No need to worry about rain! 7 recommended indoor sightseeing spots in Seoul


Everyone loves Seoul, the capital of South Korea, but recently there have been periods of heavy rainfall, so you may encounter heavy rain during your trip. Don't worry if that happens! This time, we will introduce indoor spots where you can enjoy Seoul even on rainy days. From museums to shopping malls, aquariums to theme parks, these are spots that you can enjoy regardless of the weather. We hope that this information will be useful for preparing for your trip by considering various scenarios before you travel.

Oh! If the weather is nice, please check out the blog below.


Seoul Botanical Garden

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1. Seoul Botanic Garden: A place where nature and art coexist

Seoul Botanic Garden is one of the largest greenhouse botanical gardens in Korea, with an area equivalent to 70 soccer fields. It is directly connected to Magoknaru Station on the Seoul Railroad, and can be reached from Gimpo Airport or Incheon Airport. The garden displays plants from all over the world, from tropical to cool temperate zones, and is home to approximately 3,100 species of plants. The building has a stylish design, and the open space makes it a wonderful place. In particular, on rainy days, the garden becomes a beautiful greenhouse with the sounds of waterfalls and streams echoing throughout the garden, making it the best relaxation spot in Seoul. Enjoy nature in the city, even on rainy days, at Seoul Botanic Garden.

Address: Seoul Botanical Garden - Google Maps



Mecenatpolis Mall

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2. Mecenatpolis Mall : Shopping and Foodie Paradise

The complex "Mecenatpolis Mall" is next to Hongik University Station on Subway Line 2 and directly connected to Hapjeong Station on Subway Lines 2 and 6. This modern shopping mall was designed by John Jardi, who also designed Roppongi Hills. It has about 100 stores selling fashion, cosmetics, food, and more, and also has a movie theater. There is also a beautiful garden on the rooftop of the mall, where you can enjoy the tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After enjoying shopping indoors, you can take a break in the rooftop garden after the rain and enjoy the beautiful view of Seoul. There are many entertainment agencies nearby, such as " YG Entertainment" and "Star Empire," which are home to famous idol groups, so Korean wave fans can experience that atmosphere.

Address: Mecenatpolis Mall - Google Maps



Lotte World Tower

3. Lotte World Tower: Spectacular views from a height of 555m

Lotte World Tower is a Seoul landmark and the tallest building in South Korea, boasting 123 floors, making it a great place to visit on a rainy day. From Seoul Sky, an observation deck at the top of the tower, you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city of Seoul. On the lower floors, you'll find the large complex Lotte World Mall, which offers around 1,000 stores, including gourmet restaurants and shops, Lotte World Aquarium, and a cinema complex. Enjoy the rain in Seoul along with the beautiful scenery!

Address: Lotte World Tower - Google Maps



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4. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP): A Mecca for Fashion and Art

When talking about recommended spots in Seoul on a rainy day, DDP is a must-see. Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, DDP is a building with a distinctive futuristic exterior, and is a place where the forefront of fashion, art, and design intersect. Inside, there are various exhibition spaces and cafes where you can relax while looking at the latest art and design. It is characterized by a place to disseminate information and trends, and a large design art shop. There is also a designer gallery shop with a library of design books and art and craft products for sale. Come and find new inspiration at DDP !

Address: DDP - Google Maps




5. COEX Aquarium : A Journey into the Underwater World

COEX Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Korea, displaying over 40,000 marine creatures. Its 14 themed exhibition areas are home to a wide variety of marine life, from colorful tropical fish to giant sharks. Of particular note is the tunnel-shaped aquarium, which makes you feel as if you are walking on the ocean floor. There are also shows and feeding experiences, giving you the opportunity to interact with marine life using not only your eyes but also all five senses. COEX is also Korea's largest underground shopping mall, housing over 400 stores, restaurants, cinemas, libraries and other facilities all in one place.

Address: COEX Aquarium - Google Maps



Trick Eye Museum

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6. Seoul Trickeye Museum: Great for photos!

Seoul Trickeye Museum is an interactive museum that displays three-dimensional illustrations and sculptures that cleverly deceive the senses. Visitors can become part of famous works such as "Boy with a Pipe" and "Mona Lisa" and take photos as if they are actually taking part in the scene. Take lots of photos and upload them to social media! Don't forget to use the hashtag " #VOYAGEESIM " when you do so!

Address: Seoul Trickeye Museum - Google Maps



Lotte World

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7. Lotte World: Indoor Theme Park

When you think of theme parks, do you think of outdoor activities? Lotte World has an indoor theme park. There is an underground passageway directly from Jamsil Station to Lotte World, so you can enter the indoor theme park without going outside. It is the world's largest indoor theme park, and it has a variety of attractions, shows, games, and even shopping and dining facilities. Of course, there are roller coasters too! When it's raining and you're feeling gloomy, riding a roller coaster might be a good way to change your mood.

Address: Lotte World - Google Maps



Seoul has many diverse entertainment facilities that are not affected by the weather. Use this blog as a reference to plan your rainy day preparations and increase your fun. There are many indoor tourist attractions such as museums, shopping malls, and indoor theme parks! Seoul is full of wonderful spots that we cannot introduce yet. Even on a rainy day, your trip to Seoul will be a wonderful memory.