LIST: Discover Seoul Pass Attractions to Include in Your Itinerary

Explore Seoul in the best way possible! Book your mobile Discover Seoul Pass here.

Highlights

  • Spend less and experience more with the mobile Discover Seoul Pass, a virtual tour card that will give you automatic admission to at least 40 attractions in the capital. (You get a one-way AREX train ride too!)
  • It comes in 24, 48, and 72-hour variants (1, 2, and 3 days), which you can book at a discount on WAUG. Click here to see the discounted price and availability.
  • To help you plan your Discover Seoul Pass itinerary, we’ve listed the essential information for the partner attractions below.
  • Finally, if you have not used WAUG before, you can receive an extra $3 off your mobile Discover Seoul Pass purchase by signing up here.

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Meet the Mobile Discover Seoul Pass

Mobile Discover Seoul Pass.

If you want to maximize your visit to Korea (and add on to your Instagram feed!), there’s no better way than to use a Discover Seoul Pass, which the government of Seoul has specifically designed for foreigners. This tourist card can unlock more than forty (40) attractions in the capital, including the famous Gyeongbok Palace, National Museum of Korea, and N Seoul Tower. (Yes, you won’t have to buy separate tickets for these attractions — and more!) You will also get a free one-time AREX train ride, which you can use to get to Seoul from Incheon airport or vice versa.

Your virtual tour card. Credit: Discover Seoul Pass

Another thing to like about this tourist card is that it comes in the mobile version, which is very convenient to use. After purchasing your mobile Discover Seoul pass here, all you need to do is to download the official app, activate your card, and enter the attraction with your phone when you’re ready to start exploring!

Discover Seoul Pass Attractions for Your Itinerary

What are the attractions that you can visit with your Discover Seoul Pass? Here are a couple that you can include in your itinerary!

1. Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbokgung is the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s located at the heart of Seoul and has the beautiful Bugaksan (mountain) as its background. With your mobile Discover Seoul Pass, you can enter this important attraction where the king presided over his subjects and maintained legislative affairs.

  • 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.
    • Make sure to visit with a hanbok on! You can rent yours here.

2. Changdeokgung or Changdeok Palace

Changdeokgung was built in 1405 during the reign of King Taejong. It was the second royal villa after Gyeongbokgung, but it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion in 1592-1598. The site was restored 12 years after under the reign of Prince Gwanghae. (In 1997, Changdeokgung was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reinforces the “outstanding universal value” that the attraction has.)

  • Attraction type: Historical site in Seoul
  • Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):
    • February-March: 9am-6pm 
    • June-August: 9am-6:30pm
    • (September-October: 9am-6pm)
    • November to January: 9am-5:30pm
  • 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.

3. Changgyeonggung or Changgyeong Palace

Changgyeonggung is another royal palace that you can visit with your mobile Discover Seoul Pass. This historical attraction has its own Western-style conservatory and greenhouse that was built in 1909. If you do not have the time to visit Changgyeonggung while your Discover Seoul Pass is still active, you can still enter it for free anytime provided that 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): 9am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
  • More info:
    • You can rent your Korean traditional wear or hanbok here.
    • Last admission is one (1) hour prior to closing.
    • Changgyeonggung Palace is closed on Mondays.

4. Deoksugung or Deoksu Palace

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Originally a private residence of a royalty, Deoksugung has become another historical palace in Korea that is considered unique for its seal engravings and Western-style garden. The Changing of the Royal Guards show here can be viewed in front of Daehanmun 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): 9am-9pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
  • 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 mobile Discover Seoul Pass. Jongmyo is where the spirit tablets of previous kings and queens are placed traditionally, so the new successors used to come to this place to pay tribute to the deceased.

  • Attraction type: Historical site in Seoul
  • Address: 157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Hours of Operation (taken from Discover Seoul Pass):
    • February-May: 9am-6pm 
    • June-July: 9am-6:30pm
    • September-October: 9am-6pm 
    • November to January: 9am-5:30pm
  • More info:
    • Tours to the shrine must be accompanied by a cultural asset commentator. English tours are available at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. If you want to do a DIY tour, you can do so on Saturdays and the last Wednesday of the month.
    • 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 Koreans who resisted Japanese rule (or Korean Independence Fighters). Today, the prison stands as an important symbol of Korea’s democracy.

  • 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, as well as during the Lunar New Year, January 1st, and Chuseok.
    • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

7. N Seoul Tower Observatory

One of the must-see attractions in Seoul is the iconic N Seoul Tower. Perched on Namsan, this structure beams magnificently at night and provides a sweeping view of the city skyline through its observatory — a real treat to mobile Discover Seoul Pass users. 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: 7 Tips for N Seoul Tower Visitors: Observatory Tickets, Hours, & 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:
    • N Seoul Tower Observatory hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions.
    • N Seoul Tower is open year-round.
    • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

8. 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. Here, Discover Seoul Pass holders will get to enjoy 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.

9. Trickeye Museum

Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D museum in Hongdae, a hipster neighborhood in Seoul. This attraction presents artworks that were created using a traditional art technique called Trompe-l’oeil (literally translated as “trick of the eye”), which makes 2D paintings appear 3D. Discover Seoul Pass holders will definitely have a great time posing for the ‘gram in this partner attraction.

  • 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.

10. Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze

Alive Museum is an attraction that’s globally recognized for their optical illusion exhibits. The Insadong branch in Korea opened in 2014 and offers interactive works of art that will you and your friends will enjoy. On the other hand, the museum’s Dynamic Maze adventure is a unique, cross-dimensional installation where participants must work together to overcome obstacles and challenges.

  • 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.

11. Hanboknam

What’s a trip to Korea without getting to wear the country’s traditional costume? At Hanboknam Gyeongbokgung Branch, holders of the Discover Seoul Pass will get free rental of their favorite hanbok for 90 minutes! With a hanbok on, you can visit Gyeongbokgung (again!) for free and have an enjoyable photo-taking session.

  • 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 one (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’ve put on the 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 $4.4) for a traditional hanbok or ₩10,000 (around $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 $7.

12. COEX Aquarium

COEX Aquarium is a world-class themed attraction where education meets entertainment. Here, Mobile 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): Open daily from 10am-9pm.
  • More info:
    • Leaflets are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic.
    • Mobile Discover Seoul Pass holders get 10% discount at the gift shop!

13. Seoul Zoo & Sky Lift

Mobile Discover Seoul Pass users will enjoy the following in these attractions: one-time and one-way Sky Lift ticket, free one-way Elephant Train ticket, and free Seoul Zoo admission! Both of these attractions are located in 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.

14. 63 Square (63 Building)

63 ART Gallery will give mobile Discover Seoul Pass users the opportunity to enjoy artworks that are displayed on the 60th floor of the famous 63 Building.

  • 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 9:30pm. 63 Square (63 Building) is open year-round.

15. AREX (Airport Railroad Express)

Yep, you’re reading this right! 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.

16. 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, mobile Discover Seoul Pass holders will be given orders and carry out missions throughout the activity — just like in the show!

  • 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): 11am-6pm
  • 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 $7.74, if not discounted.
    • Last admission is at 7pm. Running Man Thematic Experience Center in Seoul is open year-round.

17. Sealala Water Park & Korean Spa (Jjimjilbang)

Experience the Korean jjimjilbang culture at Sealala! Here you and your friends can enjoy the traditional and wholesome way of rest and recreation in a modern environment. Mobile 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.)

  • 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. If you plan to try the Waterpark, you must pay the admission fee separately.
    • Jjimjilbang clothing rental is free with for mobile Discover Seoul Pass holders!
    • 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).

18. Seoul Bike

Want to bike your way around Seoul? You got it! Seoul Bike is a convenient bicycle-sharing system that can be used by mobile Discover Seoul Pass users. Find more details here.

  • Attraction type: Activities in Seoul
  • Address: 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 only 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.

19. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art consists of two museums that mobile 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.

  • 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.

20. 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 free to visit for everyone.)
    • Namsangol Hanok Village is closed on Mondays.
    • Regular opening hours apply for Special Exhibition Space, Children’s Museum, and Outdoor Exhibition Hall.

Looking for more attractions?

To see the full list of Discover Seoul Pass partner attractions that you can add in your itinerary, click below:

Sample Mobile Discover Seoul Pass Itinerary

To get the best out of your mobile 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

Here is a slow-paced sample Discover Seoul Pass itinerary that includes at least 1 historical attraction, 1 cultural attraction, and 1 amusement attraction.

9:30-11am: 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.

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

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

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

View current exhibitions

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

3:30-4:30pm: Tour Museum Kimchikan

See why the museum was chosen as one of the world’s Top 11 Food Museums by CNN.

4:30-5pm: Travel to Alive Museum

5-6:30pm: Tour Alive Museum

View optical illusion art and digital media exhibitions at Basements 1 & 2.

Tips for Mobile Discover Seoul Pass Users

1. Aside from getting free admission to attractions, you can also get discounts in various establishments.

This includes PooPoo Land, JUMP, Hyundai Department Store Duty-Free, The Shilla Duty-Free Seoul, and more! You can find the rest here.

2. I heard about the Discover Seoul Pass Plus Edition. What is it?

It’s exactly like the regular Discover Seoul Pass, except that you can also get admission (and discounts) to attractions outside Seoul! The Discover Seoul Pass Plus is usually released in limited quantities only.

3. When will my 24, 48, or 72 hours start?

Your mobile Discover Seoul Pass will automatically be activated after entering the first attraction.

4. How do I download the Discover Seoul Pass app for iOS or Android?

Here’s the link for iPhone users, and here’s the link for Android phone users.

5. Does the Discover Seoul Pass come in special designs?

Yes, once in a while they release limited-edition Discover Seoul Pass designs that feature BTS, EXO, and other cultural icons.

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안녕하세요. 글로벌 콘텐츠 마케터 Kevin입니다. Hey, I'm Kevin from the Marketing Team. If you have any questions about WAUG or this blog post, feel free to send me an email!

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