When you are traveling in Asia you might think that Korea has nothing special to offer, but this country has some strange and unique things that you can do in Seoul. If you are visiting this marvelous country you will surely have to visit Seoul because it’s a modern city where everything is fast and dynamic.
And of course, you can find some awesome looking temples where you can just relax breathe and have some time for yourself. We believe that Seoul will be your next destination with our guide of unique things to do in Seoul.
List of the Most Unique Things To Do in Seoul
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- Animal cafes
- Theme Cafes
- Singing Rooms (Noraebang)
- Strange museums
- Trick Eye Museum
- Love museum
- Dr. Fish Spa treatment
- Camping Restaurant
- Yongma Land
- Korean Alcohol Testing classes
- Korean Bathhouses
- Korean Food tour
- Go to a K-Pop Show
- Take your date around Ihwa Mural Village
- Escaping a locked room in Seoul
- Take a stroll around a historic village
- Participate in a workshop in Bukchon Village
- Eating live octopus
- ToyKino Museum
- Simone Handbag Museum
- Owl Art and Craft Museum
- Museum Kimchikan
- Visit Seodaemun Prison
- Lock Museum
- Korea Furniture Museum
- A visit to Gyeongbukgung Palace
- Eat Beondegi
- Order Chimaek
- Spend some time at Cheonggyecheon stream
- Cool off at Seoullo
- Get a free entrance at the palaces in Seoul
- Visit Rabbit Park
- Try a new cure for your hangover
1. Animal cafes
There is nothing wrong with having a café right? But in Seoul, there are animal cafés where you can cuddle with animals while you are drinking your morning coffee. And the most famous ones are cat cafés because Koreans love cats. Another type of café is a raccoon one where you can pet them and cuddle them while you are there.
For instance, the students in Korea will most likely visit a cat café than a normal one.
2. Theme Cafes
If animal cafes are not for you then going to a themed café will do the trick. There is a toilet/poop café in Seoul that everything looks like a toilet and you will drink your coffee from a toilet inspired cup. Yes, it’s weird but you have to visit them.
And if you don’t like to drink coffee from a toilet (I mean the toilet cup) you can visit the princess café, Hello Kitty or any other dress up cafes to relax and enjoy your cup of coffee.
Just remember that these cost a little more than a normal café.
3. Singing Rooms (Noraebang)
A typical night out in Seoul is to go in a Singing Room or as the Westerners call it a Karaoke. In South Korea, it’s called “Noraebang”, and it is basically a karaoke bar. There are many in Seoul and they are quite popular because you can drink and have some fun and if you like a particular song you can sing it too. Don’t worry there is an option to sing an English song, as many of the Noraebang have English popular songs, so you can sing “Single ladies” while you are dancing with your female friends.
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Can you imagine a room filled with video games, board games, singing room and unlimited access to candy and ice cream?
These Multi Rooms are filled with this stuff that is actually rented by the hour so that you can feel like a geek and play all the games that you want with your friends.
In the end, why don’t you sing a song so that you can call it a night and head back home with your buddies?
5. Visit Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet House)
There are many strange museums found around Seoul and some of them are actually very weird because you would ask yourself “Why do they have a museum like this?”.
These couple of museums are very awkward because of their bizarre themes. Would you visit a museum about the toilet and poop?
There is a huge museum where they are portraying poop and a lot of toilet seats. And if poop inspired art is for you then you should visit Haewoojae Museum or if you want you can call it Mr. Toilet House.
6. Trick Eye Museum
This is actually the least weird museum because if you ask us we will recommend this to everyone that is visiting Seoul. Yes, it does have some strange things but it’s actually a really cool looking museum. Visitors are allowed to interact with the museum and to connect with the many things that are present. Some are unique and strange and some are quite artistic looking stuff.
7. Love museum
This strange museum is for adults only. It’s a sexually inspired museum where there are many exhibits that portray sexual intercourse. It’s interesting that the museum is also interactive so you can interact with some exhibits. The love museum is in the same building as other interactive museum so going from one to another is quite popular.
8. Dr. Fish Spa treatment
If you are tired of all the museums and strange things to do in Seoul head on to a Spa treatment that has healing fish. Yes, there is a spa treatment where you dip your feet in water filled with small fish that are eating your dead skin cells and it is said that it has some healing powers. These spa treatments can be found around the city of Seoul.
9. Camping Restaurant
There is a trend among the younger generations in Seoul that wants to go on camping. And if you want to barbeque something, maybe a little bit of stroll in the park and you still want to visit a café, then why don’t you head on to a camping restaurant where you can stay in a tent and barbeque your favorite sausage. There is one camping restaurant in the most famous park in Korea called Bukhansan.
10. Yongma Land
There is something connecting Korean people with amusement parks and we don’t know how they are connected but they are. Yongma Land is an old amusement park that is abandoned and people are still visiting it. Some K-pop songs and modeling photo shootings have been performed at this location. You can still visit this amusement park if you pay to visit it, and Koreans do pay to enter there even though there are many in Seoul to visit.
11. Korean Alcohol Testing classes
You can schedule an alcohol testing class in Seoul for the price of $20 and above. The classes are usually in Korean and they will teach you to make makgeolli, which is a rice wine made in Korea.
The classes are usually in Korean but there are some companies that are having classes in English as well. So your next visit in Seoul should be about how to make a rice wine so that you can brew it at home.
If you don’t want to stay in a rented apartment, or a hotel, or maybe a hostel why don’t you spend your nights in a temple?
The most famous temple in Seoul is Jogyesa Temple and you can sleep here for a couple of days to live like a Buddhist monk. When you are in the temple you will experience the Baru Gongyang which is the traditional eating ceremony and Dado the traditional Korean tea ceremony.
13. Korean Bathhouses
If you think that you have seen everything in Korea and wonder what can be stranger then a visit to a Korean Bathhouse should do the trick. The traditional Korean bathhouses are gender-segregated and you will have to bathe and swim in the pools with people from your gender. But don’t worry there are some common rooms where you can spend some time with your partner.
When you are done showering you can spend some time in the spa and enjoy your rest of the day. And an interesting fact about most of the bathhouses is that they are working 24/7.
14. Korean Food tour
One of the things that Koreans love to boast about is their food. And they should because their food is as delicious as candy is to a baby. The Korean food is a huge mix of all the best Asian delicacies and something more. If you want to taste the great Korean food and you don’t know where to start, then Korean Food Tour should do the trick.
15. Go to a K-Pop Show
If you think that Western pop icons are famous, you are totally wrong. Koreans go crazy for their K-pop singers and the fans of these k-pop icons are one of the craziest when we compare the fan base of the West. Koreans love their music and the shows that pop icons of Korean make are one of the greatest shows you will ever see in your life. Filled with lots of crazy light and many weird looking costumes you will experience something that will stay in your head for a very long time.
16. Take your date around Ihwa Mural Village
If you are an Instagram person who loves to take artistic looking photos of you and your other half then head on to Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul. This small village will take your breath away with their fantastic work of art around the village and many spots to rest and enjoy the serenity of the village. It’s always good to find a quiet place in a busy city to just relax and enjoy the serenity. And the best part is this village is a couple favorite to escape their busy lives in Seoul.
17. Escaping a locked room in Seoul
So you and your friends are in Seoul and don’t know what to do for the rest of the day. And you are just some guys that like to crack codes and solve mysteries. So why don’t you just head on to a locked room and try escaping from it? There are offering drinks and snacks and the escape rooms can accommodate 2-8 people where you are trying to solve a mystery and escape from the room. There is also an option to steal a diamond if you want to do something more dangerous.
18. Take a stroll around a historic village
You are tired of all the skyscrapers and all the busy lives of the people in Seoul, and you want to get a little bit of history of the Korean people if this is you then head on to Bukchon Village that’s very close to the city center. And it’s in Seoul where you can take a walk around the village and see how people lived in the past, and how a traditional Korean house looks like.
19. Participate in a workshop in Bukchon Village
When strolling around this historical village why don’t you just participate in a workshop where you can learn some interesting arts and crafts from locals where you can be thought by one of the greatest local artists? In this amazing little village, you can also learn to play a new instrument. And on Saturdays, there is even an awesome market where you can buy something.
20. Eating live octopus
Ok, it’s not live but it’s very fresh because they are preparing it while it’s still moving. Think of it as very fresh sushi. And it’s food to try only if you are an adventurous person who loves to try new and exciting delicacies. If you think you can stomach this you have to try it in Seoul and the Korean name for this food is Sannakji.
21. ToyKino Museum
An interesting museum worth visiting even if you are a full grown adult, where there are toys displayed. This great looking museum is for everyone to explore but most of the kids will love it because it has Mickey Mouse, Batman, Star Wars exhibits and many more. If you like to visit a unique toy museum this one is definitely for you.
22. Simone Handbag Museum
Don’t take your girlfriend here period. If your girlfriend wants to visit a handbag museum, just don’t take her here.
Ok, It’s a joke but many experts are joking about this place and calling it a boyfriend’s biggest nightmare because it is home to the most luxurious handbags in Seoul.
This museum is mostly visited by girls who love to see the many different and luxurious handbags that are sold in Seoul. A professional tip is to not give your girlfriend your credit card.
23. Owl Art and Craft Museum
Bae Myeonghui is the founder if this strange and unique museum in Seoul. It’s a collection of everything that has an owl on it. From glasses to toys to dishes and other stuff that has an owl on them. It’s a museum where this lover of owls collected stuff and organized them in a museum for the visitors to see this strange collection.
It’s great to know that this collection is not just from Korea but from all around the world and every piece has its own story to tell of how Bae got the piece of owl-inspired art. If you are lucky enough you can have a tour directly from him.
24. Museum Kimchikan
If there is a strange food museum you have visited and you said to yourself “I will never see anything like this ever in my life” you are wrong. A visit to Kimchikan Museum in Seoul is just what you need. Kimchi is a traditional Korean food that actually is a spicy fermented cabbage dish that has a museum because of the history it has with Korea.
The Kimchi Museum was opened in 1986 where it showed the history of the kimchi, and people visited this museum regularly. But in 2015 the museum had a revamp and reopened its doors as the Museum Kimchikan.
25. Visit Seodaemun Prison
This chilling museum is actually a prison where the Korean patriots were sent when they resisted the Japanese invasion. This prison was the first one in Korea that was built by the Japanese who occupied the land.
It was built to impose order in Korea and many who were against the Japanese occupation were sentenced here, of which most of them died. There were torture chambers where you can see a variety of exhibits on how people were tortured.
This chilling museum is a great reminder of what happened many years ago in Korea.
26. Lock Museum
As we mentioned above there are people that love to collect some weird stuff, but this one is actually interesting if you ask us.
It’s a locked museum where it houses more than 4000 locks and many more accessories related to keys from all around the world. And the creator of this museum is Choe Honggue, who opened the museum in 2003. It’s a nice place to spend some time and see all the different types of locks.
27. Korea Furniture Museum
It’s arguably the most beautiful museum in South Korea. This fantastic museum which by its own is a piece of art is one of Seoul’s most kept secret. With visitors not allowed visiting the museum without making a request upfront this is the greatest looking and most interesting museum to see in Seoul.
The museum is home to 2000 pieces of Joseon Dynasty furniture and making it the greatest looking museum because it’s art collection is kept in traditional looking Korean houses.
28. A visit to Gyeongbukgung Palace
One of Seoul’s historically important attractions is this magnificent Palace dating from the Joseon Dynasty. It’s one of the five grand palaces that were built by this Dynasty and this one is one of the biggest attractions in Seoul.
It was destroyed in 1500’s by the Japanese but it was rebuilt some 200 years later. This is a grand place to visit because it has beautiful courtyards to offer and it will take you back some 500 years in the past.
29. Eat Beondegi
Ok, this is also another food for the adventurous people. It’s a street food that can be found in Seoul and all around Korea that is made from silkworm pupae. The silkworms are boiled and steamed before putting them in a small paper cups. They are a favorite snack that can be eaten with Soju which is the Korean rice whiskey.
30. Order Chimaek
Ok enough with the not so good food in Korea although we know that it has great food to offer. Chimaek is actually man’s best friend which is chicken and beer. Men love a beer that’s a fact, and when you combine it with chicken you have a perfect combination to stay all day in front of the TV.
31. Spend some time at Cheonggyecheon stream
This artificial stream in Seoul is actually a hotspot for tourists and locals. Why don’t you relax a little bit at the stream and grab some street food while you are going there? If the weather is hot and sunny why don’t you stroll around it and relax, because in the evening the many street artists come and present their talents to the many people visiting this area?
32. Cool off at Seoullo
If you want to visit something more interesting than a stream then head on to Seoullo, a brand new Highline in Seoul. This rooftop sky garden is home to 24.000 different Korean plants and there are a couple of foot pools where you can cool off. It offers fantastic views of the city and is a place where you can relax with your kids or your traveling buddy.
33. Get a free entrance at the palaces in Seoul
So you don’t want to pay an entrance fee in the palaces in Seoul and you were wondering if there is an option where you don’t have to pay a fee? We got you covered. If you are visiting the palace while being dressed in a Hanbok which is a traditional Korean dress you can enter the palaces for free. Who doesn’t want to visit a palace and be in traditional clothing that was worn in the time where the palace was in its full glory?
34. Visit Rabbit Park
For all those rabbit lovers there is a park in Seoul that you can visit and see all the rabbits strolling around. Rabbit Park in Seoul is in Seorae Village which is home to the biggest French population in Korea. There are numerous bakeries, cafes, and places to find French wine. And while you are in this village why don’t you visit the rabbit park which is the only park from this type in Seoul
35. Try a new cure for your hangover
The Koreans found out a new way to cure a hangover. And that’s with ice-cream. Yes ice-cream, this strange cure is told that it can cure your hangover from having too many drinks at the bar last night. And the best part is the name of the ice-cream is Gyeondyo-bar which translated into English means “hang in there”. If you have a crazy night out in Seoul don’t forget to buy this ice-cream.
Seoul is a wonderful and modern city with many tourists visiting it constantly. You will be surprised by how many people are visiting this city and what it has to offer. This little guide of strange and unique things to do in Seoul will surely be your next travel guide for Korea, and you will surely love this city.