Seoul is divided along the Han River (Hangang), 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 World Tower, COEX, and skyscrapers in the 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 Theme Park directly attached to Jamsil Station. I would recommend you visit here early in the morning right when they open or after 4pm. Be warned that weekends are busy and you might have to wait more than 1 hour for the popular rides. However, if you get Magic Pass Premium (express pass) at Trazy, you can skip the long lines at the popular attractions. You can use the pass for 3/5 number of different rides. If you go to Lotte World on weekdays, it’s quieter, but there can be 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. At Lotte World Aquarium, you can see more than 650 different species, including white beluga whale, Humboldt penguins, cownose ray, Piranha in 15 different zones.
Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea, stretching 123 stories and 555 meters high. At the Seoul Sky Observatory, located on the top of the building, you will be able to get a 360-degree panoramic view of Seoul and the city’s beautiful skyline without any obstacles in your way. You can also stand on the indoor glass floor to get an exhilarating feeling of floating in the sky!
For 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! It’s on the 5th floor and it’s totally worth it!!
Also behind Lotte World Tower Mall there is Seokchon Lake and Park, where you can relax and just enjoy being outside. The Han River Park is also in the north of the mall, walking directly out of Jamsil Station Exit 7, where you can also take Han River E-land Ferry Cruise to see the day and night view of Seoul.
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. Too many to list! If you want to check out the K Pop Road, walk maybe 30 minutes or so, or just hop in a 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 underground shopping at Gangnam Station. More cafes and snacks abound all around Gangnam Station, including major shops like the Kakao Friends Flagship Store.
If you want to experience something special, you should definitely stop by VR station in Gangnam, which is Korea’s largest VR experience center with the latest VR technology. You will get to experience various VR games with outstanding graphics and effects!
There is actually very good nightlife in Gangnam, but not much information online. Also, without speaking Korean, it can be tough as some places only have menus in Korean. 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.
Also, if you want to enjoy the nightlife in an exciting way, don’t hesitate to join the super fun international pub party in Gangnam! With spectacular music, tasty food and drinks, you can make new friends from all around the world. This awesome global gathering happens every Friday and Saturday!
5. Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Subway Line 9 Express OR Subway Line 2 – Sports Complex Station Exits 5-6.
Baseball is one of the popular sports among Koreans and people love to watch games at the stadium to join the baseball chants and cheers! There are so many games at Jamsil Baseball Stadium since it’s the home of two teams – Doosan Bears and LG Twins. I always recommend buying tickets in advance for the good seats close to the field. Try your best to be on the lower section near the 1st base (home team) or 3rd base (visiting team).
6. Banpo Han River Park
The Han River flows across the city of Seoul and there are multiple parks you can find near the edge of the river where you can relax and enjoy the river breeze. Out of all the parks, we recommend the Banpo Han River Park as there are multiple attractions within the park that you can take advantage of. Here are some things you should check out when you’re at Banpo Han River Park!
1) Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market
Taking evening walks around the Han River Park can be a great way to enjoy the city of Seoul as you can watch the city lights glisten on water. When you add delicious food to the mix, your evening will for sure become perfect! To experience this delight, visit the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market, which opens every Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. You can find food trucks that sell all sorts of food, from churros to steak. The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market also sells beautiful handmade products, such as jewelry and leather goods, and features live music of various genres. Satisfy your eyes, ears, and taste buds all at once!
Seoul Bandokkaebi Night Market happens in multiple locations throughout Seoul like Yeouido Han River Park, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and Cheonggyecheon Stream Plaza, so make sure to check out these locations as well!
2) Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is a fountain installed along the Banpo Bridge, the bridge that can be found above the Banpo Han River Park. It adds a dynamic energy to the calm Han River by using colorful and intense lighting along with music that complements the fountain show. Watch the river become rich with color as you walk along the Banpo Han River Park!
The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain operates daily from April to October. It happens once at noon and then every 30 minutes from 7:30pm to 9:00pm (April, May, June, September, October) / 9:30pm (July, August).
3) Han River Boat / Yacht Ride
While the beauty of the Han River can be enjoyed on land, it is also a fantastic idea to get on water through the boat and yacht rides that are offered near the Han River. You will be seeing a different side of Seoul every minute as you drift down the river that stretches through the city.
To enjoy the aforementioned Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain on the river, make sure to get on the boat in the evening. You will get to feel the romantic vibe as the fountain pours luminous water in front of you!
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