Date Ideas for Seoul

Written by on August 1, 2014 in Lifestyle, Travel, Worldwide Korea Bloggers

Coming to Seoul with a significant other?

Check out some of these fantastic, slightly more romantic scenes around Seoul. If you’ve done all the tourist sites, if you’ve already locked your padlock at Namsan and been to Jjimjilbang together, then maybe it’s time to try these dates out!

I haven’t actually been to some of these but they are included as a result of canvassing friend’s opinions for what I should use. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any additions to make!

1. Mustoy Café (무스토이 카페) in Sindorim

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This probably isn’t a good way to start but I haven’t actually been here – I’m saving it. Also, I’m appalling at drawing but I just love the idea of it so it’s still getting first place.

Mustoy Café can recommend from a close friend of mine who went with her boyfriend – apparently her boyfriend is an art major too which is not entirely surprising when you see the result of their date:

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I love the idea that there’s something tangible to take away from this date and aren’t the dolls just adorable?!

2. Dialogue In The Dark (어둠속의대화) in Sinchon

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The concept of this exhibition is simple: role reversal. People who can see are taken out of their familiar environment. Blind people provide them with security and a sense of orientation.

The exhibition aims to open the eyes of the seeing to the world of the blind; to show them that the world of the blind is in no way poorer or less well off – only different- which I think is really refreshing.

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Wandering around in the darkness and all, it’s a great opportunity for that first hand-hold (no more awkward *yawn* and stretch scenes from the movies – Rejoice!) and as my Korean friend said “you get to ‘see’ a different side of your boyfriend/girlfriend”.

3.  Once In A Blue Moon  (원스인블루문) in Cheongdam-dong.

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One of the most famous jazz clubs in Korea, this place guarantees to impress.

The bar is spread out over three floors; the first floor is for those who like to be right up close to the music. It offers the best view of the performers but obviously, it’s also the noisiest. The second floor is perfect for those dining as the music provides a lovely backdrop to the conversation without overpowering it. The third floor is for VIP guests and private parties only…so I won’t be going there anytime soon!

While this place is amazing, it’s not cheap. So, I’m saving it for a special occasion…or when my Cobb Salad craving hits again (that’s right – they have Cobb Salad!!!)

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4. Sky Park (하늘공원) near the World Cup Stadium

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I love walking. I’m a walking person. Even in Korea where the heat is borderline unbearable, I walk everywhere. With that in mind, it’s not really surprising that most of my favourite dates involving walking. It’s a little bit of a hike to get to the park (300+ steps?) but it’s totally worth it for the views.*

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Sat on the top of a hill next to Seoul World Cup Stadium, the views of the city and out over the Hangang river are outstanding – especially on a clear day.

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5. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (리움) near Hangangjin Station

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This quiet gallery is a lovely place to spend a few hours and is even better with company. Get to know each other as you wonder the exhibition halls, admiring the traditional and contemporary art created by Korean and international artists.

I go here quite regularly (it’s my thinking space) and it’s a really calm and tranquil environment.

Make sure you check out the secret garden in the basement area of the museum where art, architecture and nature exist together in perfect harmony.

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Anna Darnley

Born and raised in the UK, I'm a 21 year old, final year university student reading BA Chinese and Korean with a minor in Japanese at SOAS. I also speak French and Spanish and I'm studying Russian too. I'm utterly fascinated by the world around me and spend half my time saving for plane tickets, the other half travelling wherever my mood takes me. I'm now back in the UK at university (when I'm not popping back out to Korea at every chance!) Follow me as I explore the Orient!