Fall is the perfect time of year to take advantage of one of Seoul’s greatest assets: the mighty Hangang (River), which runs between the city’s northern (Gangbuk) and southern (Gangnam) districts. Sailing down the Hangang is a beloved pastime for both locals and visitors alike, whether one is looking for a relaxing voyage or a unique commute across town. Below are just a few of the ways to enjoy the river.
Choose from a wide range of yachts available at several locations along the Hangang, with both wind-powered sailboats and motor-driven vessels available. Nighttime sailing after a barbeque has proved a popular favorite with groups at the 700 Yacht Club, while flying across the river in one of Seoul Marina Club & Yacht’s many power boats is another great option. Both are unique venues for meetings and members of the Seoul MICE Alliance.
Dinner and Entertainment
Add shows or dining to your river voyage on themed cruises featuring live entertainment such as musical performances and magic shows. Lunch and dinner buffets are also possible for select ferry services. Boats depart from eight docks across Seoul, including Yeouido, Jamsil, Yangwha, Ttukseom, Sangam, Seoul Forest, Jamdubong and Seonyudo, and the duration of the journey runs between 60 and 90 minutes.
Take the Hangang Cruise and enjoy Seoul’s spectacular scenery, which comes to life at night with an array of picture-postcard lighting. Topping the list of must-see attractions is the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. Located atop the Banpo Bridge near riverside event venue Some Sevit, the fountain earned the Guinness World Records title as the World’s Longest Bridge Fountain. The bridge, fitted with 380 water jets that move in time to music, regularly illuminates the night sky with a huge array of multicolored lights. Each of the 31 bridges over the Hangang have their own impressive shapes and colors, all creating pathways between the city’s two impressive skylines north and south of the river.