3 Hour Activities


UNISTELLA
45, Seolleung-ro 146-gil, Gangnam-gu
+82 (0)2-517-5884
unistella.com

DOSAN PARK
20, Dosandae-ro 45-gil, Gangnam-gu

GET K-POP NAILS

  • Show off the latest Korean fashion trends with a celebrity manicure

Over-the-top manicures have taken Asia by storm, and Seoul’s top shop is Unistella, home of nail artists to the stars (including the likes of Lee Hyori, dubbed the “Queen of K-pop”). Make sure to ask your concierge to book your slot—appointments with owner Park Eun Kyung may be impossible to get, but you’ll be lucky to land a spot with lead artists Jini or Anna. Scour their Instagram accounts (@nail_unistella, @unistella_by_ek_lab, @jini_unistella, @unistella_s) for the latest trends, like peach ombré, minimalistic lines, and rockstar crystals and studs. Keep in mind that some of the more intricate designs can take upwards of two hours to complete. Unistella is located near trendy Apgujeong, a 15-minute walk away from peaceful Dosan Park and nearby luxury boutiques and cafes.
Surrounded by bright lights and fast-paced shoppers, you’ll find Unistella in the busy Cheongdam-Dong area of Gangnam. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities, actors and K-Pop artists as you make your way around Dosan-daero road for both these activities.

UNISTELLA
45, Seolleung-ro 146-gil, Gangnam-gu
+82 (0)2-517-5884
unistella.com

DOSAN PARK
20, Dosandae-ro 45-gil, Gangnam-gu

NORYANGJIN FISH MARKET
688, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu
82-(0)2-814-2211

GO TO THE SOURCE

  • Pick your catch and have it prepared on the spot at the historic fish market
  • Take a stroll along a relaxing urban stream

Noryangjin Fish Market is Seoul’s largest and oldest indoor market, and a must-see for any visitor. In the main hall, you’ll find the day’s fresh catch (baby squid in summer, kalchi (silver belt fish) in fall, clams in winter, and ggot-gae (a favorite local crab) in the spring. Mornings are generally when the real wholesale action happens, but casual visitors looking for a meal should head over in the early evening. Bear in mind: close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet are an essential. Once you’ve made your purchase, the seller will direct you to a restaurant along the edges of the market where you can enjoy your seafood raw (hwae, in Korean, though international visitors may be more familiar with the Japanese term “sashimi”). If raw is not your thing, you can have your fish grilled with sea salt (gui) or have your octopus steamed (jjim) with a side of red pepper dipping sauce. Once you’ve finish your first course, have your remaining fish bits made into maeuntang, a very spicy and flavorful stew.
Within easy walking distance from the Conrad Seoul, take the overpass at Yeouidong-ro or Yeoeuidobang-ro and then turn into Noryangjin-ro for the Noryangjin Fish Market. When you see men wearing white aprons and yellow gloves, just follow your nose.

NORYANGJIN FISH MARKET
688, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu
82-(0)2-814-2211

E COMMA E
11, Daesagwan 5-gil, Yongsan-gu
82-(0)70-8627-3873
ecommae.com

MONDAY EDITION
57, Daesagwan 11-gil, Yongsan-gu, floor B1
82-(0)70-4284-5923
monday-edition.com

MO JAIN SONG
257, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu
82-(0)2-797-6231
jainsong.org

SHOP LIKE A LOCAL

  • Take your pick of the coolest homegrown fashion and design brands

Itaewon has long been known as an expat neighborhood, but a few blocks east, the alleyways of adjacent Hannam-dong are full of homegrown fashion brands. Also look for the minimalist womenswear brand E comma E and jewelry shop Monday Edition, whose pieces have been spotted on all manner of Korean celebrities. Next, peruse the cruelty-free designs by Mo Jain Song. Keep in mind that Korean sizes generally top out at US women’s size 8.
North of the Han River and sitting in the shade of the Seoul Tower, the Yongsan district is known for its wide selection of shops and nightlife. You’ll also find it within walking distance of the Conrad Seoul – simply make your way over the Mapo bridge, past Wonhyoro-dong and Yongsan Park.

E COMMA E
11, Daesagwan 5-gil, Yongsan-gu
82-(0)70-8627-3873
ecommae.com

MONDAY EDITION
57, Daesagwan 11-gil, Yongsan-gu, floor B1
82-(0)70-4284-5923
monday-edition.com

MO JAIN SONG
257, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu
82-(0)2-797-6231
jainsong.org

BITTARAE
3, Dorim-ro 128 ga-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)10-6396-1782

ART SPACE SAY
745, Gyeongin-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)70-8637-4377
artspacesay.blog.me

JUNG DABANG
475, Dorim-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)10-5296-5382
jungdabang.com/

GET GRITTY IN THE UNDERGROUND ART SCENE

  • Check out Korean street art
  • Dine in a traditionally tiled ‘hanok’ cafe
  • Order a drink and catch an indie band rocking out an arts and culture space

A few stops away from Yeouido, where the Conrad is located, is Mullae, an industrial neighborhood with a burgeoning arts scene. Try picking up an arts district map at the occasionally attended information booth, or else wander through the neighborhood taking in the colorful street art, with a few of the following stops as your anchors. Make sure to visit photo gallery Bittarae and Art Space Say to take in some non-corporate-sponsored art. Keep in mind that like most arts districts, most shops don’t open till after 11am, so start your trip to Mullae in the afternoon and end it with drinks at bar/café/gallery/performance space Jung Dabang, where, if you’re in luck, you’ll get to see an indie music performance.
It might be the office, commercial and financial district, but Yeongdeungpo-gu certainly has its share of counterculture and art. It’s also within walking distance from the Conrad Seoul; once over the busy Nodeul-ro, head down Gyeongin-ro. You’ll reach Art Space Say first, near the corner of Dorim-ro.

BITTARAE
3, Dorim-ro 128 ga-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)10-6396-1782

ART SPACE SAY
745, Gyeongin-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)70-8637-4377
artspacesay.blog.me

JUNG DABANG
475, Dorim-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)10-5296-5382
jungdabang.com/

BAU HAUS DOG CAFÉ
64, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-334-5152
bau.cyworld.com

THANKS NATURE
10, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-335-7470
facebook.com/TNcafe

ARTBOX – HONGDAE
31, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-332-2253
artbox.co.kr

FOLLOW YOUR ANIMAL INSTINCTS

  • Play and get your furry fix at an animal cafe

Animal-themed cafés have become a sensation in Seoul and just about every neighborhood has at least one cat café, but nearby Hongdae is where young travelers you get their pick of pets: We recommend Bau Haus Dog café and Thanks Nature Sheep Café. You and the kids get to play with a herd of adorable furry friends without the responsibilities of a litter box and vet visits. And did we mention that time spent with animals has been proven to lower stress levels and increase overall happiness? Next head to Artbox, where you can stock up on the cutest stickers, stationery, hair accessories and just about every kind of toy that you can put glitter and a bug-eyed cartoon character on.
Near to the Conrad Seoul, you’ll want to take a cab or walk over the Mapo bridge for these activities. Once in Seogyo-dong, you can make your way between our picks on foot to see everything in one trip. The narrow alleyways can be rather confusing, so bring a map along.

BAU HAUS DOG CAFÉ
64, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-334-5152
bau.cyworld.com

THANKS NATURE
10, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-335-7470
facebook.com/TNcafe

ARTBOX – HONGDAE
31, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu
82-(0)2-332-2253
artbox.co.kr

DRAGON HILL
40, Hangangdae-ro 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu
82-(0) 2-792-0001

JINJU-JIP
33, Gukjegeumyung-ro 6-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-780-6108

SWEAT IT OUT

  • Whether you like it hot, cold or anything inbetween, soak away your worries at a Korean sauna complex
  • Savor a national speciality, thick and creamy soybean noodles

You can’t leave Seoul without spending a few hours at a jjimjilbang, or Korean sauna. The most accessible and English-friendly is the Dragon Hill Spa, a mega-complex that includes not only various kinds of dry saunas (with names like “yellow mud” and “rock salt,” each with their own healing properties) but also snack bars, a nail counter, a video game arcade, an outdoor swimming pool (bring your suit if you want to jump in), and a computer gaming center. The vibe is more amusement park than zen, but it’s still worth the trip. Once you’ve sweated out your impurities in the co-ed clothed area, head to the women’s or the men’s bathing area where it’s suits off—don’t be shy about hopping into the communal tubs. Do as the locals do, and alternate between hot and cold pools (great for your circulation). Want an even more authentic experience: book ddeh-miri, an intense scrub that removes layers of dead skin, leaving you smooth as a baby (warning: they leave almost no inch of skin un-scrubbed). While it’s possible to get food at the jjimjilbang, make your dinner stop a few blocks from the hotel: Jinju Jip, a no-frills basement restaurant serves up heaping bowls of their renowned specialty—kong-guksu, cold soybean noodles. Jinju Jip’s soybean broth is thick and creamy, made of beans boiled and ground on-site, and their noodles are perfectly chewy. Be forewarned, they close at 8pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends, and there’s always a wait for a table at lunch.
Not far from the Conrad Seoul, take a cab or head over the Mapo bridge on foot to reach Yongsan-gu. This translates as Dragon Hill, giving the spa its name. You’ll want to take a cab back to Yeongdeungpo-gu for the Jinju Jip restaurant, or alternatively jump on the 6 then 2 Line train to be there in around 30 minutes.

DRAGON HILL
40, Hangangdae-ro 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu
82-(0) 2-792-0001

JINJU-JIP
33, Gukjegeumyung-ro 6-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-780-6108

YEOUIDO HANGANG PARK
330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
; 82-(0)2-3780-0561~5
hangang.seoul.go.kr/park_yoido

PELICANA FRIED CHICKEN
117, Yeouinaru-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-784-2228
pelicana.co.kr

OBEUNAE BBAJIN DAK
9, Yeouidaebang-ro 67-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-780-5892
oppadak.co.kr

PEDAL ALONG THE HAN

  • Cycle along the Han river
  • Enjoy a picnic in the local style – with crispy Korean chicken

Rent bikes at Yeouido Hangang Park, a hub for fans of cycling in Seoul. These rental bikes are sturdy little commuters that get the job done. From here you can bike for hours in all directions along the Han. After returning your bikes, do as the Koreans do and join the flocks of young people picnicking along the Han. Order chicken from Pelicana Chicken, a chain store very close to Yeouinaru Station (exit 1). The secret to Korean fried chicken’s maddeningly delicious crispiness is double-frying. Don’t forget to get some ice-cold beer from the convenience store located right in the park for the full “chi-mek” (chicken + mekju, or beer) experience. For an excellent sit-down fried chicken experience, walk 15 minutes from the Conrad to Obeunae Bbajin Dak (literally, “chicken from the oven.”).
From Yeouido Hangang Park, take the Hangang River cycling trail west to head along the Olympic-daero on your way to Gangseo-gu. The ever-changing seasonal scenery is one of the Hangang Cycling Trail’s greatest attractions, as stunningly lit bridges, bright car headlights and twinkling street lamps all lend a special romance to your journey.

YEOUIDO HANGANG PARK
330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
; 82-(0)2-3780-0561~5
hangang.seoul.go.kr/park_yoido

PELICANA FRIED CHICKEN
117, Yeouinaru-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-784-2228
pelicana.co.kr

OBEUNAE BBAJIN DAK
9, Yeouidaebang-ro 67-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
82-(0)2-780-5892
oppadak.co.kr

Dongdaemun Flea Market
21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2232-3367
10:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month)

PERUSE A FOLK FLEA MARKET

The Seoul Folk Flea Market is a flagship preserving the culture of the traditional Korean marketplace. Drawing in visitors with a range of folk items that embody the unique charm of Korea, browse between everyday items, souvenirs, traditional goods and foods. After shopping, visitors can enjoy eating at a variety of restaurants – all under one roof. The Seoul Folk Flea Market originated from the original site in Hwanghak-dong where many street shops and vendors used to gather around the Cheonggyecheon Stream before it was restored and modernized to its current form. The market was relocated to the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (Formerly Dongdaemun Stadium) while the Cheonggyecheon Stream was undergoing restorations before moving back to the original stream site. Seoul City plans for the Seoul Folk Flea Market to be a new shopping spot at its current location, the former site of Sungin Women’s Middle School on Cheonggyeo 8-ga Street, to develop the Korean representative folk flea market tourism further.

Dongdaemun Flea Market
21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2232-3367
10:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month)

Kukkiwon
32, Teheran-ro 7-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
+82-2-567-1058
09:00 ~ 17:30 (Office Hour / Lunch Break : 11:30 ~ 13:00)

MASTER THE MARTIAL ART OF TAEKWONDO

Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters, has vitalized Taekwondo into a leading global martial art since its foundation in 1972. Taekwondo is a national sport of South Korea and it is regarded as one of the world’s most popular martial arts. Kukkiwon has held regular Taekwondo demonstration performances at the Kukkiwon stadium in conjunction with Gangnam-gu to draw in the interest of foreign tourists to the real Taekwondo. Visitors can learn about basic Taekwondo techniques such as self-defense and breaking. Performances are held from 5pm to 6pm every weekday without admission fees with the program held three times a day from Tuesday to Sunday.

Kukkiwon
32, Teheran-ro 7-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
+82-2-567-1058
09:00 ~ 17:30 (Office Hour / Lunch Break : 11:30 ~ 13:00)

Hanboknam
117, Bukchon-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-10-6485-8507
09:30 ~ 20:30 Everyday & Rental fee : KRW 10,000 / 1H30M (Except character hanbok)

WEAR A PIECE OF KOREAN HISTORY

These days, one ‘new’ item taking Korea by storm and creating a new culture trend is actually an item that has been around for hundreds of years. It is none other than Korea’s traditional clothing, the Hanbok. Originally worn only on special occasions such as holidays and weddings, many foreign visitors are also interested in wearing a hanbok with a friend for a unique experience. Hanbok rental shops are located near major attractions, such as Insa-dong, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village and surrounding areas. One advantage is that visitors can enjoy taking photos and exploring Korea’s traditional culture with their hanbok and have the most memorable time in South Korea.

Hanboknam
117, Bukchon-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-10-6485-8507
09:30 ~ 20:30 Everyday & Rental fee : KRW 10,000 / 1H30M (Except character hanbok)

Secret Garden
110-360, 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul
+82-2-762-8261
Mar to May & Sep to Nov 09:00 ~ 18:00 / Jun to Aug 09:00 ~ 18:30 / Dec to Feb 09:00 ~ 17:30 (Closed every Monday)
Tour for Secret Garden
English: 11:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:30, 13:30, 16:15
Chinese: 12:30
About 90 min.

Price
Adult – 5,000 KRW
Child – 2,500 KRW

TOUR A FAMOUS PALACE WITHIN A SECRET GARDEN

  • Experience a harmonized Secret Garden with various pavilions, ponds, trees and uniquely shaped stones and rocks

The Huwon (Secret Garden) is a beautiful vista of pavilions on the edge of a square lily pond, with other halls and a two-story library. Huwon (Secret Garden) is a rear garden at the palace that flows naturally with nature and was used as a place of leisure by members of the royal family. The script which greets visitors, written by King Jeongjo, means ‘Gather the Universe’. Joseon Kings relaxed, studied and wrote poems in this tranquil setting. Join in a guided tour to look around this World Heritage–listed garden by UNESCO which makes ‘Chang deok’ Palace the most beautiful of Seoul’s five main palaces. English tours run at 10.30am and 2.30pm or Korean tours run on the hour. To see the palace’s lovely Huwon sections, join tours that run at 11.30am and 1.30pm, with an extra 3.30pm tour taking place between March and October. Book online or come early as the Huwon tours are restricted to 50 people at a time.
After the tour, take a trip to nearby Insa-dong for a traditional Korean tea house experience at Chat Jip. This tea house is highly recommended, not only to enjoy customary Korean tea and snacks, but also for the beautiful Korean traditional interior.

Secret Garden
110-360, 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul
+82-2-762-8261
Mar to May & Sep to Nov 09:00 ~ 18:00 / Jun to Aug 09:00 ~ 18:30 / Dec to Feb 09:00 ~ 17:30 (Closed every Monday)
Tour for Secret Garden
English: 11:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:30, 13:30, 16:15
Chinese: 12:30
About 90 min.

Price
Adult – 5,000 KRW
Child – 2,500 KRW


Seoul Kimchi Academy House
47, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-318-7051
10:00 – 19:00 opens everyday except Chuseok & Seolnal, 5 classes per day / Kimchi Class: 35,000 KW
kimchischool.net

CREATE YOUR OWN KIMCHI

Kimchi, the heart of traditional Korean food is gaining popularity among people around the world. At the Kimchi Academy House, customers can learn Korean history and culture through Kimchi.
Take part in a kimchi-making class guided by a professional Kimchi instructor. Participants can taste the kimchi they make, have it packed up, and take it home with them. They can enjoy some time spent with family or make new friends as they make some kimchi.

Seoul Kimchi Academy House
47, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-318-7051
10:00 – 19:00 opens everyday except Chuseok & Seolnal, 5 classes per day / Kimchi Class: 35,000 KW
kimchischool.net

War Memorial Museum
140-021 Yongsan dong 1ga, Yongsangu, Seoul
+82-2-709-3114
09:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed every Monday / If Monday is in long holiday, next day from long holiday closed.) & Free of charge (Except special exhibition)

VISIT A WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM

  • See the displays of various records and information about the wars which occurred in Korea
  • Remember and pay respects to the souls of the fallen heroes who died to protect their homeland.

A historical place for both Koreans and Americans, learn about the Korean War from six separate indoor halls. Visit the Expeditionary Forces Room, Patriotic Memorial Room, War History Room, 6·25 Korean War Room, Development Hall and Large Machinery Room for a historical review of Korea’s past. Head to the Outdoor Exhibition Hall which showcases large-sized weapons after the museum.

War Memorial Museum
140-021 Yongsan dong 1ga, Yongsangu, Seoul
+82-2-709-3114
09:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed every Monday / If Monday is in long holiday, next day from long holiday closed.) & Free of charge (Except special exhibition)