Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the Top Attractions in Korea

Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the Top Attractions in Korea

Maximize your visit to Korea by purchasing a Discover Seoul Pass here.

The Rundown

  • If your goal is to see as many attractions in Korea as possible, then we would recommend for you to buy the Discover Seoul Pass.

  • For the price of ₩55,500 (around ₱2,670 or $51), you can get a 2-day Discover Seoul Pass that unlocks at least 30 famous attractions in Korea. You can check today’s rates here.

  • Other awesome benefits of buying this tourist card are free hanbok rental, tickets to tour buses, and a one-way train ticket from the airport!

  • You can choose to get a pass that’s valid for 1, 2, and/or 3 days. Option for same-day purchase and pick-up is available here.

  • Discover Seoul Pass sample itinerary and essential information about partner sites are listed below.

  • Discover Seoul Pass also doubles as a T-Money Card so you don’t have to purchase one.

Also read: Stay Connected with a 4G LTE KT Olleh SIM Card


LATEST UPDATE: March 15, 2019

Screengrab from  Klook

Screengrab from Klook

Beginning March 15, 2019, the BTS Discover Seoul Pass will be available for online pre-orders while stocks last.


Meet the Discover Seoul Pass

Image credit:  Klook

Image credit: Klook

If you want to maximize your visit to Korea (and add on to your Instagram feed), there’s no better way than to get a Discover Seoul Pass, which the government of Seoul has specifically designed for foreigners’ use and enjoyment. This tourist card in Korea can unlock over thirty-five (35) attractions in the capital, which includes the famous Gyeongbok Palace, National Museum of Korea, and N Seoul Tower. This means that there’ll be no need to purchase individual tickets for the attraction you intend to visit, which can prove more costly. Moreover, users of the pass will benefit from discounted admission rates to other partner locations.

Estimate savings from the official Facebook account. Image credit:  Discover Seoul Pass Facebook Page

Estimate savings from the official Facebook account. Image credit: Discover Seoul Pass Facebook Page

What’s more is that the Discover Seoul Pass also functions as a T-Money transportation card. This means that you can pay for your subway or bus rides without having to purchase single-journey tickets (You also get discounted fares too!). You can find more information about T-Money in Korea here.

Attractions to Visit with the Discover Seoul Pass

Start planning your Seoul itinerary! Here are some photos and relevant information about the attractions that you get automatic (free!) admission to when you purchase a Discover Seoul Pass:

1. Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbokgung is the first Joseon Dynasty palace. It’s located at the heart of Seoul and has the beautiful Bugaksan (mountain) as its background. 

With the Discover Seoul Pass, you can enter this historic attraction that has the Geunjeongjeon as its primary structure (It was where the king presided over his subjects). You will also find various buildings where the king, foreign envoys, and administrators maintained their legislative affairs. The palace was also used as a residence to the king and his family.

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • January-February: 9am-5pm 

    • March-May: 9am-6pm 

    • June-August: 9am-6:30pm 

    • September-October: 9am-6pm 

    • November-December: 9am-5pm 

  • More info:

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Gyeongbok Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

    • When you buy a Discover Seoul Pass, you can select from any of the following historical attractions available, which mostly includes the famous palaces. Make sure to visit with a hanbok on! You can rent yours here.

    • Alternatively, if you’re looking for a guided tour of Gyeongbokgung, you may book this activity.

 2. Changdeok Palace or Changdeokgung

Changdeokgung was built in 1405 during King Taejong’s reign. It was designated as the second royal villa following Gyeongbokgung. Both palaces were destroyed during the Japanese invasion in 1592-1598, but Changdeok Palace was rebuilt in 1610 under the reign of Prince Gwanghae.

With the area’s close harmony with nature, this historical attraction in Korea was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • February-May: 9am-6pm 

    • June-August: 9am-6:30pm

    • September-October: 9am-6pm 

    • November to January: 9am-5:30pm

  • Regular ticket price (if not buying Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Adults (18 years old and up): ₩1,000 (around ₱46 or $0.9)

    • Youth (7-18 years old): ₩500 (around ₱23 or $0.5)

  • More info:

    • Make sure to visit the Secret Garden! Additional costs may apply.

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Changdeok Palace is closed on Mondays.

    • The palace opening hours may change. Refer to this website for the announcements.

    • Alternatively, you may also want to book this tour that includes bus pick-up/drop-off, lunch, and a guide: Seoul's Palaces, Temples & Markets

3. Changgyeong Palace or Changgyeonggung

Changgyeonggung is another royal palace that you can visit with the Discover Seoul Pass. This historical attraction has its own Western-style conservatory and greenhouse (built in 1909!) that’s filled with nice flowers and plants. 

If you do not have the time to visit Changgyeong Palace while your Discover Seoul Pass is still active, you can still enter it for free if you wear a hanbok

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • February-May: 9am-6pm 

    • June-August: 9am-6:30pm

    • September-October: 9am-6pm 

    • November to January: 9am-5:30pm

  • Regular ticket price (if not buying Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Adults (18 years old and up): ₩3,000 (around ₱140 or $2.7)

    • Youth (7-18 years old): ₩1,500 (around ₱70 or $1.4)

  • More info:

    • Rent your Korean traditional wear or hanbok here.

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Changgyeonggung Palace is closed on Mondays.

4. Deoksu Palace or Deoksugung

Deoksugung is another historical palace in Korea that is considered unique for its modern seal engraving and a Western-style garden. The Changing of the Royal Guards can be viewed in front of Daehanmun (gate) and is considered a very popular event for many visitors. 

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Tuesday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

  • Regular ticket price (if not buying Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Adults (18 years old and up): ₩3,000 (around ₱140 or $2.7)

    • Youth (7-18 years old): ₩1,500 (around ₱70 or $1.4)

  • More info:

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Deoksugung is closed on Mondays.

5. Jongmyo (Royal Shrine)

Majestic and solemn. This is how you can describe Jongmyo or the Royal Shrine, which is a historical attraction in Korea that you can visit with the Discover Seoul Pass. Jongmyo is where the spirit tablets of previous kings and queens are set down, so the new successors used to come to this place to pay tribute to the deceased.

The shrine consists of Jeongjeon Hall (where the spirit tablets are enshrined and the rites are held), Yeongnyeongjeon Hall (Hall of Eternal Peace), Jeonsacheong Area, Jaegung Area, Hyangdaecheong, Gongsindang Hall, and more.

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Tours to the shrine must be accompanied by a cultural asset commentator, except on Saturdays. Tours in English are available at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • February-May: 9am-6pm 

    • June-August: 9am-6:30pm

    • September-October: 9am-6pm 

    • November to January: 9am-5:30pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Jongmyo is closed on Tuesdays.

6. Seodaemun Prison History Museum

Seodaemun Prison was built in 1908 to detain and torture Korean Independence Fighters who resisted Japanese rule. The facility remained as a prison even after the war (until 1987), where democracy activists were jailed. Indeed, the prison is a testament of the many ups and downs in modern Korean history. This is definitely a must-visit attraction for users of Discover Seoul Pass.

Also read: Seodaemun Prison History Museum: A Touching Horror

  • Attraction type: Historical Site in Seoul

  • Address: 251, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • March-October: 9:30am-6pm

    • November-February: 9:30am-5pm

  • More info:

    • Seodaemun Prison History Museum is closed on Mondays and during the Lunar New Year, January 1st, and Chuseok.

7. N Seoul Tower Observatory

One of the best things to do in Seoul is to visit the iconic N Seoul Tower. Perched on Namsan, this structure beams magnificently at night and provides a nice sweeping view of the city skyline through its observatory, which Discover Seoul Pass holders get free admission to. But many people not only add N Seoul Tower into their itinerary for the view , but also for the famous love locks, cable car, and the N Grill Restaurant.

To know how to get to N Seoul Tower, also read: N Seoul Tower Guide: Cable Car, Love Locks, & More

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Mondays: 10am-11pm

    • Tuesdays: 10am-11pm

    • Wednesdays: 10am-11pm

    • Thursdays: 10am-11pm

    • Fridays: 10am-11pm

    • Saturdays: 10am-12am

    • Sundays: 10am-11pm

  • More info:

    • Observatory hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

    • N Seoul Tower is open year-round.

    • If you want to book a private transfer from Myeongdong to N Seoul Tower, click here.

8. MBC World

Be a ‘masked singer’! Image credit:  MBC World

Be a ‘masked singer’! Image credit: MBC World

MBC World or the Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. Theme Park is a must-visit attraction in Korea for those who are avid fans of K-Dramas and other popular variety shows. Discover Seoul Pass holders can enjoy the following facilities in MBC World: We Got Married bench, I Am a Singer augmented reality studio, Masked Singer digital transformation booth, and I Live Alone photo booth and studio.

Moreover, you can also do the following at MBC World: make your own music video with your favorite K-pop artist, become the protagonist of your favorite K-drama, learn how to dance to your favorite K-pop songs, enjoy hologram concerts of your favorite artists, and meet your favorite starts through VR and AR technology!

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 267, Seongam-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-6pm

  • More info:

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit MBC World, you can purchase single admission tickets here. It costs around ₱820 or $15.9, when not discounted.

    • MBC World is closed on Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok.

9. Grévin Museum

Visit the first Grévin Museum in Asia! If you’d like to snap a photo with Hallyu stars like Lee Min Ho, G-Dragon, and PSY, make sure to visit this attraction and find their wax figures.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Euljiro 23, Jung-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9:30am-7pm

  • More info:

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit Grévin Seoul Museum, you can purchase single admission tickets here. It costs around ₱835 or $16.2, when not discounted.

    • Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

    • Grévin Museum is open year-round.

    • MBC World is closed on Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok.

10. Figure Museum W

The Figure Museum W in Seoul provides a fun experience to children of all ages with its rare displays of anime, manga, and movie characters. Discover Seoul Pass holders will marvel at the sights of Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Mazinger Z, Gundam, and Robot Taekwon V.

Furthermore, Discover Seoul Pass has posted this tip on their Facebook page: The Figure Museum W is located at a town considered as the Beverly Hills of Korea, so browsing around the area after your tour will definitely be a unique experience for you. And if you are a K-pop fan, JYP Center is located 15 minutes away from the museum.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 3, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 11am-7pm

  • More info:

    • Figure Museum W is open until 9pm on the last Wednesday of each month.

    • They are closed on Mondays, January 1, Lunar New Year's Day, and Chuseok.

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit Figure Museum W, you can purchase single admission tickets here. It costs around ₱690 or $13.3, when not discounted.

11. Trickeye & Ice Museum

Trick Eye Museum is an interactive 3D entertainment museum in Seoul. This must-visit attraction in Korea presents artworks created using a traditional art technique called Trompe-l’oeil (literally translated as “trick of the eye” ) that makes 2D paintings appear 3D. Discover Seoul Pass holders will surely have a great time posing for the ‘gram in this partner site.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: B2, Seogyo Plaza, 357-1, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9am-9pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission to Trickeye Museum is at 8pm. This attraction is open year-round.

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit Trickeye Museum, you can purchase single admission tickets here. It costs around ₱695 or $13.4, when not discounted.

12. Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze

Alive Museum is a globally-recognized brand among attractions specializing in optical illusions. The Insadong branch in Korea opened in 2014 and offers interactive exhibitions where visitors can participate directly with what they "see, hear, and touch." The museum's Dynamic Maze adventure is a unique, cross-dimensional installation where participants must work together to overcome obstacles and challenges.

Also read: Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze: Hyper Attractions in Seoul

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 12, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9am-8pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission to Alive Museum is at 7pm. This attraction is open year-round.

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze, you can purchase single admission tickets here. It costs around ₱560 or $10.8, when not discounted.

13. Hanboknam

What’s a trip to Korea without getting to wear their traditional costume? At Hanboknam Gyeongbokgung Branch, users of the Discover Seoul Pass will get free rental of their favorite hanbok for 90 minutes! With a hanbok on, make sure to head over to Gyeongbokgung and snap a photo of yourself and your crew!

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 17, Bukchon-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9:30am-7pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission to Hanboknam is 1 hour before closing. They are open year-round.

    • Free hanbok rental with Discover Seoul Pass is only available at the Gyeongbokgung Palace branch.

    • Refund is not available after you have put on a hanbok.

    • If you want to extend the duration of your hanbok rental, you’ll have to pay Hanboknam the hourly rate of ₩5,000 (around ₱230 or $4.4) for a traditional hanbok or ₩10,000 (around ₱460 or $8.8)for a themed hanbok..

    • If you’re not getting the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to rent a hanbok from Hanboknam, you can purchase a rental voucher here. It costs around ₱365 or $7.

14. Seoul Sightseeing Highlight Double-Decker Bus (DDP)

Seoul City Tour's open-ceiling double decker bus can get you to the center of Seoul, Korea’s royal palaces, large traditional markets, etc. Get a glimpse of the city and the life of Seoul citizens! With a single wristband ticket, you can freely hop on and off the bus in one whole day! Here is the route map taken from the website of Discover Seoul Pass:

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Line #1 & #4. Dongdaemun Station - Exit #8

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9:30am-6:45pm

  • More info:

    • Last bus is scheduled at 5:10pm. The Seoul Sightseeing Highlight Double-Decker Bus is available year-round.

    • Bus departure is every 40 minutes.

    • Available tour course for Discover Seoul Pass holders: Traditional Culture Course

    • Point of departure: Dongdaemun Design Plaza

    • Users of the Discover Seoul Pass must redeem their wristband ticket from the DDP ticket booth before getting into the bus. You can find more instructions here.

15. SMTOWN@coexartium (Theater)

Enjoy SMTOWN’s expansive theater where you can experience hologram performances of your favorite artists. In the lobby of SMTOWN theater, you can also enjoy various attractions, such as a large media board panavision, a photo box where you can print photos taken with artists (comes with additional fee), handprints of famous celebrities, and more!

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 11am-9pm

  • More info:

    • Admission to SM Theater will be temporarily unavailable on April 21-May 16, 2019 for Discover Seoul Pass users due to a musical performance.

    • Before going, you are encouraged to visit the Discover Seoul Pass website to see the schedule of performance.

    • SMTOWN@coexartium (Theater) is open year-round.

    • Tickets will be issued one (1) hour before the show time.

    • If you don’t want to buy the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit SMTOWN Theater, you can purchase your ticket/s here. It costs around ₱880 or $17, if not discounted.

16. COEX Aquarium

Image credit:  COEX Aquarium

Image credit: COEX Aquarium

COEX Aquarium is a world-class themed aquarium where education meets entertainment. Discover Seoul Pass holders will be able to see a wide variety of sea creatures and learn more about them. Families are encouraged to take a trip down to the magical underwater world for an unforgettable experience in Korea!

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Mondays: 10am-8pm

    • Tuesdays: 10am-8pm

    • Wednesdays: 10am-8pm

    • Thursdays: 10am-8pm

    • Fridays: 10am-8pm

    • Saturdays: 10am-9pm

    • Sundays: 10am-8pm

  • More info:

    • If you don’t want to buy the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit COEX Aquarium, you can purchase your entry ticket/s here. It costs around ₱1,280 or $24.8, if not discounted.

    • Last admission is one hour before closing. COEX Aquarium is open year-round.

    • Leaflets available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic.

    • 10% discount at the gift shop for Discover Seoul Pass holders!

17. Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Culture Experience Center

Discover Seoul Pass holders can wear a traditional hanbok for 1.5 hours and get basic hairstyling service! Other hanbok styles and photo shoots are available for an extra fee (payable on-site).

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Lobby (B1), N Seoul Tower, 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 11am-8pm

  • More info: Last admission is at 6pm.


18. Seoul Zoo & Sky Lift

Those who will purchase a Discover Seoul Pass will enjoy the following: one-time and one-way Sky Lift ticket, free one-way Elephant Train ticket, and free Seoul Zoo admission! Both of these attractions are found at Seoul Grand Park.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Seoul Grand Park, 102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Operational hours for Seoul Zoo & Sky Lift are regularly updated. Refer to their listing on Discover Seoul Pass website to get the schedule.

    • Last admission is one (1) hour before closing. They are open year-round.

19. 63 Square (63 Building)

63 ART Gallery will give Discover Seoul Pass users an amazing opportunity to enjoy artworks of various genres on the 60/F of the famous and luminous 63 Building. (Where else can you find an art gallery that’s 264 meters above sea level?!) Admission to 63 ART is free with Discover Seoul Pass.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 63 Building, 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-10pm

  • More info: Last admission is at 8:30pm. 63 Square (63 Building) is open year-round.

20. AREX (Airport Railroad Express)

Screengrab from  Klook

Screengrab from Klook

Yep, those who’ll avail a Discover Seoul Pass will also get a free one-way express train ticket from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station! How cool can this tourist card get?

For more details on using this feature, go the AREX listing on Discover Seoul Pass website. (If you’re not buying the pass, you can purchase your single-journey tickets here. It costs around ₱375 or $7.2, if not discounted.)

21. Running Man Thematic Experience Center Ep.1: Find the Treasure

Experience the popular entertainment Korean show Running Man by taking part in the fun activities of Ep. 1 Find the Treasure! As the 8th member of Running Man, Discover Seoul Pass holders will receive orders and carry out various missions throughout the playground.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Hana Building B1 (SM Duty Free), 41, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-8pm

  • More info:

    • If you don’t want to buy the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit the Running Man Thematic Experience Center in Seoul, you can purchase your admission ticket/s here. It costs around ₱700 or $13.5, if not discounted.

    • Last admission is at 7pm. Running Man Thematic Experience Center in Seoul is open year-round.

22. Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus)

Seoul City Tour Bus (Seoul Tiger Bus) guarantees Discover Seoul Pass holders an affordable and memorable tour of Seoul. Each passenger will be provided with an individual headset to listen to the audio guide that's available in several languages.  You can freely customize your trip by selecting the tour schedule and stops of your choice. Your ticket will allow you to hop on and off the tour bus throughout the whole day.

Bus courses to choose from are as follows: Downtown Palace Course, Seoul Panorama Course, Gangnam City Tour, and the Night Course. You can find more details in the tour bus’s official website.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 61-1, Taepyongno 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea (different from bus pick-up and drop-off points)

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5:30pm, every 30-60 mins

  • More info:

    • To ride the bus, you must first pick up your ticket at the Seoul Tiger Bus ticket booth and then board the bus at the departure point.

    • Check that the bus is a Seoul Tiger Bus before boarding (Course A, B, C, or D).

    • Discover Seoul Pass holders can choose only one (1) of the four courses.

    • The audio guide is now available in 12 languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Malaysian.

    • If you don’t want to buy the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to ride the Seoul Tiger Bus, you can purchase your ticket/s here. It costs around ₱875 or $17, if not discounted.

23. Seoul Battleship Park

Seoul Battleship is a 102m-long and 11.3m-wide frigate that protected South Korea's territorial sea for 30 years. Foreigners that will get a Discover Seoul Pass can visit Seoul Battleship’s first floor living quarters, work areas, and the ship’s deck. Expect to enjoy the beautiful sunset by the Han River.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: 407, Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • March-October

      • Weekdays: 10am-7pm

      • Saturdays, Sundays, & Public Holidays in Korea: 10am-8pm

    • November-February

      • Weekdays: 10am-5pm

      • Saturdays, Sundays, & Public Holidays in Korea: 10am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Seoul Battleship is closed on Mondays, Jan. 1, Seollal, and Chuseok.

24. Football Faentasium

Football Faentasium is a football-themed attraction in Korea where Discover Seoul Pass holders can take part in various fun activities that feature a mix of sports and IT (VR and AR technology).

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Football Faentasium, west side of World Cup Stadium, 240, World Cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 9am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.

    • Football Faentasium Korea is closed on Seollal, and Chuseok holidays in Korea.

    • Free admission to children under three (3) years old (one child per one adult guardian).

    • Re-entry is permitted only within 1 hour from first admission. 

    • Depending on the circumstances, there may be wait times for certain activities. 

    • No outside food will be allowed inside Football Faentasium Korea. 

    • Visitors may be asked to leave by the management if the visitor’s actions are deemed disruptive or dangerous. Visitors will be responsible for accidents resulting from the visitor’s carelessness. 

    • Pets, except for service animals, are not allowed. 

    • Free lockers are available upon request. Please inquire at the Information Desk in the lobby. Lockers may be unavailable in case of too many visitors.

25. Sealala Water Park & Korean Spa

Image credit:  Discover Seoul Pass

Image credit: Discover Seoul Pass

Experience the Korean jjimjilbang culture at Sealala! Sealala is a relaxing spa and water park where you and your friends can enjoy traditional Korean jjimjilbang culture in a modern environment. Discover Seoul Pass holders can enjoy various jjimjilbang and spa facilities, such as a red clay sauna, a charcoal herbal medicine room, far-infrared radiation room, an ice room, etc. (I’d recommend visiting this site when you’re done with all your tours! It’s a great way to regain your energy.)

Also read: LIST: Best Jjimjilbang in Seoul

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: SK Leaders View B2, 164, Mullae-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): Open 24/7

  • More info:

    • Only the Korean spa/sauna facilities are free with the Discover Seoul Pass. Waterpark admission fee may be paid separately.

    • Jjimjilbang clothing rental is free with the Discover Seoul Pass.

    • If you stay for over 12 hours at Sealala, you will need to pay ₩1,000 for every extra hour (that’s around ₱45 or $0.9)

    • Every year in September or October, the spa will be closed for 2-3 weeks for scheduled maintenance of facilities (visitors will be notified about the schedule in advance).

    • If you’re looking to go to the famous Dragon Hill Spa, you can book your visit here.

26. Seoul Bike

Get ready for a fun Seoul itinerary! Seoul Bike is a convenient bicycle-sharing system that can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Discover Seoul Pass users can use the Discover Seoul Pass QR code to get the 8-digit rental number. This number can be used to use the Seoul Bike system during a 24-hour period. You can buy additional rental vouchers and check the number of bikes at each rental location through the app and website (map is only available in Korean). More details here.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Available at over 1,100 rental locations

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): Available 24/7

  • More info:

    • Regardless of the pass duration, the bike can be used for 24 hours from the time of rental.

    • During the 24 hours, Discover Seoul Pass holders can return the bike and rent another one.

    • Discover Seoul Pass holders can use the voucher only one time, regardless of the pass expiration date.

27. Seoul Animation Center

Image credit:  Discover Seoul Pass

Image credit: Discover Seoul Pass

Meet all the famous Korean cartoon characters! Seoul Animation Center is a special character-themed activity and cultural space where Discover Seoul Pass users can meet Korean animation characters through various activity programs. This site’s perfect if you’re building a Discover Seoul Pass itinerary with children (and fans of Pororo!) in mind.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: Namsan Central Tower 1F-2F, 48, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-6pm

  • More info: Seoul Animation Center is closed on Mondays and during public holidays in Korea.

28. SMTOWN Museum

Meet your most adored SM artists and experience their work at this fresh new cultural complex! At SMTOWN Museum, visitors that will present the Discover Seoul Pass can check out the history, albums, performance outfits, and various merchandise of SM artists from their debut up to the present. You'll also be able to learn how content for SM artists are made. Guests will also have the unique opportunity of meeting your favorite SM idols through VR and augmented reality technology.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul

  • Address: SMTOWN@coexartium 3F, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 11:30am-8:50pm

  • More info:

    • If you don’t want to buy the Discover Seoul Pass but still want to visit SMTown Museum, you can purchase your ticket/s here. It costs around ₱825 or $16, if not discounted.

29. Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art consists of two museums that Discover Seoul Pass holders can enjoy: Museum 1, which grandly exhibits Korean antiquities and Museum 2, which has interactive displays of both Korean and international contemporary art. This is a must-add attraction in your Discover Seoul Pass itinerary!

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10:30am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Leeum Samsung Museum of Art is closed every Monday, January 1, Lunar New Year and Chuseok holidays.

    • Available for visitors aged 7 years and above.

    • Last admission is at 5:30pm.


30. Museum Kimchikan

Discover Seoul Pass holders will be treated to an expansive collection and display of kimchi and other fermented dishes around the world!

Also read: Museum Kimchikan: From Side Dish to a Notable Attraction

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 4-6/F, 35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Additional payment is required through the Kimchikan homepage if you want to enroll in any of this attraction’s kimchi-making programs.

    • Museum Kimchikan in Korea is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s holidays, Chuseok, and Christmas.

31. Simone Handbag Museum

Simone Handbag Museum is the first museum of its kind and exhibits around 350 handbags (from 16th-21st century) collected from world's greatest public auctions and collectors. Aficionados and fashionistas must surely add this museum into their Discover Seoul Pass itinerary!

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 17, Dosan-daero 13-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm

    • Sunday: 11am-7pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission to Simone Handbag Museum Korea is 20 minutes before closing time.

    • Discover Seoul Pass users will get 20% off on drinks at the Museum Café as well as a 20% discount on art items from the Museum Shop.

32. Coreana Cosmetics Museum

If you’re interested to see the origin of K-Beauty, come to in Garosu-gil, a street where you can find almost every Korean cosmetic shops! Discover Seoul Pass holders will get entry to Coreana Cosmetics Museum, where the history of Korean make-up culture are exhibited through materials, ornaments and make-up tools of old.

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 827 Eonjuro Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass): 10am-7pm

  • More info: Coreana Cosmetics Museum Korea is closed on Sundays, Korean Traditional Holidays, and New Year's Day.

33. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea is a comprehensive center for the arts equipped with a digital information hall, multimedia hall, a movie theater, and exhibition halls. Through its various exhibitions, films, performances and educational programs, this museum in Korea provides an extensive overview of contemporary Korean art of multiple genres.

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 30 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Monday: 10am-6pm

    • Tuesday: 10am-6pm

    • Wednesday: 10am-6pm

    • Thursday: 10am-6pm

    • Friday: 10am-9pm

    • Saturday: 10am-9pm

    • Sunday: 10am-6pm

  • More info:

    • Last admission at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul is one (1) hour before closing.

    • Closed on January 1, Lunar New Year's Day, and Chuseok holidays in Korea.

34. National Museum of Korea (Special exhibitions)

National Museum of Korea is the biggest museum in Korea that houses over 5000 years of Korean history! The permanent exhibition halls of this attraction has 12,044 artifacts in 50 rooms which are divided into 6 themes. The special exhibition halls showcase foreign pieces, as well as newly found artifacts and collections of special research topics that haven't been featured in the permanent collection. Admission to special exhibitions is free with Discover Seoul Pass.

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • Monday: 10am-6pm

    • Tuesday: 10am-6pm

    • Wednesday: 10am-9pm

    • Thursday: 10am-6pm

    • Friday: 10am-6pm

    • Saturday: 10am-9pm

    • Sunday: 10am-7pm

  • More info:

    • No ticket is required to enter the museum’s Main Exhibition Hall.

    • Regular opening hours apply for Special Exhibition Space, Children's Museum, and Outdoor Exhibition Hall.

35. Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village is a traditional culture and arts village that offers five restored traditional Korean houses, pavilion, traditional garden, performance arts stage, and the Seoul Millennium Time Capsule Plaza. Enjoy the atmosphere and experience the value of preserving traditions and culture.

  • Attraction type: Museums in Seoul

  • Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):

    • April-October: 9am-9pm

    • November-March: 9am-8pm

  • More info:

    • Benefit for the Discover Seoul Pass user: one (1) free drink from Cafe Dalgang

    • Namsangol Hanok Village is closed on Mondays.

    • Regular opening hours apply for Special Exhibition Space, Children's Museum, and Outdoor Exhibition Hall.

Sample Discover Seoul Pass Itinerary

Image Credit: Discover Seoul Pass

To get the best out of the Discover Seoul Pass, you'd have to consider the following when planning for your Korea trip:

  • Operating hours of the attraction

  • Hours of guided tours, if available and preferred

  • Distances between attractions (you can check out the interactive map on Discover Seoul Pass’s website by clicking here.)

  • Transportation routes

If you’d like to visit Gyeongbokgung, Jongmyo, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Alive Museum, and other attractions in Jongno area, you can refer to this map:

Attractions that are in walking distance to each other. Image credit:  Discover Seoul Pass Facebook Page

Attractions that are in walking distance to each other. Image credit: Discover Seoul Pass Facebook Page

Here is a sample Discover Seoul Pass itinerary:

DAY 1: A Mix of Everything
Visit at least 1 historical attraction, 1 cultural attraction, and 1 amusement

9:30am-11am 
Tour
Seodaemun Prison History Museum
- Visit where Japanese soldiers tortured and executed Korean Independence Movement followers.
- See the execution room, watchtowers, and the basement jail cell where Yu Gwan-Sun died
- Discover why “A Place of Experience” is the most horrifying and dreadful place in the prison.

11am-11:45am 
Travel to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA)

11:45am-12:45pm
Lunch at Cafe Grano (inside MMCA)

12:45pm-2:45pm
Tour National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- View current exhibitions

2:45pm-3:30pm
Travel to Museum Kimchikan

3:30pm-4:30pm
Tour Museum Kimchikan
- See why the museum was chosen as one of the world’s Top 11 Food Museums by CNN.

4:30pm-5pm
Travel to Alive Museum

5pm-6:30pm
Tour Alive Museum
- View optical illusion art and digital media exhibitions on Basements 1 & 2
- Take lots and lots of photos!
Optional: Learn Patbingsu Making for 40 min and Paper Craft for 30 min


BUY THE DISCOVER SEOUL PASS

Remember! Discover Seoul Passes are available in 1, 2, and 3-day options, so choose the one that best suits your itinerary.

Purchase yours now! Screengrab from  Klook

Purchase yours now! Screengrab from Klook

  • PRICE: starts at ₱1,820 or $35.18 for the 24-hour pass, if not discounted

  • Discover Seoul Pass with built-in T-Money function

  • Free access to a selection of at least 35 tourist attractions + discounted admission to 30 more attractions within 24 hours

  • Each attraction can only be entered once. The discount also can only be used once.

If you don't have a Klook account yet, you're in luck! You can get a discount if you sign up and book using my referral link. Click the button below to create an account!

TIPS!

  • Looking for the list of Discover Seoul Pass sites where you can get discounts? You’ll find it here.

  • Did you know that there are BTS and EXO designs of the Discover Seoul Passes?

  • Discover Seoul Pass just got an upgrade! Read: Meet the 'Seoul Plus Edition' of Discover Seoul Pass

  • When booking with Klook, select the date when you intend to redeem or pick up your Discover Seoul Pass, not when you will actually use it.

  • Pick up your pass in the following locations: Incheon International Airport Terminals 1 or 2, Gimpo International Airport, or at the Myeongdong Tourist Information Center

  • To use your Discover Seoul Pass, present it at the ticket booth of each partner site or attraction in order to receive your actual entrance ticket.

  • Your card will automatically be activated the first time you first visit a partner site.

  • If unused, the Discover Seoul Pass expires five years after the issued date indicated on the card. However, you can still use it as your T-Money card for as long as you want (no expiry!).

  • Remember that you'd have to load your Discover Seoul Pass if you'll use it to pay for transportation. Read this article to get an idea of how much you should load.

  • Get the most out of your Discover Seoul Pass by downloading their official app. You will be able to see the remaining time left on your pass, and which attractions are eligible to visit.

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  • You must show the physical card to gain admission to attractions. Entry is not possible by presenting the app or an image of your pass.

  • Discounted attractions, AREX, Seoul Bike can be used once each, regardless of the pass duration.


How to Use the Discover Seoul Pass

When you have your Discover Seoul Pass in hand and are ready to get started with your itinerary, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to the attraction of your choice and present your pass (card-type or mobile version) at the ticket booth.

  2. They will issue you an admission ticket for that particular attraction.

  3. Enjoy.

As mentioned above, your Discover Seoul Pass will automatically be activated on your first visit to a partner site.

For more information on how to use your Discover Seoul Pass (and maximize your itinerary!), visit the official website here.

One last thing

Don't forget that the regular Discover Seoul Pass (excluding some limited-edition designs like the one featuring BTS) also doubles as a T-Money card. This will save you the cost of buying one, so you'd just have to spend for your top-up. 

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