In Korea, the ‘couple trend’ is very popular. It’s easy to find couple clothes, couple shoes, couple accessories, etc. This even extends into certain ‘couple’ destinations around Korea, and places set up and designed specifically to give a great experience and atmosphere for couples. However, this can sometimes feel a bit unnatural, fake and sometimes forced. So, in our list of romantic spots to visit around Korea, we aim to focus on spots of great natural beauty, or places that offer a great atmosphere for you to visit with your partner or your friends. So, if visiting Korea this year, why not check out the places we’ve listed below. They’ll give you a great taste of the landscapes Korea has to offer, from urban jungle to natural wilderness, and you can create some precious memories with a loved one.
Haneul Park (하늘공원)
Location: (Eng) 243-60, World cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 마포구 월드컵로 243-60
Haneul Park is the most famous of parks, a group of them, in fact, which collectively form World Cup Park. It was originally built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup which was held in Japan and Korea in 2002. The site was originally used for landfill, making it an amazing example of urban regeneration, as there is now a thriving ecosystem with many plants and green spaces. All of the world cup parks overlook the Hangang River, making them a perfect place for a romantic stroll with a loved one.
Every October the annual Silver Grass Festival is held at Haneul Park where many Koreans and tourists flock to in order to see the shimmering grass and the colours when it’s in full bloom. It’s a unique environment and a great time to take photos if you’re visiting Korea in October. On a normal day, however, we recommend visiting these parks at sunset as you’ll get a beautiful view across into southern Seoul. This provides the best opportunity to take photos of some precious memories of your trip to South Korea.
N Seoul Tower (남산타워)
Location: (Eng) 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Namsan tower was originally erected as a broadcasting tower for radio and TV. However, these days its function is as a park and viewing tower, and is one of Seoul’s number one tourist attractions. Although busy, it is still a great place to visit, and offers the best view of Seoul.
On a clear day, you can see the entire city. There is a tradition at Namsan tower where if you visit with your partner and attach a padlock to the gates there, your love will last forever. Due to this tradition, it’s become an essential stop for couples in Seoul.
From anywhere in central Seoul you can also easily reach Namsan Tower. The tower is located on top of a large mountain and you can take a bus to reach the top. The number 5 bus runs directly from Seoul Station to the entrance of Seoul Tower. If you are feeling even more adventurous, there is also a cable car that will take you to the top. Taking the cable car, you can take in the amazing views for even longer.
Han River (한강)
Yeouido Location: (Eng) 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 영등포구 여의동로 330
Ttukseom Location: (Eng) 139, Gangbyeonbuk-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 광진구 강변북로 139
Banpo Location: (Eng) 40 Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 서초구 반포2동 신반포로11길 40
The Han River has many parks along it including Banpo Han River Park (반포 한강 공원), Ttukseom Han River Park (뚝섬 한강 공원) and Yeouido Han River Park (여의도 한강 공원). From within all of the parks there are great views to be found across the Han River, and many Koreans gather there in the spring and autumn months to have picnics. You can also order fried chicken and pizza delivery to the park, so many people gather with their friends and partners to eat chicken and beer by the river.
During the day, you can hire bikes and ride them along the river for some exercise and a great view. During April to October, there is a fountain light show from the Banpodaegyo Bridge every evening after sunset. So the Banpo Han River Park (반포 한강 공원) gets busy after sunset, but the fountain show creates a romantic view across the river which is definitely worth a visit.
Olympic Park (올림픽공원)
Location: (Eng) 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424 (방이동)
Olympic park is a large leisure complex in the south-east of Seoul. It was originally built as a site for the 1988 Olympics hosted by South Korea. The largest sports arena in Korea still remains at the site, as well as various sports facilities such as a swimming pool, velodrome, inline skating arena and more. Aside from the sports centre there is a large park forming most of the 1.45 million square meters that make up Olympic Park.
You can easily spend hours walking around the various sections, taking in the great views across Seoul. We especially recommend visiting as the sun is setting, you will get a fantastic skyline to take pictures with your loved ones.
The site is also home to the Seoul Olympics Museum of Art (SOMA), which holds various exhibitions throughout the year. Most recently, an exhibition showcasing the original drawings from Winnie The Pooh was held at SOMA. If you or your partner are art lovers, it’s definitely worth a visit to the museum.
Nami Island (남이섬)
Location: (Eng) 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (Kor) 강원도 춘천시 남산면 남이섬길 1
Nami Island is a half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, to the far east of Korea. The island was originally formed due to the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. The land around the island was essentially flooded by the excess water from the dam, forming an island in the middle. The island is named after General Nami, a great navy general from the Joseon Dynasty. His body is supposedly buried on the island.
The island today is well known for its long paths lined with trees, and is a popular place for couples to visit as it is removed from the chaotic city life of Seoul. The island has many small shops and cafes, along with folk and history exhibitions. Aside from this there are many unique photo spots and great views from the island. The ferry to the island runs every 30 mins until closing time at 10pm. To reach Nami Island from Seoul, you will need to take the ITX train to Gapyeong Station (가평역). From Gapyeong Station there is a shuttle directly to the Nami Island ferry port.
Jumunjin Beach (주문진해변)
Location: (Eng) 210, Jumunbuk-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kor) 강원도 강릉시 주문진읍 주문북로 210 (주문진읍)
Jumunjin is a remote beach located in Gangwon-do along Korea’s east coast. The beach’s shallow and crystal clear water make it a prime location for couple holidays and day trips. There are nearby fish markets where you can purchase locally sourced seafood for a tasty meal.
BTS filmed their Spring Day music video on the beach, and it was also the site for their YNWA concept photos. It was also a filming location for tvN’s Goblin (도깨비) in 2017. To reach the beach from Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal (강릉시외버스터미널), take bus 302 or 315 to Jumunjin Beach (주문진해변).
Anmok Beach (안목해변)
Location: (Eng) Changhae-ro 14beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kor) 강원도 강릉시 창해로14번길 (견소동)
Anmok Beach is another beach along the east coast of Korea. Like Jumunjim Beach, it is popular with young couples and families on day trips due to its stunning landscape and clear waters. Anmok is a great place to visit and relax as it has an entire street lining the beach known as Anmok Cafe Street. Here you can find many different cafes with different atmospheres — all of which overlook the beach. Be sure to take your partner for a romantic stroll along the beach, and at the end of your day, you can relax in one of the many cafes with a warm coffee and enjoy the sunset with one another in peace.
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