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