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10 Things to Do in Seoul on a Rainy Day


Are you ready for Korea’s Monsoon season in July and August? While the summer weather in Korea can be anything in between gorgeous to terribly humid – you might be surprised that summer is also “monsoon” season, where heavy unpredictable rain often surprises locals and tourists alike. But if you happen to be in Korea during monsoon time, don’t worry! No need to stay in your hotel all day. This article will perfectly prepare your for your visit in Korea during monsoon season. There are countless great indoor activities and you can easily get around by subway, which is safe from rain 😉 Let’s get started with the 10 Best activities to do in Seoul on a rainy day!


1. Visit the COEX Aquarium

The COEX Aquarium consists of 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with over 3,500 tons of water volume. 40.000 animals from 650 different species live here. There are 16 different theme zones and 20 rest areas. Interestingly, the COEX Aquarium has the highest number of sharks and the most variety of species compared to all other Aquariums in Korea. It is located in the heart of Gangnam and a great place for families and dates on a rainy day.


Individuals: Adults 25,000 won / Teenagers 22,000 won / Children 19,000 won / Seniors 18,500 won


Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 & 6 in the COEX Mall

COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움)
Seoul on a Rainy Day: COEX Aquarium makes a great trip for a rainy day


2. Watch a 4D movie

4D is the latest craze in the movie industry and in fact, Korea has already established a big amount of 4D cinemas. Moving seats, wind, rain, fog, lights, and scents and other special effects will make you feel like taking part in the movie! And as everyone knows, movie dates are the best on rainy days. So get your family, friends or significant other and have an exciting time watching a 4D movie.

Click here for a list of the locations of all 4D cinemas in Korea.

Wind effects
Credit: CGV Cinema


3. See the legendary Nanta Cooking Show

NANTA is the first non-verbal performance produced in Korea that comically depicts happenings in kitchen by integrating Korea’s traditional rhythm, ‘Samulnori’. NANTA has been running since October 1997 and is the most popular show ever in Korea. It has also achieved outstanding international success as it has performed on Broadway and toured widely around the US and the rest of the world. It receives rave reviews wherever it performs, so take the chance and watch Nanta in its home country!

Cookin' Nanta Musical
Seoul on a Rainy Day: The perfect time to watch the legendary Nanta Show!


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Click here for the different Nanta locations throughout Seoul


4. Take funny photos at the Trick Eye Museum

Full of fun exhibits, the Trick Eye Museum is at the entrance of the artistic Hongdae neighborhood. The Trick Eye Museum is an artistic game of sorts which uses distorted perspectives and scientific calculations to transform well-known paintings in optically amusing ones. You can take hilarious pictures with your friends and family, which certainly makes a great memory from your trip!

Seoul on a Rainy Day
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Take funny pictures with your friends and family!



Adults 15,000 won

Children & Youth with Student ID card (age 18 and under) 12,000 won


Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9.
Go straight 150m, cross the road, and turn left. Go straight 120m, and turn right in the second side street. Continue going 100m to arrive at Trickeye Museum on the right


5. Shopping

A rainy day in Seoul is the perfect time to stock up on Korean cosmetics, souvenirs for your family or buy that cute outfit that you have wanted all along. Seoul bursts with great shopping malls such as the luxurious and beautifully decorated Lotte World Mall in Jamsil in the 554m high Lotte World Tower or the huge COEX underground shopping center in Gangnam, which includes all famous Korean and international clothes brands. If you really want to get a bang for your bucks, you can visit Seoul’s underground shopping centers such as the Goto Mall, where over 600 stores offer clothes, accessorizes, flowers and more at phenomenal prices. You can get everything in those malls and easily spend a whole rainy day walking through countless shops.


Lotte World Mall

shopping mall
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Luxury Brands in a beautiful mall right next to Korea’s highest building


Subway – Line 2 Jamsil Station



COEX Mall (코엑스몰)
Seoul on a Rainy Day: COEX Mall is perfect for the fashionable youth



Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 or 6.
Cheongdam station (Seoul Subway Line7), Exit 2.


Goto Mall

Photo: Scenes around Goto Mall
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Shop till you drop in the affordable Goto Mall



Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8-1.

6. Jjimjilbang

Jjimjilbang is deeply integrated in Korean culture. Locals enjoy going to the hot saunas, taking rejuvenating baths and getting body scrubs and massages. Many Korean women swear that regular visits at the Jjimjilbang are a secret to their beauty. It is a very unique part of Korean culture that you should experience when in Korea. Check out our Jjimjilbang guide here!

Seoul on a Rainy Day
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Relax in Korea’s Jjimjilbangs

7. Discover Korea’s Bang culture

In Korea, everything is about Bangs, which can be translated to “rooms”. If you spontaneously want to have a crazy dancing and singing party with your friends, you can rent a Noraebang (Karaoke room) for a few dollars and be the star of your own concert. Or if you need a break and just want to enjoy some computer games like Overwatch, Starcraft and League of Legends, just enter a pc bang, which are open 24 hours and play on super fast computers with the professionals! It only costs about 1-2 USD per hour. You can also get your own private little cinema in a “DVD bang”. Or a “Multi Bang”, where you can play Wii/Playstation games, watch movies/TV, sing and much more. They often give away free drinks, cookies and ice cream! A great place to spend a few hours when you get surprised by heavy rain.

Seoul on a Rainy Day
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Spend time in Korea’s bangs!

8. Get creative

A rainy day is perfect to discover new talents and spend some time being creative. In Seoul, you can visit a ring making café with your loved one and craft your own rings! Just like your favorite Stars in We Got Married. You can also create your own perfume! Or visit a cake shop and decorate your own cake. If you are interested in traditional Korean handcrafts, you can create beautiful Hanji crafts and Folk paintings for free or at a very low charge in the Seoul Global Cultural Center. You see, there are plenty of opportunities for a rainy day.

Click here for more information on Ring/Perfume/Cake making



9. Be fascinated by the Teamlab World

Teamlab World is an art amusement park which was just recently opened. It is a futuristic amusement park based on interactional technology which is fun for adults and children alike. The artists, mostly engineers, animators, programmers, have created stunning exhibits which combine technology, art, and science. This place is definitely worth checking out on a rainy day!

Credits: Teamlab World


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Child (2 – to 12 years old) KRW 24,000, Adult (13 to 64) KRW 20,000


Jamsil Station (Line 2 or Line 8, Exit 4)


10. Visit a themed Cafe

We all have heard of cat or dog cafes spreading around Asia and the same goes for South Korea. However, Seoul takes theme-cafes to a whole different level. “Normal” coffee shops in Seoul already burst with beautiful and stylish interior. But some have adapted truly unique concepts which will turn your cappuccino into a great experience. Just to give you a taste: How about petting sheep or raccoons, build lego or do origami, trying on princess dresses or Hanboks all while sipping your Green Tea Latte? There are also cafes dedicated to Charlie Brown, Hello Kitty, Sherlock, Horror movie dolls, the famous Kakaotalk/Line Friends and much more!

seoul cafe
Seoul on a Rainy Day: Visit unique cafes




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