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7.06.2020

Han River and Parks

Banpo Bridge


One of the most popular things to do is hang out around the Han River with friends. You can order food to where you are and enjoy the outdoors with your friends. One of the big attractions on the Han River is Banpo Bridge. 

This may seem like a weird place to go but this bridge is the world’s longest bridge fountain which is called the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. The fountain is 1,140 meters(3,740 feet) long and has 380 nozzles. Each nozzle also has color changing lights which are where the rainbow in the name comes from. Fun Fact: the water for the fountain is actually coming directly from the river, which causes the water to be recycled. This demonstrates Seoul’s eco-friendliness. 

Address: 06500  Banpo-dong vicinity, Seocho-gu, Seoul  

Express Bus Terminal Station (line 3/6/9, exit 8-1). Go straight for 250m, turn right at the first main intersection to Banpo-daro, continue straight for about 400m, cross the road to the underpass ahead to arrive at the park. 15-20 mins walk.​

Hours: All-day

Showtimes with lights:

Apr-Jun / Sep-Oct:

Weekdays - 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 (& 12:00 daytime show)

Weekends - 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 (& 12:00 daytime show)

Jul-Aug:

Weekdays - 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 (& 12:00 daytime show)

Weekends - 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30 (& 12:00 daytime show)

Show duration: 20 mins

Cost: Free

https://hangang.seoul.go.kr/

Another popular thing to do is to rent bikes and ride around the river. There is a trail you can follow that takes you around the 80 kilometers of paths on the river (40 per side). There are 30 bridges that span the river and each one is different. There are multiple places to rent bikes along the river and you should find the closest one to you. While you don’t need to bike the whole trail it does take about 5 hours to complete. It is a very beautiful trail but may not be for everyone.


Bike Rental

Address: Multiple places along River

Hours: All-day

Cost:

  • Single Bike: around 3,000 KRW per hour

  • Couple bikes: around 6,000 KRW

If you want to know more about biking trails, biking around the river and other things to do around the Han River, check out the websites below:

https://www.bookmundi.com/t/cycling-in-south-korea-5-best-paths

https://thesoulofseoul.net/2015/01/26/10-way-to-enjoy-the-han-river/


Parks


Another popular thing to do is to go hang out in parks, as many of them are free, even national parks! This is something that is different than in the USA since you normally have to pay to visit some parks. There is a huge variety of parks you can visit in Seoul and each offers a different experience.

 One of the popular parks in Seoul is the Botanical Park which has both an indoor and outdoor part. You do have to pay to go to the indoor area but the outdoor park is free! Another awesome park is Olympic Park in Jamsil. It is one of the easiest parks to get to since it's right by a subway station and because it is so big. You can also get good pictures of Lotte Tower which we talked about in Top 10 Areas and Places to Visit in Seoul (link it to last week’s archive). The park is also right next to World Cup Stadium which is something you should go see if you are a Soccer (Football) fan as this stadium hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 



Olympic Park

Address:424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424 (방이동)

Olympic Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3.

Mongchontoseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 1.

Hours: 5 am to 10 pm

Cost: Free

http://www.olympicpark.co.kr/ 

There are so many parks in Seoul that you can visit and you should try and find the ones that you want to go see. 



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Visit other university campuses in Seoul

Go visit other university campuses in Seoul

While studying at one of these universities you should go visit the campus of these other schools. Many of them are easily accessible by public transportation and are not far from each other. Korea University is a little farther out of the center of Seoul so it takes longer to get to.


Seoul National University (SNU)



This university was founded in 1946 and was South Korea’s first national university. This school holds the title of being the best in South Korea and is a part of the SKY universities. SNU is the only public university in SKY and boosts about 28,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programs. The university is also ranked in the top 50 schools in the world. They actually have 3 campuses but the main campus is located in the southern area of Seoul, close to the center of the city.

The best way to get to the universities main campus is:

Take line 2 on the subway and get off at one of these 3 stations: Seoul National University Entrance Station, Nakseongdae Station, or Shillim Station.

You can visit the school’s website below:

https://en.snu.ac.kr/ 

Korea University



Korea University has been around since 1905 when it was founded by Lee Young-Ik. The university has followed its founder’s vision of educating the younger generations so the country can gain independence as well as grow and prosper for over 100 years. Those who study here are educated to become effective citizens and help the country and world to the best of their abilities. The university has over 30,000 students in its undergraduate programs and is widely known for its law. medicine, engineering, and business administration.  There is also a hospital right next to campus that aids in teaching and training students to become doctors and nurses. As the school is older, it is known for its beautiful architecture that is in the Gothic style from the Middle Ages in Europe. Another big aspect of the school is its rivalry with Yonsei University as they fight for the title of being the 2nd best in Seoul. Many websites rank Korea university on top of Yonsei but there is a lot of debate. They are also both private universities so they often play each other in sports. This is a big attraction during the school year as both schools are passionate about the rivalry. Korea University is also one of the main schools in Seoul that international students go to, they offer programs year-round for students to come take classes at the university.  They also have 2 campuses but the main one in Seongbuk-gu right by Bukhansan National Park.

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take the subway line 6 and get off at Korea University Station or Anam Station. 

You can visit the school’s website below:

http://www.korea.edu/mbshome/mbs/en/index.do


Yonsei University 



Yonsei is the third and final University of SKY and was founded in 1885, making it the oldest university in South Korea. Like many campuses in South Korea, it is known to have a scenic campus located in the heart of Seoul. It is also known as one of the most scenic campuses around the world. As discussed above with Korea University, the school is known for the rivalry as they are both private schools. This has been going on since the beginning of the 1900s and is a big part of the college experience at this school. They are also known for their international student’s programs, offering both summer and winter programs on top of the semester abroad experience. As this school is the oldest school in South Korea, the campus is a good place to go wander around and look at buildings. There are over 30,000 undergraduate students at this university making this school seem like a public university in the United States. If you get the chance you should visit the campus and learn more about its history.

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take line 2 on the subway and get off at Sinchon Station. The best exits to take are exit 2 and 3.


You can visit the school’s website below:

https://www.yonsei.ac.kr/en_sc/index.jsp


Kyunghee University



This is one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea and is a place you should visit. While it is not as known as the SKY universities, it is very highly ranked in universities in Korea. Khyunghee is also a private university that holds over 30,000 undergraduate students every year. While the university was only founded in 1949, it is well known for its College of Korean Medicine. The school also offers classes in English like the SKY universities and is a popular university for international students to come to for either their undergraduate or graduate degrees. As they are known for their beautiful campus, you should come to walk around the university grounds at least once.  Even if you do not like nature, you should come here as its beauty is unrivaled by anything in the United States.

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take subway line 1 and get off at Hogei Station and go out exit 1. Then take the minibus to the entrance of the university.

You can visit the school’s website below:

https://www.khu.ac.kr/eng/main/index.do


Sungkyunkwan University 



Another beautiful private school in Seoul is Sungkyunkwan University. The school can trace its origins to 1398 when the historical Sungkyunwan was founded. Even though it was founded back then, the current day university came about around 1895 and grew from there. The school has grown its name over the century and is well known for its research. This is considered a prestigious university like all the universities listed here and it is a beautiful campus to go see. They also are known for their partnership with Samsung as well as its summer and winter programs for international students. This is known as one of the most scenic campuses in Seoul and is a place you should visit.

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take subway line 4 and get off at Hyehwa Station. Here you go out exit 4 and walk 10 minutes to the university.

You can visit the school’s website below:

https://www.skku.edu/eng/index.do


Hongik University

 


Hongik is best known for its architecture and art bachelor’s degree programs. They have a rivalry with Seoul National University as to which offers a better program for those degrees. The university was founded in 1946 and is located in Hongdae. The location would make you wonder how the campus is known for its beauty as the school is also very small. Well, the university is more of an urban campus as it is surrounded by lots of buildings and doesn’t have the sprawling areas of nature other schools have.  They do have the museum of art here but otherwise, this campus is mostly known for the sculptures and being close to Hongdae. If you are interested in art this is somewhere you should visit.

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take subway line 2 to Hongik University Station and go out exit 9. Then you will have to walk through the shopping area and go up a hill to get to the entrance. It can be confusing.

You can visit the school’s website below:

http://en.hongik.ac.kr/index.do


Ewha University 



The last university you should visit in Ewha University, this is known as the first women’s university in Korea. Yes, sorry guys, you cannot attend this school, but you can still visit. The school is known as a tourist area as the area surrounding the school is a popular shopping destination. You can also find the EWU Tteokbokki here and is something you should try. While the shopping district does have more stores for women, there are plenty of shops for men too. If you want to get a picture at Korea’s first underground campus building this is the spot to come. Many people come here for pictures as well as to walk around the garden of the university. 

The best way to get to the main campus is:

Take subway line 2 to Ewha University Station and go out exit 2 or 3. You will then walk to the entrance of the university. 

You can visit the school’s website below:

https://www.ewha.ac.kr/ewhaen/index.do


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Noraebang and PC bang

 Sing at a Norebang with your friends or visit a PC Bang

There are a few types of noraebangs that you can visit, and you should try to go to them all. The first and most recognizable is the luxury noraebangs in areas like Hongdae. These have giant windows in the rooms that allow you to look out while you sing. It also allows people to see who is in the room. When walking in Hongdae this is something that sticks out to many people. It is hard to miss these rooms as there is often different color light as well. At night, these places help illuminate the streets and entice people to come sing. It is also open 24 hours a day so you can go whenever you want, perfect for students.

 Next is the sweiri or themed noraebangs. These are all themed differently, you can find ones that have themes like Disney, ancient civilizations, book series, and more. One of the best parts of these is the statues and artwork around the building that fits into the theme. You can get awesome pictures as well as belt out your favorite Disney. 

The final type is coin noraebangs, these are a newer type that is very common around universities. This is paid for differently since you put 1,000 KRW into the machine and then sing about 3 or 4 songs. This means you can choose how long you want to stay in the room and leave when you want. These rooms, however, are not as pretty as the luxury and themed rooms. 

The way you will pay for the themed and luxury rooms depends on the place. Many places you pay a fee upfront from anywhere around 6,000 KRW to 30,000 KRW an hour. Many of the noraebongs in more popular areas will be in the upper range as there is high demand. 


You must be wondering if it’s all in Korean, and the answer is it depends. Some places do have remotes in English but do not be surprised if there isn’t. The remote and book are easy to navigate even if it's in Korean as the book offers a bunch of English songs.



Recommended Noraebang: Luxury Su Noraebang

Address:367-39 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Exit 9 of Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

Hours: 12 pm to 12 am

Cost: about 20,000 KRW per hour


PC Bang



PC Bangs are another type of bang that is not that common in the United States, it is very common in Asia countries, mostly due to the gaming culture. Yes, this is where you will find many gamers who sit here for hours on end playing. The bang has comfy chairs, food, drinks, and a good internet connection which means it’s very common to come to play games here with your friends.

The one thing to note is that you have to have an account in the games you are playing, so if it's a game you have to buy to play, you need to have an account to play here. You can log into the game using your account from the bang and be able to play with your friends or by yourself. For international students, each game may have different servers for different countries, this means you may not be able to play some games here if you don’t have an account on the Korean server. Be sure to look up any games you play to make sure you can play before you come. 

You do not need to play games at these bangs though, you can also surf the internet and do homework, but it may be loud here so homework may not be a good idea. Each seat has its own headphones but with lots of people here, it may get loud. You can find these almost anywhere in Seoul, popular areas and universities have multiple different PC bangs by them as well.


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Museums in Korea

Something that may surprise you is that many if not all museums in Seoul are free. There are a few exceptions like the Trickeye Museum that you have to pay to go into but most are free. This is weird for Americans since most museums here you need to pay to go to and it's normally expensive. In Seoul, that is not the case and is a welcome surprise. 

Even if you are not a historical type of person these museums are fun to go to and learn about different aspects of Korean culture. One of the quirkier museums is the one for Kimchi, yes you read it right. This is a staple in Korean culture and it makes sense why there is a museum for this food. Here you can learn about the importance of Kimchi and there are also workshops where you can learn how to make kimchi. For those who like this food, this is a highly recommended stop for you.


Trickeye Museum 



As mentioned above, the trickeye museum is one you have to pay to go into. This is not your normal museum, it's so different from museums that you know. This is a gallery that is interactive with your phone. Many people love to take pictures here. You use an app to make the images come alive and get great pictures. There is also an ice museum included in your admission to the trickeye portion. This is full of a display made out of only ice. It’s a nice place to go in the summer and it has a slide that you can go down that brings you back to childhood. 


Address:20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9. Go straight 150m, cross the road, and turn left onto Hongik-ro Street. Go straight 120m, turn right down the second side street (in between TONYMOLY and Holika Holika) and continue going 100m to arrive at Trickeye Museum on the right.

Hours: 9:00 am-9:00 pm (Last admission 1 hr before closing)

Cost: 

  • Adults (ages 19-64) 15,000 won 

  • Group (more than 20 persons) 11,000 won

  • Teenagers & Children (ages 3-18) 12,000 won

  •  Group (more than 20 persons) 8,000 won

https://trickeye.com/seoul/en



National Museum of Korea


Another museum you should go to is the National Museum of Korea. The National Museum is the largest museum of Korean history and art in the country. There is a collection of artifacts from the ancient dynasties to the modern age. There is also a Children’s Museum and well as an outdoor grounds. You do need a ticket to get into the Children’s Museum but it is still free.  



Address:137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04383, Republic of Korea

Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 2.

The museum is connected to the subway via underpass.

Hours: 

Exhibition Hall:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00-18:00

  • Wednesdays & Saturdays 10:00-21:00

  • Sundays & Public Holidays 10:00-19:00

  • Children's Museum - Opens until night time only on the last Wednesday of the month (First-come, first-served basis after 18:00. Up to 300 tickets will be sold per session at 18:00 and 19:30)

Cost: Free

https://www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/home#


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Local Markets in Korea

You may ask why we recommend going to market in Korea, they should be similar to ones in the United States, right? No, they aren’t, in fact, they are so much more. Going to markets in Korea is a completely different experience that you will want to have. You may be used to the farmer’s markets in the states but they pale in comparison to these markets. As mentioned in Top 10 Areas and Places to Visit in Seoul, the Namdaemun market is one of the best places to visit in Seoul to get just about anything as it's the largest traditional market in Korea.



 However, there are also other markets you should visit in Seoul as well. One of these is the Gwangjang market which was established in 1905. While it has a wide variety of products it sells, the market is best known for its food. The market has lines of food vendors on both sides of the pathways. Many have their own unique take on different Korean foods but also have standard treats like bibimbap. You can also find different restaurants here where you can get foods like gimbap which is like sushi but way better. It is a seaweed rice roll made with sesame oil. It is also called drug gimbap as it is very addictive, but it’s completely safe to eat.



The other top market to visit in Seoul is the Noryangjin Fish Market. This market is Seoul’s oldest fish market and is an experience you will not forget. Yes, this market is going to smell fishy, no pun intended, but once you get used to it you will love it. There are very few markets like this in America and even those don’t have some of the sea creatures they have here. The fresh seafood can also be bought and then taken to one of the restaurants to be cooked for you. You will not do something as fresh as this anywhere else. The market is also open 24 hours a day so come at night and see it come to life!

Noryangjin Fish Market

Address: 674 Nodeul-ro, Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea

 Take the Seoul subway to Noryangjin Station (Lines 1 and 9). From exit 1, walk about 100 meters over the train tracks via the footbridge, following the English signage. Go down the stairs to get to the trading floor of the market.

Hours: all-day but fish auctions are at 3 am

Cost: varies by vendor, make sure to bring cash! Some vendors do not take credit


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Go to a Korean Bathhouse(aka Jimjilbang)

Go to a Korean Bathhouse aka Jimjilbang



What is Jjimjilbang? Why should I go? Why would I want to be around strangers? Why would I pay for that if I have my own shower? These may be questions you may be asking yourself when we say this is something you should go do in Korea. It may seem weird at first but this is very popular with the locals. A jimjilbang is a gender-segregated bathhouse that is open 24 hours a day. They offer a variety of things like soaking pools, bath and massage areas, some saunas, sleeping rooms, food, and places for entertainment. People in Korea may come to these on a monthly basis, maybe even weekly. 


The main reason many foreigners do not want to come to the Jjimjilbang is because you are in your birthday suit at the bathhouse. Yes, it may sound weird but no clothes once you go inside. This is why they are segregated by gender. Once you enter you get a towel, gown, and wristband- this may vary with places. Oh, and before we move on Korean towels are not like the western towels you are used to. The best comparison would be that they are like the size of a hand towel so don’t think you can hide behind the towel. The wristband you get has your locker number, this is where you can put all your clothes and other things. Then you shower before entering the jjimjilbang, you cannot skip this step at all. Also, people with long hair have to keep it tied back at all times when inside. When showering you can use your own toiletries but you can also buy them there. 


Every place will be different so you will have to do your research if you want to have a specific treatment but there are so many in Seoul you will be able to find one. When you decide to leave it's basically the reverse of what you did to get in, once you are ready to leave make sure to turn in everything they gave you at the start. Many Koreans may stay all day but you can come and go as quickly as you want. You can even sleep here, but it's not a luxury place. You sleep on a mat on the ground so if you want to do this, good for you, you are experiencing something new! 

Most Jjimjilbangs are priced around 14,0000 KRW for the first 12 hours and then you pay an additional fee if you stay longer. Some things in the bathhouse may cost extra like the spa. This is paid when you leave the bathhouse. When you go make sure to treat yourself if this is a one-time thing, maybe you will like it and want to come back. Even if you only go for an hour, this is something you should try once while in Korea.


Recommended Jjimjilbang: Dragon Hill Spa

Address:40, Hangang – daero 21 na – gil, Yongsan – gu, Seoul.

 Seoul Subway Yongsan Station, Exit Yongsan Square

Hours: All-day

Cost: Admission fee starts at 13,000 to 16,000 KRW per adult.


A few tips of etiquette when going to the bathhouse is make sure to be respectful of others, this not a place of noise, it’s one of tranquility. You often come here to disconnect and relax.  You can have your phone in the dry areas but make sure to be respectful of those who are there if you are taking pictures or other things. While in the wet areas just mind your own business. If you're not staring at others, they won’t stare at you. If you want to know more about the place you are going to make sure to research it before you head out as many places have different rules.


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