Banpo Hangang Park
Many parks are best visited during the day. Banpo Hangang Park is the opposite. While it is still immensely enjoyable during the day, it truly sets itself apart from the other parks in Seoul after nightfall. The night is when it really "shines".
The Scouting Report
Banpo Hangang Park is very similar to the other Hangang Parks is several respects. The obvious similarity, of course, is the Han River flowing past the park. Also, it is also connected to the excellent network of bicycle paths that line the river. However, Banpo Hangang Park definitely possesses a number of distinctions that set it apart from the other Han River parks.
Floating Islands (Some Sevit)
These three man-made islands have steadily become more and more popular recently. Fresh off being seen in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron", they have become a very recognizable Seoul landmark.
The three islands contain exhibition space, restaurants, cafes, shops, and great vantage spots from which you can watch the Banpo Bridge's Moonlight Rainbow Fountain.
While the Floating Islands are a fun place to visit during the day, they are a can't-miss destination at night thanks to the light show their exterior puts on.
Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
Banpo Bridge provides the easiest way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Han River. The bridge has 2 levels. While vehicles can use the bottom level, it has wide lanes reserved for non-vehicular traffic.
The bridge is more than just function, though. It also puts on a mesmerizing water and light show in the evening. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records calls it the longest such water fountain show in the world.
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Weekends and Holidays
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Weekends and Holidays
|12:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00
12:00, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30
There are two side-by-side basketball courts that are in pretty decent shape. They provide a very scenic place to play basketball.
There is a soccer field at the park, but the surface leaves plenty to be desired. There isn't much grass. Rather, it is essentially a rectangular plot of land filled with sand and gravel. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it is very much a soccer field.
Just like most of the other Hangang parks, Banpo Hangang Park has expansive grassy areas that provide scenic, comfortable picnic spots. And as long as the games don't get out of hand, they are ideal for small ball games.
So that everyone can take advantage of the great biking paths that line the Han River, there is also a bicycle rental shop in the park.
Like all the other parks along the Han River, Banpo Hangang Park has the requisite convenience store and park restrooms. These things aren't in the greatest condition, but they are better than nothing.
Jamwon Hangang Park is approximately 2 km upstream (to the right, when facing the river) from Banpo Bridge.
Ichon Hangang Park is approximately 2 km downstream (cross the river via Banpo Bridge, and go left).
Elsewhere on the Web
- Hangang Banpo Park - by Exploring Korea
- Banpo Hangang Park - by The Seoul Guide
- Banpo - by Hangang Park
- Banpo Hangang Park - by Pretty Life in Seoul
- Day 18: A Lazy Afternoon at Banpo Hangang Park - by Hwaiting Andy
Check out the Banpo Hangang Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.
Also, see Seoul Scout: Banpo Hangang Park.
How To Get There
Where: Seoul-si, Seocho-gu, Banpo-dong
From Lines 3 and 9 - Express Bus Terminal Station (고속터미널역):
-Walk out of exit 8-1. Turn right at the first major 4-way intersection you come to. Follow the road and stay low. Walk through the underpass.
Originally posted October 11, 2015
Updated December 13, 2015