Olympic Park in Seoul has been talked about as being one of the best date spots. One of the things that irks visitors while they’re Googling is what exactly you should do at Olympic Park. It’s a famous date spot, but what exactly does one do there? Once you visit the park, you’ll see how enormous it is and the possibilities of what you can do are endless. There’s always families with small children, people playing sports and couples strolling.
Rent a Bike
This is probably the most popular activity and there will be a good waiting time during peak seasons like Autumn and Spring. You’ll see families, friends and couples partake in this cheap activity as they do a few loops around the main entrance’s lakes and paths. It costs about 15,000 won to rent the bike for an hour.
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Take Nature Selfies
With a big park there’s always a great place for a photo opportunity. Even though Seoul has millions of people and probably thousands visiting the park on the weekends, there’s always enough space to take photos. The best places to go are the rose garden and the garden next to it.
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Go Ice Skating
One of my favorite activities to keep me warm over the long and cold winter is ice skating. Olympic Park has an ice rink at the main entrance and it’s pretty cheap (3,000 won ya’ll) to rent skates and buy snacks.
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Have a Picnic
The ultimate activity to do is grab some friends, maybe a few alcoholic libations, food, and a good attitude. There’s plenty of room on the spacious lawns and most picnic places have great views. P.s. You can even get food delivered to you at Olympic Park because Korea owns the delivery game.
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There are countless basketball hoops scattered around the park and you’ll even see people join for an impromptu and random game of soccer. Roller blading is ultra popular as well and visitors will set up obstacle cones to roller blade around. Remember how I said there’s loads of lawns? You can bring a frisbee and your dog for a relaxing game of fetch. Or if you don’t have a dog you can challenge yourself to a solo game of frisbee. Whatever catches your fancy.
Go to a Concert
A place that was built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics is bound to have amazing stadiums to host Kpop concerts, right?
Go to a Cafe
It wouldn’t be Korea without some great restaurants and cafes surrounding the park. If you’re tired from being on your feet all day, kick back and relax. I recommend checking out the D Throne Cafe. A drink and a one hour ride in their mini cars is 35,000 won. This cafe combines a luxury atmosphere with great drinks. Just a note, it’s closer to Jamsil Station, but it’s within walking distance.
Address: 258, Seokchonhosu-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
서울 송파구 석촌호수로 258 잠실아르누보팰리스 105호
Hours: 11am – 2am
Phone number: 070-5067-1819
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How to get there
Olympic Park is in such a great location for its proximity to major train stations like Jamsil (Green Line 2) and Mongchontoseong Station (Purple Line 5).
Address: 424 Olympic-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Olympic Park is seriously one of my favorite places to go alone or to hang out with friends. It’s dog friendly and the grounds are large and offer a variety of activities from traditional Korean games to sports if you love the outdoors. Go forth, young grasshopper and enjoy the beauty of the east side of Seoul.