The Hangang River: The River That Divides Seoul

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Among young Koreans, the Hangang River surpasses Gangnam as Seoul's top date place thanks to its well-manicured riverbanks and splendid natural scenery. Couples can enjoy the endless bike paths that line the well-manicured riverbanks and the other leisure facilities found throughout Hangang Park, which comprises much of the river valley. With lots of scenic viewpoints to enjoy, the river is a cozy nest for your couples. It's a fun leisure sports destination, too, especially in summer when it becomes a popular water skiing and windsurfing spot.

Near the south end of the Gwangjin Bridge is a stone monument, on which is etched a poem by the great early Joseon Dynasty scholar Seo Geo-jeong extolling the mystical beauty of the river valley. It goes to show that the Gwangnaru area (of which the Gwangjin Bridge is a part) has long been famous for its scenic wonders.Linking Gwangjang 1-dong of Gwangjin-gu to the north with Cheonho-dong of Gangdong-gu to the south, the Gwangjin Bridge is the second oldest of the Hangang River bridges. Because it was built in the old location of Gwangnaru Ferry, where in the Joseon Dynasty boats loaded with grain bound for the royal capital of Seoul would land, the bridge was also called the Gangnaru Bridge. The bridge gained a reputation for being an especially nice place to walk after the car road was narrowed to two lanes and specialized walking paths were installed. Suspended from underneath the eighth span of the bridge is "Riverview 8th Avenue," reportedly one of only three observation platforms that hang from under a bridge.

It's a cultural space used mostly for exhibitions and performances. It became a popular sightseeing destination after it appeared in the hit Korean spy drama "Iris." The floor of the platform is strengthened glass, so you can watch the river flow slowly by. The initial thrill inspires a lot of hand-holding among visiting couples, too. The romantic mood is further enhanced by weekend screenings of romantic and independent films. Best of all, the space is completely free, so it makes for a very charming---and very cheap---date. When there isn't an exhibit or performance going on, it makes a great reading room with its views of the Hangang River. With views of Achasan Fortress and the Walkerhill Hotel to the east and the Olympic flame-topped Olympic Bridge to the west, there's no better place to spend time with a good book.

After you've had a stroll on the bridge, try out the rail bike in Gwangnaru Hangang Park, right below the bridge. It's just another reason to visit the Gwangjin Bridge---the rail bike path cuts through the fields of flowers (spring) and reeds (winter) that line the Hangang riverside. There are some other unique and fun facilities here, too, including a bicycle racing track, a place where you can ride unusually shaped bikes and a space where children can learn how to ride a bike.

Address : 527-2 Cheonho 2-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-476-0722
Business Hours : 10am to 9pm (Dec~Feb), 10am to 10pm (Mar~Nov). Closed ever second and fourth Monday of the month.
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Ttukseom Hangang Park's Observatory and Culture Complex is better known as the J-Bug. The observatory, hidden oh-so-subtlety in the forest of Hangang Park, got it's nickname from its centipede-like shape. To walk about inside is a strange experience---in some respect, it's just like walking around the abdomen of, well, a centipede. Come dusk, when the observatory is lit up, the observatory's great mass resembles a giant spaceship, and walking inside can feel like a scene out of a science fiction movie. The J-Bug is, fundamentally, an open exhibit and leisure spot. It regularly hosts Hangang River-themed photo exhibits and storytelling events. As you take in the exhibits, you can gaze out the windows at the Hangang River as it flows by or the subway trains and cars as they cross the Cheongdam Bridge. It's almost like a music video. On the second floor of the J-Bug is a gallery dedicated to the Seoul font, a special Korean font created by Seoul Metropolitan Government. Here we can spend some free time reading or enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings.

Getting There : Exit 3 or 4, Ttukseom Resort Station, Line 7
Address :139 Gangbyeonbuk-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-3780-0760
Business Hours : 10am to 10pm (1st floor), 10am to 6pm (2nd floor, 3rd floor)
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The Banpo Bridge is Korea's only double-decker road bridge. Its lower deck---best know for being flooded over when the river rises during heavy rains---hosts a fountain show several times a day. Visitors flood to the bridge at show times to walk alongside the riverside, taking in the spectacle and listening to old favorites of yesteryear. During the hot summer months, it's a good place to recharge. The shows are also popular with local photographers.

The fountain is produced by jets installed on the upper deck of the bridge---water is pumped up from the river itself. As the show progresses, the curtain of water eventually become a virtually rainbow lighting up the night sky above the river. River cruises departing from Yeouido stop to enjoy the shows on their way back. In the backdrop, the lights of Namsan Seoul Tower complete the scenery. Couples will find it difficult to tear themselves away from this most romantic of spots.

Getting There :
Walk from Exit 8-1 of Express Bus Terminal (Line 3).
Address : 650 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

There are three artificial islands floating next to the Banpo Bridge like flower petals. Officially named Sebit Dungdungseom, they are frequently called the Floating Islands. The islands host a variety of art performances and exhibits. The artificial islands are lit up at night using LED displays---it's fun to sit back and watch from Moonlight Plaza. Younger, more digitally-oriented couples will love it.

Address : 650 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Telephone :T. +82-2-3447-3100

Follow the riverside from the Floating Island in the direction of Yeouido and you'll eventually come to the sound end of Dongjak Bridge. Take the elevator to the deck of the bridge and you'll find two cafes, one on each side of the road---the Noeul ("Sunset") Cafe and Gureum ("Cloud") Cafe. The Noeul Cafe is the highest observatory deck on the river; accordingly, it offers great views, and when the weather's good, you can take in the sunset over Yeouido's 63 Building from its rooftop terrace. From the other side, the Gureum Cafe offers pleasant nighttime scenery of the Banpo Bridge, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the Floating Islands and Namsan Seoul Tower. Both cafes have parking lots for the convenience of drivers.

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Address : 350 Dongjakdae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-3476-7999
Business Hours : 10am to 2am
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Address :355 Dongjakdae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-3481-6555
Business Hours : 10am to 2am
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There are two piers on the Hangang River: one at Jamsil and one at Yeouido. The cruise boats that depart from these piers make stops at Ttukseom, Seoul Forest, Yanghwa and Jamdubong. The cruises that leave from Yeouido go as far down the river as the Seongsan Bridge. As the boat glides across the river, you can take in the Hangang's many bridges, Mt. Namsan and even the peaks of Bukhansan National Park in the distance. On their way to the Seongsan Bridge the cruises pass the National Assembly Building in Yeouido, the Catholic martyrs shrine at Jamdubong and Seonyudo Park. You'll also be able to watch people enjoying a bit of yachting or water-skiing on the river. As you approach World Cup Fountain, you can witness the spectacle of a stream of water shooting 202m into the sky. Installed to commemorate the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the fountain will bring to mind Koreans' passionate support for their national football team in those heady days. Some of the cruises feature live musical performances and theme shows. These cruises usually have dinner and lunch buffets, too, making them an epicurean experience as well. At night, the cruise boats make a stop in front of the Banpo Bridge's Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, a very romantic experience indeed. Bringing together Seoul's nighttime scenery and the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the Hangang cruise is the city at its very finest. One of the more unusual cruses is the "Pang Pang Cruise" during which passengers bake their own bread. The cruise was inspired by the popular 2010 drama "King of Baking, Kim Takgu." Popular with couples, the cruises let participants bake breads either for themselves or for the people they love.

Getting There :
From Exit 3 of Yeouinaru Station head towards Hangang Park(by walks 10mins). Make your way to ELAND Cruise Terminal 1 or 2 and buy a ticket.
Address : 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-6291-6900
Business Hours : 10:30~21:00
Website (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)



Located in Hangang Park near Yeouido's National Assembly Building, Seoul Marina & Yacht is one of the best places to propose in the city. Is there a more magical place to spend an evening than on a yacht in the middle of the city? There are several kinds of yachts available, including dinghies, power boats and cruisers. One of the more popular is the yacht made especially for wedding proposals. It's expensive, to be sure, but it's worth sinking money into that once-in-a-lifetime proposal to the person you'll spend the rest of your life with.

Getting There :
From Exit 1 or 5 of National Assembly Station (Line 9), follow Yeouiseo-ro Road towards the National Assembly Building parking lot and you should come to Seoul Marina Club & Yacht
Address : 160 Yeouiseo-ro Road, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Telephone : T. +82-2-3780-8400
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