Are you suffering from a rainy day in Seoul that’s come along and messed up your well planned trip? Well don’t worry, this guide to 30 of the best indoor activities in Seoul has you covered! There’s something for everyone, including family fun places, cultural wonders, cozy cafes, and exciting activities you might not even know about.
This list of 30 things to do in Seoul when it’s raining is packed full of great activities that you can also use it as a guide for when it’s not raining. If you haven’t already planned to visit these places, I’d definitely recommend checking them out.
Read on to find out how to spend a rainy day in Seoul without getting soaked and have an incredible day out whatever the weather. I hope you find something perfect for you.
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Are You Having A Rainy Day In Seoul?
I know how you feel, there’s nothing worse than planning an amazing day out, only to find that your plans to visit parks, walk the streets, and enjoy the great outdoors have been ruined by the weather. Fortunately, Seoul is a fun, vibrant city with many indoor attractions for you to enjoy.
This list of indoor activities should have something for almost anyone, traveller or local alike. Cafes, shops, attractions, museums, even bars and clubs, there’s always somewhere to escape the rain in Seoul.
Please note: some of these indoor activities in Seoul might require some online booking, others you might be able to turn up and enjoy at that moment. I keep this list updated with the latest weather-resistant things to do in Seoul and, unlike some other guides, this list has been updated to reflect places closed during and after the pandemic.
A special thanks to Steve Robinson for some of these Korean rainy day pictures. You can check out his other great photos of Korea on his website:
1: Take Fun Photos At The Trick Eye Museum
The Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae is a great place and fun for all the family. Top of my list of things to do in Seoul when it’s raining, this place has so much to keep everyone amused.
This is the world’s first augment reality (AR) museum and really brings the pictures and experience to life in ways not possible before. Experience it for yourself during a rainy day in Seoul.
2: Be Amazed At The Nanta Cooking Musical
Be sure not to miss Cookin’ Nanta at one of their locations in Seoul. This is a unique, wacky theatrical performance where energetic chefs bang pots and pans while preparing delicious traditional Korean foods.
Featuring audience participation, you could have the chance to become part of the action and perhaps even be part of their wedding ceremony during the show! High energy and certain to keep everyone amused.
3: Get Colourful At The Color Pool Museum
Featuring a rainbow range of coloured halls to check out, each with their own theme, you’re sure to find the chance to take some incredible photos here.
Each of the 9 themed rooms has its own colour that reflects its ‘scent’, such as the romantic rose hall (one for couples) or the aquamarine ocean breeze hall (ball pools and unicorns).
The rooms are filled with an eclectic mix of giant inflatables, ball pits, slides, balloons, bright colours, confetti, extravagance, and happiness.
4: Find Fishy Fun At The COEX Aquarium
Inside the giant COEX shopping centre in Gangnam is the delightful COEX Aquarium. This is a great indoor activity in Seoul for all the family and a chance to see some animals that actually enjoy being wet.
This awesome aquarium introduces some of Korea’s finest fish, as well as taking you on a journey around the oceans of the world. There are feeding shows, touch labs, performances, and so much more to see here.
5: Stay Dry At The World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park
If you’re looking for a full day of indoor fun in Seoul, Lotte World Adventure theme park is perfect for you. Located next to the Lotte World Tower, this gigantic indoor theme park has dozens of attractions for visitors young and old.
There are thrilling rollercoasters, rides, an aquarium, games to play, attractions, an ice rink, and lots more. Most of the park is inside (great for a rainy day in Seoul), but there’s also an outdoor section called the Magic Island that is very Disney-esque if you can brave the rain.
6: Marvel At The Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze
The unique Alive Museum features lots of interactive art displays to create ‘illusionistic art’ and makes for some hilarious shots. Want to see one of the family being eaten alive, part of a video game, or racing around the streets of Seoul? This is the place for you.
The Dynamic Maze, located in the same area, is exactly what it sounds like: an action packed maze that has a variety of tasks you must complete to find the exit. Obstacles range from climbing walls, missions requiring attention to details, screaming and dancing, to simple trial and error.
7: Get Back To Nature At The Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe
One of my favourite things to do when it’s raining in Seoul is to check out one of the many animal cafes. My favorite of those is the Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe, where you can see cute sheep while you sip a refreshing coffee.
There are two fluffy, gorgeous sheep that you can visit and feed during certain times, as well as take pictures with. They’re well taken care of and friendly with guests. You can also enjoy some of the sweet treats and good coffee in the cafe area.
8: Start Feline Better At A Cat Cafe
Hongdae, Myeongdong, Others
You can’t visit Myeongdong or Hongdae and not see somebody dressed in a giant cat costume advertising a cat cafe. There are many to choose from in these areas and they’re really popular with tourists and locals alike.
Relax with a coffee and sweet dessert in the cafe area after getting disinfected and enjoy your time playing with the cats. Wash away the rainy day blues with this purrfect place.
9: Adjust Your Perspective At Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 239-20
You might want to check your eyesight when you visit Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 239-20. This crazy cafe is designed to look like a black and white comic book and has a unique 2D feel.
Not only are the fixtures really stylish, the coffee and desserts are, too. And they’re not overpriced like some other insta-worthy cafes in the area. Take a break from the rain with this unique cafe.
10: Get Magical At The Platform 9 & 3/4 Harry Potter Cafe
Even if you didn’t receive your letter from Hogwarts, there’s still a chance for a magical Harry Potter experience in Seoul. Escape the rain and choose your wand in Platform 9 3/4 – a Harry Potter inspired cafe in Hongdae.
As you might have guessed, Hongdae is the go to place for unique cafes. However, few let you have such an immersive experience as this one. A truly magical place in Seoul.
11: Enjoy Traditional Korean Culture In A Hanok Cafe
Insadong, Bukchon, Others
What did Koreans traditionally do during a rainy day in Seoul? Hide in a hanok cafe or tearoom and wait for the weather to change. Which is what I recommend doing if you’re near Insadong or Bukchon Hanok Village.
Hanok cafes are the perfect place to get a glimpse of traditional Korean life. They often have a rustic charm and provide a delectable range of authentic Korean teas, as well as more modern coffee-based delicacies.
12: Spend Hours Gaming In A PC Bang
This is what a lot of Korean teenagers (and adults) choose to do regardless of the weather. Online gaming is a massive business in Korea and some of the best players in the world come from Korea. Where do they train? At a PC Room, also known as a PC-bang (bang is Korean for room).
You’ll see these places all over Seoul, usually near to noraebang (karaoke rooms) and pool halls. If you’re travelling alone, then this could be one of the best things to do in Seoul when it’s raining and you want to keep dry.
13: Shop For Luxuries At The Starfield COEX Mall
Shopping enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on the COEX Mall. Asia’s largest underground shopping mall has something for everyone. Local and international brands can be found here, ranging from basic items to the finest luxury bags and goods.
Movie lovers will enjoy the 17 screen cinema. You can learn about Korean culture from the various performances on display, too. There’s even the aforementioned COEX Aquarium. Overall, this is a great place for pretty much anyone to spend a rainy day in Seoul.
14: Marvel At The Enormous Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower in Jamsil stands like a diamond finger pointing up into the heavens in the centre of Seoul. It’s hard to miss the world’s 6th tallest building which stands at 555 metres above the pristine Seokchon Lake.
This is Korea’s largest department store specialising in luxury and duty free goods. When you’ve finished shopping, you can watch the rain from the Seoul Sky Observatory on the upper floors.
15: Explore Seoul’s Traditional Markets
Popping into a traditional market is one of the things I usually do when it’s raining in Korea. These undercover markets are great for learning about the more traditional side of Korea. They’re also great places for sampling some traditional Korean dishes and picking up some bargains.
Check out the underground shops in Namdaemun Market, the indoor shopping in Dongdaemun, the delicious food at Gwangjang Market, and the Seoul Folk Flea Market for some unique experiences.
16: Get Groovy At Anyoung Insadong
The latest cool place to go in Insadong is the Anyoung Insadong Mall. This new building blends Korea’s love of retro and modern concepts to create a bright, open mall with lots of cosy shops and cafes.
You’ll find traditional Korean handicrafts, highly addictive Korean snacks, retro Korean goods, unique artworks and accessories by local artists, and lots more. There’s a lot to tempt you in Anyoung Insadong.
17: Discover Korea At The War Memorial Of Korea
Why not educate yourself by visiting the impressive War Memorial of Korea during a rainy day in Seoul. This museum, dedicated entirety to Korea’s military past, not only includes the ongoing war with the North, but also covers famous military battles with Korea’s neighbours, China & Japan.
The interesting displays and models can be enjoyed by anyone and there are plenty of sights to see, such as old castles, historic weapons, and the famous Turtle Ship. Outside the museum there are also dozens of planes, tanks, and other military vehicles you can take photos with.
18: Learn More At The National Museum Of Korea
Go back to the stone age and see how Korea developed into the modern nation it is now. Dozens of rooms full of exhibitions to learn about, and interact with, Korea’s fascinating history at one of the largest museums in the world!
This museum is free to enter (special exhibits have a fee) and you can spend a long time wandering this massive museum. Perfect for when the whole day is rained out. There’s also a nice cafe to check out and a well-stocked gift shop.
19: Try A Korean Cooking Classes
There are so many wonderful traditional Korean dishes to sample when visiting Seoul, but wouldn’t it be even better if you could learn to make some to share with your friends.
Take time out of the rain to get hot and spicy in the kitchen with a Korean cooking class. Learn how to make delicious classics such as ginseng chicken soup, seafood pancakes, bibimbap, and lots more. Don’t miss the chance to learn a new skill when you travel to Korea.
20: Get Cultural At An Art Museum
Wandering around slowly, taking in the finer details of some great art is one of the best things to do during a rainy day in Seoul. Fortunately, Seoul has many art great art museums, so you should be within a short distance from one when the heavens open.
New exhibitions and installations pop up all the time in Seoul’s best galleries. My personal recommendations include the Seoul Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Daelim Art Museum, the Arario Museum, and lots more.
21: Relax In A Korean Sauna (Jjimjjilbang)
Known as a jjimjjilbang, Korean saunas are a great place to unwind and recharge your batteries in hot (or cold) water, in a steam room, or in the communal hot rooms. There are great saunas all over Seoul and you can even stay overnight in them if you want to.
Saunas are great for relieving your aches and pains and washing away the dirt built up after a hard day of exploring. You won’t mind getting wet during a rainy day in Seoul if it’s in a sauna.
22: Learn About Local Life At The Seoul Museum Of History
Experience the traditional culture of Seoul at this really interesting collection on all things Seoul at the Seoul Museum of History. Featuring relics from the past few centuries, as well as modern online cyber-displays, you can really immerse yourself in the life of a Seoulite.
You might want to bring an umbrella to see the outdoor exhibition. However, it’s worth getting a little bit wet to see the well-preserved artefacts on display.
23: Sing Your Heart Out At A Karaoke Room (Noraebang)
There are two good reasons why you should visit a noraebang – a Korean karaoke room. First, this is a great place to visit when it’s raining and other places are closed. Second, you’ll be spending the evening as a large number of Koreans do.
Singing and dancing in these karaoke rooms is one of the most popular pastimes in Korea. There are hundreds of noraebangs across Seoul and you’ll find a good mix of Western and Korean songs.
24: Watch The World’s Biggest IMAX Screen
Not only is the world’s largest IMAX screen located in Seoul, it’s also one of the best cinema experiences you’re likely to have. This IMAX includes immersive technologies, such as Screen X, which projects the movie on the side walls as well as the main screen.
Furthermore, you’ll be truly immersed with the 4DX technology, which adds in environmental effects, such as rain, scents, and even moving chairs. Escape the rain in Seoul by getting wet while watching a movie!
25: Explore The Futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Visiting the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is an excellent way to spend a rainy day in Seoul and a place I often visit even when it’s sunny. Wander around this iconic building – a futuristic, spaceship-esque design – whilst popping into the various shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries, and curious little spaces.
There’s usually an exhibition or two going on at the DDP, as well as temporary installations such as the DDP Light & Winter Festa and Seoul Light. From spring to autumn you can also find night markets winding through the centre and outside of the main buildings during the weekend.
26: Go Clubbing In Seoul
Hongdae, Gangnam, Others
Seoul has some great clubs and nightlife. Two of the best locations in Seoul for clubbing are Gangnam and Hongdae. Korea’s nightclubs aren’t reserved for the weekends, as locals like to party any night of the week.
You’ll probably find a club open even on a Monday night. If you’re a fan of clubbing, why not escape the rain and dance the night away. Be prepared, though. Find out a bit about what is tolerable in the Korean clubbing scene and stay safe while having fun.
Please note: There is currently a range of restrictions for clubs in place due to the ongoing pandemic. Please check the latest government advice for more information about this.
27: Hit The Arcades In Seoul’s Cool Districts
Hongdae, Gangnam, Others
You can’t miss the gigantic arcades that take up whole buildings in parts of Hongdae and other cool districts such as Gangnam and Dongdaemun. Inside these shining, beeping caves are dozens of the latest arcade games to play alone or together. If you don’t feel like playing, you can watch the pros on the latest dance or rhythm games instead.
If you want something more than the regular arcade games, you can also try the latest VR games, which include individual and team games where you immerse yourself in other worlds and fight off aliens, race around the world, or even fight against each other.
28: Get Locked Up At The Seodaemun Prison History Hall
I know the idea of visiting a prison might not be the top of everyone’s bucket list for Seoul, but this former prison is actually really interesting and eye-opening. And in places, downright scary. If you want to know more about modern Korean history, I’d definitely recommend this place.
This is where freedom fighters against the Japanese occupation were locked up and tortured, as well as anti-government protestors until the 1980’s. You can see gruesome torture devices, read records of the harsh treatment, and even try getting locked up yourself (hopefully not for long!).
29: Learn All About Kimchi At The Museum Kimchikan
Truly Korean, kimchi is the national dish of Korea and a part of every meal – even breakfast. Kimchi is a fermented cabbage or radish dish that is a bit spicy and salty, but very healthy. Now you can learn all about it in the Museum Kimchikan in Insadong.
Museum Kimchikan teaches you all about the history, health benefits, and process of kimchi-making. You can also try samples of different kimchi (there are over 200 types) and take part in a kimchi-making programme on certain days.
30: Grab An Umbrella And Walk In The Rain In Seoul
Everywhere In Seoul
This final rainy day in Seoul activity is one of the best. Seoul is an incredible city and there is no excuse to waste a minute of it by staying inside the whole time.
Even when it’s raining, you can still explore with a pair of good boots and an umbrella. You can buy umbrellas from one of the thousands of convenience stores scattered throughout the city.
Make no excuses, get out there, get a bit wet, but see some of the best city views you’ll ever see. Wandering around at night in the rain is a pleasure in itself. If you run out of things to do in Seoul when it’s raining, this is always an option.
Looking For More Seoul Travel Inspiration?
If you’re looking for other awesome things to do in Seoul, both indoor activities and outdoor fun for when the sun is out, then check out some of these other articles all about Seoul.
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