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8 things to do along Han River


One of the most popular tourist spots in South Korea is the Han River (한강/Han Gang), specifically in the city of Seoul. There are a lot of activities that you can do along the Han and here are some of them. Make sure to continue reading and don't forget to put them on your itinerary when you travel to South Korea.

1. Visit Parks

(Photo from Korea Tourism Organization)
Han River is the fourth longest river in South Korea and part of it stretches along Seoul. There are 11 parks along the waterway where you can walk around, take photos, do various activities, or just relax and stare at the water. Like the Yeouido Hangang Park (in photo), all 10 other parks are open for everyone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2. Rent a bike

(Photo from Seoulistic)
Renting a bike is one of the ways to enjoy strolling along the Han River. You get to enjoy the rush of the wind while pedaling along the bike trail. Almost every Hangang Park has a bike rental which costs around 3,000 won (Php 143.00) to 6,000 won (Php 286.00) per hour.

3. Exercise

(Photo from Korea Tourism Organization)
If biking isn't the exercise for you, no worries! You can do other things like jogging and walking around the trails along the Han River where you can enjoy nature. You can play frisbee, football, and even basketball! Who knows? You might even meet and play with new friends. 

4. Go camping

(Photo from Korea Tourism Organization)
One of the things that you should experience in life, atleast once, is camping. Why not do it while you are in Seoul and along the Han River? Nanji Camp is located in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu and is the only campsite in Seoul that is near the Han. The camp is complete with amenities that will surely make camping fun and relaxing. Good news to people who can't speak/read/write Korean, Nanji Camp has a website that is entirely in English! For more info, click here.

5. Go on a picnic

(Photo from An American in Korea)
What is going out to any park along the Hangang without FOOD? Go and have a picnic with your family or friends! You have three choices, cook and bring your own food, buy some along the way, or.. the best of all.. have them delivered to you while you are lounging on the grass. South Korea probably has the best food delivery service in the world! They deliver almost anything! From chicken and beer, pizzas, noodles, and even sushi!

6. Try out some water sports

(Photo from Leisure Korea)
Do you want to experience the wet 'n wild side of the Han River? Go water skiing, flyboarding, or wakeboarding. Yes, you can do those water sports there! Flyboard Korea's flyboarding's rate is around 80,000 won (Php 3,800.00) a day, while wakeboarding with River City costs around 27,000 won (Php 1,300.00) per day. You can check out other fun activities and rates here.

7. Go on a river trip

(Photo from Korea Tour Information)
(Photo from Timeout Seoul)
One of the best things to do along the Han River? Take a ride on it. Choose between the river cruise or the Tubester. The Han River E-land Ferry Cruise is a 40-to-90-minute ride that will allow you to see more of Seoul the way you like it. It can be through a normal cruise, a fireworks cruise, or even a dinner cruise. For more information and offers in English, check Indiway. Tubester, on the other hand, is a small round motorboat that you can easily operate. It can fit up to six people and you can enjoy the view with your family, friends, or loved ones. It is called 'Cafe on water' because you can bring your own food and drinks while on it. For rates and other information, click here.

8. Watch the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain show

(Photo from footprintsoferica's blog)
Watching the Banpo bridge fountain show while sitting on the grass in Banpo Hangang Park is the perfect way to end your Hangang tour. Located in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, the water show happens four to six times a day for 20 minutes (depending on the condition of the water). Visit Korea Tourism Organization's site for more information.

There you go! Eight fun activities that you can and must do when you visit the Han River in Seoul, South Korea! If you've already been there, leave comments below! We would love to know about your Hangang stories!

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