The initial day of autumn is over and even the end of September is coming, but it’s still so hot. We often can’t sleep without an air conditioner and fan. If you are still having a hard time doing things in your room due to the hot and humid weather every night, why don’t you go out to enjoy all night long? In the dead of night, let me introduce five recommendations for night date places that shine even brighter.
Movable Café Aboard the Ship Over the Han River
Banpo Han River Park ‘Tubester’
Isn’t it the Han River Park Seoul citizens who can’t sleep due to the tropical night weather love the most, is it? The quite hot weather does not matter due to the cool breeze from the river and picturesque night view. However, several Han River parks, especially Banpo Han River Park, fully serves its role as a summer resort for Seoul citizens. This is because of a rainbow fountain sending up a jet of water, Sebit Island with five-colored lightings, and today’s main thing, ‘Tubester,’ floating on the Han River.
Tubester is a round water leisure boat. Anyone over 19-year-old can drive it after training because it is very simple and easy to operate it. Definitely, there is a need of food in the Han River. Tubester has a large table around a parasol in the middle. Thus, you can see the view of the river while eating a lunch box or small snack. During the baseball season, a large screen relays baseball games. How about taking a seat on the Tubester, watching a baseball game, eating chicken with beer, and realizing your romantic idea on the Han River?
Please rent an ice box additionally if you would like to drink ice-like cool beer. You can enjoy very cold beer on the Tubester as if you bought it a minute ago. In addition, it is possible to rent a Bluetooth speaker. The hot weather might be not harsh with a night view, beer, and music.
Address: 683, Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Hours: Weekdays 16:00~24:00 (Summer in Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep), Weekends 14:00~24:00 (Summer in Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep)
Weekdays 15:00~23:00 (Autumn in Apr, May, Oct, Nov), Weekends 13:00~23:00 (Autumn in Apr, May, Oct, Nov)
Price: Boat(30min) 30,000원, Boat (a hour) 50,000원
World Heritage with Seoul Night View
Gyeonggi, Gwangju ‘Namhansanseong’
Why don’t you see a night view of Seoul and beat the tropical weather in the most luxurious city in Korea designated as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2014? Commonly, you might think that the point of the night view in Seoul is Seoul Tower in Namsan or Lotte Tower in Jamsil. Definitely, the night view from these towers is so beautiful, but it is something lacking because you can’t see the towers being much nicer at night. In order to put up with this, please visit to ‘Namhansanseong’ located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. Can see a wonderful night view of Seoul including two towers.
Back streets of Gukcheongsa Temple located in West Gate of Namhansanseong shows off the very brilliant night view. It is not easy to get there because streets are very narrow and bumpy, but they keep the night view as much as possible. However, even though it is still hot and humid, it is quite cool there at midnight. Thus, bringing an outer or cardigan is highly recommended. Furthermore, Namhansanseong is designated as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO, is a place with a historically high value. Before the sun totally sets, it would be good to look around our heritage and have a historical tour.
The closest parking lot to the night view spot is ‘Gukcheongsa Temple Parking Lot’ nearby West Gate. However, please do not interrupt other visitors because Gukcheongsa is a temple. Please note that do not make a loud noise or pop the camera flash. Also, it is highly recommended for people who are not familiar to drive a car to park it in a parking lot of Namhansanseong at ease and walk up the street because the streets are very narrow and bumpy.
Address: Sanseong-ri, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
Shopping and Night View at a time
Dongdaemun ‘Shopping Mall & Dongdaemun Design Plaza’
As a hot place at the tropical night, Dongdaemun is an indispensable night date place. Thus, it is crowded with tourists and sellers at night because you can continuously enjoy shopping, food, exhibitions, and night view. In particular, the Dongdaemun station of the subway line No.1, is connected to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station of the subway line No.2, 4, and 5, and it is easy for people who walk with no car to move here and there.
You need to go shopping in Dongdaemun. There are a lot of shopping places such as Migliore that is the spirit of Dongdaemun, Doosan Tower that sells high-quality clothes, and APM with unique individuality. It is possible to go shopping depending on tastes. However, the longer the night grows, the more it is crowded with people, and hence, it is highly recommended to quietly visit there from 20:30 to 23:00. After shopping, go to ‘Dongdaemun Design Plaza,’ and see the night view. A building that look like a spacecraft and 25,000 LED rose lighting will give you another kind of beauty.
If you like DIY accessories such as bracelets and accessories making, please visit to ‘Dongdaemun Shopping Center.’ It is possible to buy various accessories such as patches, beads, lace, and glitter at an affordable price. Also, this place will be crowded with people as the night grows long, so please visit there during a quiet time slot.
Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Place Where the Passion of the Youth is Alive
Yongsan ‘Passion Island’
There is one place that is unable to avoid the tropical night in Yongsan earning fame for an alley of printing offices. This is the ‘Passion Island’ that remains the passion of the youth intact. This island, which created in the alley in Yongsan in 2014, was built by young people who dreamed of foundation, and now, it is full of 40 eye-catching stores such as restaurants with lots of characteristics of owners and fashion store. Probably, for this, it is as hot as an alley of printing offices in Euljiro where it has currently emerged as a new space for a café tour.
A special night market called ‘Factory,’ is held in Passion Island, Saturdays on the last week of every month. In the market, you can have small late-night meals, heavy dishes, and other food. A busking performance and flea market are ready to relieve the boredom during the summer night. Moreover, now, the market is recruiting sellers who want to participate in the flea market, and it would be good for people who are interested in it. In this September when it is awfully hot, how about completing your day in the night market of the Passion Island that makes your eyes and mouth restless?
You can see seven ‘Young Seller’ stores with a red sign in the Passion Island. These stores share the same stamps. If you collect more than 30 stamps, you can get a discount benefit in all stores with the red sign. Please do not forget it and save the benefit.
Address: Wonhyo-ro 1-street, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Highly Recommended Mecca of Date Place for Couples
Konkuk University ‘Ilgamho Lake’
Nowadays, it is earnest to visit places with water during the continuous tropical weather. Why don’t you go to ‘Ilgamho Lake’ that is the best place of Konkuk University and the largest man-made lake in Seoul? Called as ‘Konkuk University Lake,’ this lake shows the same view with a lake park. For this, it is the No.1 place or local residents to rest and have a date. Particularly, ‘Hongyekyo (Arch Bridge),’ which has a legend that is able to achieve everlasting love when a couple is walking hand in hand, is a typical hot place of the Ilgamho Lake.
Ilgamho Lake proves its real worth at night. The harmonious light of buildings mirrored in the dark lake and bright lighting embroidered in Hongyekyo show the very different scenery. Due to this, a rest area around the lake has a mass of couples who have a date at night. If you are lucky, you can see a flock of geese and ducks strolling in the lake at the dark night. Please enjoy the romance of a campus and sereneness of the lake in Ilgamho Lake and escape the tropical night!
You might meet one old red brick building while walking along the walking trails around the lake. This is used as a museum of Konkuk University and is actually a great photo shooting spot like Hongyekyo. How about taking a picture of a couple under the romantic yellow light and building?
Address: 120, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
We are happy because we are a night owl couple!
If you are staying up all night, please immediately get over an illness and go outside right now. The night view in Seoul, places for delicious food, and the unexpected little vacation are ready for you.
Credit to Photo: Editor, Tubester, Namhansanseong, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Korea Guseok Guseok (http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto), Facebook of Passion Island, and others