You may think I’m crazy, but some of the best times you can have in the freezing, cold winter is outside. While many people around Korea head to the slopes, there’s fun to be had for the whole family in the center of Seoul. Once again, Seoul has built a massive rink encompassing all of Seoul Plaza (exit Seoul City Hall Station, Line 1 or Line 2: exit 5).
Purchasing tickets can be made either online (see information below) or when you arrive; however, thousands of people visit the rink each day, and you may find yourself waiting an hour or more before you can get out on the ice (that isn’t such a bad thing considering such a great number of attractions nearby). Tickets to skate are only KRW1,000 per hour and include skate rentals!!!!
While the fee is quite low per hour, it’s important to note that when you make your reservation or on-site ticket purchases, the tickets are good for only a designated hour. For example, we purchased our tickets at 1:45pm, but our skating time was 4-5pm.
Clearing and cleaning the ice for the next group] Since so many people use the rink each day, the ice isn’t the best quality. However, they do a really good job at making sure it’s safe for everyone to enjoy. Furthermore, several staff members are on-hand and patrolling the rink to make sure no one gets hurt.
Probably one of the things that surprised me most while skating was how hot I was. The temperature was around freezing when we started skating, but after two laps, I found myself peeling off layers. I wasn’t alone, as several on the ice took off their jackets to cool off while skating.
The rink has heaters, benches, toilets and a lounge if you want to rest during your skating hour or socialize afterwards. If you’re in Seoul, I highly recommend this experience. It’s definitely worth it!
Location: Seoul Plaza (Line 1 and Line 2, exit 5)
Dates and Time: 12.17.2010 – 2.13-2011, 10am – 10pm (11pm weekends)
Tickets: KRW1,000 (gloves KRW500)