Welcome to my blog! If you are following my blog, this is the very first time I talk about our South Korea trip last 2017. It was one of the most memorable out-of-the-country trips because it was in South Korea that I had my first ever snow experience, together with my friends/ex-office mates. Today, I will start by bringing you to Han River. Han River, known as the Hangang in Korea, runs through the heart of Seoul. The main reason why this was included in our itinerary, aside from it’s always a setting for K-drama scenes, was our curiousity as to why there were lots of suicide attempts in this river. Back in late 2016, there was a rise in suicide attempts reported since 2012. In this article, I will be sharing our experience in Yeouido Hangang Park & Han River.
All throughout the year (well, except for this period where the pandemic strikes), Han River parks attract many tourists. Thanks to their their bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly walkways. You can also watch concerts in these parks. They give so much things to do from having picnics, cruising, sailing and even swimming. Basically, you will never run out of activities so you better plan ahead to maximize your visit.
Getting to Yeouido Hangang Park & Han River
We were staying at Myeongdong. Travel time going to Yeouinaru station is approximately half an hour. We also transferred stations in Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station, which will be talked in another blog post. Going here from Myeongdong was never difficult at all with the various translations, including English, at train stops. It’s also best to download their Metroid subway app for you to be guided of the transfers and approximate travel time to your destinations.
FACT: Yeouinaru station is the deepest station in South Korea with with a depth of 27.5 metres (90 ft) below sea level.
Because one side of Line#5 crosses the Han River via a deep tunnel and not a rail-bridge, Yeouinaru Station is the deepest subway station in South Korea. We needed to pass three high escalators and a lot of stairs to climb before we came to the exit.
Strolling around the Park
When we went there during winter, there were so many spots to relax. It wasn’t bombarded with tourists as mentioned in blog posts. It was perfect for us to take pictures. We even threw some snow balls against one another.
The Giant “I Seoul U”
One of the most iconic spots in Yeouido Hangang Park is the giant I•Seoul•U sign which is located at the center of the park. Of course, we didn’t miss taking photos with this giant sign.
Yeouido Hangang Park & Han River
Since it was winter, activities were limited. If ever I have the chance to go back, I will rent a mountain bike and stroll around the place till I sweat. It will surely be a wonderful experience.
This is the first part of our South Korea diaries. Watch out for the next! 🙂
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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.