It is the most wonderful season of the year, just as the lyrics of a famous song. If you happen to stay during this wonderful time in Seoul for Christmas, there are several places you can go to. Because Christmas is basically a Western holiday, it is not as huge or glamorous as the one in European countries, still, you can enjoy Christmas mood in Seoul.
Seoul City Hall
The plaza in front of Seoul City Hall has turned into a Christmas market with a tree that stands 20 meters tall. A total of 27 vendors and 22 food trucks are there to make year-end shopping more joyful, but what really makes it special is the ice rink, set to open Friday, and its location.
Check out the palace Deoksugung Palace, where the quaint stonewall walkway is lit up with hanging lanterns, and the light-filled Cheonggyecheon Stream, the venue for the city’s ambitious winter festival.
Seoul’s Bamdokkaebi Night Market
Han River Park(Yeouido)
Seoul’s Bamdokkaebi Night Market’s official 2019 run ended in mid-October but is back for a special Christmas edition. Opening at the Multiplaza inside Yeouido Han River Park, the market’s Bamdokkaebi charm is intact — a mix of delectable food, drinks, live music and a night view of the city, plus the Christmas ambiance with all the lights and decorations.
Some 30 food trucks will serve up Christmas treats from Western countries as well as local food. Over 60 vendors and handcraft artists are to join. There will be live music as well. The market continues until Dec. 29. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 3-9 p.m. on Dec. 25, 28 and 29. Closed Dec. 26-27.
The pedestrian-only street Yonsei-ro is beautifully lit up for Christmas. It will host a Christmas-themed street fair for small and midsize enterprises sponsored by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups.
Nearly 1,400 companies have registered as vendors at the event, which entails not just an outdoor marketplace but a series of promotional activities including K-pop concerts. The market stretches from the entrance to Yonsei University as far as Sinchon Station and is open 3-9 p.m. every day till Dec. 29.
Source: The Korea Herald