Explored on July 23, 2015
Roads, specific for bikers and runners/walkers, line the shore of the Han River; bridges offer shadows to escape the hot sun, and the cityscape acts as the perfect background to the clean urban yet natural 한강공원/Hangang Park. It’s a great place for families, couples, singles, friends, and everyone in between. With lots of green pastures, families could set up tents with their children and let them play soccer while letting the dog roam free (which I would do everyday if I had one … sad panda). Or couples could rent tandem bikes from any of the abundant bike rental sites and ride with the wind, laughing and doing all sorts of couple-ey stuff. Singles could go running, enjoying the breeze and that right amount of sunlight – and maybe even take a picture of the running shoes and the sunset for the Instagram! And friends could lay mats or sit on one of the benches under the large tents, order fried chicken, and finish the tiring day off with jokes and food!
치맥 (Chi-maek), which is an abbreviation in Korean for chicken and beer, is a very popular combination. Many people enjoy sitting at Hangang with a chicken leg in one hand, a canned beer on the other, and the people you love around you. I have yet to try this “perfect combination” but if you are of age to drink alcohol, you should try it! Have a taste of a the Korean culture! Other than chicken, you can order anything to anywhere, including Hangang Park. That’s the beauty of Korea – 배달서비스 / delivsry service (tip free!). Every couple of feet, there are lamp posts with a code labeled on it. And that is the code you use to tell the restaurant where you are – you could even use it to locate yourself to the police station if in danger. When I first heard that, I was thoroughly impressed. Or if you’re feeling more 라면/ramyun and less chicken, you can simply walk over to the nearby convenience store (which is set up in several locations around the HUGE park), buy a bag of the spicy noodles, and place it into a machine that cooks it for you!!
Obviously, Hangang is the hub for urban fun and eats in Seoul. You don’t even need to spend that much! Besides the basic camping or biking that I mentioned above, you can watch free concerts or movies (not on your laptop, but on a huge screen!), or watch the bridge water show – water sprays out of the 반포대교/Banpo bridge with rainbow lights, making it even more majestic! Or during the hot days, you could go to the public swimming pools, decked out with bouncy castle slides. The possibilities are endless.
No need to go to amusement parks when you have Hangang! 🙂