The Han River (한강) in Korea needs no introduction. On most sections in Seoul, you’ll find pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths on both sides of the river. The banks are also dotted with numerous rest stops with convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, picnic areas and scenic photo spots.
Most bridges across the river are only for vehicles and and subways, but on some, for example the Banpo Bridge (반포대교), you can ride a bicycle or cross the bridge on foot. It’s a great way to see the Rainbow Fountain from another view.
On weekends, you’ll find families, couples and groups of friends camping out in the parks on Han River. For the more adventurous, there are also water sport facilities nearby. A couple hundred metres from Yeouinaru Station (여의나루역) on Line 5, you’ll find a floating Ashley Restaurant and the Hangang Leisure Sports Club.
This is where you can wakeboard, jetski, ride a motorboat, or even try the new Flyboard.
A quick break down of the costs per session:
Motor boat - 10,000 won (adult), 7,000 won (child)
Water ski - 25,000 won
Wake board - 25,000 won
Banana boat - 40,000 (4 pax)
Jet ski - 50,000 won (2 pax)
The staff here speak a little English and are absolutely friendly folks. But if you’re a total newbie trying a new sport, you still need to understand Korean for the staff to be able to teach you. The wakeboard boat comes back to the dock after every ride (or session), so it’s not the most efficient use of time, and petrol. Not too sure if they allow you to rent the boat for a full hour and stay out in the waters.
Even though you’re not riding in the open sea, the river is still more than 1km wide, so the water can be rather choppy at some parts. And it’s cold.
Didn’t get the chance to try the Flyboard, but it seems like extreme fun.
And the jetski rides come with a healthy serving of screams and applause (from the dock).
It’s a great way to chill out for an entire afternoon and end the day with a picnic at the park. Highly recommended.