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clubNightclubs & Discotheques

Nightclubs are located in hotels and are quite expensive. Discotheques, however, are less expensive especially in the Yongdong and It'aewon areas. The discotheques in It'aewon cater to a large foreign clientele. Visitors can dance, as well as watch colorful floor shows and cabaret acts in these discotheques.




Korea has several licensed casinos that are equipped with roulette, blackjack, poker, and other games. These casinos are open exclusively to foreigners. Most hotels also have a game room, devoted primarily to slot machines.




Everland is a huge amusement park consisting of a zoo, snow sled, botanical garden, Glen Ross Golf Club, Automobile Museum, Sportspark, and Hoam Art Gallery.

Besides that, the park features three themes. They are Festival World, Caribbean Bay and Speedway. Festival World comprises Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure and Equatorial Adventure. For Caribbean Bay, it is the first water park in Korea. Its main highlight is the wave pool and is very crowded with people during the summer. Speedway is also very special. Car racers can practice here while learning about automobile culture. The entire course measures 2.225 km in length and the road is covered with asphalt that can accommodate up to 35,000 spectators. Everland also features the Glen Ross Golf Club, Automobile Museum, Sportspark, and Hoam Art Gallery.

The park opens from 9:30a.m.to 10.00p.m. on weekdays, from 9:30a.m. to 11.00p.m. on Saturdays and from 8:30a.m.to 10.00p.m. on holidays.

Lotte World

lotteLotte World is a theme park packed with interesting rides, an ice-skating rink, parades, a folk museum, a lake, and much more. About 6,000,000 tourists come here every year and it is open all year round, regardless of what weather is it.

Lotte World has two themes. Inside the building is the ‘Adventure’ theme while outside is the ‘Magic Island’ theme next to Seokchonhosu Lake. The ‘Adventure’ theme has certain areas representing different countries together with many facilities and souvenir shops. You can watch parades, films, laser shows and even savor international cuisine. The Magic Island theme consists of the amazing Magic Castle as well as high-altitude rides. There is also a peaceful trail around the lake for walking.

Tourists usually frequent Lotte World for the amusement rides. The most famous are the Gyro Drop and Gyro Swing – which have a steep drop of 70 meters. It is advised to take off your shoes before getting on. Besides that, there is The Flume Ride, which is a long boat with a high-altitude wave. There is also the Spanish Pirate Ship, which swings at 75 degrees. Other than amusement rides, Lotte World’s parades and laser shows are also spectacular. The World Carnival Parade sees 200 performers sing and dance to music. It takes place at 2.00 pm and 7:30 pm. The laser show is held at night at 9:30 pm.

The ice skating ring is not to be forgotten. Situated indoors on B3 floor, it is opened from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm everyday of the year. It has numerous facilities such as a restaurant, a ticket booth, a sports shop, a skate rental service and a changing room.

Other than that, The Folk Museum is very well known among foreign tourists. Folk cultural items that go back 5,000 years in Korean history are on display here. Besides that, there are miniature villages and a playground. The museum layout was arranged in such a way to attract tourists’ attention.

barsKorean-style Bars

Korean-style bars (minsokchujom) are the working people's drinking places after a hard day's work. Visitors can enjoy native Korean drinks such as makkolli and soju. Bars are often crowded and noisy but they are a fun place to experience the local Korean touch.




coffeeCoffee Shops

Coffee shops, also known as tabang, play an important role in the Korean social life. Customers are also allowed to sit and talk over their drinks for as long as they want.




loungeHotel Lounges & Cocktail Bars

Hotel lounges and cocktail bars offer a secluded atmosphere. For those who prefer a quiet night out, these are the best places to patronize. English is usually spoken as they are affiliated with different hotels.



beerhallBeer Halls

Decorated in European styles, beer halls have sprung up very quickly in the last few years. Customers are expected to buy a dish of snacks with their beer. Prices are, however, lower than in nightclubs.






cinemaMovie Theaters

Korea's movie industry has grown rapidly. A few local productions have even achieved international acclaim. Foreign films, mainly from the United States, are equally as popular in Korea. These films are subtitled in Korean, thus making it easier for visitors to enjoy an evening at the movies. Films usually run continuously from 11a.m. daily.

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