Travel to Korea | Top 15 Outdoor Activities in South Korea for the Summer
Updated: Mar 16
For the adrenaline junkie, spring/summer in Korea is the perfect time to go out and experience a thrilling adventure doing various outdoor sports activities. However, for many foreigners, options can sometimes seem limited since information on many places is usually only in Korean and is difficult to plan for. Booking and planning for your next outdoor adventure has never been easier with Wonderful’s help. Simply send your preferences and our assistants will help plan your next adrenaline filled vacation, complete with accommodation and transportation options.
To give you some ideas on what to do this coming summer, here is a list of the top 15 outdoor activities in Korea. Feel free to send us a message on Kakao talk, Facebook Messenger or Email if you have any questions.
1. Sky Diving
Quick Facts: Cost estimate for Skydiving would be around 320,000 KRW ~ 500,000 KRW depending on the course. A video recording would cost extra. Actual diving experience will take about 20~40 seconds also depending on the course.
2. Bungee Jumping
Quick Facts: The highest bungee Jump in Korea is at 62 meters in Jecheon City. The cost would be about 40,000 KRW per person.
3. Zip Lining
Quick Facts: The longest continuous zip line in Korea is 1.487 Km long located at the Hadong Alps Leports (Leisure + sports). The full course has 3 parts, 732m, 1487m and 967m in length. The fastest speed reachable is 120 km/h. The image above is the Zip Line at Nami Island.
Quick Facts: There are paragliding places all over the country, from Jeju to Incheon. Weather conditions can affect paragliding schedules so its always good to check before hand and make a reservation. Average costs range from 100,000 KRW ~ 150,000 KRW.
5. Scuba diving
Quick Facts: The most famous spots for diving in Korea are Gangneung/East Sea, Uljin, Jeju Island, and the South Sea. The South Sea and Jeju Island tend to have clearer waters. It is recommended to dive in autumn since the ocean is warmed up during the summer. Costs vary from 40,000 KRW ~ 150,000 KRW depending on the length of the dive and the course.
6. Para Sailing
Quick Facts: Parasailing in Korea is mostly done in Jeju Island. Costs would be about 54,000 KRW ~ 80,000 KRW. One ride will take about 40 ~ 50 minutes long.
Quick Facts: The best surfing spots in Korea are located in Busan, Jeju Island and Yangyang (Gangneung/East Sea). Yangyang beach is exclusively dedicated to surfing. Expect costs of 30,000 KRW ~ 50,000 KRW, for a quick lesson and surf experience. If you are looking to become a pro, there are surf schools available for that too.
Quick Facts: Best enjoyed with a group of 4 or more people. Costs depend on the number of people, with large groups getting discounts. Expect to pay more than 30,000 KRW per person. There are plenty of options to choose from all over the country.
9. ATV Tours
Quick Facts: There are places that offer an ATV driving experience all over Korea. It is advised that you have a drivers license for safety reasons. Expect to pay about 25,000 KRW for a 30 minute experience and above 40,000 KRW for an hour long experience.
10. White Water rafting
Quick Facts: Expect to pay 25,000 KRW ~ 100,000 KRW. Large groups tend to have discounts. The longest rafting course in the country is about 3 hours long and will cost about 45,000 KRW per person.
11. Rock Climbing and Bouldering
Quick Facts: There are many public bouldering/free climbing gyms in Seoul, even along the Han River. (Ttukseom Climbing Wall). For real rock climbing, we would recommend Insu Bong or Seoraksan if you live in Seoul.
12. Go cart Racing
Quick Facts: The most exciting race cart track is at the Paju Speed Park. With a 1.2km long and 11m wide race track, you should be able to enjoy an exciting race with friends. Costs are about 20,000 KRW for a basic experience course, to 250,000 KRW for a full day rental program.
Quick Facts: Korea has a rich history with Archery, dating back to the 5th Century BC, when riders shot arrows on horseback. There are horseback archery competitions still held today. There are many indoor and outdoor archery ranges through out the country.
14. Ejection seat and Big Swing rides
Quick Facts: There is only one theme park with both the ejection seat ride and the big swing ride in Korea, that is the Cheongpung extreme sports land in Jecheon City. Instead of dropping, you are shot 162m into the sky at 120 km/h while strapped to a seat.
15. River Bugging
Quick Facts: River bugging is similar to rafting except for the fact that you are on your own floating tube. You also descend a river feet first, which can help navigate areas with rocks. Expect to pay about 60,000 KRW for a 3 hour experience. Price might vary depending on the course.
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