Throughout the whole of spring, summer and autumn the Han River park is lovely not just for an afternoon relaxing with a picnic and a Cass on the grass, but for participating in the various sporting activities and events which are held there. The park stretches down much of the Han River and we realise you have probably been here before but we wanted to give a more comprehensive idea of what this giant area has to offer you.
All year around you can hire bikes and have a cycle by the riverside. It costs 3,000 won an hour for a single bike but if you’re trying to woo that special someone what says romance like a tandem for 6,000 won an hour? Nothing, that’s what. Except maybe taking one of the leisurely cruises down the Han at night time to witness the lights of the surrounding city.
There is also an archery field, camping facilities and the option to windsurf, water ski, jet ski or go yachting. If you want to pursue watersports on the Han, there is limited information on the website but you can call the appropriate number for booking or more details. Archery is only available to members and costs 300,000won, but if you’re really into it then it might be worth it. For camping here is all the information you need. There is one major campsite, Nanji, which is 3,750won per person for an overnight stay, but you need to make a reservation in advance. You can rent a tent (or bring your own) and there are BBQ and picnic areas.
From July to August the swimming pools are open. There are four pools in the Gangnam area and two in the Gangbuk district (by the way, this park is gigantic), and it’s around 6,000 won entry for an adult (depending on the pool). The pools are open from 09:00 – 20:00. There is bound to be one at a location near you. Go here for exact directions and a map. You won’t regret it – the pools are possibly the best thing about this park.
If athletic endeavours are not to your liking then take a stroll around one of the ecology parks, try and peek at the endangered animals in the human-restricted areas of the nature reserve, or embrace your inner child and participate in one of the activities designed for the younger generations. You can educate your young ones about the beauty of nature in the ecological park. If you are accompanied by school children you can visit the youth plaza – designed for young people without hoodies to engage in sports activities such as basketball, aquatic sports training and football. This area is exclusively for middle and high school students.
To top all this great stuff off there are also a few extra attractions such as an bird observatory, the World Cup fountain and numerous cafes and restaurants. You can have more than just one Sunday Funday at this park and we know for us it will be a regular day trip.
Throughout the summer there are various festivals and competitions, including a Children’s Painting Contest, Cultural Festivals, Rainbow Festival, Wild Rose Festival and many more. For a full list and a brief description of each with a location visit here.
For more information on any of the activities mentioned and to get clear directions to the park you can visit the official website.
All the photos were taken by us at Hangang Park, near Yeouido Station.