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      • Enjoy the Hangang River to the Fullest

        • 06/12/2023

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  • The Hangang River, a recreational spot for Seoulites

    The Hangang River, a piece of nature within the city, is a popular recreational area for Seoulites. There are many parks along the river, making it an ideal place for a picnic, as well as other activities such as watching the fountain show. Why not spend a day like a local and enjoy everything by the river?

    1. Go on a Picnic

    #hangang park picnic

    Popular picnic spot
    • Picnic foods
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    The Hangang River is a representative picnic spot in Seoul. There are many rental shops that offer tents, mats, tables, speakers and more, so you don’t have to prepare too much in advance. Convenience stores within the park also offer picnic essentials for sale.

    You can use tents within the park

    Tip. You can use mats anywhere without restriction. As for tents, only small tents (2 meters X 2 meters) with at least two sides open are allowed at designated areas. (Tent hours: April-May, September-October 09:00-19:00 / June-August 09:00-20:00)

    • Yeouido Hangang Park
    • Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의동로 330)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 4 min from Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3
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    • Ttukseom Hangang Park
    • Address: 112, Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 광진구 자양동 112)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Ttukseom Resort Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2

    #picnic on the water

    Tubester (Credit: Tubester)

    Enjoy a special picnic on the water on a Tubester at Some Sevit in Banpo Hangang Park. A Tubester is a circular boat which you can steer it yourself in an exclusive zone for maximum fun. There is a table inside the Tubester for a cozy picnic, but no alcohol is allowed.

    • Tubester
    • Address: 2085-14, Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 올림픽대로 2085-14)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 19 min from Sinbanpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1 or walk for approx. 21 min from Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Lines 3, 7, 9), Exit 8-1
    • Inquiries: +82-70-4288-1363
    • Website: tubester.co.kr (Korean, English)
    • BBQ on a boat with a view of the river

    Enjoy a BBQ on the Hangang River at Waikiki Market in Nanji Hangang Park. If you order a set menu, you can get your choice of beef or pork with various side dishes, grilled skewer ingredients, and bottled water and you can grill the meat over charcoal on your own. Enjoy a delicious meal with an unhindered view of the river in daytime and a beautiful sunset and nightscape scenery during nighttime.

    Tip 1. You can get a discount on the motorboat ride with BBQ
    Tip 2. No reservation is needed for the free seating section

    • Waikiki Market
    • Address: 332, Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 마포나루길 332)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 35 min or take a taxi or approx. 5 min from World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1
    • Operating hours: 11:30-23:30 (last order 22:30)
    • Inquiries: +82-2-854-8000
    • Instagram: @waikiki_market

    #must-eats in hangang

    Chimac

    One of Koreans’ favorite combos, chicken and beer is a must-eat menu for an ideal picnic at a Hangang Park. There is a chicken franchise within Yeouido Hangang Park and Banpo Hangang Park for a quick pick-up. Ordering a boneless chicken will make cleaning up after easier as all you need is a fork for to enjoy the savory taste.

    • Instant ramyeon

    Instant ramyeon is another must-eat at a Hangang Park. It is easy to find ramyeon anywhere in Korea, but the clear view of the river makes the meal all the more special. A special ramyeon cooking machine makes cooking ramyeon in Hangang Park even more unique. The instructions with pictures are easy follow, so be sure to try this tasty meal.

    2. Fun Activities Await

    #bike ride

    • Riding a bike along the river
    • Many bike rental shops are around

    Bike trail along the river makes it easy for anyone to go on a fun bike ride. There are many bike rental shops within the Hangang Parks. Just put your ID or passport on deposit and rent your choice of bike, available in single, double, or kids-friendly seats.

    Seoul Bike DDareungi

    DDareungi, a public bike rental offered by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, can be rented and returned using a mobile application. An exclusive foreigner rate is available on the official website where travelers can purchase the ticket online and use it in any of the rental shops.

    • DDareungi Seoul Bike
    • Website: bikeseoul.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

    #water sports

    Waterskiing in the Hangang River
    • Water sports in the Hangang River
    • Windsurfing

    Activities to cool off the summer heat is always welcoming. To experience various water activities, head to Jamwon Hangang Park. Water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing as well as other activities such as banana boats and peanut boats are available with lessons for beginners. Ttukseom Hangang Park also offers paddle board, windsurf and kayak rentals. If you’d prefer a yacht tour, head to Banpo Hangang Park.

    Outdoor swimming pool

    The Hangang Park outdoor swimming pools located in the city are not only easy to get to, but also affordable. Currently, there are four outdoor swimming pools (Yeouido, Ttukseom, Jamwon, Gwangnaru) and two water playgrounds (Nanji, Yanghwa) that offer their own unique theme and atmosphere. Yeouido outdoor swimming pool is the representative pool of Hangang Park with a capacity of 3,600 people, while Ttukseom outdoor swimming pool offers a lazy river pool. Nanji water playground has an infinity pool designed to look as if it’s connected to the Hangang River. Swimming pools and water playgrounds only operate during summer season.

    Outdoor swimming pool (Credit: Seoul Tourism Organization)

    Tip. The same operating schedule applies to the outdoor swimming pools and water playgrounds.
    Operating hours: June 23 – August 20, 2023 / 09:00-18:00

    Hangang Park Outdoor Swimming Pools

    • Yeouido Hangang Park Outdoor Swimming Pool
      Address: 82-3, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 82-3)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from National Assembly Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1
      Inquiries: +82-2-785-0478
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    • Ttukseom Hangang Park Outdoor Swimming Pool
      Address: 112, Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 광진구 자양동 112)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Ttukseom Resort Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2
      Inquiries: +82-2-452-5999
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    • Jamwon Hangang Park Outdoor Swimming Pool
      Address: 145-57, Jamwon-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 잠원로 145-57)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Jamwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4
      Inquiries: +82-2-536-8263
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    • Gwangnaru Hangang Park Outdoor Swimming Pool
      Address: 39, Seonsa-ro, Olympic-ro 89-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강동구 올림픽로89길 39)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 20 min from Cheonho Station (Seoul Subway Line 5, 8), Exit 2
      Inquiries: +82-2-470-9561

    Hangang Park Water Playgrounds

    • Nanji Hangang Park Water Playground
      Address: 162, Hangangnanji-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 한강난지로 162)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 28 min or take a taxi for approx. 7 min from Mapo-gu Office Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 7
      Inquiries: +82-2-3151-0256
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    • Yanghwa Hangang Park Water Playground
      Address: 99, Nodeul-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 노들로 99)
      Directions: Walk for approx. 20 min from Seonyudo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 2
      Inquiries: +82-70-8805-3117

    3. Wrap it up with a Night Tour

    # moonlight rainbow fountain

    • Moonlight Rainbow Fountain

    The most well-known nightscape spot among the many Hangang Parks is the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain by Banpodaegyo Bridge. The colorfully lit water dancing to fun music will leave spectators in awe. The fountain nozzles are installed in a row on a 1,140 meter-long bridge and was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest bridge fountain in 2008.

    • Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
    • Address: 649-1, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 반포동 649-1)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 19 min from Sinbanpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 1 or walk for approx. 21 min from Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8-1
    • Operating hours: April-October 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 (20 min per session) / July-August 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:30 (20 min per session)
    • Inquiries: +82-2-3780-0578

    #night market

    Hangang Moonlight Market

    The night at Hangang Park comes alive with the night market. Food trucks line the road with foods from around the world and you’ll also find various handmade goods that make for an excellent souvenir. There are also many events and performances that make a trip to the Hangang Moonlight Market much more entertaining.

    • 2023 Hangang Moonlight Market
    • Address: 84-9, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 84-9)
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 4 min from Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3
    • Operating hours: September 16 – October 22, 2023 / Every weekends 17:00-22:00
    • Website: hangangmoonlightmarket.org (Korean, English)

    #hangang cruise

    • Nightscape view from the cruise (Credit: Eland Cruise)
    • Nightscape view from the cruise (Credit: Eland Cruise)

    The view of Seoul on a cruise is a sight to behold. There are three main options available: Sunset Cruise, for viewing sunset that colors Seoul in a hue of red; Starlight Cruise, for soaking up the evening atmosphere by the river; and Moonlight Music Cruise, where you can enjoy the nightscape with live music. Cafeteria within the cruise provides food and drinks for sale for those looking for a grub. You can get on the cruise at the dock within Yeouido Hangang Park.

    • Yeouido Hangang Park Cruise
    • Directions: Walk for approx. 4 min from Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3
    • Inquires: +82-2-6291-6900
    • Website: elandcruise.com (Korean, English)
    • 1330 Korea Travel Helpline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

    * This column was last updated in May 2023, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check for updates before visiting.

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