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Ice Palace of O2 World Submitted on November 21st, 2005 by CHOI BAWI Print
Type: Ice Climbs Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Seoul
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This artificial ice climbing gym has pre-fixed top ropes and even pre-set ice screws. The longest route goes up a full twenty-five meters.

Take the blue bus, 106, from Suyu Station's exit #3, heading for Uidong or Doseon Sa.

Safety Concerns
Routes are pre-set with several available top-ropes and if you're into leading, the ice-screws might also be already set. There are instructors and belayers there during business hours. A real major concern though is figuring out how to keep your coffee warm.

Gear to Bring
Just bring your harness, crampons, axes, quick draws and plastics. It does get chilly in there, too.

Additional Comments
There are plenty of climbing oriented shops, a coffee shop and even a restaurant on the fifth floor. There are also spectator balconies on each floor and a sun-deck up on the roof. Details of hours, fees, and general sign procedures will come later. More information can be sought at: [email protected]

Comment added by Eric on January 25th, 2006
I received this email from the director of O2 regarding it's name:
The correct and full name of my company is O2 World and its indoor ice climbing wall is called Ice Palace of O2 World by foreign mountaineers. And we don't have any relation with Kolon Sports. So it's wrong to say Kolon Sports-O2 because all facilities and shops in this eight-floor building are managed and owned by one company, O2 World.

Comment added by Eric on January 25th, 2006
He also had this to say about hours and what you can find inside O2 World:
Originally Posted by Kim Woo-Sun
Open hour of O2 World, is usually 10:00 am. Opening hour of cafe, climbing gym
and shopping center is same. But closing time is different.

Cafe closes at 10:00 pm, indoor ice climbing gym 9:00 pm, indoor climbing gym 10:00 pm.

On every Tuesday and Thursday evening, there are ice climbing school from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. So general users cannot climb during that time.

First floor shopping center closes at 8:00 pm but closes at 9:00 pm on weekend.

Second and third floor shopping centers close at 8:00 pm.

On the fifth floor, O2 cafe, you can taste excellent coffee such as esspresso, cafe latte and so on dripped by varista. And its panoramic view through window is fantastic, from mountain Bukhan to Mt. Dobong, national park area.

Comment added by shanja on January 12th, 2009
The 120 Bus from Exit 3 is the most diect route now I think, though there are a few other options. If there rae 3 of you or more a taxi is faster and just about the same price. Just say Ui-dong, Doseonsa Ip-Gu, Green-park (우이동 도선사입구 그린파크), and that should get you to the same place as the 120 (right at the gear shop road going up to Insubong etc. O2 is on the right hand side about 100m up.
The cafe an the 5th floor is really expensive and since Erics time the quality has gone down a tad. Ashamae really as the place is so nicely located. Despite what their web site says too, the price is 10,000won per day not per hour (at least that's what the told me)...though on weekends they may limit your time because it gets busy as.
Although rentals are usually available, some low curr stole a pair of their rental boots/ crampons in the uber popular 255-260mm range. And if like Scott, you have plodhopper feet over 300mm you are SOL. Get a Korean friend/ Hotel desk/ colleague to call in advance if possible and check they have your rental size available whenh you want it. The managers and staff their are really nice so don't be shy to bust out some broken Korean either.

Comment added by jeffwiersema on September 21st, 2009
It is closed until approx mid-Nov 2009. I went there because I was nearby and wanted to check it out and thats what a guy in the 02 cafe told me.

Comment added by brucethepirate on January 24th, 2010
I had a korean call yesterday, and it's open now (Jan 2010). Of course, can someone please explain to me why it's open now when it's like -8C out, but closed when it's too warm for ice???

Comment added by jason in Sokcho on March 2nd, 2010
Telephone number: 02 990 0202

Comment added by choss monkey on September 10th, 2010
CLOSED. just rode my scooter by yesterday to see if they were opening the wall back up. (contrary to popular belief, they never did) It looks lost forever now. Even the gear shops are gone, and they were renovating for something new. Sad day

Comment added by choss monkey on October 1st, 2010


Also worthy noting. The Ice room is WAAAY bigger than it was and has an IGLOO!!! How cool is that?


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