Seoul has an extremely vibrant and thrilling nightlife for people from all walks of life, but after a while it can get rather tedious. Fret not, for those of you looking for some outdoor activities and exercise outside of the clubs, head down to the popular Han River that is readily accessible from many different parts of Seoul. If you don’t know what the Han River is, let this guide be your beacon.
Playing some pickup ball in Seoul is very easy for those of you bball heads out there. There are basketball courts scattered all along the beautiful and scenic Han River and one of the more popular spots is by Banpo Park. Strap on those Jordans in the closet collecting dust and take exit 4 out of Apgujeong Station (line 3). Head straight until you see an elementary school then turn right. There’s always people walking towards the river, and eventually you will see a tunnel. Pass through it, and it’s on your left. There are about 6 full courts and the area is usually crowded, unfortunately there are no lights so chug some water to suppress that Saturday hangover and head over during the daytime. Don’t forget to bring your A game, and if you’re lucky enough you may just run into yours truly. Literally.
2) Bike Riding (rentals)
There’s nothing quite like breathing in the spectacular landscape surrounding the Han River while cruising comfortably tucked in on a bike while attempting to avoid slamming into one of the random pedestrians or bikers that litter the road. As bicycles are rampant around Seoul, the city has appropriately placed several bike rental stations along the river. Prices are typically a reasonable 3,000 won an hour, and if you’re with a significant other tandem bikes are also available for that leisurely yet still romantic day out. Head over to Yeoinaru Station (line 5) exit 3 which will take you to one of the prime spots along the Han River and get your Lance Armstrong on.
3) Banpo Rainbow Fountain
Featuring limited time showings during certain months, the Banpo Rainbow Fountain is the country’s premier light show extravaganza along the river. For a 15 minute spectacular during the hours of 12, 8pm, and 9pm on weekdays. Weekend hours for July and August are 12, 5, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, and 9:30. Day and night shows incorporate a different style, so if you’re going to spend a whole day by the river don’t miss out. Head over to Dongjak Station (Line 4) and get out of exit 1 or 2 and head down to the River for an aesthetic feast for the eyes.
Grab a few friends and maybe a guitar or two and head down to Yeoinaru Exit 3 for a prime spot along the Han River for a good old fashioned picnic. Enjoy some chicken and beer as one of Korea’s fortes is their willingness to deliver to any spot in Korea without as much as a meager tip. That’s right; they will deliver straight to where you and your group are chilling as well as provide bottles of beer to wash it down. You can always head to the store nearby and pick up a bottle of Cass or a mat for everyone to relax on. Take in the summer breeze and indulge in some crowd watching or get a game of football going on. Good times guaranteed for all.
5) Date at On River Station
If you haven’t noticed by now cafés are extremely popular in Korea and serve as an alternate hangout spot or a haven to relax after a long night of partying. A popular and classy spot is the On River Station that you will eventually run into during your adventures on the Han River. This particular location is well known as a date spot and has made appearances in dramas and movies as well due to its pristine location along the river. During night, the brightly lit sign is easily viewable and doesn’t seem to have a closing time for those of you owls out there. Enjoy an iced Americano or your favorite glass of wine with a beautiful view of the Han River for a leisure getaway. To find the On River Station, get off Apgujeong Station (line 3) exit 6.
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