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“Shall we go skating?” - Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

Teenagers enjoying the Seoul Square skating rink

“Shall we go skating?”

Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

The Seoul Plaza skating rink, which has been loved as a winter playground and dating course for Seoul citizens, will open until February 23. Thanks to its location in the heart of the city, let's take a trip to the city center this winter along the Seoul Plaza skating rink, which can be connected to not only skates but also various date courses.

On December 16, the Seoul Plaza skating rink, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, opened. The skating rink, which can be enjoyed at a reasonable price (1000 won per hour) at the center of the city, at Seoul Plaza, has been loved as a winter playground for citizens and as a date course. This winter, it will run for 70 days until February 23, commemorating the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Compared to the previous year, which closed in early February, the time to enjoy skating rinks has increased by about two weeks. In addition, a new skating rink for children has been set up so that children can use it more safely and comfortably.

Even skating lessons are possible at an affordable price.
Let's check the basics to properly use the Seoul Plaza skating rink. Opening hours are from 10 am to 9:30 pm, and Friday, Saturday and public holidays are open from 11 pm to 70 pm without a day off.
Skating rink decorated with interesting text
After opening for 1 hour, rest for 30 minutes. It is open from 11:30 to 12:30 even during lunchtime, so you can often see nearby office workers enjoying skating.
When you go along the outer border, you will find a ticket office.
In addition, it is possible to rent skates and helmets as well as skating rinks at an unprecedented price of 1,000 won an hour.
Seoul Plaza skating rink
There are two ways to use it. Reservations are available online and on-site. Online reservations can be canceled from one week to one day on the desired date, and on-site reservations can be made up to the selected time. For group use, just make a reservation by phone. 30% discount for more than 20 people.
Where to return your rented skates and storage
One thing to remember is that during the 70-day open period, if the air quality index comes out as “bad,” the rink will stop operating after 2 hours. This is thanks to the air quality movement measurement equipment installed since this year. By measuring the air quality, we considered the health of those who use urban rinks.
Inquiries from the information office
So far, we have looked at the most basic ways to use the Seoul Plaza skating rink. In addition to this, various events are held to commemorate skating classes and special days. Skate lessons that can be applied from the age of 6 and over will be taught at a total of 10,000 won for 4 lessons. In addition to skating, there are also curling and ice hockey classes. Seoul Plaza Skating Rink Website ( www.seoulskate.or.kr ) On a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a separate skating rink for children.

In addition, Christmas events held on December 23rd and 24th, New Year's event on December 31st, New Year's Day event from January 27th to 30th, and Proposal event held on Valentine's Day on February 14th add to the fun. If you want to enjoy skating more uniquely, how about remembering a 30-minute cultural performance on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 3:30 pm and a professional DJ show starting at 5 and 7:30 pm every day?

30 minutes of ice clearance

Not only that. There are toilets, book cafes, and luggage storage facilities, so anyone passing by the city hall can use the skating rink. The skating rink of the luxurious hotel skating rink overlooking the sparkling Christmas-decorated tree is not enviable. If you have time, you can also take a walk along Jeongdong-gil along the stone wall of Deoksugung Palace located across the street.

Do warm-up gymnastics before entering the ice
Located in the center of the city… Namsan, Myeongdong, and Gwanghwamun can be linked with various date courses

Now, let's change the skates and climb on the ice rink. If you change your ice skates during the break to repair the ice plate and prepare for everything, you can enjoy skating for 1 hour. It is better to leave heavy luggage in the storage room and lift it gently. Before entering the skating rink, follow the instructions of the safety personnel to relax yourself with simple gymnastics. Ah, you must wear gloves. Without gloves, the entry itself is not possible. If you can't get it in advance, you can buy gloves inside the skating rink.

People enjoying skating

From children who walk in hustle to lovers who hold hands, skaters enjoy bright expressions. There are many people who prepare tickets for several time periods at once because it is troublesome to book tickets by time zone at the ticket office. If you play at the skating rink all day, you will get used to it. At first, those who were tightly attached to the edge of the ice gradually advance to the center.

People enjoying skating

If the basics of skating have been established when it is bright, it is time to enjoy the night view of the city after sunset. If you prepare a shawl or earmuffs for cold weather, you can enjoy the ice more leisurely. Winter in the city, surrounded by new light along with darkness, presents a different landscape. If you want to rest in a warm place while using the skating rink, you can enter the book cafe or gallery cafe in the booth of the skating rink. The Seoul City Hall Library in front is also fine. A variety of restaurants and cafés can be found all around, just a short walk away.

The only time the rink is quiet, the time to clean up the ice

Once you've enjoyed the rink enough, it's time to go around.

If you are not afraid of the cold, you can cross the Deoksugung stone wall and walk a little, then go into your favorite tea house and melt. If you run out of hunger, head over to the famous Bossam restaurant, Gwanghwamun, and Myeongdong, which are located in Cheokcheok, and enjoy the food that suits your taste. It is also a good idea to see exhibitions at the Sejong Cultural Center, the City Museum, and the Daelim Museum.

A view of the Seoul Plaza skating rink at sunset
If you go out on a date with your lover, I recommend that you end up looking at the night view of Seoul from Namsan. You can take a cable car to the top of Namsan and climb the Namsan Seoul Tower to see the winter night in Seoul at a glance in a warm space. Thanks to foreign tourists, it is a bit difficult to go on a date, but you can enjoy a romantic date at a reasonable price.
Night view of Seoul from Namsan Seoul Tower
tip. Seoul Square Skating Rink

The Seoul Square skating rink, which is open for 70 days until February 23, opened on December 16, is open daily from 10 am to 9:30 pm (11 am on weekends) without a day off. You can use the skating rink both on the Internet and on-site reservations, and you can only apply for various classes through the Internet. Admission fee 1000 won, inquiries from the Seoul Plaza skating rink website www.seoulskate.or.kr , 02-3210-1267, 02-3210-1268.

Travel information

Seoul Square Skating Rink
-Address: 110 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
-Opening period: Refer to the website


Restaurants near
-Satisfaction Ohhyangbalbal: Jokbal / 134-7 Seosomun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-753-4755


-Myeongdong Gyoja: Kalguksu, Gyoja / 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-776-5348


-Korean House: Han Jeong-sik / 10 Toegye-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-2266-9101


-Nana Residence: 52, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu / 02-778-1579, 010-6279-9067


-Bencia Hotel Acacia: 360 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-2277-4917

-Seoul Backpackers: 15-3 Toegye-ro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-3672-1972


※ The above information was created in December 2013, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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