On the trees snow is glistening, lights are sparkling, and the air is alive with enjoyment. Picture cool winds as you wear your favorite parka and stroll Korea’s date spots season by season. Winter has a fantastic way of doing damage to our skin, hair, and morale, but the best part of living in Korea is the seasonal activities that come with it. The best dates tend to happen when the sun goes down (which conveniently sets early in winter). Check out some romantic places that don’t require tumbling through the sheets.
Everland’s Romantic Illuminations
These illuminations are impressive and beautiful. It was like walking in an infusion of winter, fantasy, and Alice in Wonderland. There were brightly colored lights, a Dutch theme, and a fairytale castle to put all lovers in the romantic mood. The best illuminations are at the Rose Garden, Magic Garden, and Carnival Plaza. Foreigners get a special discount so be sure to check Everland’s coupon site for discounted tickets! If you go during the winter, it gets bone chilling cold at night so make sure you dress accordingly!
How to Get There: Everland is located off the YongIn EverLine. Take it to the last stop called Jeondae Everland 전대·에버랜드.
Winter Illuminations at Cheongyecheon
This place is jam packed with couples and their mother during Christmas so don’t bother going during December 23-26. The best part is you don’t have to pay to see these illuminations! The best time to go doesn’t revolve around romantic couple holidays. This place is super enjoyable when there’s a small amount of people. You can even light lanterns and make wishes for the New Year.
How to Get There: The illuminations are located between City Hall 시청 and Jonggak 종각 Station. They’re on the river
Garden of the Morning Calm
Haven’t gotten your fix at the Cheongyechon stream? Never fear because you’ll be stepping into a mini Wonderland with the illuminations here. It’s easy to spend over two hours taking photos and the sites so do your best to stay warm!
How to Get There: Use the subway, get off at Cheongpyeong Station, and get out at exit 1. You’ll need a taxi to get there. It takes about 15 minutes and costs about 15,000 won.
When: December – March
Ice Skating at I’Park Mall
For those who like to stay away from big[ger] crowds, I highly recommend going ice skating at I’Park Mall located at Yongsan Station. The place was very beautifully decorated and the music puts you in a romantic mood. For only 2,000 won you can get entry and ice skates.
How to Get There: I’Park Mall is located at Yongsan 용산 Station. Go up to the fourth floor for the ice rink.
Ice Skating at Olympic Park
Tired of going to City Hall and watching for the ankle biters and their scary parents? Leave that area to them and head over to Olympic Park. Helmets are required so make sure you’re okay with you sexy do being messed up. Olympic Park is less crowded because it’s so far from the center of Seoul, the best time to go is during the week. Grab your friends or your lover and head on over!
How to Get There: Get off at Jamsil Station and go out exit 8. Get on Bus 30-5 and get off when you see the Olympic Park main arch.
When: December – February
Are these romantic winter date spots on your radar? Let me know in the comment box below!