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10 Enjoyable Activities by the Han River in Seoul

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As the weather begins to warm up, there's no better time to explore the vibrant sights and

activities available along the scenic Han River in Seoul. From adventurous kayaking excursions to leisurely picnics in the park and romantic dinner cruises, the Han River offers an abundance of experiences to suit every preference and mood. Come along with us as we discover the array of locations and activities waiting for you to enjoy this spring and summer.

Seorae island in Seoul

1. Seorae Island

Seorae Island (Seoraeseom), situated between the Dongjak Bridge and Banpo Bridge, emerged in the 1980s during the construction of the Olympic Bridge and the development of the Hangang area. Despite its name, the island is easily accessible from Bangpo Hangang Park via three bridges and features a picturesque riverside adorned with weeping willows and seasonal flowers. The island offers a scenic walking trail, benches and open grass for relaxation, making it a favorite destination for couples, leisurely walkers, and photography enthusiasts alike.

In May, Seorae Island bursts into vibrant yellows during the annual Seoraeseom Flower Festival, showcasing expansive mustard flower fields reminiscent of Jeju Island.

📍 40 Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

 Nodeul Island in Seoul

2. Nodeul Island

Located in the middle of the Hangang Bridge in Seoul, South Korea, Nodeul Island (Nodeulseom) is a cultural entertainment spot open to the public.

There are numerous cultural activities and delectable food and drinks available on the island, making it an ideal destination for spending an entire day. You can grab some food and enjoy a picnic in the Nodeul Yard or by the water, take a leisurely stroll in the Nodeul Forest to spot the endangered Boreal Digging Frogs (맹꽁이), browse for your next read at the bookstore, listen to live music, and savor freshly brewed coffee at one of the cafes.

📍 445 Yangnyeong-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Sevit Island in Seoul

3. Sevit Island

Sebitseom Island (Sebitseom), a landmark of the Hangang Renaissance Project, offers a unique waterside space for citizens to enjoy cultural experiences and dining options since 2006. Comprising four islets - Chaebitseom, Solbitseom, Gabitseom, and Yebitseom - it features cultural spaces, restaurants, and cafes catering to various interests. Whether it's dining with family at Chavit, enjoying exhibitions at Solvit, romantic dates at Gavit, or experiencing art performances at Yevit, Sebitseom Island promises a memorable visit amidst the scenic backdrop of the Hangang River in Seoul.

📍 2085-14 Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Sebitseom boat rental

4. Rent a Tubster with Friends

Rent a Tubster with family or friends and enjoy the tranquil waters of the Han River at Sebitseom Island. It fits up to six people and it offers a fun and relaxing way to explore the river. Enjoy light snacks on board as you cruise, with options priced at 35,000 KRW for 30 minutes or 55,000 KRW for 60 minutes.

📍 2085-14 Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

banpo han river picnic

5. Picnic at the Park

There are a total of 12 parks along the Han River in Seoul, offering ample opportunities for outdoor leisure activities. Whether you're looking to enjoy a relaxing picnic amidst lush greenery or set up a tent for a cozy camping experience, these parks provide the perfect setting to unwind and spend quality time with your family or friends.

📍 Banpo Hangang Park (40 Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul)

The Han River E-Land Cruise

6. Take a cruise

The Han River E-Land Cruise is a popular tourist attraction in Seoul, offering scenic boat tours along the iconic Han River. Departing from various points along the river, including Yeouido, Jamsil, and Ttukseom, the cruise allows passengers to admire breathtaking views of Seoul's skyline and landmarks from the water. There are various themes including Dinner Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Afternoon Tea Cruise, and more.

📍 E-Land Cruise Jamsil Pier (65 Hangaram-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul)

📍 E-Land Cruise Yeouido Pier (290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)

cycling at the han river at sunset

7. Cycle Along the River

Cycling along the Han River is a popular recreational activity in Seoul, offering both locals and tourists a unique way to explore the city's scenic waterfront. The Han River features well-maintained bike paths that stretch for over 80 kilometers along its banks, providing cyclists with a safe and enjoyable route to navigate.

Renting a bike is easy, with numerous rental shops conveniently located along the riverbanks, particularly in areas like Ttukseom, Yeouido, and Banpo. Alternatively, you can bring your own bike and start your ride from any point along the river.

han river water sports

8. Enjoy Water Sports

Water sports in the Han River offer a thrilling way to enjoy the outdoors and the scenic beauty of Seoul. From kayaking and paddle boarding to water skiing and jet skiing, there are plenty of options for adventure seekers of all levels.

📍 Gangbyeonbuk-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (Lunaru Paddle Club 2326)

pool in seoul

9. Relax by the Pool

The public pools by the Han River provide a refreshing escape from the summer heat. These pools offer a safe and enjoyable environment for swimming and relaxation, with facilities suitable for individuals, families, and groups of friends. Many pools also offer additional attractions, such as water slides, splash pads, and children's play areas, making them popular destinations for families with young children.

📍 Yeoido (82-9 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)

📍 Yanghwa (1-4 Yanghwa-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)

📍 Nanji (482-182 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul)

📍 Ttukseom (112 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul)

📍 Jamsil (1-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul)

📍 Jamwon (121 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul)

The Hangang Drone Light Show

10. Watch the Drone Light Show & Seoul Fireworks Festival

The Hangang Drone Light Show and the International Fireworks Festival are annual events that takes place in the fall. Following the success of last year's event, the Hangang Drone Light Show returns earlier this year, promising an even more dazzling experience for spectators.

Between late April and early June, five shows will be held along the banks of the Hangang River: Jamsil Hangang Park and Tteuksum Hangang Park. These picturesque settings provide the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable event, offering spectators a chance to enjoy the beauty of Seoul's riverside scenery while marveling at the illuminated sky above.

📍 Jamsil & Ttukseom Park

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