Running through the Korean Peninsula for more than 310 miles (500 kilometers), the Han River (Hangang) is one of the most important rivers in South Korea. As it flows through the heart of Seoul, the river has become a gathering place complete with recreational paths and riverside parks with playgrounds and cafés. The Basics
It would be nearly impossible to visit Seoul without passing over the Han River at least once, and it would be a shame to leave town without taking advantage of its recreational opportunities. Many sightseeing tours of Seoul, including night tours, include a cruise along the river with commentary as it passes beneath 27 bridges and sails by notable landmarks. Active travelers can opt for a bike tour of the Han River waterfront, with stops at some of the most photogenic spots. Foodies can enjoy a Korean favorite—fried chicken and cold beer—during a picnic on the Han River while learning more about the city’s rich food culture from a local.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Han River is a must-visit for outdoors enthusiasts, families, and first-time visitors.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, even in winter.
- Wear comfortable shoes for walking along the river’s banks and bridges.
How to Get There
Several subway lines cross the river and stop nearby, and which you choose will depend on where you are and where along the river you want to go. For a lovely nighttime stroll, take line 5 to Yeouinaru Station and go directly to the cascade shown on the directional map at the entrance of the park.When to Get There
The best time to visit the Han River depends on what you’re looking for. Sunny days in spring and autumn are ideal for a long waterside stroll. Regardless of the season, be sure to come in the evening to see the Banpo Bridge fountain illuminated after dark.Yeouido Park
On an island in the middle of the Han River, Yeouido Park is a favorite among Seoul residents who come to walk, jog, bike, play sports, or view the impressive display of cherry blossoms come springtime. The park is divided into four zones: the Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest.