These days it is so cold in Seoul! It’s mid-winter and the outdoor activities are limited. If you are an active and adventurous person like myself, then you’ll be happy to know that there is an indoor game and sports experience spot right outside of Seoul. The place is called Sports Monster. It is located at one of Korea’s largest shopping malls Hannam’s Starfield, which is about an hour and a half away from Gangnam by bus. It is significantly faster if you go by car or taxi. There isn’t a direct subway line that goes out to Hannam. So, I suggest planning a trip out there in advance to account for the transportation time it takes to get there.
Sports Monster is 24,000 won per person for two hours. There is a time limitation and every ten minutes after the initial two hours are 1,000 won. Due to the time limitation, I suggest visiting Sports Monster on a weekday or early in the day on a weekend. Also, it’s wise to make sure you’ve eaten beforehand. There is a snack station inside where you can buy drinks and snacks, but it’s best not to spend your time inside on eating. The food court at Starfield has a large and diverse selection one can stop by to eat at either before or after going to Sports Monster.
Once inside, you’ll notice that the center’s activities are divided into four zone categories - Adventure Zone, Basic Zone, Digital Zone and Exciting Zone. The idea is to provide a variety of types of activities to fit all people, because we all enjoy differently.
1. Adventure Zone
Activities that fall under this zone category are dedicated to providing dynamic enjoyment. The zone has indoor rock climbing. There are courses that range in difficulty - easy, normal and hard. There is a free falling activity that is like bungee jumping. Also, they have a Monster Slide, which is a tube style slide that runs down the side of the center. My favorite is the Rope Course. It is a course that offers a variety of ‘obstacles’ that are all suspended from the wall, so the entire time one is attached to a harness with a helmet and can see the other people in the center having their fun as you use balance, strength and some strategy to complete the course.
2. Basic Zone
Basic zone activities are mainly located on the roof. There is a batting cage, some tennis courts and a soccer court. Indoors there is an LED basketball court.
3. Digital Zone
For the digital zone, there are four ‘Monster Lab-Sports Ability’ activities. One is a jumping game on the trampolines, another is a kicking soccer game to simulate making goals, another is a baseball game to simulate pitching, and there is a taekwondo activity for practicing moves.
4. Exciting Zone
The final zone category has activities such as trampolines and a shooting range area where one can choose to shoot from 5 meters or 10 meters away from the target. There is also an area dedicated to shooting darts.
I went on a Saturday, but I still did a lot. From the adventure zone, I was able to do one rock climbing course and the rope course. From the exciting zone, I did the shooting game at both distances (5 and 10 meters) and jumped on the trampolines. I played three of the ‘Monster Lab - Sports Activity’ games. Also, for the basic zone, I went out quickly to the Sky Baseball batting cages. It was cold, so I didn’t enjoy anything else on the roof. I only stayed for two hours and still had a lot of activities left to enjoy. It’s a good place to get two trips of fun out of it, since the two hours just aren’t enough. I look forward to going back.
Address: 139-5 Changu-dong, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.