5 Things to Do in Seoul on a Rainy Day

5 Things to Do in Seoul on a Rainy Day

On a rainy day in Seoul, don't coop yourself in the hotel room. There are plenty of things to do, so come indoors to cafes, spas, museum and more.

Whether you are visiting Seoul during the monsoon season or just have bad luck and one rainy day is threatening to ruin your otherwise perfect itinerary, your plans going awry isn’t something you should worry about. The Korean capital will swiftly equip you with an exciting plan B that will satisfy all your indoor entertainment needs, regardless of whether you’re looking to relax, try out new food or have fun with friends. Keep reading to find out which spots to go in Seoul where no one will rain on your parade.

1. Visit an animal-themed café

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If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, you could interpret this as a sign that you should finally pay a visit to one of Seoul’s famed pet cafés. And if you’re thinking that sipping Americanos among pooches and kittens might be a bit old hat, you’ll be pleased to know that the city has definitely upped its game when it comes to animal-themed coffee shops. Nowadays, you can get your caffeine fix while hanging out with sheep, racoons and even reptiles!

2. Fill your belly with Jeon and Makgeolli

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If you want to spend the rainy days the way the locals do, hit up one of the old school restaurants and soothe your soul with some jeon and makgeolli, a combo that is traditionally consumed in Korea when the weather gets gloomy. Jeon is a type of Korean pancake mixed with leek, kimchi or seafood and fried to crispy perfection. It’s perfectly complimented with makgeolli, an aromatic Korean rice beverage that nowadays comes in many flavours, including banana, peach and apple.

3. Go to a Board Game Café

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Going into one of Seoul’s many board game cafés is an ideal solution for people travelling in a group. Not only will you be able to spend hours on end playing everything from Jenga to Scrabble to Monopoly (and maybe having a go at various Korean games!), but you will also have immediate access to a variety of snacks and drinks, which means you’ll never have to step outside!

4. Explore Korean art

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There is something special and almost romantic about going to a museum on a rainy day. The best one to wander around in Seoul is probably the National Museum of Korea, where you can literally spend hours losing yourself in the long history of Peninsula’s fascinating world of art, from Silla to Goryeo to Joseon. Walking around this museum will be a soul-nurturing way to spend a rainy afternoon for all art aficionados visiting Seoul.

5. Unwind in a spa

When you think about it, a rainy day can actually be a blessing in disguise. After all, you will want to take a break, especially if the rest of your trip has been non-stop sightseeing! And what better place to do that than in one of Seoul’s lush spas (jjimjilbang), which tend to be dotted around the city. Not only will they provide you with shelter from rain, but you will also have an opportunity to pamper yourself by going to hot springs and saunas or simply by relaxing in common rooms, where you can watch hours of K-dramas or feast on delicious Korean food.

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Ana is a writer and translator who is currently splitting time working and travelling between Europe and Asia. She enjoys mint-flavoured desserts, movies with subtitles and figuring out how different languages work.


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