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Top 7 Wellness & Fitness Activities To Do in Seoul, Korea

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There is a growing trend of travellers going back to nature or wellness inspired activities during their holidays. More travellers prefer to take walking or hiking trips, visiting a spa or receiving beauty treatments, cycling, water sports, mediation, yoga retreat and more.

To inspire you on a more health-conscious holiday to Korea, we have put together our Top 7 picks of Nature, Wellness and Fitness Activities for your holiday in Seoul, Korea.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Hiking at Cheonggyesan Mountain | KoreaToDo

1. Hiking at Cheonggyesan Mountain

Seoul offers numerous hiking trails of different scenic views, historical heritage and for different fitness levels, all within easy access by public transport. Of which, our top pick goes to hiking at Cheonggyesan Mountain.

 

Compared to the more popular Bukhansan National Park with its many hiking trails, entry points and braving the steep incline with ropes to reach the highest Baegundae Peak, hiking at Cheonggyesan is much simpler and safer (no ropes required!). You get to walk in the dense nature forest of well-maintained trails and reach its highest Maebong peak (582m) with spectacular views!

 

At the end of the hike, celebrate your achievement on reaching a Korean mountain summit with a well-deserved meal at one of the many great restaurants nearby.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Relax at Korean Traditional Spa -  Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang | KoreaToDo

2. Relax at a Korean Traditional Spa, Jjimjilbang [CLOSED]

Unlike the coziness of a Japanese onsen (hot spring), Korean Traditional Spa is generally a huge place of multiple storeys and a social place for bonding with friends and families. It offers diverse facilities and services to increase the body’s energy and spirit.

Its medicinal hot and cold baths are good for the skin with healing properties. The hot and cold fomentation sauna rooms (jade, charcoal, salt, oxygen, etc) improve metabolism and enhance blood flow. Get a sports massage, Korean scrub or rest at its sleeping rooms.

Feel refreshed and relaxed when you step out of the jjimjilbang.

Yes, you need to get fully undressed... only at the bath area/floor.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Pamper Yourself to a Korean Luxurious Spa - Sulwhasoo Flagship Store | KoreaToDo

3. Pamper Yourself to a Well-known Korean Luxurious Spa

Experience the prestige and healing benefits of Korean herbal medicinal spa with treatments performed in the Royal Palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Indulge in the red ginseng foot bath (yes, Ginseng). Choose from the premium Korean Herbal Medicinal Anti-aging Spa or Contemporary Korean Medicinal Balance Spa of different body and facial treatments using premium products, effective techniques and tools (e.g. jade applicator).

After your spa treatments, purchase your favourite store exclusive products/gifts and enjoy complimentary selection of teas and iced mochi at its Rooftop Tea Cafe with panoramic park view.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Have a Nourishing Ginseng Meal at Tosokchon Samgyetang | KoreaToDo

4. Improve your well-being with a Nourishing Ginseng Meal

Korean Ginseng is renowned worldwide and has been used for its remarkable health benefits for centuries. It is known to improve metabolism, enhance immunity, increase mental alertness, relieve stress and other benefits.

Why not treat yourself to the popular and nourishing Korean ginseng chicken soup in your holiday to Korea? Separately, the black-toned chicken, available only to royalty in the past is recorded in the oriental-medicine books as a healthy food to clear the blood and improve stamina.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Relax along Han River at Ttukseom Hangang Park | KoreaToDo

5. Cycle with the pleasant breezes along Hangang River

The Hangang (Han River) has witnessed the history of Koreans for over five thousand years.

 

Cycle on the bicycle track along Han River and witness the beauty of its transformation today. For the water lovers, why not get on the duck boats, row boats or motor speed boats for another exciting experience? or would you prefer to climb a rock wall and enjoy view of Hangang from the top? or try your skill at a skate park?

 

Fun-filled outdoor activities await you at Hangang Park.

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Leisure walk across Jamsil Railway Bridge above Han River | KoreaToDo

6. View the Han River from the Railway Bridge

Instead of spending your holiday in Seoul at all tourist hot spots, why not spend some leisure time walking across the railway bridge and view the beautiful Han River from above? You will be glad to know that the bridge is connected to subway stations end-to-end, allowing you to make this trip effortlessly. On top, you can take the elevator from the bridge to the nature Hangang Park below. Highly recommended!

Wellness & Fitness in Seoul - Purify your mind and body at Bongeunsa Temple | KoreaToDo

7. Purify your mind and body with Temple Stay

Experience the unique Korean Buddhist tradition through the monastic daily life with temple stay. Purify your mind and body inside a city temple on the journey to find oneself.

KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets

➥ Handpicked experiences by KoreaToDo for their uniqueness, value, popularity, price competitiveness and at times, tedious to reach by public transport.

K-Beauty Skincare Products & Lipstick Making Experience

K-Beauty Skincare Products & Lipstick Making Experience

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tailor-made your own skincare

Lee Moon Won Clinic (Korean Traditional Medicine hair/scalp treatment)

Lee Moon Won Clinic (Korean Traditional Medicine hair/scalp treatment)

4.9★

one of the best hair spas

Perfume Making Experience with Professional Perfumers

Perfume Making Experience with Professional Perfumers

4.6★

create your own unique scent

O HUI & WHOO SPA Myeongdong

O HUI & WHOO SPA Myeongdong

4.4★

25% off skin care kits

Nail Art & Hairstyling Experience at OLRANG, Hongdae

Nail Art & Hairstyling Experience at OLRANG, Hongdae

4.5★

onsite English translation

SPA 1899 Daechi Branch (SPA G Gangnam Cheongkwanjang SPA)

SPA 1899 Daechi Branch (SPA G Gangnam Cheongkwanjang SPA)

4.7★

signature Red Ginseng!

Korean Top Celebrity Hair Styling Experience at Jenny House

Korean Top Celebrity Hair Styling Experience at Jenny House

4.5★

onsite eng/chn translation

Yeo Yong Guk Korean Traditional Medicine Spa Packages

Yeo Yong Guk Korean Traditional Medicine Spa Packages

4.7★

must-go wellness place by KTO

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