1. GOOD OL’ COFFEE SHOP – Since coffee shops are a common dating spots around the world, I won’t be elaborating on this. Dating in Korea is no different. There are tons of coffee shops in Korea, especially Seoul, are open 24 hours a day. Hope your date enjoys his/her coffee.
2. HAN RIVER PARK – If you live in Korea, especially in Seoul, chances are you have heard of the Han river. It is one of the most famous places for couples to go on dates. Apart from the river, which itself is an awesome view, Han river offers bicycle rental if you don’t own your own, even bicycles for couples, playground, play fields, like soccer/football and basketball and so much more.
3. KARAOKE – There are Karaokes on almost every street in Korea. Literally! So finding one won’t be a problem. The price ranges from 10,000 won ~ 30,000 won depending on the type of Karaoke and its location. Instead of awkward silences, sing to your date. Pick romantic songs.
4. TAKE A DRIVE – If you own a car and are not really in the mood for going out, and would prefer something more quiet and intimate, taking your date for a drive just might be what you want. Even if you don’t own a car, with a valid driver’s license, there are many English speaking car rental services in Korea. Some of the most famous ones are AJ Rent-a-Car, Lotte Rent-a-Car and SIXT Rent-a-Car. Careful though, you don’t want to go driving with your date on a busy day. Staying in traffic for long periods of time isn’t exactly the way you want to spend time with your date.
5. HOME – MOVIES, CHICKEN, BEER, PIZZA – Unsurprisingly, having dates at home is getting more popular. You have probably heard of Netflix n’ chill. If you have a NetFlix account – even if you don’t get one. It offers 30 days free trial – and your date will be fine with the idea of coming to your place, chilling at home is actually a good spot for a date. Order chicken and beer, or pizza, or whatever kind of food and drink, pick a romantic movie, preferably a romantic comedy, and just chill with your date while you enjoy the movie.
6. RESTAURANT – Just like the coffee shop, going to a restaurant for a first date has become a cliche. If picking this option is what you’re going with, be sure to do some pre-arrangements like deciding what kind of restaurant you want to go to, and if it’s a fancy restaurant, making reservations.
7. WORLD CUP STADIUM – If you and/or your date are sports fans, world cup stadium is an amazing place for a date. Reserve ticket reservations to avoid any hiccups there. There are lots of snacks and drinks in the stadium you and your date can enjoy while watching a live match. After the match, there is a big park you can continue your date, a movie theatre and more. Location – by subway – World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1 or 2. By bus – World Cup Stadium Stop. Blue bus -271, 571, Green bus – 6715, 7714, 7715 , Red – 9711.
8. INSADONG – If you’d like to experience Korea, its beautiful culture and some of its finest art, Insadong is the best place for you. It’s located in the centre of Seoul and almost always packed with foreigners, as it’s not only a good place for a date, it’s also a wonderful tourist attraction. You will have no shortage of things to do there or places to eat.
Location – By Subway – Anguk Station line 3, Exit 6. Walk for about 100m straight, then turn left. Or Jonggak Station – line 1, Exit 3. Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection. Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road.
By cab from anywhere – 62, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul -서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 62 (관훈동) 일대
9. GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE – Speaking of a place with rich history and culture, Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably (together with Namsan) the most well-known places in Korea, both to foreigners and Koreans alike. It dates back to the 1300s and was once destroyed by fire during 1500s, but has since been rebuilt. This palace is one of the biggest representation of Korea’s history and just like Insadong, around the palace are lots of places to shop, eat or simply just chill and take a walk. Gyeongbokgung Palace comes highly recommended regardless if your date is Korean or a foreigner.
Entrance fees – for a Korea adult ages 25-64 – 3,000 won, and for a group, 10 or more people – 2,400 won.
For a foreigner, adult ages 19 ~ 64- 3,000 won, and for a group of 10 or more people – 2,400 won
For children – ages 7-18 – 1,500 won, and for a group of 10 or more adorable kids – 1,200 won
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