If you are planning a vacation in Seoul but do not want to leave your furry friend at home, you are in luck. In recent years, a good number of pet-friendly hotels and attractions have opened in the city. While Seoul is not historically a very pet-friendly destination, a range of dog cafes, enclosed dog parks, and pet-friendly restaurants that are now on offer will enable you and your pet to experience the best of the Korean capital.
The center of Seoul may seem a bit overwhelming for your four-legged friend, but there are plenty of green spaces in and around the city for you both to explore. The Seoul Grand Children’s Park has an enclosed area for off-leash dogs and the World Cup Stadium Dog Park has created separate areas for big and small dogs. Within the city boundaries is Namsan, an accessible mountain with unmatchable views of the city.
A bit further from Seoul, accessible by a rental car, lies the city of Namyangju. The local Joy Dog is a grassy dog park, overlooking the scenic Han River. Alternatively, you can drive over to the hiking destination and doggie favorite of Yongmasan. This is a 1141 foot summit with an artificial waterfall at its base. If you are up for a longer drive, check out Ganeung’s dog beach, the only one of its kind in the country.
Most dog cafes in Seoul allow well-behaved dogs, Bau Haus being perhaps the most famous. Here, your pet can not only enjoy some playtime but make some dog friends as well. Other dog-friendly restaurants and bars in Seoul, with decks for your pet to lounge on, include the rooftop-based RUFXXX, Ways of Seeing, and Hackney.