|Seoul Night Tour - Yeouido|
Yeouido is a hub for Korea’s politics, economy and culture, and is home to the National Assembly Building, several major broadcasting stations, and major financial institutions. In addition, Yeouido is locally referred to as Seoul’s Manhattan, since its is geographically an island. While it is largely considered a financial district, it is also famous for its restaurants, riverside parks, skyscrapers, bicycle paths and river cruises, as well as its hugely popular cherry blossom festival in the spring. Take a tour of Yeouido in the evening, when the island lights up and comes to life.
Where to Explore
Hangang River Ferry Cruise
The Hangang River Ferry Cruise is one of the top activities offered on Yeouido. The alluvial island is located in the downstream area of the Hangang River. Operated by Eland Cruise company, passengers can board the Hangang River Ferry Cruise at two locations: Yeouido and Jamsil. However, the cruise offering live music during the tour displaying Seoul’s impressive nighttime cityscape departs only from Yeouido. It departs at 19:30 every night and returns to Yeouido via the famous Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain. People from all backgrounds will enjoy a romantic evening listening to familiar music and live Korean rock ballads on the river.
63 Sky Art
63 Sky Art is a gallery that opened in the old observatory deck of 63 City in July, 2008. Located on the 60th floor (264 meters above sea level), it is the highest art gallery in the world. Visitors can take in the scenery of Yeouido while enjoying art by both local and international artists. The gallery has a Wish Wall where visitors can write their wishes on cards and post them on the wall. The notes are then burned during the traditional daljip event on Jeongwol Daeboreum Day, with the belief being that once they are burned the written wishes will come true. Write a letter to your loved one, and after exploring the gallery, stop by the Sky Art Cafe for a moment of rest and relaxation. The letters that are placed in the gallery’s red mailbox will be delivered for free!
Where to Eat
Located directly across from Yeouido Park, Ola !3 is one of the best restaurants in Yeouido. Like its branch Ola !1 located near Baegun Lake in Uiwang-si, Ola !3 offers handmade noodles, more than simple packaged pasta. Sit on the terrace and enjoy your meal in a metropolitan setting, taking in a refreshing view of Yeouido Park.
Ming 1956, located in the heart of the financial district, is a Chinese restaurant operated by a chef who is also the owner, like his father. ZAGAT Survey, a popular restaurant booklet along with the Michelin Guide, selected Ming 1956 as Seoul’s top restaurant in 2010. It provides fusion Chinese dishes created using western sauces and recipes based on food from Shanghai to Hong Kong. In addition to the menu, the restaurant is notable for its interior, because it transports diners to a traditional Chinese house. Red lanterns, antique items and pictures are also on display in the restaurant.
Where to Drink
7 Bräu Pub
Bars have recently begun to attract younger patrons in Yeouido, while expensive bars for businesspeople have remained crowded. One of the younger pubs is 7 Bräu Pub, which opened in September, 2013. 7 Bräu Pub is a branch under direct management of 7 Bräu, a beer producing company, and its beer is made in Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do and directly transported within 48 hours. The company is trying to expand the local Korean craft brews so they can compete with imports by creating their own recipes and providing a range of premium beer. Restaurant patrons can even enjoy a full meal if they order plenty of side dishes. Side menu items include healthy dishes like salads and fusion food such as bulgogi tacos, as well as the regular fish and chips or sausages.