If you happen to be an athlete and are concerned about the sports facilities you might find in Seoul, you can breathe easy. From Olympic size swimming pools to soccer fields to - yes - even a curling rink; Seoul will have the facilities on hand for you to enjoy your favourite sports. If you just want a local gym to work out in, don’t worry about that either. In every neighbourhood you’ll find locally owned gyms with cardio and weight equipment. Monthly gym fees for the local facilities can cost anywhere from 50,000 won to 150,000 won per month depending on the facilities. Most gyms include a sauna, change rooms and personal lockers.
The two main sports celebrated in Seoul are soccer and baseball. You may already know that Koreans rank among the best baseball players in the world (which earned them a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing) and they’re very proud of that fact! Seoul will be an exciting city of residence for any sports enthusiast.
Aside from indoor facilities, there are also numerous outdoor sports facilities around Seoul (and plenty of expat “just for fun” sports leagues). Touch rugby and soccer are just a few of the sports you can partake in during your time in Seoul - in season, of course. Probably the most popular area for outdoor sports is Yeouido Park, near the Han River. During the spring, summer and autumn months the park is a plethora of sporting events and tournaments. Aside from different sporting pitches and fields, the park is also home to a scenic bicycle track, several swimming pools and badminton/tennis courts.
The two main arenas in Seoul where one can watch a professional baseball or soccer game are Olympic Stadium in Songpa-gu (Jamsil-dong) and World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu. The Olympic Stadium houses baseball games while World Cup Stadium (naturally) hosts soccer games. Both are lots of fun to watch - Seoul’s sporting events are definitely not to be missed, even if you don’t like sports they are quite entertaining!
While it may be difficult to find a gym with an English speaking staff, you will never have a hard time finding a gym. They are very common in Seoul and Koreans take excerise very seriously. All that you need is to get a membership and then you are good to go. Usually the staff will be welcoming and try their best to get you set up, regar…