Banpo Seorae Island 반포 서래섬
Open all year round.
1) Sinbanpo Station (line 9, exit 1) [direct to Seorae Island]: Walk straight upon station's exit and turn right onto the road in front (Sinbanpo-ro 15-gil). Walk straight all the way passing through the underpass to Hangang Park. 15 mins. OR
2) Express Bus Terminal Station (line 3/6/9):
Exit 8-2 [via leafy neighbourhood & reaching directly at the bicycle rental kiosk - Recommended]: 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, reaching a small park. Turn right and walk forward about 40m to enter the underpass on your left. The bicycle rental kiosk is just on the left upon exiting from the underpass. 12 mins walk from Station and 3 mins cycling to Seorae Island.
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. Turn left and walk straight towards Banpo Seorae Island on your right. 25-30 mins.
Banpo Seorae Island (Seoraeseom) is a beautiful man-made island connected to Hangang Banpo Park by three pedestrian bridges. This island provides good retreat from the busyness of the city, sitting on the benches under weeping willows (trees) or facing the beautiful Han River (Hangang) for a relaxing moment in life.
Spring Highlights - Canola Flower Field
Every spring in May, the Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival is held on this island when the canola flowers are in full bloom, spreading across the field in brilliant yellow.
Autumn Highlights - Buckwheat Flower Field
In October, the island is transformed into a sea of white when the buckwheat flowers are in full bloom. During this time, the Han River Seorae Island Buckwheat Flower Festival with activities like Photo Zones, Experience Programs and Performances is held on Seorae Island.
Other Highlights at Seorae Island
Highlights of Banpo Hangang Park
Other attractions at Banpo Hangang Park include:
Some Sevit (a man-made culture complex with cafe, restaurants and Tubester round boat rental)
Banpo Bridge Daytime Fountain Show at 12pm
Bicycle Rental at Banpo Hangang Park
It is highly recommended to rent a bicycle at Banpo Hangang Park to reach this island and any other nearby attractions easily and effortlessly. Cycling is also a great way to experience the beauty of Han River and its connection with locals.
Hangang Bicycle Rental Kiosk Operating Hours:
Mar-Apr / Sep-Oct: 9:00-18:00
3,000 won for the 1st hour and 500 won every 15 mins thereafter.
Tandem (/couple) and kid bicycles are also available.
Note: Photo ID required for bicycle rental and collect upon return to the same kiosk.
Location: upon exiting the underpass to the park from Express Bus Terminal Station Exit 8-2 Route OR turn right upon reaching the park from Exit 8-1 Route. (see map below)
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