Think you’ve found your Seoul-mate? You’ll soon find that a great date in Seoul requires planning, preparation, and money – or does it? Seoul has a plethora of free and low-cost activities that would make for the perfect date. If you’re dating in Seoul on a budget, here are four low-cost ideas that you’re sure to fall in love with.
Romantic Han River Light Show
You’ve probably never seen a fountain gushing from a bridge before, let alone a rainbow one! While the Hangang is host to many bridges, Banpo Bridge is without a doubt the most stunning. It’s easy to see why. Bring your date here and see a rainbow reflected in their eyes as you lean in for a first kiss. What a wonderful sight. You can combine the dazzling light show with a few convenience store beers in summer, or hot cocoa in winter for the ideal evening date.
Rainbow Bridge Cruise Address: Eland Cruise Terminal, 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Directions: From Jamsilsaenae station (Line 2) Exit 6 go straight and continue through the underpass. Walk towards the Han river on the left side of the swimming pools. Turn left and walk until the docks.
Joseon Dynasty Date
The 600-year-old Bukchon Hanok Village is a jumbled maze of narrow alleyways containing hundreds of hanok buildings. It’s home to many of Seoul’s most treasured cultural assets, hosting a great selection of charming cafés and eateries. It’s easy to spend an afternoon getting lost with your lover in this maze of tiny streets. You can also opt for a free walking tour if you would like a more in-depth look at the neighborhood.
Bukchon Hanok Village Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul Directions: Anguk Station (Line 3) Exit 2
Show Your Heart at Tongin Market
If the road to one’s heart is through the stomach, why not start with a meal to remember? Instead of soulless fancy dining halls, show your heart at Tongin Market’s Doshirak Café. More than just a meal, Tongin market is an experience to remember.
For 5,000 won, you can get a tray and a string of Joseon Dynasty-style tokens. The fragrances of the market are mouthwatering enough to keep wandering from stall to stall for hours. When you’ve finally fallen victim to whatever yummy scent catches you by the nose and drags you in, exchange your tokens for some amazing food.
Once you’ve filled up your tray, you and your cuddle buddy can head upstairs to the eating area. Sit alongside locals and tourists alike while eating your fill at the family-style dinning tables.
Tongin Market Address: Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul Open: 7:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM Directions: From Gyeongbukgong Station(Line 3) Exit 2 and walk strait for 500 meters. Turn left at Hyojaa Appartment and Tongin Market will be on your right.
Take your Muse to Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a must-see for design-obsessed couples. While some of the exhibitions charge an entry fee, there are also a few free ones on occasion. Including, the light show held every winter in December or January. You can snuggle up with your partner and watch the beautiful, futuristic DDP come to life as images are projected onto the exterior of the building.
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Directions: Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (DDP) Station Exit 1