The Best Things To Do For Your Birthday In Seoul
Seoul is a huge city – there is a lot to do! When I’m not traveling abroad, I often choose to spend my birthday in
Where To Stay For Your Birthday In
Whenever I celebrate my birthday in
The Park Hyatt is an incredible Hyatt property in
The Four Seasons is another 5-star luxury hotel situated in the center of
Best Mid-range Option:
Hotel Cappucino describes itself as the perfect home from home for international travelers and Seoulites seeking a new, yet friendly, fun, yet cause-driven hotel. The hotel puts great emphasis on attractive spaces filled with thoughtful detail – not to mention Hotel Cappucino is pet-friendly! The rooftop bar/restaurant is another eye-catching benefit of this property.
Your Birthday In
Seoul – The Fun Stuff
Now let’s get to the fun stuff. The things that actually make your birthday in
The Best Places for Birthday Dinners in
I don’t know about you but food is very important to me – especially on my birthday. Whether it’s a big brunch, afternoon tea or a lavish dinner,
Cornerstone Buffet at Park Hyatt
Cornerstone at The Park Hyatt
You can take a look at the whole menu here.
Strawberry Barbie Buffet at the JW Marriott Dongdaemun
This is hands-down my favorite dessert experience in
Park Hyatt Afternoon Tea
During the strawberry season in South Korea, you can get your hands on the delicious “Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set” from January until the end of April. This three-tier tray offers a great selection of strawberry sweets and savories along with some delicious tea and coffee options. On top of that, the afternoon tea set is served at the Lounge on the 24th floor, a beautiful open space with amazing views of Gangnam. When it’s not strawberry season, the afternoon tea menu changes to other seasonal options!
Boccalino Italian Restaurant at Four Seasons
One year for my birthday, I had a lovely dinner at Boccalino at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Must-see Shows in
Seoul definitely knows how to do entertainment right. There is a variety of modern and traditional shows for all different tastes. I personally love me some traditional Korean shows and musicals.
Gugak Saturday Show
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind traditional Korean musical experience, the Gugak show is definitely going to impress you. of Korea’s excellent compositions in the name of arts and class, a must for Korean culture enthusiasts visiting
The closest thing to the Chippendales in Korea might be just the right show to enjoy for your birthday in
Nanta Show in
Nanta is the most successful Korean show that has even gained international popularity with theaters across Asia. The show showcases a team of chefs preparing Korean dishes in a comical way – without the use of language (similar to The Blue Man Group). This makes it easy to understand for anyone and you don’t have to be able to speak or understand Korean.
Over the past few years, the selection of musicals has increased significantly in
Places to treat yo’ self in
What better time of the year to get pampered than for your birthday? Practically being the beauty mecca of Asia,
For the longest time I had no idea that there was a LUSH spa in Seoul – and not only one but two locations! There is a LUSH spa in Itaewon and another one in the Apgujeong area of
A.H.C. Spa Gangnam
A.H.C. is a globally renowned spa with a location in Gangnam,
Cryotherapy Body and Facial Spa at Cryome
If you are into all things K-beauty, you are going to enjoy the newest craze of the beauty gurus in
Yeo Yong Guk Korean Traditional Medicine Spa Packages in
The benefits of traditional Eastern medicine is no secret. If you want to experience traditional Korean treatments using natural medicinal plants and receive an in-depth consultation regarding proper eating habits and best exercise regimen tailored to your specific needs, Yeo Yong Guk Korean Traditional Medicine Spa is the place to go!
Sulwhasoo Balance Spa Treatment in Gangnam
Sulwhasoo is a high-end Korean beauty brand standing for holistic approaches that create harmony of body and mind, inside and out. Get pampered at the Sulwhasoo Balance Spa in Gangnam and choose from a variety of treatments: 60-minute Vitality Care, 60-minute Calming Care, 70-minute Bloomstay Care or a 70-minute Mix & Match treatment.
K-beauty Skincare Products and Lipstick Making Experience in
Seoul by VIC’S LAB KOREA
Korean skincare fanatics are definitely going to enjoy this one: make your own skincare and lipstick under the guidance of a qualified make-up manufacturer. Vic’s Lab Korea gives you the unique opportunity to learn about the different techniques to create skincare products that fit your skin type and needs. You also get to create your own unique lipstick and discover the perfect shade for you!
My Top Tip: Whoo Spa
Formerly know as O HUI Spa, Whoo Spa is easily the best spa in
The spa is located only a 10-minute walk from Sinsa Station in Gangnam. Located inside a remodeled residential building, the spa offers a private atmosphere and you even need to ring a bell to be let in. The spa is situated right across from a small park adding to the quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
I love their 2-hour long ‘Special Care’ package, consisting of a 60-minute back & shoulder massage and a 60-minute facial. The experience started with a back and shoulder massage. The jojoba oil used for the massage blood circulation and also helps to detox the skin. The aromatherapy massage was very professional and the masseuse knew exactly which parts of my body to pay special attention to.
In between the back massage and facial, I received an air pressure massage on both legs. You need to slide on two large sleeve-like massagers that are filled with air to massage your legs. It was a great way to get from one part of the treatment into the next.
The facial treatment generally starts with a thorough cleansing of the face. Next, your skin will be exfoliated and you’ll receive an oxygen deep cleansing. I was surprised that the package also included a décolleté massage (neck, shoulders & chest). After that, I was given a face slimming massage followed by a facial ampoule, a facial mask pack, and a refreshing revitalizing care.
More great activities and experiences for your birthday in
There’s a lot more to do in
Rent a Korean Hanbok Dress
I love wearing the Korean traditional dress – especially when wandering through Bukchon Hanok Village or exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace (where you even get free admission when wearing hanbok). Why not rent a hanbok for your birthday and take some stunning birthday photos – solo or with friends?
Eland Han River Cruise and Ashley Marine Buffet/Dinner Cruise Buffet
There are few things more bougie than a dinner cruise. The Eland Han River Cruise offers your spectacular nighttime views of
Korea House Royal Cuisine and Show
Korea House is an incredible venue and cultural center in
Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony Class
This has been one of my favorite experiences to date! It’s no secret that East Asian nations are making some of the best teas in the world. In fact, tea has a deep-rooted role in many of their cultures – so does South Korea. A certified tea master teaches you how to brew the perfect cup of matcha, green tea, how to make Korean tea snacks and the proper tea etiquette passed on for hundreds of years. A traditional tea ceremony at Bukchon Hanok Village in
Handmade Stamp Engraving
Traditionally, every Korean not only has their own unique signature but also their own unique stamp that they use to validate documents. The Handmade Stamp Engraving experience allows you to create your very own South Korean-style hand engraved seal, while learning all about the South Korean cultural heritage behind these seals. A professional stamp maker teaches you how to engrave your own name or custom logo onto a personalized seal at his studio near the Yan Temple Cave area, close to many noteworthy tourist destinations in
Perfume Making Experience with Professional Perfumers
What could be a better birthday present to yourself than creating your own unique perfume? The professional perfumers at The First Established Perfume Making Studio in Myeongdong and Bangbaedong teach you how to create your own unique scent. You can choose from more than 150 perfume bases and 20 natural flavors to make your one-of-a-kind fragrance.
Which of the things listed above would you do for your birthday in
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