The Han River is one famous strip in Seoul, popular for everyone of all ages, with so much to do. For the most part, it is great for bonding time with others with an amazing view and a breeze that will keep you cool during hot summer days.
1. Watch Banpo Bridge Light Up This is probably one of the most recognized locations along the Han River. The Banpo Bridge in Seoul is what connects the north and south of the river with an amazing view at night. With a light and water show going on the weekdays at the times of 12, 2, 4, 8, and 9 o’clock, the bridge pumps water from the top down to the river. It is definitely the perfect place to go at night to enjoy a view and other activities along the river. From the Express Bus Terminal station on line 3, take exit 8 and within a 5 minute walk, you’ll make it to the bridge located across the underground path.
2. Bike the Han At any hour of the day, there is someone biking the Han River, literally. From cycling groups that are going for an exercise to locals going home to couples enjoy time together, biking along the Han is one of the most popular activities among locals. With that said, you can find stations of bike rentals along the Han river which differs depending on where you are entering the Han. For the most part, they offer hour rentals and day rentals which allows you to maximize your time and bike the whole river if wanted.
3. Day or night picnics With an amazing view and good weather (sunshine and breeze), the Han is a popular place to go for a bite with friends or a significant other. Groups are constantly gathered around to enjoy time over food and of course, booze. You can find a handful of convenient stores along the Han selling all sorts of goodies at a price that you can afford! That’s the beauty of Korea, there’s no such thing as raising prices in tourist areas.
4. Light some fireworks Korea still allows for fireworks which is something that many foreigners love, but be sure to not abuse this law. You can find fireworks at the local Daiso shops and bring it to the Han, shooting at the water for an amazing view and a ton of fun. Just be sure to not do it on July 4th. We did that as a group last year and did get in trouble with someone (unfortunately we did not speak Korean) so halfway in, they took our fireworks :[
5. Bond with the locals There is always someone along the Han looking for something to do. For the most part, they are engaged in some kind of activity and it is the perfect time to bond with them. Locals are extremely friendly and welcoming to those who share the same interests. Don’t be shy and make new friends wherever you go!
6. Listen to a concert for free across the river or right outside of the Jasmil stadium The music is so loud that you can practically hear it from across the river. I remember running along the river when Lady Gaga had her concert and it was the perfect time to take a break and enjoy the music. I came back a little later to join some friends and we still had our great source of entertainment, for free!
There's definitely a lot more that you can do along the Han River, but of course be creative. Just remeber that the Han River is one of the staple of Korea so be sure to visit before leaving Korea!
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
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