Seoul is the capital of South Korea and it is the capital of cool. K-pop, fashion, delicious street foods and shopping are very popular with teenagers in Seoul.
Around half the population of South Korea lives in the metropolitan area of Seoul, and because of this, you will find a plethora of things to do in Seoul with teenagers.
- Know before you go! Our top Seoul travel tips
- Best things to do in Seoul with teenagers
- What teens will love about Seoul Korea – Dressing in a Hanbok
- South Korean attractions Seoul -National Museum of Korea
- Family activities with teenagers in Seoul – Ghost Tour
- Family travel in Seoul – Hop-on hop-off bus
- Things to do for teenagers in Seoul – watch baseball
- Seoul Tv Tower
- What to do in Myeongdong
- What to do in Gangnam Korea
- The Cheonggyecheon
- The Trick Eye Museum
- Bukhansan National Park
- Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
- Summer swimming in Seoul
- Best attractions in Seoul – Lotte World Seoul
- Lotte World Adventure
- Lotte World Tower
- Lotte World Aquarium
- Lotte World Ice Rink
- Seoul Land Amusement Park
- Best attractions for teenagers in Seoul – Everland Amusement Park
- What to do in Seoul -Experience culture through food
- COEX Aquarium in Seoul
- Alive Museum
- Seoul Grand Park
- Things to do in Seoul with teenage girls – High Tea
- Korean Traditional Music & Dance Performance Show
- The 63 Building
- The most Instagrammable places in Seoul
- Professional photoshoot with teenagers in Seoul
- Seoul things to do with teenagers – Indoor Rock Climbing
- See the Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
- Street Art in Seoul
- Escape Rooms in Seoul for young adults
- Things to do in Seoul with kids – Watch a movie
- Bike riding in Seoul – things to do in South Korea
- Going to the gym in Seoul
- 10 Pin Bowling in Seoul with teenagers
- Shopping in Seoul
- K-pop sites in Seoul
- Free things to do in Seoul Korea with teens
- Day trips close to Seoul for teenagers
- Food and dining recommendations for teenagers in Seoul
- Things to do in Seoul for young adults
- Where to stay in Seoul
While it is the capital of cool and your teen may have to drag you to some of the spots you normally wouldn’t visit, there is so much more to the Korean Culture that is totally missed out on by other countries.
The incredible history is not as well known and we had it described to us as the Joseon Dynasty was like an Asian version of ‘Game of Thrones. So let the adventure begin with our top recommendations for family visitors in Seoul, South Korea.
Know before you go! Our top Seoul travel tips
Travelling to Seoul can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Seoul and having the best place to stay in the city and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Seoul to make it completely hassle-free.
Where to stay in Seoul with teenagers
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Seoul. In Seoul, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels near the tourist attractions. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget.
For affordable family-friendly hotels in Seoul, we suggest Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong which has room for up to 4 people, The Itaewon Inn has family rooms for four with a bathroom and kitchenette and the Hi There Guest House.
Seoul apartment alternative for your stay
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation when you travel with teens then an apartment is the best choice for you on your Seoul vacation with teens. There are so many options for singles, families, and budget-friendly options as well.
For Seoul check out the map below to find the perfect apartment in Seoul for teenagers on your Seoul vacation with family.
How to get to Seoul
- Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area, Inchon is located 49 km away from Seoul. You can search for planes to Seoul with Kiwi Flights.
- We can personally recommend Kiwi Taxi transfers from the airport to the city or you can catch the airport train.
- If your flights have a long stopover, or you just want to relax before your trip you should consider getting a lounge pass with Priority Pass. Priority Pass has access to airport lounges all over the world. Search now for your lounge pass
- We can personally recommend Kiwi Taxi transfers from the airport to the city or you can catch the airport train.
- Seoul is connected to the rest of Korea by the high-speed KTX network, direct trains from Busan, Daegu and Ulsan to name a few will get you to Seoul by train in no time. Book your train tickets with Trip.com
- Buses arrive in Seoul every few minutes of the day. There is 2 major bus station in Seoul for express bus arrivals and departures. Browse your Korea Bus Tickets today!
- South Korea has modern and good quality roads, making driving a pleasure. You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Seoul Airport.
How to get around Seoul
- Seoul has an efficient system of public transportation that includes both subway trains and buses. The trains are fast and run on time daily until 12 p.m. The Seoul Subway line has nine major lines that will take you anywhere in the city and even go into the suburbs and surrounding areas
- The Seoul Hop on hop off bus is another excellent option for seeing the sites of the city and surrounding area. Check the current prices HERE
- The Seoul Pass entitles you to entry to some major attractions and free public transport on the buses. More information is available here.
Buy Korea Rail Pass
Experience the ultimate convenience and savings with the Korea Rail Pass! Explore South Korea’s stunning landscapes and vibrant cities by taking unlimited rides on most Korail trains for 3 or 5 consecutive days, or choose the flexible option of 2 or 4 days.
With over 80 routes and 600 stations to choose from, the possibilities are endless. As a foreign national, you’ll enjoy an exclusive discount on the pass, making it even more affordable. Plus, unlock additional savings on accommodations and tourist attractions when you present your KR PASS.
Don’t forget to check out the special discounts for child and group passes. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through South Korea when you buy the Korea Rail Pass!
Weather in Seoul
The weather in Seoul experiences a huge temperature difference between summer and winter. Summer in South Korea starts in May in Seoul and ends in September. The The temperature is warm with daytime temperatures of 22°C in May, 28°C in August, and cooling to 24°C in September.
The cold air from the Arctic arrives in November, January is the coldest month in Seoul, with nighttime averages of -9°C. Daytime temperatures have an average of 1°C so bring warm layers and a winter jacket.
Seoul for international visitors
International travel to Seoul requires a bit more thought. You will need travel insurance in South Korea.
Medical care is not cheap and if you want good quality care it will cost you a fortune if you don’t have travel insurance. The official currency of South Korea is the Won.
If you use your bank account from home you will be stung with high transaction fees, while your mobile phone calls will all be charged at an international rate. These are just some of the things you need to think about when planning a trip to Seoul.
- For International travellers, travel insurance is a must get a quote through Insurance Masters and don’t go home with a huge bill for medical expenses.
- Do you need a visa to visit Seoul? The country of South Korea may require you to have a visa or an ETA ( Electronic travel authorisation) to enter the country. You can check and buy these documents at iVisa.
- Load a Revolut Travel Money card with South Korean Won for your visit and save on transaction fees
- Make phone calls with an international sim card that you can buy before leaving home or buy a voucher for a virtual e-sim for your mobile phone.
- A 4G pocket Wi-Fi modem is essential for accessing the internet. You can rent a pocket modem that you can pick up at the airport or your hotel, alternatively buy a pocket modem that you can use on all future trips with your phone, tablet or computer.
Travel accessories for teenagers
For teenagers, travelling can be a fun and exciting experience. However, there are a few things that they need to take into account in order to make the trip as comfortable and safe as possible. One of these is ensuring that they have the necessary travel accessories.
Seoul City Pass
Save on your Seoul trip with a card that includes 34 of Seoul’s biggest landmarks as well as a selection of historical, cultural and Hallyu (Korean Wave) attractions.
The card gets you free and discounted entries to the biggest attractions including Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul City Tour Double-Decker Bus, Namsangol Hanok Village and more. Start saving and planning, Buy your Seoul City Pass today
Best things to do in Seoul with teenagers
Seoul is a bustling city and there are so many amazing things to do in Seoul South Korea with teens. You can find historic places to visit in Seoul and some quirky ones as well. Here we have all the very best things to do in Seoul for teens.
What teens will love about Seoul Korea – Dressing in a Hanbok
Seoul offers a variety of unique things to do, from exploring the vibrant street art scene in Ihwa Mural Village to trying out traditional Hanbok dress-up experiences at the Bukchon Hanok Village.
It is a great thing for visiting teenagers in Seoul too. You can get both male and female outfits and make memories that will never be forgotten. Go on a photo tour around the palace grounds, taking those once-in-a-lifetime shoots dressed in traditional clothing.
A tip for if you are considering hiring a Hanbok in Seoul.
If you are wearing Hanbok and are going into some of the Palaces and Heritage sites you can get free entry so make sure you line up together and the cashier is made aware.
South Korean attractions Seoul -National Museum of Korea
Being the capital of South Korea there are many museums in Seoul. The standout museum is the National Museum if you want to learn about Korean history. The National Museum is in a huge modern building in the Yongsan District.
The Museum attracts over 3 million visits annually making it one of the most visited museums in the world.
Korean history is dominated by 2 Dynasties that ruled the country, The Shila and Joseon kings. The Museum is spread out over 3 floors and covers everything from pre-historic South Korea, art, craft, weapons and more.
The Seoul Museum houses a number of what are called National Treasures of Korea. 2 outstanding pieces in the collection are the Fifth-century Silla gold crown excavated from the North tomb of Hwangnamdaechong in Gyeongju.
This is the National Treasure of Korea number 91 and the Ten-Storey Pagoda from Gyeongcheonsa Temple, the National Treasure of Korea No. 86.
How to get to the Museum
- Take Subway Line 4 or the Jungang Line (Munsan-Yongmun) to Ichon subway Station. Go out Exit 2, and walk 150m toward Yongsan Family Park.
- Blue Bus 400 and Blue Bus 502 get off at Yongsan Technical High School
- Also, the ever-popular Seoul Hop on Hop off bus stops at the Museum
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Family activities with teenagers in Seoul – Ghost Tour
There are many unique things to do in Seoul, such as exploring centuries-old palaces, but a ghost tour in Seoul is special. South Korea was ruled by monarchs and dynasties for thousands of years.
Our Seoul Ghost tour guide Joe from Zen Kim Chi Tours described it as the Game of Thrones of Asia. The Dark Side of Seoul will have you exploring alleyways, parks and palaces of Seoul.
Joe will lead you on an adventure where you will about the not-so-pleasant part of this country. He will tell you about Kings locking their sons up in boxes till they die, about Ghosts that can still be seen to this day and about massacres that were perpetrated by the Japanese.
If you have an interest in the odd, frightening and offbeat side of Seoul, then the Dark Side of Seoul tour is just for you. Don’t hesitate to book this amazing tour right here
Some tips about the ghost tour:
- It is a walking tour but it is not a hard walk to do
- Take some water and snacks just in case
- Get some awesome tips on where to eat from Joe or organise to do one of his food tours as well
- If the weather looks bad take an umbrella or a raincoat
Family travel in Seoul – Hop-on hop-off bus
The Seoul sightseeing bus is a great way to give you an overview of the city. The bus route takes you to all the Seoul attractions where you can get out and visit and hop back on the next bus when it appears.
Seoul is a huge city with attractions that are scattered miles apart at times. Navigating the subway system can sometimes be difficult and not convenient.
The Seoul hop on hop off bus tour runs over 4 different lines plus a DMZ tour. There is Line A – downtown Seoul, line B – Seoul Panorama course, Line C – around Gangnam tour and Line D – night tour of Seoul. You will visit palaces and museums, shopping districts and sporting arenas.
Things to do for teenagers in Seoul – watch baseball
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Korea. In the early ’80s, the KBO was formed with the backing of some of Korea’s major corporations such as Samsung, LG and Lotte all owning teams.
In Seoul, there are 2 teams The Doosan Bears and the LG Twins. The season runs from March to September each year with games being played every week by the 10 teams across the country. In Seoul, you can catch a game at Jasmil Stadium.
Tickets for the outfield seats are a great price at 8000 kW. There is music, dancing and an all-around exciting atmosphere fills the stadium on game night. It was a great thing to do with teens in Seoul at night.
How to get to Jasmil Stadium
Seoul Tv Tower
Like many European cities that have a TV tower, Seoul also has an equivalent version. The N Seoul Tower dominates the skyline of the city from both sides of the river. Officially called the Namsan Tower, but known as the Seoul Tower to most in the city.
The Namsan TV Seoul Tower sits over 240 meters high providing some of the best views you can see of Seoul. You will find the usual viewing points with viewfinders to look through.
You will also find the inside Seoul exhibition that presents Seoul via 5-dimensional mapping with over 40 lasers. Teenagers in Seoul will find this very cool. Find all your options here for visiting the Seoul TV Tower
How to get to Namsan Tower
- Namsan Shuttle Bus 2 from Chungmuro Station and Dongguk University Station.
- Namsan Shuttle Bus 3 from Seoul Station and Itaewon station
- Namsan Shuttle Bus 5 from Myeongdong Station
- Namsam cable car, 10-minute walk from Myeongdong Stn
What to do in Myeongdong
The bustling district of Myeongdong is located in the heart of Seoul. There are heaps of activities and attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Myeongdong is renowned for its vibrant shopping scene, with trendy fashion boutiques, luxury department stores and traditional markets. There is an abundance of street food stalls and restaurants offering delicious Korean delicacies for teens to try.
Myeongdong is home to several iconic landmarks, including the historic Myeongdong Cathedral and Namsan Tower, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
For those seeking cultural immersion, the district also hosts various cultural festivals and performances throughout the year.
The best area to stay in Seoul for tourists is undoubtedly Myeongdong, with its vibrant shopping streets and close proximity to major attractions such as Namsan Tower and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
What to do in Gangnam Korea
In Gangnam, Korea, there are numerous attractions and activities for families to enjoy. One must-visit destination is the scenic Bongeunsa Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple nestled amidst modern skyscrapers.
Visitors can explore the temple grounds, admire the intricate architectural details, and even participate in traditional Buddhist ceremonies. Another popular spot is the COEX Mal and the COEX Aquarium, one of the largest underground shopping centres in Asia.
An indoor adventure at the Vaunce Trampoline Park is fun for families and teens, you can challenge yourself in 6 different areas. The unique action figure museum is also nearby featuring your favorite superheroes and animated figures.
There are many things to do in Gangnam on family holidays in South Korea
The Cheonggyecheon is a 12-kilometre section of the river that flows through the heart of the city. The most popular section starts just near City Hall. You will find people relaxing with their feet in the water, couples on dates and families eating.
Elevated on either side you will find shops and a market happening. The city looks amazing from this location at night as the lights come on A stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream after a meal is a real highlight.
The Trick Eye Museum
The Trick Eye Museum is located near Hongdae University and is one of the fun places in Seoul to visit. The Trick Eye Museum has some amazing 3D optical illusion effects for goofy pictures that make you look like you are in the scene.
You can ride on the back of Sharks, nearly get eaten by a dragon, or be part of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. These types of attractions are great kids’ fun in Seoul.
Bukhansan National Park
Just 9 kilometres from the city is Bukhansan National Park, this place is a paradise for outdoor type teens. With its easy access from Seoul, it’s the perfect destination for active teens!
This incredible park offers a variety of hiking trails that cater to all levels of hikers and trail runners, with incredible views. Whether you’re looking for a quick walk or a full-day adventure, there is something for everyone here.
The beauty of Bukhansan National Park is unparalleled; with its emerald green forests and magnificent granite peaks soaring above the horizon, it’s no wonder why this park has become so popular among hikers and trail runners alike.
There are over 20 different trails to choose from, ranging from beginner-level hikes to more advanced treks. And don’t worry if you’re new to hiking – the well-marked trails make it easy and enjoyable for even first-time explorers!
Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
The Banpo Bridge Seoul is a bridge in the heart of Seoul that has both a fountain and lights. It displays a rainbow at night, and it has a large fountain that shoots up jets of water into the air.
On both sides of the bridge are nearly 10,000 LED lights, 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles per side shooting more than 190 tons of water per minute.
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain has been entertaining teenagers in Korea since September 2009.
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Summer swimming in Seoul
The Han River is the best place to visit in Seoul if it is hot. Besides the Han River in the centre of Seoul are a number of swimming pools. In the warmer summer months, one can go swimming in Seoul at any of these locations.
The weather in Seoul can get very hot and humid in summer. The outdoor swimming pools at Hangang Parks are a great way to cool off and mix with the locals. There are 7 such sites with amenities such as shower facilities, snack bars and more.
Like most things Korean there is a rule and a way to do it, a swimsuit and swimming cap are required to enter the swimming pools in Gwangnaru, Ttukseom, Yeouido, Jamsil, and Jamwon, while the water parks in Nanji Gangbyeon and Yanghwa are a bit more relaxed.
Best attractions in Seoul – Lotte World Seoul
Seoul Lotte World is a large entertainment complex that houses some of the biggest and most exciting attractions in the city.
From thrilling rides to shopping centres and even an amusement park, Seoul Lotte World has something for everyone.
The centrepiece of this massive complex is Lotte Adventure Park, which consists of five zones with various types of rides, roller coasters and more. Visitors can also enjoy Lotte World Mall‘s wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars. In addition to these features, there are several special events held throughout the year including festivals, concerts and shows.
There is also a movie theatre at Lotte World where guests can catch some of their favourite films. Visitors never run out of things to do while they explore this amazing destination in Seoul!
Lotte World Adventure
Lotte World Adventure is an exciting theme park located in Seoul, South Korea. It’s a place of endless fun and entertainment for the whole family. The amusement park offers over 50 different attractions, ranging from rollercoasters to international shows.
Lotte World Adventure has something special for everyone; whether you’re looking to have a thrilling time or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere, this park has it all!
The impressive space spans over 86 acres of land with both indoor and outdoor sections which feature rides and activities suitable for any age group. There are plenty of options when it comes to food with several restaurants scattered throughout the theme park.
Additionally, there are shopping centres available where guests can purchase souvenirs that will serve as lasting memories of their time at Lotte World Adventure.
Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower is a 123-floor, 555-metre skyscraper located in Seoul. Lotte World Tower in Seoul opened to the public on April 11, 2017. It towers over the Seoul skyline and is currently the tallest building in South Korea, and the 6th tallest building in the world.
Seoul Sky is located on the 117th – 123rd floors of Lotte World Tower. The observation decks have amazing views of Seoul as a glass floor and a telescope. This is the highest such glass floor viewing platform in the world. The tower is one of the best attractions in Seoul to visit. Book tickets for Lotte Tower today here
Lotte World Aquarium
Lotte World Aquarium is a popular attraction that offers visitors an exciting experience that includes a variety of marine life. Visitors can explore the depths of the ocean with over 650 kinds of fish, including sharks, turtles and stingrays.
Guests are immersed in an underwater wonderland as they journey through nine different galleries featuring species from around the world.
Lotte World Ice Rink
Lotte World Ice Rink provides an enjoyable ice skating experience for visitors of all ages and skill levels. This modern, indoor facility caters to beginners and experienced skaters alike. Book a session that includes skate rental and a whole lot of fun.
The complex’s proximity to other attractions, such as Lotte World Theme Park and Lotte World Aquarium make it an ideal destination for families looking for indoor fun in Seoul.
Seoul Land Amusement Park
Welcome to Seoul Land Amusement Park, the ultimate destination for family fun! Located in Seoul, South Korea, this amusement park has something for everyone. From thrilling roller coaster rides to incredible shows and activities for families and teens alike, Seoul Land is the place to be.
Families can enjoy a wide variety of attractions together that are sure to make lasting memories. Take a spin on one of their ten roller coasters or check out the entertaining live shows with their amazing performers. For those looking for some more adventurous thrills, there are plenty of fast-paced rides too.
Kids and teens will love exploring what Seoul Land has to offer – from bumper cars to splash zones and much more! Book your tickets to Seoul Land today.
Best attractions for teenagers in Seoul – Everland Amusement Park
Everland Theme Park in Seoul is an excellent choice for teenagers due to its wide range of thrilling rides and attractions.
From roller coasters to water slides, Everland offers adrenaline-pumping experiences that cater to their adventurous spirit. The park also hosts live performances, interactive shows, and themed zones like Zootopia, ensuring entertainment for all interests.
With its vibrant atmosphere, delicious food options, and stunning night illuminations, Everland provides a memorable and exciting day out for teenagers, creating lasting memories of their visit to Seoul.
What to do in Seoul –Experience culture through food
Embark on a food adventure with your teenagers and discover the flavours of Seoul through a food tour. These food experiences not only teach you about local foods but also offer a gateway to culture.
From savouring local delicacies to learning traditional cooking techniques, food tours ignite a passion for cooking and eating global cuisines.
Finding one of the best food tours in Seoul is a great way to experience exactly what the locals eat and get some great first-hand tips from someone who knows the area.
COEX Aquarium in Seoul
The COEX Aquarium in Seoul is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Korea. Located on the first floor of the Starfield Coex Mall, it has over 40,000 fish and other sea creatures from all around the world, making it one of the largest aquariums in Asia.
Visitors can explore more than 90 tanks filled with unusual species such as sharks, giant stingrays and seals. They can also experience something unique like walking through a tunnel surrounded by colourful fish or taking a ride on a glass-bottom boat for an up-close look at life under the sea.
With its amazing displays and interactive experiences, this aquarium truly immerses visitors into another world beneath the waves. Whether you’re looking to learn about aquatic life or just have some fun, there’s something for everyone at COEX Aquarium. Book your tickets today
Discover Seoul’s mind-bending adventure at Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze. The Alive Museum showcases stunning 3D artworks that come to life, allowing you to become part of the art through interactive illusions.
Step into famous paintings and defy gravity in this immersive experience. Then, challenge yourself in the Dynamic Maze, a thrilling labyrinth with puzzles and obstacles. Test your agility and problem-solving skills as you navigate through the twists and turns.
Perfect for all ages, these attractions offer an unforgettable and accessible adventure in the heart of Seoul. Capture incredible memories and ignite your creativity at Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze.
Seoul Grand Park
Seoul tourist attractions, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and N Seoul Tower, attract millions of visitors each year. Seoul Grand Park is a must-see destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike! Located on the outskirts of Seoul, this massive park has something for everyone.
With miles of trails perfect for hiking and biking, this stunning green space provides visitors with plenty of opportunities to explore the best of nature.
Not only that but there’s also the stunning Seoul Zoo and several beautiful gardens, as well as Seoul Land amusement park — making it the ideal spot for a day out with friends or family.
The main attraction at Seoul Grand Park is undoubtedly its many trails. Winding through lush forests and rolling hillsides, these scenic paths make it easy to forget you’re in the middle of a bustling metropolis! There are also plenty of spots to relax along the way including grassy meadows and clear ponds.
Things to do in Seoul with teenage girls – High Tea
High Tea started out as a quintessentially British thing. This afternoon tea tradition involves savoury sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and of course, tea. For mothers and daughters, it’s a cherished ritual that often brings them closer together.
If you’re looking for something to do in Seoul with teenage girls, then you should experience high tea firsthand.
You will find the best High Tea and afternoon teas in Seoul at The Fairmont Ambassador Seoul which offers a Cherry Blossom tea set and the Peninsula Lounge & Bar at the Lotte Hotel Seoul.
Korean Traditional Music & Dance Performance Show
A South Korean traditional music and dance show can be an exciting and culturally enriching experience for teenagers on vacation in Seoul.
Attending a show is an entertaining way to learn about the country’s rich heritage, through Korean art forms. These shows often feature lively performances with colourful costumes and interactive elements for an enjoyable and educational experience.
The 63 Building
The 63 Building in Yeouido, Seoul is known for its unique golden, cylindrical design. The name “63” represents the building’s 63 stories. It offers a wide range of attractions and activities for families visiting Seoul.
63 Aqua Planet is an extensive and innovative aquarium that features a vast array of marine life from around the world. Grab a bite to eat at the Pavilion Buffet on the 63rd floor of the building, providing visitors with panoramic views of Seoul.
In addition to the aquarium and restaurant, the 63 Building also boasts an observation deck on the 60th floor, offering memorable views of Seoul.
The most Instagrammable places in Seoul
With Instagram and social media playing an important part in the lives of teenagers, we have some great places for Instagram photos in Seoul.
We recommend visiting Bukchon Hanok Village with its traditional Korean houses, Hello Kitty Cafe, Seoul Botanic Park, National Folk Museum and Dongdaemun Design Plaza for the best Instagram shots in Seoul.
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Professional photoshoot with teenagers in Seoul
As our kids get older, we spend less and less time with them making family travel memories. One excellent way to capture some of these important family vacation moments is to hire a professional photographer for a few hours to make some lifelong memories for you.
The photographer will supply everything, your family just needs to provide the smiles for your Seoul photoshoot. You can get great shots at places like the Seoul City Wall, Grand Palaces, Gangnam Station and more. Book your memory-making shoot today.
Seoul things to do with teenagers – Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor rock climbing offers a great alternative for those who want to enjoy the sport but don’t have easy access to outdoor climbing areas or want something a little safer.
Indoor rock climbing can be found in most major cities, and many offer classes to teach beginners the basics of wall climbing or free climbing for more advanced.
The first step in learning how to climb is mastering the basic techniques. These include using your hands and feet to grip the wall, finding your balance, and moving up and down the wall.
You’ll also need to learn how to tie basic knots, which are used to secure ropes and harnesses. Once you have learned the basics, you can start exploring different routes on the wall.
Indoor rock climbing is a great way to get fit and have fun at the same time. You can go rock climbing in Seoul at Climbing and Bouldering in Incheon and The Climb in Hongdae.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
The cherry blossom season in Seoul is a spectacular time of year. Millions of people flock to the city to witness one of nature’s most beautiful displays every year around March-April.
With over 2,000 cherry trees located in parks and other public places throughout Seoul, visitors have plenty of opportunities to experience the unique beauty of these iconic blossoms.
The best places to view cherry blossoms in Seoul are its parks and gardens. The Namsan Park Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular annual event held at the base of Mount Namsan and features thousands upon thousands of trees blooming with lovely pink and white flowers.
Other parks such as Seokchon Lake Park, Yeouido Park, Olympic Park and Changdeokgung Palace are also great places to visit during this special season if you want to take pictures or simply enjoy the sights from afar.
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Street Art in Seoul
Street art is found throughout the world, but it is especially prevalent in major cities. Cities are home to a wealth of street art, from graffiti on building walls to pieces painted on lanes and bridges.
This type of Korean art provides a unique aesthetic for these places, with topics including current events, pop culture, portraits and more. Street art is a very popular free thing to do in Seoul and attracts tourists and teenagers alike.
Street Art in Seoul, South Korea can be found at Hongdae Mural Street, Apgujeong Graffiti Tunnel, and the Ihwa Mural Village
Escape Rooms in Seoul for young adults
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down. An escape room, also known as an escape game, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategies to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Seoul with teenagers.
You will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and find the truth. Below you will find a map with the locations of Seoul Escape rooms.
Things to do in Seoul with kids – Watch a movie
Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Seoul with teenagers is a great evening activity. A few of the biggest operators are CGV, Megabox, and Lotte Cinema.
You will find state-of-the-art screens and sound at Should Cinemas. Movie theatres in Seoul are located in commercial centres with department stores, shops and restaurants, so moviegoers can also enjoy shopping and other activities.
Bike riding in Seoul – things to do in South Korea
Bike riding in Seoul is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers.
Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go.
You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a 2 wheeled adventure through Seoul on your family vacation. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.
Going to the gym in Seoul
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Lifting weights, using the treadmill, cardio and muscle workouts. Just because one is travelling does not mean one needs to stop working out.
In Seoul, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Search Gyms in Seoul here
10 Pin Bowling in Seoul with teenagers
Nothing like a good bit of family competition to get everyone going on your holidays with teenagers. 10-pin bowling in Seoul is a great family activity for all. You will find bowling alleys all over the city for your family to have some fun at.
Most bowling alleys these days are more of an entertainment centres featuring amusement, food, and drink options. If you’re looking for things to do at night in Seoul, then bowling is a great choice. You will find some of the best bowling locations in Seoul below.
- Taewha Bowling – A club-feel bowling alley with Music, strobe lights and a fun atmosphere
- Smashing Bowl – Has numerous locations in Seoul. Some feature darts, billiards and fuse balls as well
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Shopping in Seoul
Shopping in the Korean capital can be an overload of your senses. There will be the big brands you know and love, there will be boutique and Korean brands you will come to love.
Shopping can be done in many of the big shopping malls, markets, on the streets and literally, anywhere there is space there is a shop or stand to sell something.
A visit to Myeong-dong is a must for travelling shoppers. It is the centre of shopping in Seoul and famous all over South Korea, with big names such as H&M, ADIDAS, and Lotte all set up here.
For winter, there is a very long underground shopping centre that connects Myeongdong with Seoul City Hall. There are many shops selling typical stuff like bags, shoes, clothes and more.
Hongdae is, on everyone’s list while you are in Seoul. Located near Hongik University, shopping here is known reasonably cheap. You will also find amazing street food and entertainment going on in Hongdae.
Apgujeong Rodeo Street is for the teenager with plenty of money (or the parent). On Apgujeong you will find Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada. If you like big-name big price brands Apgujeong is probably where you will be happiest. Located in Gangnam, this street is designed to push your credit card to its limits.
Coex Mall is located in Gangnam-guthe premier shopping destination in Seoul! With over 500 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, you won’t have a problem finding something to do here.
The mall is especially popular among young people who are always on the lookout for new styles – there’s no better place than Coex Mall where they can find unique items at great prices.
Insadong is home to traditional Korean souvenirs. The main shopping street in Insadong is lined with booths, shops, galleries, teahouses, food stalls and restaurants. Use Anguk Station for easy access.
For those looking for bargains, you should head to Namdaemun Market. It is the largest traditional Korean market in the city. The market is a maze of shops, stalls and small restaurants selling electronics, the latest fashions, jewellery, luggage and more.
One of the best things to buy in Seoul, Korea is traditional hanbok, which can be found in various shops and markets across the city.
K-pop sites in Seoul
K-pop has been blowing up the media lately, with many groups winning awards and breaking records.
The Hallyu K-star Road:
The Hallyu K-star Road is located in one of the more upscale neighbourhoods in Gangnam. The route is separated into 4 areas each being covered in Gangnam Dolls or large bear statues holding the names and logos of many K-pop groups and K-actors on them.
The route also shows you many restaurants and cafes frequented by K-pop idols. Who knows maybe you will see one there!
The Myeongdong shopping district has many K-pop stores among many other stores in Myeongdong if your family doesn’t enjoy K-pop as much as you do, they can browse many other shops as you fangirl to your desire
K-live at Lotte fit-in
If you missed the concert tickets to any YG or JYP artists you can come to Lotte fit in and live out your dreams of going to a concert. They have many holographic shows of the artists of both these companies.
SMTOWN Coex Artium
SMTOWN Coex Artium is the infamous SMTOWN museum. If you like any SM artist you will love it here! It has anything from posters to figurines to outfits the idols of the company had worn. They also have a gift shop at the end where you could spend all your money in one go
There are many celebrity-owned restaurants and cafes:
Many idols have branched out and opened many establishments of different kinds over the years. You can visit idols cafes such as EXO’s kai at KAMONG cafe and INFINITES Sungyeol at the cafe BBQ
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Free things to do in Seoul Korea with teens
Seoul offers some of the best free things to do with your teenage family members. These free Seoul activities are perfect for keeping everyone happy and entertained without having to spend any money.
There are also plenty of affordable restaurants and shops where you can shop for souvenirs without breaking the bank. Some of our recommendations for free family activities in Seoul are as follows
- Free Seoul City Walking Tours
- Bukchon Hanok Village
- Seoullo 7017 Sky Garden
- War Memorial of Korea
- Visit cat cafes
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Day trips close to Seoul for teenagers
There are so many amazing things to do in Seoul with teenagers that you may not think you need to do any day trips from Seoul but we really think you should consider a trip to some of these places.
Nami Island Day tour from Seoul
Nami Island is one of Korea’s most visited tourist sites. It is a small Island with 5 km of shoreline. The Island is really hard to explain, besides its natural beauty and tree-lined lanes. It is like they have tried to stick a whole heap of odds-and-ends attractions together on the island.
You will see lily pad ponds, artificial waterfalls, ropes courses, Korean gardens, swimming pools, little museums, statues, a mini-train and a monorail. One of the strangest museums was dedicated to the work of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. I am not sure if it adds to or distracts from the charm of Nami Island.
DMZ half-day tour
Whether your teenager follows world affairs or not, a visit to the DMZ is a must when visiting Seoul. North and South Korea have been separated for many years by a zone of land in the middle of the Korean Peninsula after the Korean War. The North Korean border is only 6O kilometres from Seoul and is perfect for a short tour.
On a VIP travel half-day tour, you will hit up 4 sites including the peace bridge from the Korean War, the infiltration tunnels, the lookout into the North and the last train station on the border.
The train station has arrivals from Seoul and is ready for the day unification happens. It has signs suggesting boarding for Pyongyang is this way. In reality, the North Korean border is only 500 meters from the station
The view into North Korea and the DMZ is an unforgettable experience for kids in Seoul, learning about Korean history. Cultural and historical experiences for teenagers in Seoul do not get any better than this.
Some tips for a DMZ tour with teens
- Take some water and snacks. Lining up at the stops will take away from your time
- You must have your passports on you at all times
- You will need good walking shoes if you plan on walking in the infiltration tunnel
- You can leave things on the bus while you visit some of the sites so if you need to bring extra things it should be ok
- When at the train station buy the ticket to North Korea and go out onto the platform. It is a heap of fun.
There are several popular places to visit in Korea including Suwon. Suwon could nearly be classified as part of Seoul. It is a 35-minute high-speed train ride away. Suwon is known for 2 things, being the headquarters of Samsung and the Hwaseong Fortress.
Teenagers who are interested in electronics will be interested in the Samsung Innovation Museum. The museum exhibits the history and the future of such innovations brought by the electronics industry. You will see the latest and greatest products bought by us through endless research and innovation.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress wall encloses the original town of Suwon. The fortification wall stretches a scenic 5.7km past four majestic gates, command posts, pavilions, and observation towers. You can do a day tour from Seoul.
The best way to see if you don’t want to walk is by a little train that takes you around the wall. Built by King Jeongjo and completed in 1796.
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Food and dining recommendations for teenagers in Seoul
South Korea is all about 2 things, Korean BBQ and fried chicken. You will find both on nearly every corner. Korean BBQ is something to be experienced but can be expensive with teens in tow.
Korean chicken, on the other hand, is tasty and way more affordable when travelling in Seoul with kids. Korean food can be a mixed bag with kimchi accompanying most meals.
We can personally recommend the 3 following Korean-style chicken restaurants
- Chuncheon Shin Sutbul DalkGalbi 춘천신숯불닭갈비 who do Korean bbq chicken. Located at 38-3 Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Phone+82 2-717-9992 for bookings
- Nureungji TongDalk 누룽지통닭 does woodfired roasted chicken with baked rice at Nureungji TongDalk. Phone 02-711-8892 for bookings
- Two-Two Chicken 둘둘치킨 for classic fried chicken. 255-16 Gongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Phone+82 2-7012237 Website: www.22chicken.co.kr
Street food in Seoul
Street food is a popular way to eat in many parts of the world with street food vendors in all areas of the city. It’s a quick and easy way to get some delicious local food without having to go to a full restaurant. Street food can be found in many different styles and options.
Some of the most well-known street foods include tacos in Mexico, Zapiekanka in Poland, Dan Dan noodles in China, and Shawarma in Middle Eastern countries.
Street food in Seoul often has its origins in the cultural history of people who have immigrated to South Korea in the past. Some of the most popular Seoul street foods include Mung Bean Pancakes, spicy rice cakes, Tteokbokki, Kimbap and Mandu.
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Things to do in Seoul for young adults
Seoul, South Korea is an exciting destination for young adults. Seoul offers exciting activities and attractions for young adults, there is no shortage of things to do in Korea for young adults. Seoul boasts a thriving shopping scene, in areas such as Myeongdong and Dongdaemun.
These areas are known for their trendy fashion boutiques and bustling markets. Food lovers can indulge in diverse culinary delights at Gwangjang Market or the vibrant street food stalls lining the streets.
In the evening, young adults can immerse themselves in the energetic nightlife of Hongdae and Itaewon, known for its live music venues, hip bars, and clubs that cater to different tastes and preferences. In Hongdae head to NB2 or the Cakeshop in Itaewon.
The city offers unique experiences such as themed cafes, K-pop music shows, and vibrant street performances. Overall, Seoul provides an ideal blend of traditional charm and contemporary allure, making it a captivating destination for young adults seeking an unforgettable adventure.
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What is the legal drinking age in South Korea
The legal drinking age in Korea is 19 years of age.
Is Seoul Safe for Families
Seoul is generally considered a safe city for travellers. South Korea, including its capital, Seoul, boasts a low crime rate, making it a safe destination for families. However, as with any city, it’s essential to exercise typical precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
How do I call the police in Seoul?
In Seoul, as in most of South Korea, you can call the police on the emergency number “112.” This number is equivalent to the emergency “911” number in many other countries
What type of power sockets are used in Seoul
In Seoul, South Korea, and throughout the country, the standard power sockets and plugs are of Type C and Type F.
Can I drink tap water in Seoul
In Seoul, tap water is generally considered safe to drink
Where to stay in Seoul
We stayed in the Itaewon area. It is a very multicultural area with a large number of ethnic groups and ex-pats. It is only 4 stops on the metro from Seoul Central Station.
A recent Skyscanner article listed the following neighbourhoods as the best places to stay in Seoul for tourists
- Myeongdong: For shopaholics and foodies
- Hongdae: For fashionistas and indie lovers
- Gangnam: For the well-travelled and well-off
- Itaewon: For the party-people, bars and clubs
- Jamsil – For families and sports enthusiasts
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We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Seoul with teenagers. There are so many things to do in Seoul with young adults that will have you entertained for your family’s whole stay in the city.
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