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Bright Early Summer Pleasures at Hangang River

Published Date : Jun 14, 2022 / Edited Date : Oct 13, 2022
Bright Early Summer Pleasures at Hangang River

Ushered in by the flowing breeze, the scent of summer is nothing short of refreshing. The cool weather of the early summer season has arrived. The colors all around seem to grow more pronounced with rays of the summer sun beaming down on us. As these colors become more distinct, there's that growing urge to head over to the Hangang River.

Cutting through the center of Seoul, the Hangang River reflects the city's diverse landscapes. Summer is the perfect season to enjoy the Hangang River. Let’s step away from the distracting concrete jungle and head to Hangang Park. Beloved by all, from those living in or visiting Seoul, Hangang River awaits, ready to brighten up your summer with vibrant colors.

A Dynamic Experience on Paddle Boards

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Hangang River! You can sit on the grassy fields of Hangang Park and bask in the summer sun, watch incredible fountain shows, enjoy the sunset at a gorgeous café that looks like an island floating on the river, go for a jog, bike, or even hike along the riverside. Then, what about taking to the water currents of Hangang River?

“The most significant advantage of the Hangang River water activities is that you can enjoy them in the heart of the city.
When the sun goes down, you can even get a clear view of the Lotte Tower and Namsan Seoul Tower from the water.
It's simply an amazing experience to do water activities while enjoying the sunset and the night view of Seoul!"
Surf Instructor Yoo Jun

People enjoying water leisure sports are no longer a rare scene at the Hangang River. Have you ever envied those on surfboards, kayaks, and paddle boards ripping through the water? If so, it’s your turn to give it a try. This edition of Seoulites’ Picks shares how beginners can even enjoy paddle boards.

Also referred to as SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard), a paddle board is a water leisure sport that combines surfing and kayaking. The key to paddle boarding is to row while standing on the board. Since paddle boards are bigger and broader than surfboards, men and women of all ages can learn and enjoy them without feeling any burden. The Ttukseom Hangang Park is often called the holy ground for water leisure sports at Hangang River. Its relatively low velocity and clean waters offer a beginner-friendly environment, and it is optimal for enjoying various activities, including paddle boards and windsurfing, water skiing, and motor boats.

“If you're looking for a memorable sunset in the city,
why head out to enjoy some water activities at the Hangang River?”

“On the surface, it look like something only pros can take on, so many people don’t dare to even try it.
However, anyone can do water activities on the Hangang River, so I suggest to at least give it a try.
You'll be able to experience a whole new world of fun!”

For those that have always been looking at Hangang River from afar, try experiencing it up close for something totally different. Drinking a cool drink or enjoying some snacks while sitting on a paddle board will be a new and fun experience for sure. Try paddle boarding at sunset and seemingly be whisked away to a beautiful vacation spot. Come and enjoy the fresh breeze while cutting through the waters of the Hangang River on a paddle board at the heart of the dynamic city of Seoul.

  • Address 94, Jayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
  • Operation Hours Varies per business

Mulgyul Hangang: An All-inclusive View of Hangang River

The water ripples softly shine in the sunlight. The currents slowly dance, rhythmically going up and down at equal heights. The sun sitting on top of the bridges that connect the ends of the river adds a certain vividness to the colors of the unfolding scenery. There is a new place where you can enjoy the beauty of the Hangang River that bestows happiness simply with its view.

Newly open in Nanji Hangang Park since last March, Mulgyul Hangang has reproduced the currents of the Hangang River intact. Starting from the entrance and throughout the entire café, the identity of Mulgyul Hangang is well-conveyed with wavy fonts and elegant, curvy benches placed outdoors. The second floor of Mulgyul Hangang features the best view of the river with its full-length windows in all directions. The open view from Hangang Park and Hangang River to the World Cup Bridge offers your eyes a splendid refreshment. In the evening, the lights are dimmed so patrons can fully enjoy the radiant nightscape of the Hangang River, making Mulgyul Hangang the perfect place for a romantic date.

Besides basic coffee menu items, their signature menu includes the Wave Sangria, Wave Mojito, and Cream Chocolate Latte. TWG black tea and desserts, including terrines and cookies, are also available. You may bring your furry friend to Mulgyul Hangang as long as you sit outside. If you plan to visit Mulgyul Hangang by car, set your destination to the public parking lot under the Nanji World Cup Ramp for convenient access. Enjoy the early summer evening in Seoul at the sophisticated and elegant Mulgyul Hangang.

  • Address 296, Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Phone +82-507-1351-9138
  • Operation Hours 11:00 – 22:00 (Closed on Mondays)
  • Instagram @mulgyul_hangang

Nodeulseom Island: The Complete Package

Seoul is a city with countless variety, from high mountains found in and around the city and the vastness of the Hangang River cutting horizontally across Seoul, to the downtown business district of Seoul, packed with towering skyscrapers. All the while, you can also hanok neighborhoods with their Korean traditional roof-tiled structures. Seoul brings together essences from different periods of time that harmoniously blend together.

The oval-shaped Nodeulseom Island, located at the center of Hangangdaegyo Bridge, is yet another side of the beautiful city. Outside of Nodeulseom Island, visitors can enjoy nature alongside Hangang River while walking along a trail. Meanwhile, the indoor area has cultural spaces, enabling various cultural experiences. With a solid mix of nature and culture, Nodeulseom Island has plenty to enjoy.

Starting with a sculpted artwork at the entrance, various spaces that offer excitement to your five senses unfold as you proceed indoors. Nodeulseom Island offers a very diverse interior, including a music performance stage, book café, spaces for plants and culture, as well as exhibitions, and art shops, and outdoor spaces, including a forest, open square, and trail. Living up to its identity of a cultural complex, various concerts and cultural events are also held. You can check the event details at the Nodeulseom Island website. We recommend visitors to travel to the island by public transport, or on foot, due to the limited parking space available.

If you are visiting Nodeulseom Island, don’t miss out on the sunset lighting up the backdrop of the high-rise buildings of Yeouido. It represents a wonderful collaboration of humans and nature for a truly stunning view. Why not start a memorable summer at Nodeulseom Island where you can get the most of all worlds at your fingertips?

  • Address 445, Yangnyeong-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Phone +82-2-749-4500
  • Operation Hours 10:00 – 21:00 (Closed on Mondays)
  • Website https://nodeul.org/

Hangang Cruise: Optimizing Your Romance

The scorching sun slowly makes it way down beyond the horizon. The glass of the skyscrapers standing in rows create a gradual inroad into the redness of the setting sun, opening the door for a memorable romantic evening. The evening romantic vibes of Seoul, especially that of Hangang River, are doubled with the lights gleaming from the city center. A great way to enjoy Hangang River to the fullest at this time of the day is to board the Eland Cruise.

Eland Cruise departs from the Yeouido Terminal and travels to the destinations set for each course before returning to Yeouido. Various routes are available for enjoying the Hangang River on the cruise. The Lunch Cruise and Dinner Cruise enable passengers to enjoy the Hangang River over a nice meal; the Sunset Cruise presents a stunning view of the sun setting over the Hangang River; the Starlight Cruise is for enjoying the nightscape of Yeouido from the cruise ship; and the Moonlight Music Cruise offers an opportunity of enjoying the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show under the Banpodaegyo Bridge. When boarding the Hangang Cruise, all passengers must complete a cruise ship boarding declaration, so don’t forget to bring your ID.

The Eland Cruise is highly recommended for a romantic date, or to create some wonderful memories with family. Come and enjoy a romantic evening at the Hangang River. The lights from the buildings lined up along the Hangang River, the beautiful music playing from the cruise, and the gentle evening breeze will crest the romance of a summer night.

  • Address 280, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (E-land Cruise)
  • Phone +82-2-6291-6900
  • Operation Hours 14:00 – 21:50 (Closed on Mondays)
  • Website http://www.elandcruise.com/

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※ This article is dated Jun 2022. Business operations and business hours may change according to government quarantine guidelines. Please check before visiting.

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# Hangang River Cruise # Mulgyul Hangang #Hangang River Dates #Hangang River #Hangang River Park Dates #Hangang River paddle board #Nodeulseom

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  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 在已登记的预约团体中,只接待不超过预约人数的团体,可在前一天17时前追加预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前一月15日开始。
  • 参加徒步观光解说活动时必须佩戴口罩。
  • 如有发热或呼吸道症状(发烧、咳嗽、痰液、肌肉痛、鼻塞、咽喉痛等),请避免参与解说活动。
  • 活动开始前将进行体温测试,超过37.5度者将被限制参与解说活动。
  • 无保护者随同的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消解说活动。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等)无法运营徒步观光解说活动时,所有预约会批量取消。(观光前日基准)
  • 对于解说活动中发生的安全事故,首尔徒步解说旅游事务局和首尔文化观光解说社不予负责。
预约前说明事项
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)
預約前說明事項
  • 最晚請於預約日期3天前完成預約。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 已完成預約的團體若人數超過限制,可於前一天下午5點前追加預約。
  • 每月15日將開放下個月的預約。
  • 參與解說觀光時請務必佩戴口罩。
  • 若有發燒或呼吸道症狀(發燒、咳嗽、咳痰、肌肉酸痛、鼻塞、喉嚨痛),請避免參與本活動。
  • 活動開始前將進行體溫測量。若體溫超過37.5度,將無法參與本活動。
  • 未有保護者同行的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消參與資格。
  • 因發布微塵緊急降低措施及其他天氣惡化(暴熱、台風、豪雨等),無法進行徒步觀光時,所有預約將取消。(預約日期前日基準)
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,首爾徒步解說觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
預約前說明事項
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)