Seoulmates’ Valentine’s Day Date Guide: Spend a day at the races {Korean Horse Racing}

Looking to speed up your love life?  Head to the Gwacheon, Seoul’s Horse Race Park.  11-12 races are held every Saturday and Sunday with opportunities to bet.  Races vary between 1000 and 2300 metres. The park has two main grandstands that can accommodate 80,000 people.  The older stand is called “Happyville” while the newer “Luckyville.” There are two stables housing close to 1,500 horses.

 Choose your perfect seat, whether you choose to get happy or lucky, with your date, and have a fast paced day at the races!  If you’re feeling extra lucky try your hand at betting.  (English betting guides are available.)
 If you need time to unwind head over to the Couples Zone which will allow you to relax close to the finish line.  If you get hungry head to one of the many restaurants or cafes located in and around the park.
Directions: Subway line 4- Seoul Racecourse park station exit 1 or 2
Races: Saturday- Sunday 11:00-17:50
Cost: 1,000 won
Bets 1-100,000 won


A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…