The debut of the Seoul E-Prix on the Formula E calendar has been delayed due to COVID-19, with the first race at the Seoul Street Circuit not expected to happen now until 2022.
The Seoul E-Prix will be South Korea’s first major motorsport event since the last Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix was held in 2013. A major drawback of the Grand Prix was the five hour travel time from Seoul – something which won’t be an issue with a circuit within the capital city.
In 2018, a feasibility study was undertaken, highlighting the popular tourist area around Gwanghwamun Plaza as a potential venue. One year later, in July 2019, it was confirmed that the race would take place around the former Olympic Park, used in the 1998 Olympics. The 2.8km track is situated to the east of the city centre.
There are 19 corners at the circuit, with Turns 5 to 10 running inside the impressive 70,000 capacity Jamsil Olympic Stadium. The circuit also passes other sporting sights – with the pit-lane adjacent to the Jamsil Baseball Stadium. The event will remain on the calendar until at least 2025.
Upcoming events at Seoul Street Circuit
The 2020 Seoul E-Prix (originally scheduled to take place on May 3) was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Seoul E-Prix has not been included on the revised 2021 Formula E calendar, though it is hoped that the event will debut finally in 2022.
How to get there
How to get to the Seoul E-Prix
- The main international airport serving Seoul is called Incheon (ICN). Located on an artificial island to the west of the South Korean capital, it’s one of the largest and best-rated airports in the world. Click here for the best ways to get from the airport to the centre of Seoul. (Seoul’s old airport, Gimpo, serves mainly domestic and regional flights)
- The Seoul Street Circuit is located within the Jamsil Sports Complex, which hosted the 1998 Summer Olympics. Located south of the Han River, it’s well-connected to the city centre by subway. The Sports Complex Station is located on subway lines 2 & 9 (check the map below).
Where to stay
Where to stay for the Seoul E-Prix.
Seoul is a huge metropolis with something for everyone. The district of Gangnam (made famous by Psy in Gangnam Style a few years ago) is close to the circuit and is home to many high-end hotels. Other areas to stay include Insadong, which is closer to the city’s best sights, and Myeongdong, best for shopping and restaurants.