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 Mall, 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!
*Some activities or attractions might not be running due to the pandemic.
1. Jamsil Lotte World
Subway Line 2 – Jamsil Station
Lotte World Theme Park is directly attached to Jamsil Station. 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) on Trazy, you can skip the long lines at the popular attractions. It’s much quieter if you visit Lotte World on weekdays, except when there are school trips on random days.
Lotte World Mall 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. Seoul Sky Observatory is located on the top of the building, where you can witness 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!
Behind Lotte World Mall, there is Seokchon Lake and Park, where you can relax and just enjoy being outside. There are many hipster and trendy cafes and restaurants at Songnidan-gil street, which is near Seokchon Lake Park. 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 the Han River E-land Ferry Cruise to see the day and night view of Seoul.
[More Things to Do near Jamsil Staion]
- Traditional Korean Beverages Tasting & Drawing Class in Jamsil
- Manicure & Pedicure Care near Jamsil
- KidZania Seoul Discount Ticket
2. COEX Mall
Subway Line 9 – Bongeunsa Station Exit 1 OR Subway Line 2 – 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, entertainment, and Instagrammable spots, such as Starfield Library. Enjoy some food, get lost in the maze that is COEX, and soak in the air conditioning.
If you want to enjoy all the best attractions and services at COEX with one single ticket, get Gangnam COEX All-in-One Pass! You can get 5 free attractions/services and discount coupons.
[More Things to Do near Samseong Staion]
- VAUNCE Trampoline Park at Samseong Center
- Chiropractic Therapy & Facial Skincare in Gangnam
- SPA 1899: Korean Red Ginseng Spa Treatments
3. Garosu-gil Street
Subway Line 3 – Sinsa Station Exit 8
For those who 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. 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).
[More Things to Do near Sinsa Station]
- Traditional Korean Gold Leaf Art Painting Class in Gangnam
- Whoo Spa Beauty Care Package
- Make Your Own K-pop Recording in Gangnam
4. Gangnam Station
Subway Line 2 – Gangnam Station Exit 9-12 OR Subway Line 9 – Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 5-6
After spending 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.
In addition, participating in DIY classes in Gangnam, joining Neon Sign Making Class is highly recommended. You can make your very own neon light sign with your favorite shape or words, which will turn out as a special decoration for your room!
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 amazing nightlife in Gangnam like locals, check out our local host Michael’s tour which will take you to the hidden gems of Gangnam.
Don’t hesitate to join the super fun international pub party in Gangnam to enjoy the nightlife in an exciting way! 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!
[More Recommended Activities near Gangnam Station]
- 1:1 Korean Lessons in Gangnam
- Make Your Own Rattan Home Decor Items near Gangnam
- Eco-Friendly Upcycling Experience in Gangnam
- Make Your Own Lacquerware Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl in Gangnam
- Diet Boxing 1 Day Class in Gangnam
5. Jamsil Baseball Stadium
Subway Line 9, 2 – Sports Complex Station Exit 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. Buying tickets in advance for the good seats close to the field is always recommended. 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
Subway Line 3, 7, 9 – Express Bus Terminal Station Exit 8-1
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
*Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is currently not running due to COVID-19.
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 the 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 currently not running due to COVID-19
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 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!
It operates daily from April to October and 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 see 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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