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Cool Off This Summer in Seoul: Everything from Public Swimming Pools to Han River Water Skiing

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The Han River, or Hangang, is a scenic escape in the heart of Seoul and a summer paradise for locals and tourists. The river's waterfront is a vibrant hub for various water activities, offering a unique and convenient experience without the need to travel far during the hot summer months. Whether you seek thrilling water activities or prefer a leisurely experience, the Han River has something for everyone, from water skiing and paddle boating to swimming.

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Thrilling Water Sports

Windsurfing: Feel the adrenaline as you glide across the water, harnessing the power of the wind. Windsurfing on the Han River is a popular activity for those looking to experience the excitement of balancing speed and skill.

Water Skiing and Wakeboarding: For those looking for even more adventure, water skiing and wakeboarding offer the perfect challenge. These activities are not just for seasoned pros; beginners can join one-day classes to learn the basics and get out on the water quickly. These thrilling sports provide a unique way to enjoy the river while getting a fantastic workout.

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding: Explore the Han River at your own pace with kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. These activities are perfect for those who enjoy a mix of relaxation and exercise. Glide along the calm waters, taking in the beautiful views of the city while enjoying a full-body workout.

boats and barges at the han river

Relaxed Water Activities

Paddle Boating: If you prefer a more relaxed experience, paddle boating is an excellent option. Rent a charming duck-shaped vessel and paddle your way along the river, taking in the sights at your own pace. It's a fun and leisurely way to enjoy the water, especially with family and friends.

The Tubester at Banpo Hangang Park: For a unique and leisurely experience, hop aboard the Tubester, a noiseless six-seater party boat. The Tubester allows you to drift peacefully along the river, enjoying the stunning views of Seoul's skyline. Perfect for a relaxing outing, passengers can chat, dine, and unwind without the need for rowing or exertion. It's an ideal way to experience the beauty of the Hangang River while enjoying good company and a serene atmosphere.

Public Swimming Pools in Seoul

For those who prefer swimming or sunbathing, the Han River offers public outdoor swimming pools open from June 20 to August 18 in 2024, operating from 9am to 6pm (except Jamsil, which stays open until 8pm). These pools provide a refreshing escape from the summer heat and are perfect for families with children.

Locations of Outdoor Swimming Pools

  • Ttukseom (뚝섬 한강공원 수영장): 112 Jayang-dong, Gwangjin District, Seoul

  • Yeoido (여의도 한강공원 수영장): 82-9 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul

  • Jamwon (잠원 한강공원 수영장): 145-57 Jamwon-ro, Seocho District, Seoul

(Max depth 1.2m)

Locations of Water Playgrounds

  • Jamsil (잠실 한강공원 물놀이장): 65 Hangaram-ro, Songpa District, Seoul

  • Nanji (난지 한강공원 물놀이장): 162 Hangangnanji-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

  • Yanghwa (양화 한강공원 물놀이장): 99 Nodeul-ro, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul

(Max depth 1m; No adult pools)

Admission fees

Children KRW 3,000

Youth KRW 4,000

Adults KRW 5,000

view of the han river skyline with people kayaking at sunset

This summer, venture to Hangang Park and cool off by immersing yourself in a diverse array of water sports and activities. Whether you're looking to try something new, feel adventurous, or simply unwind and blow off steam, there are plenty of new activities to experience for all ages.

Photo source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

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