Every winter, the Hangang River becomes home to flocks of migratory birds visiting the parks along the riverbanks. The Seoul Metropolitan Government recently designated the following four locations as special bird-watching spots: The areas from Gwangnaru Hangang Park to Amsa Eco Park, Ichon Hangang Park to the Jungnangcheon confluence, Bamseom Islet to Yeouido Hangang Park, and Gangseo Wetland Eco Park to Nanji Hangang Park.
▶ Gwangnaru Hangang Park to Amsa Eco Park: Gwangnaru Hangang park’s natural surroundings include large patches of silver grass, abundant trees and clean sources of water. Amsa Eco Park has a variety of wild flora such as amur silver grass and reeds, and an observatory deck to view over 30 different migratory birds including whooper swans, wild geese, and mergansers.
☞ Getting there: 500m from exit #1 of Cheonho Station on subway lines # 5 and #8, or 700m from exit # 4 of Amsa Station on line #8
▶ Ichon Hangang Park to the Jungnangcheon confluence: The path along the lake at Ichon Hangang Park is popular for jogging with its varied flora (reeds, silver grass and cosmos). The Jungnangcheon confluence is 4.5km away and the area in between forms an enjoyable bird sanctuary with large patches of reeds and a biking course.
☞ Getting to Ichon Hangang Park: 800m from exit #4 of Ichon Station on subway line #4 and Jungang (central) line, or 1km from the Yongsan Station on line #1 and Sinyongsan Station on line #4.
☞ Getting to the Jungnangcheon confluence: from Oksu Station on Jungang (central) line or line #3, go towards Hangang Park. Walk 2km along the path towards Jungnangcheon Stream
▶ Bamseom Islet to Yeouido Hangang Park: Reeds, sand, pebbles and the wetland together create a great migratory bird sanctuary in Bamseom. The islet is designated a natural environment preserve and is not open to the public. To enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bamseom, visitors must view from the pedestrian overpasses at Seogang Bridge and Mapo Bridge (downstream), or Yeouido Hangang Park. When the migratory bird observatory on Neoreundeulpan (floating stage) in Yeouido Hangang Park is completed, visitors will have an additional vantage point to view the birds.
☞ Getting there: The pedestrian overpasses of Seogang and Mapo Bridges are only 20 minutes away from exit #2 of Yeouinaru Station on subway line #5. Yeouido Hangang Park is nearby exit #2 and #3 of Yeouinaru Station.
▶ Gangseo Wetland Eco Park to Nanji Hangang Park: Located at the mouth of a river, the area attracts the greatest number of migratory birds in the Hangang area with its large farm fields. A migratory bird observatory is created at both Gangseo Wetland Eco Park and the Eco Wetland of Nanji Hangang Park.
☞ Getting to Gangseo Wetland Eco Park: Take bus No.6 from the town bus stop near exits #1 or #2 of Banghwa Station on line #5. Get off at the Gangseo Wetland Eco Park stop.
☞ Getting to Nanji Eco Wetland: Use exit #7 of Mapo-gu Office Station on line #6 and then follow Hongjecheon Stream Road 1.3km towards Hangang River.
From 2010.12.8 to 2011.2.28, a Water Taxi Migratory Bird Watching Program will be held. One taxi can accommodate 7~10 adults at a time, and fees are between 9,000 to 12,800 KRW. The water taxi runs every hour from 10:00 to 16:00 daily and guests must phone first for reservations. For more information, please visit www.pleasantseoul.com (Korean / English).
○ Route: Departing from Yeouinaru Pier → Bamseom Islet & Seonudo (feeding herring gulls and bird watching) → Nodeulseom Islet → return to Yeouinaru Pier
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Courtesy of: Hangang Project Headquarters