12 Exciting Things to Do along the Han River in Seoul

Fun Activities along the Han River and How to get there

Camping by Lucija Ros via Unsplash

Top 12 Best Things to do on Han River in Seoul

Han River or Hangang River is the 4th longest river in the Korean peninsula and the most famous river in Seoul, South Korea. It stretches up to 494 km, offering many best things to do along Han River, Seoul, from cycling to water sports activities. If you are planning to visit Seoul soon, we gathered a list of some interesting things you can do.

To give you a heads up, here are the 12 best things to do along Han River, Seoul.

1. River Cruise

Han River Cruise
Han River Cruise

One of the best ways to explore the majestic view of Seoul is by hopping on a ferry boat for a Han River Cruise. As you cruise, you can see some of Seoul’s famous landmarks. You can also opt for a more private tour by renting a yacht.

2. Camping

Camping by Lucija Ros via Unsplash
Camping by Lucija Ros via Unsplash

If you plan to go on a family picnic along the Han River, you can also camp for the day to have a relaxing stay. There are available tent rentals in the area with other packages, or you can also bring your own. And if you’re planning to camp over for the night, head to the campsite of Nanji Park.

Camping Fees:

The camping site is 15,000 won for parties that do not require a tent or an additional 29,000 won for parties that require a rental tent. For just a little extra, grills, tables, charcoal, meats, and other foods can all be purchased at convenient stores within the camping grounds. The entrance fee is 3,750 won for adults and 2,000 won for children (ages 5~7). Free for children under the age of 4.

Address: 28, Hangangnanji-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Contact: +82-2-304-0061

How to get there:

  • Line 6 World Cup Stadium take Mapo 08 bus at exit 2
  • Line 6 World Cup Stadium Follow signs from exit 1

3. Cycling

Cycling along Han River by Stephen Hucker via Flickr CC
Cycling along Han River by Stephen Hucker via Flickr CC

Another way to explore along the Han River is by renting a bike from local vendors, or you can also bring your own. Tourists can cycle through the path near Hongjaecheon to cruise along the Han River or book a Seoul Bike Half Day Tour to know more about the area.

4. Water Sports

Kayaking Tour Han River Seoul photo via KLOOK
Kayaking Tour Han River Seoul photo via KLOOK

For water sports enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, the Han River is certainly worth visiting. Various companies offer lessons and equipment rental for different water sports such as swimming, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, flyboarding, and stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

Book a Kayaking Tour 

5. Fishing

For a more laid-back and different experience, tourists can fish on designated fishing sites along the Han River. The most popular species that can be caught in the area include largemouth bass and predatory carp. One of the best fishing spots near the Han River is an area called Sa-sen.

6. Tubester

If you want to enjoy the waters of the Han River, but you aren’t into water sports, then booking a Tubester Boat Ride is for you. Tubester is a small round motorboat that can load up to 6 passengers. The relaxing boat ride lets the passenger enjoy the scenic view of the Han River and the city lights of Seoul’s famous landmarks.

7. Apgujeong Graffiti Tunnel

Apgujeong Graffiti Tunnel via MCN FB Page
Apgujeong Graffiti Tunnel via MCN FB Page

An Instagrammable spot perfect for photo ops is the Apgujeong Graffiti Tunnel. The tunnel connects the Hangang River and Apgujeong, a famous spot for art enthusiasts and those into photography for its colorful graffiti artworks along the tunnel.

8. Han River Parks

Ttukseom Hangang Park photo by Republic of Korea Flickr CC
Ttukseom Hangang Park photo by Republic of Korea Flickr CC

There are several parks located near the Han River offering different attractions and activities. One of the popular parks along Han River is the Yeouido Hangang Park is known for its Eland Cruise, Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, and Seoul World Fireworks Festival. Ttukseom Hangang Park is also famous for its water sports activities, and the Banpo Hangang Park is known for the Tubester and the Banpo Rainbow Fountain.

9. Bridges

Dangsan Railway Bridge via Pixabay
Dangsan Railway Bridge via Pixabay

Besides the globally recognized longest fountain at the Banpo Bridge, there are also several massive and magnificent bridges along the Han River. Some of the must-visit Han River Bridges include the Seongsan Bridge, Olympic Bridge, Banghwa Bridge, and the Hangang Bridge.

10. Eungbongsan & Achasan Mountains

Eungbongsan Mountain covered with spring flowers by Michael Kim via Flickr CC
Eungbongsan Mountain covered with spring flowers by Michael Kim via Flickr CC

If you want a less crowded spot and get closer to nature, head to the Eungbongsan and Achasan Mountain. At the pike of the mountain, you can see the beautiful Han River and the scenic view of Seoul while having a relaxing picnic.

11. Seoul Sky & Sky Bridge Tour

You can enjoy the panoramic view of the Han River and Seoul’s skyline for thrill-seeker tourists at the Seoul Sky & Sky Bridge Tour.

For the tour, head to the 3rd highest viewing platform globally and the highest in Korea at the Lotte World Tower’s Seoul Sky. You can see the Han River through the glass walls or by standing on the outdoor Sky Bridge.

12. Firework Festival

Han River Fireworks by besh612 via Flickr CC
Han River Fireworks by besh612 via Flickr CC

Annually held in October, the Seoul World Fireworks Festival isn’t something you should miss when visiting Han River. The international fireworks display is a much-awaited event attracting millions of tourists to witness the festival accompanied by music and laser lights.

References

  • 10 Best Hangang Parks and Han River Views, Seoul, Korea To Do
  • Top Things To Do On the Han River, Hedgers Abroad
  • Hanh, (2018), 15 amazing things to do on Han river Seoul and how to get there

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