In addition to its vibrant urban landscape, filled with attractions shaped by past and present, Seoul’s equally diverse natural environment offers much to impress. Surrounded by tall mountain ranges and filled with wide waterways, the city offers an enjoyable mix of green spaces in which one will often find a unique event venue from which to enjoy these surroundings. Below are some of Seoul’s best mountain getaways.
Located in the hills of Samcheong-dong, a relaxed northern Seoul neighborhood known for its quirky cafes, art galleries, and shops, Samcheonggak puts its guests center-stage with the city’s natural beauty. Originally created to host the North-South (Korea) Red Cross Conference in 1972, it is now a cultural experience and events center, designed in the style of a hanok, or traditional Korean house. Function spaces include six indoor rooms and two outdoor areas. Ilhwa Hall, the largest space, can hold up to 150 persons, while the nearby front yard has capacity for up to 250 persons. The venue specializes in providing traditional Korean cuisine and performances for large groups.
Getting There: Samcheonggak operates a free shuttle bus service from 10am-9pm. Interested parties can catch it from directly outside the following Seoul subway stations:
- Jonggak Station (Line 1) Exit 5 (24 minutes’ travel time)
- Euljiro 1(il)ga Station (Line 2) Exit 1 (20 minutes’ travel time)
- Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5) Exit 3 (15 minutes’ travel time)
Nearby: Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces; Lotte and Shinsegae department stores.
Also in northern Seoul, the Seoul Museum is a high-quality exhibition facility providing 5,000m² of event space. Located at the foot of Inwangsan (Mt) in the Buam-dong neighborhood, the museum is enhanced by its natural settings, which change in spectacular ways from season to season.
Equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, the Seoul Museum can host everything from conferences and social events to business meetings and art exhibitions. A notable part of the museum is Seokpajeong, a 19th-Century traditional Korean residence that served as the summer villa of Heungseon Daewongun, the father of King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Getting There: From Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Line 3) Exit 2, walk 200 meters to the KT Gwanghwamun Building bus stop. Take buses #1020, #1711, #7016, #7018, or #7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel bus stop (20 minutes). From there, cross the street and the entrance of the Seoul Museum will be on the left.
Nearby: Seoul Fortress Wall, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheongwadae (the Blue House).
Korea Furniture Museum
Located near Samcheonggak, the striking Korea Furniture Museum (KOFUM) provides a Korean cultural experience for dining and other events in a compound of 10 traditional Korean houses. With a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of traditional Korean antique furniture dating from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), KOFUM provides one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views of traditional Korean culture. Event spaces include four rooms – the largest able to hold up to 80 persons – and two garden areas which are ideal for receptions.
Getting There: Take a taxi from Hansung Univ. Subway Station (Line 4), Exit 6; ride time approx. 5 mins. See also the official KOFUM FAQ page for more details.
Nearby: Samcheong-dong, Seoul Fortress Wall, Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
Offering stunning views of the Hangang River in eastern Seoul, the Aston House mansion is a secluded mountain retreat offering high quality services. It can be divided into four distinct event spaces, with the second floor providing a luxurious dining room for sophisticated functions. Located on the slopes of Achasan (Mt) within the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill/W Seoul Walkerhill complex, the building includes a lush garden suitable for special occasions and social gatherings. The first-floor banquet hall, measuring 687m², is able to hold up to 250 standing guests, while the 1,537m² garden has capacity for 400 standing guests.
Getting There: Visit the official Walkerhill site for detailed information on directions.
Nearby: Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel, Walkerhill Paradise Casino, Goguryeo Blacksmith Tow