Best rooftop pools in Seoul

Dive into theese lovely rooftop pools, for the perfect mix of swimming and views over the majestic skyline and skyscrapers of Seoul.

January 29, 2024
Rooftop pools Seoul
Rooftop pool Seoul | Courtesy of L7 Hongdae

For the hot and humid summers, Seoul offers an array of rooftop pools to cool down. From gems atop glamourous hotels to hidden oases with panoramic views, the pools give visitors a unique elevated experience. Get ready while we list 8 of the best rooftop pools Seoul.

Make sure to book your stay at any of these amazing hotels. All of them with spectacular rooftop pools and city views.

Here’s our list of the 8 best Seoul rooftop pools.

1. Hilton Garden Inn Seoul Gangnam

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Rooftop pool Seoul at Hilton Garden Inn Seoul Gangnam | Photo:

Located in the southern part of Seoul, Hilton Garden Inn Seoul Gangnam offers a relaxing environment on their rooftop, suitable both for families and friends.

With a heated rooftop pool perfect for swimming laps and with sun beds facing the incredible view of the city, you can stay cool during your vacation. The rooftop also has a children’s pool so that the whole family can take a refreshing dip during the hot summer days.

During evenings, the rooftop pool lights up and you can watch the city by night. After a day up at the rooftop, you can head down to the on-site restaurant where you can get served the chef's creation dishes in a casual atmosphere.

Adress: 253 Gangnam-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Opening hours: Seasonal from April-November

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2. L7 Hongdae

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Rooftop pool Seoul at L7 Hongdae | Photo:

At the 22nd floor of L7 Hongdae you can get away from the city bustle and have an elevated pool experience with music and good vibes.

The rooftop is open from April until the end of October, daily for refreshing swims, and occasionally for live DJ performances, famous artists and trendy pool parties.

Perched above the district Hongdae, you find the minimalistic rooftop pool with a beautiful view of Seoul. The contemporary and colorful terrace is dressed with bean bags and designer chairs together with small tables.

The pool is only available to hotel guests who have purchased the 'Swimming pool package' or a ticket, so make sure to book early since it can be busy during weekends and holiday afternoons.

Adress: 141 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Opening hours: Morning 10am-2pm | Afternoon 3pm-6pm | Evening 6.30pm-9.30pm

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3. The Shilla Seoul

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Rooftop pool Seoul at The Shilla Seoul | Photo:

The Forbes-nominated and fantastic hotel The Shilla Seoul is set in the central area of the city, combining traditional Korean aesthetics with a modern sensibility.

With impressive interior, warm colors and world-class service, the hotel is impressive all around, but the cherry on top is the stunning outdoor area called ‘The Urban Island’.

Taking relaxation and escape to a whole new level, the 3rd floor terrace offers an emerald rooftop pool, jacuzzis, cabanas and sun beds, as well as panoramic views over Namsan Mountain and the surroundings.

For a luxurious resort-class experience above Seoul, The Shilla Seoul is the place to stay.

Adress: 249 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Opening hours: 6am-10pm

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4. Mondrian Seoul Itaewon

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Rooftop pool Seoul at Mondrian Seoul Itaewon | Photo:

This venue is the perfect spot both for anyone looking for poolside fun, no matter the season.

The five-star Mondrian Seoul Itaewon features two pools: one 25 meter indoor pool, an one iconic and transparent rooftop pool.

Framed by lush greenery and a pink-tiled terrace, the beautiful terrace is both Instagram-friendly and a prime spot to experience true relaxation.

Adjacent to the pool you also find Altitude Pool & Lounge, where you can order tasty cocktail and poolside bites, to the sound of chill-out tracks.

Adress: 23 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Bar hours: 12pm-7pm

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5. Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

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Rooftop pool Seoul at Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences | Photo:

Elegant and sophisticated, Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences undoubtedly offers one of the most luxurious rooftop pools in Seoul.

Perched 20 floors above central Seoul, the really cool outdoor rooftop pool terrace is designed in a spectacular way, with architectural windows that stretch several meters up in the sky.

Relax in the curved sun beds and take refreshing dips in the pool located in the center of the rooftop. Between swims you can order something from the outdoor pool side bar and stay refreshed the whole day.

When the Seoul weather is not made for alfresco fun, the hotel also offers an elevated indoor pool.

Adress: 238 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.50pm | Friday-Sunday 8.30am-9.30pm

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6. Somerset Palace Seoul

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In between the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokung Palace Garden you find the excellent Somerset Palace Seoul. During your stay you can soak up the sun by the rooftop pool, which you find at the 18th floor of the building.

The rooftop terrace is decorated with lots of greenery and lounge seats for a harmonic atmosphere. Besides the heated swimming pool, you can also enjoy the jacuzzis in the rooftop garden.

To rest and relax after a swim, head to the sauna room to heat up. When you feel like having a refreshing drink or a bite, you can unwind in the lounge bar or choose from one of the three restaurants in the building.

Adress: 7 Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening hours: Daily 8am-9pm (summer season)

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7. Hamilton Hotel

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Rooftop pool Seoul at Hamilton Hotel | Photo:

In the popular district Itaewon-Dong, famous for good night life and restaurants, you find the Hamilton Hotel.

On the rooftop of the hotel you find terrace made for pool parties and socialization. Locals and visitors come here to cool down and listen to the DJs playing their best tunes. This is the place to be if you want to experience a day party or continue the buzz from last night’s festivities.

A rooftop pool and a sauna are provided, together with a panoramic view and a fantastic bar where you can order cold drinks. If you want to visit during more quiet hours, the weekdays are usually less crowded. During the less busy occasions, you can sit back and tan in the sun beds and order burgers together with your choice of beverage.

This centrally located spot is a hidden party oasis in the city. If you want to visit you can book locker, towels and sun beds.

Adress: 179 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

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8. The Classic 500 Pentaz Executive Residence

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Rooftop pool Seoul at The Classic 500 Pentaz Executive Residence | Photo:

In East Seoul you find the five star The Classic 500 Pentaz Executive Residence, a residential style hotel providing the best service.

Up on the 5th floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy 25 meter long rooftop pool together with remarkable views. Start your day with a morning swim and end with a sunset or evening swim during the hot summer days.

Here they welcome three generations to soak up the sun by the day beds or in the lounge area. From the hotel and the rooftop, guests can get a good glimpse of the Han River and the surrounding high-rise buildings.

Adress: 90 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Season: Early July to end of August

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Hans Ebenman
Hans Ebenman

Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.