Ice Rinks in Korea

Category : Health/Fitness / Travel/Events
Nov 28, 2014

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.

 

  1. Location: Jamsil Station, Exit 4 (Line 2 and 8)
  2. Cost: 8,500KRW plus 4,500KRW for skate rental
  3. Tel: 02-411-4591
  4. Website (Korean only)

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Omokgyo Station (Line 5).
  2. Cost: 3,000KRW to 4,000KRW depending on age, plus 3,000KRW to rent skates. If you are there for more than two hours, skate rental is an extra 1,000KRW an hour.
  3. Tel: 02-2649-8454
  4. Website (Korean only)

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Anam Station, Exit 1 (Line 6).
  2. Cost: about 5,000KRW for adults, and 4,000KRW for children. Skate hire is 3,000KRW for everyone.
  3. Tel: 02-3290-4243~5
  4. Website (Korean only)

 

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Seohyeon Station, Exit 2 (Sinbundang line).
  2. Cost: 5,000KRW adults, 4,000KRW for kids. Skate rental 3,000KRW.
  3. Tel: 31-708-7481~5

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Galmae Station, Exit 2 (Gyeongchun Line) à Bus 1156 (Damteo) to Samyukdae-ap station
  2. Cost: 4,000KRW for entry; 3,000KRW for skate rental.
  3. Website (Korean only)

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Deokcheon Station, Exit 10 (Line 2 and 3)
  2. Cost: 6,000KRW for adults and 5,000KRW for children.
  3. Tel: 051-309-4086
  4. Website (Korean only)
     

Dongnae Ice Rink - Busan

Dongnae is an all year round rink, open seven days a week from 9:00 to 18:00.

 

  1. Location: It’s easiest to take the bus. Routes 42, 100, 100-1, 44, and 44-1 all go to Dongnae Ice Rink.
  2. Cost: Adults and students: 4,500KRW; children 3,500KRW. Add 2,500KRW for skate rental.
  3. Tel: 051-529-7111
  4. Website (Korean only)

 

Others

 

Spopia Ice Rink - Incheon

Open Weekdays 10:00-18:00, Weekends 10:00-20:00. 536

  1. Location: Dongnam Spopia, Yeonsu-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon.
  2. Website

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Noksapyeong Station, Exit 1 (Line 6). Bus 3 à Hyatt Hotel.
  2. Cost: Mon-Thurs 22,000KRW and Fri-Sun 26,000KRW for two-hour sessions. It is more expensive than the others, but the rink has far fewer users and gives a beautiful view of the city.
  3. Tel: 02-799-8113
  4. Website 

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Olympic Park Station, Exit 3 (Line 5).
  2. Cost: 1,000KRW for admission, 1,500KRW for skate hire.
  3. Tel: 02-410-1654
  4. Website (Korean and some English)

 

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.

 

  1. Location: City Hall Station, Exit 7 (Line 1 and 2)
  2. Cost: 1,000KRW (limited to one hour on the ice).
  3. Tel: 02-3210-1267
  4. Website

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Jangji Station, Exit 3 (Line 8).
  2. Cost: 2,000KRW for adults and 1,000KRW for kids. Lessons available for 20,000KRW/hour.
  3. Tel: 02-2157-4089
  4. Website

 

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.

 

  1. Location: Gwangnaru Station, Exit 1 (Line 5) à Walkerhill Hotel free shuttle bus (departs every 20 minutes).
  2. Cost: 20,000KRW-30,000KRW for adults; 14,000KRW-20,000KRW for kids. Skate rental is included in admission fee.
  3. Website

 

 

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