Things To Do This Winter Around Seoul

by K4E - Living in Korea , 15/11/2007

National Council of Sport for All: This organization has built gymnasium complexes with indoor swimming pools, in different sectors of the city. They are clean, offer private lessons in every kind of indoor sport and have dedicated hours for open and family swimming. Hang gliding, wind surfing, shooting, skydiving, aerobics and car racing are also offered. Tel: 02-424-0894 (Korean speaker). For more info, click here and here.  

Batminton Club: Play badminton at Seoul Foreign School in Yonhi Dong every Wednesday evening from 7-9pm. Racquets are provided if needed. It's a fun way to get some exercise as well as to meet other players. There is a monthly fee of W5,000, which covers the costs of the shuttlecocks. If interested contact

Bowling: Local bowling alleys can be found in almost every neighborhood. Look for a building with a large bowling pin front or on the roof. Koreans play the 10-pin American-style of the game. Ball and shoes can be rented, although larger shoe sizes may be in short supply.

Car Racing: Everland Speedway has a race track.

Football/Soccer: The Korean Football Association has information on it website  relating to affiliated and regional associations, including women’s groups operating in Seoul.

Ice Skating is available on rinks all over the outskirts of Seoul in the winter, as well in at some location inside the city. Since skating is a popular activity here, rink is quite crowded particularly during the Korean school winter breaks. You can buy ice-skates at reasonable location in many locations including Dongdaemun Market. They are also available for rent at some rinks.
Skating Rinks:

  • Hangang Riverside Park has two rinks that operate for a short period in winter.
  •  Mokdong Ice Rink is very popular and affordable. To get there go to Omokgyo Station on Line 4 and then walk about 10 minutes. Tel: 02-2649-8455/6 (Korean speaker)
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel in Itaewonconverts its outdoor pool into a skating rink from December to March. Tel: 02-799-8112
  • Lotte World Recreation Center and Shopping Complex has a giant fully enclosed hockey sized ice skating rink that is open year-round on floor B3 of the Lotte World shopping complex (Jamsil Station Lines 2 and 8 Exit 3).


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