractions such as Lotte Tower, COEX, and skyscrapers in Gangnam area.
In this post, we will take you through the best things to do while in Gangnam. If you want to make the most of your time in Gangnam, be sure to read on!
1. Jamsil Station / Lotte World
Take Subway Line 2 to Jamsil Station (download Kakao Metro for the best and simplest directions).
You can visit Lotte World directly attached to Jamsil Station. Don’t have to go up to street level or go outside! I would recommend you visit here early in the morning right when they open OR after 4 PM. Be warned that weekends are busy and you can wait more than 1 hour for the best rides. Be sure to download the Lotte World Adventure Magic Pass app and register for their Magic Pass system with your ticket. Have your fingers ready at the time each new reservation window opens (every 15 minutes) as they fill up in seconds! If you go to Lotte World on weekdays, it’s quieter, BUT there are some school trips on random days.
Lotte World Tower Mall (Mall + Observatory + Aquarium) is located on a different side of Jamsil Station. Just follow the signs carefully! Inside the mall, you could easily spend a few hours. With the observatory, it’s a pricey 27,000W, so be absolutely sure you go on a perfectly clear sunny day with no air pollution or low hanging clouds!
As far as food options, there are many options inside Lotte World Tower Mall. One place we strongly recommend is Hanguk Jip (Korea House), which is a branch of the super famous bibimbap restaurant! You can try the famous bibimbap without having to go all the way to Jeonju. It’s on the 5th floor and it’s totally worth it!!
Also behind Lotte World Tower Mall is Seokchon Lake and Park, where you can relax and just enjoy being outside. The Han River Park is also north of the mall, following signs, walking directly out of Jamsil Station Exit 7.
2. Bongeunsa Temple / COEX
Take Subway Line 9 Express to Bongeunsa Station Exit 1 OR Subway Line 2 to Samseong Station Exit 6.
If you’re not interested in going to Jamsil, you can spend the afternoon at Bongeunsa Temple and COEX Mall. The temple is quick and painless, and you can be in and out in 30 minutes or even faster. COEX is literally right across the street!
COEX is also home to Korea’s largest Aquarium. Again, it’s a mall, so there’s lots of shopping, a new stunning “public library” that’s super popular on Instagram. Enjoy some food, get lost in the maze that is COEX, and soak in the air conditioning.
If you are a K-pop fan, SMTOWN is also not to be missed at COEX. SMTOWN is literally a haven for SM Entertainment’s artists fans out there. Not only can you watch their hologram musical, but also check out their newly opened SMTOWN museum.
3. Garosu-gil / Cheongdam-dong (K Pop Road)
Take subway Line 3 to Sinsa Station Exit 8.
If you want to be out on the street instead of the mall, head over to Garosu-gil for your shopping, lunch, and cafes, All kinds of brands both big and small, Korean and global can be found here. Toooo many to list! If you want to check out the K Pop Road, walk maybe 30 minutes or so, or just hop in a cheap taxi (3-4,000W).
4. Gangnam Station (Gangnam Road)
Subway Line 2 Gangnam Station Exits 9-12 OR Subway Line 9 Express Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 5-6.
After your day around Gangnam, head to soak in the crowds and hustle and bustle of the Gangnam Station area. Explore the underground shopping at Gangnam Station. More cafes and snacks abound all around Gangnam Station, including major shops like the Kakao Friends Flagship Store.
There is actually very good nightlife in Gangnam, but not much information online. Also, without speaking Korean, it can be tough as there’s just not much English here. Yes, some places may have an English menu, but no guarantee or signs about it…compared to other tourist districts like Jongno or Hongdae. If you want to experience an amazing nightlife in Gangnam like locals, check out our local host Michael’s tour which will take you to the hidden gems of Gangnam.
5. Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Subway Line 9 Express OR Subway Line 2 – Sports Complex Station Exits 5-6.
Now that the weather is warm, everyone is dying to check out a baseball game! There are soooo many games at Jamsil Baseball Stadium since it’s the home to TWO teams – Doosan Bears and LG Twins. Honestly, it doesn’t matter when you go or who’s playing. EVERYONE is soooo high energy and really into it! I always recommend buying tickets in advance for the good seats near the action. Try your best to be on the lower section near the 1st base (home team) or 3rd base (visiting team). Many people recommend the Outfield because it’s cheap, but it is a completely different and fairly boring experience.
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