Ice Rinks in Korea
Koreans on the whole have a pretty good sense of balance. Every day on the jolting, bumpy buses and subways you see truly admirable displays of standing up. This balance seems to carry over to ice skating, too. For the foreigners though, this isn’t always the case.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to Korea, so the time to get practicing is now! Here are some rinks you might want to check out:
Rinks Open All Year Round:
Lotte World Ice Skating Rink – Songpa-gu, Seoul
This ice rink, south of the Han River, is one of Korea’s largest. The rink itself is indoors, but has the feeling of being outdoors with its giant glass dome roof. It is part of the Lotte World amusement park and there are loads of other things to do here. The moving lights create a great atmosphere for skaters and spectators alike.
Note: This telephone number (as with all the numbers on this list) may not have an English speaker. So you might need to get a Korean friend to call for you.
Mokdong Ice Rink – Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
Mokdong is the largest and one of the most affordable ice rinks in Korea. It opened more than 20 years ago and was designed so that international skating events could take place there. For the majority of the time, this rink is open to the public all year round. However, on some occasions the rink will host national and international events and in these instances it will be closed.
Korea University Ice Rink – Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Though this indoor rink is part of the university, it is open to the public all year round. Their opening times vary, and are extended slightly during the school holidays.
Bundang Olympic Sports Center – Bundang-gu, Gyeonggi-do
The purpose-built sports center in Bundang is an impressive sports complex with an Olympic-standard rink on the first floor basement. The rink is indoors, but your recreational options here aren’t just limited to skating – golf, restaurants, taekwondo, swimming and a gym are also offered in this facility.
Taereung Indoor Ice Rink – Nowon-gu, Seoul
The reason people get so excited about this rink is that Korea’s own Kim Yoona used to practice here. Taereung is proud to once have been home to the Olympic gold medalist.
Buk-gu Cultural & ICE Center Ice Rink – Busan
Skaters can use the Buk-gu rink all year round. However, it is closed to the public each Monday. During the winter vacation, Buk-gu Ice Rink is open seven days a week.
Dongnae Ice Rink - Busan
Dongnae is an all year round rink, open seven days a week from 9:00 to 18:00.
Spopia Ice Rink - Incheon
Open Weekdays 10:00-18:00, Weekends 10:00-20:00. 536
Rinks only open during winter:
Grand Hyatt Seoul Ice Rink
If it’s romance you’re after, the Grand Hyatt Hotel’s ice rink might be the place for you. Open from early December till late February, the outdoor rink is very popular amongst couples. The hotel even holds “Lover’s Days” where couples go two for the price of one.
Olympic Park Ice Rink – Songpa-gu
The Olympic Park was built prior to the Olympic Games held in Seoul in 1988. One of its major winter attractions is the ice rink which is open from December until the middle of February.
Seoul Plaza Ice Rink – Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening dates vary each year based on the weather, but the rink can usually be accessed from December-February. The view of City Hall at night is great and the cost is even better (1,000KRW), although each person can only be on the ice for one hour.
Garden 5′s “Ice Garden” Outdoor Ice Rink – Songpa-gu, Seoul
Night skating can be a particularly magical experience during winter, and the spectacular lighting at the Garden 5 ice rink makes it truly memorable. The rink is open from December-February and is ideal for kids, couples and families.
Walker Hill Hotel Ice Rink
As with other hotel rinks, the public admission fees are quite high. Open from the middle of December to February.
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