Hamilton Hotel Pool Party: Have fun in the sun without leaving the city.

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Words and shots by Kyle Burton

Heading to the coast for a relaxing beach holiday is a great option for those who have the time, but if you’re too busy for a getaway than look no further than the heart of Seoul.

At the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon you’ll find a daily rooftop pool party that has gained popularity with partygoers in recent years. The taste of a cold pint of draft beer and the smell of barbequed burgers will arouse nostalgia of your favorite hometown diversions. Order a mouth-watering hickory bacon cheeseburger or club sandwich served with fries for W10,000 and a bottle of Cass for W4,000.

Mix the food and beverage service with hot DJ beats to groove to and fine eye candy to look at and you’ve got yourself the best daytime party around. These are the features that set this place apart from the cluster of public pools lining the Han River not to mention the absence of screaming children!

Even though the pool is big enough for splashing around, you will notice that the real entertainment comes in the form of girls dancing in high heels and guys flexing their tattooed muscles. To get a preview, check out one of the many popular YouTube videos taken at the event.

Directions: Head to Itaewon Stn. (line 6) and walk out exit 3 to find the Hamilton Hotel directly to your right. The pool is on the 5th floor. 02-794-0171

Look Before You Leap
– Arrive early to guarantee a lounge chair or at least some floor space as this place gets packed fast!
– Admission is W12,000 Mon – Thu (10 am – 6 pm) and W16,000 Fri – Sun and holidays (10 am – 8 pm).
– Towels and lockers are available for a small fee.
– The pool is closed on rainy days.

  1. Yet another story about a bar, restaurant, or activity next to Itaewon Subway Station. The writers for this magazine love to write about things within 5 minute walking distance of Itaewon Station. It’s called “being lazy.”

  2. Tell the real story, if your not Korean and buff (if your a guy) then don’t bother going. If your a forginer, it will be a very lonely day for you there, as most if not all of the Koren ladies there will not give you the time of day with all the Korean’s there, C*Blocking you.

  3. I went and it certainly wasn’t as chill as that picture would have you believe. That picture is EXACTLY what I would expect from a hotel pool in the foreigners’ district: good mix of Koreans and foreigners of different stripes. What I actually got was a ton of Koreans and foreigners of one stripe who wanted to be seen. Bikini + body tan + white face + heels + dancing solo for an audience. Maybe I went on a bad day. If so, I’d give it another shot because I’d love to chill with the pictured group.

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