Banpo Hangang Park 반포한강공원
Open all year round.
Express Bus Terminal Station (line 3/6/9):
Exit 8-1 [along the heavy traffic road to/fro Banpo Bridge, reaching directly below the bridge]: Go straight for 250m, turn right at the first main intersection to Banpo-daro, continue straight for about 400m, cross the road to the underpass ahead to arrive at the park. 15-20 mins walk.
Exit 8-2 [via leafy neighbourhood & reaching directly at the bicycle rental kiosk]: U-turn and walk toward the road (Sinbanpo-ro 23-gil) just behind the station's exit. Turn right and walk straight till end of the road to reach a small park. Turn right and walk forward about 40m to enter the underpass on your left. The bicycle kiosk is just on the left upon exiting from the underpass. 12 mins walk.
Exit 6: Shuttle bus to Some Sevit from 11:00-22:00, 2 trips per hour. Check www.somesevit.com for schedule details.
Compared to Yeouido Hangang Park and Ttukseom Hangang Park, Banpo Hangang Park is a longer walking distance from the nearest subway station to its Banpo Bridge section. However, there are several interesting attractions and activities offered at Banpo Hangang Park for a fun-filled trip.
For visitors who intend to rent a bicycle, station's Exit 8-2 route via a leafy neighbourhood is a shorter and pleasant route, exiting the underpass with the bicycle rental kiosk just right on your left.
Most of the park's attractions are nearer to station's Exit 8-1 route.
Alternatively, there is a shuttle bus service provided by Some Sevit between its complex and Express Bus Terminal Station.
Things to Do and See at Banpo Hangang Park:
1. Some Sevit (Sebitseom) www.somesevit.com
This is a culture complex that is made up of three man-made floating islands. The name Some Sevit has the meaning of 'awesome' as being the world's first cultural space to float on water. Besides being a venue for exhibition halls, performances and events, there are retail shops, cafes, a premium buffet restaurant that serves over 160 dishes (from 34,000 won for adult), water activity on Tubester motor boat, luxurious yacht experience, etc.
1F: Tubester (round boat), CNN Cafe, Ola (Italian restaurant), Golden Blue Marina (luxury yacht and party boat), Goodwill (store)
2F: FIC (World’s largest artificial floating island convention hall)
3F: Vista Restaurant
Tubester (6-seater party round boat):
Apr-May / Oct-Nov
Weekdays: 30,000 won (30mins/boat) / 50,000 (60mins/boat)
Weekends/Public Holiday: 35,000 won (30mins/boat) / 55,000 (60mins/boat)
2. Banpo Bridge Daytime Fountain Show
A captivating show where water from both sides of Banpo Bridge cascading to the river. The daytime show starts at 12pm for 20 mins and is available from April to October only. In addition, there is a popular night-time Banpo Bridge Moonlight Fountain Show with several show timings.
3. Bicycle Rental Kiosk
There is a bicycle rental kiosk towards the right of Banpo Bridge where visitor can rent a bicycle for an enjoyable ride along Han River. Bicycle rental is at an affordable 3,000 won for the first hour and 500 won every 15 mins thereafter. Tandem (/couple) and kid bicycles are available too.
Hangang Bicycle Rental Kiosk Operating Hours:
Mar-Apr / Sep-Oct: 9:00-18:00
Note: Photo ID required for bicycle rental and collect upon bicycle return to the same kiosk.
4. Banpo Seorae Island (Seoraeseom)
A beautiful man-made island that provides good retreat from the busyness of the city with pleasing river views.
5. Banpo Bridge Crossing
Bicycling or walking across the lower deck of South Korea's first double-deck bridge towards Ichon Hangang Park, north of Han River. There are separate pedestrian lane, 2-way bicycle track and 2-way slow traffic road.
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