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More Sparkling Than the Day: Touring the Nightscapes of Seoul
Date 07-03-2020 15:44
More Sparkling Than the Day:
Touring the Nightscapes of Seoul

Nighttime can be a better time for tourism than the day in certain destinations. As darkness descends upon Seoul, the bright neon signs and lighting apparatuses of the city light up with greater brightness than the stars. Here are three best, fail-proof nightscape spots in the heart of Seoul.

A Milky Way in the City: Seoullo 7017

The overpass crisscrossing the 15-lane urban road in front of Culture Station Seoul 284 has been named Seoullo 7017. Instead of demolishing the old overpass, the Seoul city government transformed it into an urban hanging garden, providing a refreshing greenery anyone can walk through. The entire park extends for a relatively short distance of 1,024 m, but it offers a welcome green oasis in the middle of the city, featuring over 24,000 plants of 228 species. Seoullo 7017 has its charms during the day, but it becomes a romantic spot at night, with over 550 plant pots and LED street lights lit up after the dark. It instantly turns into a blue Milky Way in the middle of a bustling city. The spot offering the best view of the nightscape is somewhere in the middle of the overpass, from which you can see both Sungnyemun Gate and Culture Station Seoul 284. You can also enjoy the LED light show projected onto the wall of Seoul Square opposite to the overpass. After enjoying your walk along the park, head over to Namdaemun Market nearby, and enjoy a wide variety of night snacks on offer, including stewed beltfish and pig’s trotter.

Address: 432, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Website: seoullo7017.co.kr

Nightscape of Seoul Seen from Up High: Seoul Sky

Seoul Sky bustles with visitors day and night. Occupying the 117th through 123rd floors of the highest building in the city, Seoul Sky has rewritten the history of observatories in Seoul by providing the highest and most uninterrupted vantage point onto the cityscape. You need to buy your ticket in the basement of the building to ride the elevator that will take you to the observatory. The Sky Deck on the 118th floor is on the Guinness World Book of Records for being the tallest glass-floor observatory in the world, at 478 m aboveground. It attracts large crowds all year round looking to get the most thrilling selfies. The Sky Terrace on the 120th floor offers an outdoor terrace, from which you can enjoy the most romantic view of the Hangang River at night. 123 Lounge on the 123rd floor is a café by day and an ambient bar by night. Take a seat along the lounge table, and you will feel as if you were floating in the air overlooking the entire city from such a high point. You can have a good time at Seoul Sky even on rainy days. The Sky Theater on the 118th floor provides cinematic representations of the eye-catching cityscape that is normally seen outside the observatory in fair weather. There’s more to see and enjoy at Seoul Sky, so you need to give yourself enough time to enjoy them.

Address: Lotte World Tower, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Website: seoulsky.lotteworld.com

The Ultimate Dating Spot: Banpo Hangang Park

Paris has the Seines, and London, the Thames. Seoul, then, has the Hangang. Like other renowned rivers around the world, the Hangang River becomes particularly romantic at night. The best place to enjoy this romantic nightscape of the river is the Banpo Hangang Park. The “some sevit” (meaning sevit island)—“some gavit,” “some chaevit,” and “some solvit”—floating in front of the park gain vivid colors with elaborating lighting in the evening. They look almost like lotus blossoms brightening the river and the surroundings. These islands are connected to the park on the mainland by pedestrian trails. The Rooftop Café on “some solvit” is by far the most popular destination in the area. Open until 22:00, it is a great spot where you can take in the view of nighttime Hangang in quiet. The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the longest bridge-side fountain in the world, also provides a fantastical show every night, with the 570 m of the Banpodaegyo Bridge lit up in rainbow colors and moving streams of water. (*Because of COVID-19, the fountain show will not resume until July 4, 2020.)

Address: 40, Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul