So you’re recently engaged and planning to secure your venue in Seoul. In this quick guide, we’ve listed the ones with top ratings on Google. They range across top-tier wedding hotels, wedding venues, affordable wedding halls and traditional Korean houses (hanoks). They’re located all around the capital city of Korea from Gwanghwamun to Cheongdam, though Gangnam remains a popular choice for easy access to public transportation. Take a look!
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The venue: The Shilla Seoul (249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul; 02-2233-3131)
The pitch: The most luxurious wedding hotel in Korea
What we think: A handful of celebrity couples got married here, including Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki. Click here to see photos from their garden wedding at the famed Yeong Bin Gwan, Shilla’s traditional Korean house.
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The venue: Korea House (10 Toegye-ro 36-gil, Pil-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul; 02-2266-9101)
The pitch: Best option for traditional wedding in Seoul
What we think: The venue, located at the heels of Namsan, is absolutely stunning. They offer traditional or royal ceremonies. You can have professional musicians and dancers perform, which definitely makes the ceremony more interesting and engaging.
The buffet is clean and serves decent Korean food. If you’re planning a transnational marriage, ask a family member or friend to help out as a translator. There aren’t a lot of afterparty options in the Chungmuro area that open late. So consider a busier, more central area like Itaewon.
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The venue: Grand Walkerhill Seoul (177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul; 02-455-5000)
The pitch: The most luxurious garden wedding in Seoul
What we think: One hotel, seven options. Aston House offers a western-style house wedding, whereas Myong Wol Gwan garden is similar to Shilla’s Yeong Bin Gwan. On a side note, actors Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin got married in the Aston House pictured above.
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The venue: Millennium Seoul Hilton (50 Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul; 02-753-7788)
The pitch: It’s the Hilton
What we think: The staff here are amazing, and you and your guests will experience outstanding service.
If your folks are flying into Seoul for the wedding, this hotel is well-positioned for sightseeing and travel. It sits on top of a hill, so grab a cab from Seoul station for a cheap ride ($3).
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The venue: Raum (564 Eonju-ro, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-538-3366)
The pitch: The most luxurious venue in Gangnam
What we think: Just like the top-tier hotels, Raum is flexible and will accommodate to your needs. They offer many wedding options (banquet hall, garden, house and more), and their food is amazing.
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The venue: Apelgamo Gwanghwamun (50 Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 02-730-0230)
The pitch: One of the older yet nice venues in Gwanghwamun area
What we think: 10,000 couples Not as well known but one of the oldest venues in the Gwanghwamun area. Apelgamo has four other locations across Seoul.
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The venue: Dress Garden (707 Yeongdong-daero, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-512-1000)
The pitch: A theater-like wedding hall with 360° dome projection
What we think: Dress Garden is relatively new. So the lobby and other rooms are modern and spacious with high ceilings. For the reception, choose from one of the four western-style full-course menus. The chef de cuisine has 30 years of experience at the Westin, Ritz Carlton and more.
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The venue: The Chapel (757 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam, Seoul; 02-421-1121)
The pitch: The perfect place for a contemporary art enthusiast
What we think: This wedding hall is super artsy and modern-looking with a 12-meter-tall (40 ft.) ceiling. The outdoor garden showcases a beautiful pond and sculptures, which would be great for photos.
A good alternative to The Chapel is The Cheongdam, located nearby. It’s more classical-looking than The Chapel without the artsy feel to it.
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The venue: Le Méridien Seoul (120 Bongeunsa-ro, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-3451-8000)
The pitch: Newest wedding hotel in Seoul
What we think: Le Méridien offers 18 event rooms and the largest capacity is 800, so we can safely assume that it’s one of the biggest wedding venues in Seoul. Its location right next to Shinnonhyeon station (line 9) makes it extra convenient for your out-of-town friends and families.
Which one of these venues would you get married in? Tell us in the comments below!