The Han River is one of the most iconic rivers in Korea. The areas along the river are bustling with life and activities and you won’t be able to find any problems spending the whole day there. So you may ask, “What can I possibly do along Han River?” Here are 5 things or activities that you can do in areas near Han River.
1) Rent and ride a bicycle along the Han River
This is probably the first thing you will notice when you arrive at the Han River; waves of cyclists zooming along the river. Cycling along the Han River is probably one of the top things Koreans like to do during their free time.
You can rent bicycles at almost every major point along the Han River and rental rates are inexpensive too (about 3,000 won per hour).
2) Picnic in a Park near Han River
There are a lot of parks along the Han River. Instead of heading to a restaurant in the city, why not pack some food, decor and your picnic mat and head to a park near the river for a nice picnic session? Too lazy to pack or prepare food? No worries because you can actually order food delivery and the delivery guy can bring your food to a collection point near you!
Want something piping hot? You can actually cook up some ramyeon 라면 at convenience stores near the Han River! Buy a packet of ramyeon along with some side dishes like sausages and cook them right by the river!
3) Take a Duck Boat on Han River
Enough with all the activities you can do on land! Let’s take a ride on a Duck Boat and enjoy the breeze as you pedal in the Han River. This is just one of the many water activities you can do on the Han River. If you don’t fancy pedalling your own boat, you can also choose to take a ferry cruise and enjoy both the day and night sights the river has to offer!
4) Visit Cafes Near the Han River that Offer Beautiful Views
I have covered some activities that require some physicality but if you would like to chill and relax, there are cafes along the Han River that might be of interest to you. Because they are located near (or even in) the Han River, you can expect to enjoy some nice views with your cup of coffee. Here are some cafes that I have found that you may like:
5) Cross a Bridge
Yeah, you read that right. I recommend that you cross a bridge. Trust me, the experience will be pretty unique when you actually do it. If you have been to Seoul before, you would have crossed a bridge before, be it on a car or on a metro train, but never on foot or bicycle.
These bridges (27 in total) can be found spread throughout the length of the river and connect the north part of Seoul with the south. They form very important transportation links, so it only makes sense to make these bridges accessible to both cars and pedestrians alike.
While crossing the bridges, don’t forget to take a look around for spectacular views of the Han River and the city. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
HOT TIP: You can take your bicycles up the bridge! Many of the bridges are accessible via elevators that connect directly to the cycling lanes so if you are planning to cycle at the Han River for a while, try a course that involves crossing one of the bridges.