Seoul: Yeouido Han River Park / renovated into leisure place for festivals

Yeouido Hangang Park is one of the most popular and well-known of the Han River parks. Interestingly, the park was once an airfield until 1958 and then was a public square until 1999 when it was officially reborn as the popular ecological park. In addition to bike paths, basketball courts, and other public facilities, there are plenty of lawn space making it a popular park for families and friends to gather for picnics. Bike rental shops can be found in the area making it easy and inexpensive to bike around. You can also board the Hangang River Ferry Cruise from Yeouido for a scenic ride on the Han River. If you’re going to the eastern side of Jamsil between April and October, you may be able to catch the spectacular Banpo Rainbow Bridge Fountain show off the Banpo Bridge.

Naturally the warmer seasons draw the most crowds at Yeouido’s Han River Park, especially on weekends, but the park is particularly busy in spring and autumn too. In spring, the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival takes place every year when the park is brimming with cherry blossoms and other spring flowers. Also people open marathons for those who want to exercise and enjoy the river view. In sumer, ‘Music Picnic’ for summer festival in Yeouido Han River Park. Usully for 3 to 4 hours of festivals, various musicins such as k-pop stars, bands, traditional music kook-ak dancers and classical musicians are invited to the festivals so the people can freely enjoy the show. In autumn, the annual Seoul International Fireworks Festival takes place where a massive fireworks show is put on by groups from all over the world. Also people can rent tent and enloy camping as well. Also in winter, government hold firework festivals to let people take times to come and take rests at the park.

Reference

  1. Park, Jinwoo (2019) Music Festivals opens at Yeouido and Banpo Han River Park to cool down the heat. Seoul Ilbo https://www.hankyung.com/society/article/2019080298991
  2. Kim Y.S (2019) Yeouido Han River Information. https://invitetour.tistory.com/598

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