There are plenty of things to do for couples in Seoul, thanks to the city's many lush parks, romantic date spots and scenic viewpoints. Even plain, everyday affairs become more interesting when you’re with your loved one. There's no need to travel far if budget or time is a concern. Even in a bustling city like Seoul, there are plenty of quiet places where you can just converse and share quality time with your partner. From colourful shopping districts to quiet wooded roads, you can choose a spot that suits your taste. After all, why miss out on a chance to get closer to each other? 

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    N Seoul Tower

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    The night-time view of Seoul seen from N Seoul Tower is especially popular with couples looking for a romantic atmosphere.If you happen to be travelling on a special occasion, it would be a great idea to reserve a table at n.GRILL, located at the top of the tower.

    There are many ways to get to N Seoul Tower. You can walk to it past the Namsan Public Library or travel by town shuttle bus or cable car. If you choose a different way to go up to and down from N Seoul Tower, you’ll be rewarded with the various facets of Mt. Nam (Namsan).  

    Location: 126 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 10 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to midnight

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    Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

    Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art has many nearby cafés and restaurants, which makes for a nice date in central Seoul. Having been designed by 4 architects, the museum is itself a highlight. You can enjoy a rather otherworldly ambience, even if you don’t consider yourself to be an art aficionado. Perhaps you’ll discover a hidden artistic side to yourself or your partner during your visit.

    Location: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10.30 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82 (0)2-2014-6900

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    Gyeongui Line Forest Park

    Gyeongui Line Forest Park, built over the Gyeongui Line site in Yeonnam-dong, is known as Yeontral Park due to its resemblance to New York’s famous Central Park. The park is mainly sought out by locals as a place of relaxation, but it’s also famous as a date spot thanks to its distinct atmosphere and nearby cafés. In the evening, you can head over to the Hongdae area to check out buskers, so it’s very easy to plan for a long evening with your loved one.

    Location: Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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    Dongdaemun Design Plaza

    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is said to also stand for 'Dreaming, Designing, and Playing'. As the name suggests, there are plenty of things to see, eat, and enjoy. Designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, it's the centre of Seoul fashion where you can find all emerging Korean designer brands in a single place. There is also a night market that opens regularly, so there’s no better choice for an evening date.

    Location: 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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    Seoul Botanic Park

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    Seoul Botanic Park consists of a futuristic greenhouse and theme garden connected to a Han River waterway. It also features a skywalk path that overlooks the greenhouse. There are many photo spots inside the greenhouse, where you can create new memories and take pictures of beautiful plants. The outdoor theme garden is so spacious that you can enjoy a quiet walk without disturbance from other people.  

    Location: 161 Magokdong-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: March–October: daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm. November–February: daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)2-2104-9716

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    Haneul Park

    Situated near Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Haneul Park is famous for its silver grass. Lots of other flora can be seen here, such as cosmos, pink muhly, and scoparia, which is why it’s such a popular date spot among couples. Thanks to the various illuminated facilities and excellent night-time views from the observation deck, you’re sure to enjoy a romantic date at all hours of the day.

    Location: 95 Haneulgonwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)2-300-5501

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    Yongma Land

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    Yongma Land is an abandoned amusement park that has found a second life as a popular spot for taking pictures. Thanks to the faded colours of the rusted and decrepit rides, you can capture some truly distinctive and vintage-looking photos. Be sure to give Yongma Land a visit if you’re a couple who loves taking photos. It’s also a popular destination for shooting wedding photography and K-pop music videos.

    Location: 118 Mangu-ro 70-gil, Jungnang-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)2-436-5800

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    Seoul Museum of Art

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    The Seoul Museum of Art is one of the city's leading art centres, featuring a Renaissance façade that was originally part of the Supreme Court. Founded in 1988, the building has large windows that fill the galleries with natural light. Admission to the Seoul Museum of Art is free except for special exhibits, and there are lots of restaurants and cafés nearby. Plus, Deoksu Palace is just around the corner, meaning you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities on the same day.

    Location: 61 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: March–October: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. November–February: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)2-2124-8800

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    Insadong Ssamziegil

    IInsadong Ssamziegil is recommended for couples who like a cute, charming atmosphere because there are lots of unique accessory and snack shops within its 4-storey complex. Insadong and Ikseondong, which has many well-known restaurants and cafés, are nearby, so it’s a great option for those looking for spontaneity on a date. 

    Location: Ssamji-gil, 44 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm

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    Contoyner

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    Contoyner is a unique café near Sangsu Station, and its name means “a person who likes shipping containers and toys.” You guessed it, the inside is full of vintage games. You just might feel a sense of childlike innocence that you haven’t felt in years. Stop by and rediscover the forgotten toys and pop-culture characters of your childhood. If the weather permits, you can check out the outdoor terrace and take advantage of the photo opportunities.

    Location: 314-9 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 11 pm

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