The Han River slices through Seoul. I live on the southern side, but travel north of the Han almost daily. Seoul has done a great job in featuring the Han as part of it’s city. The banks are lined with parks, trails, and restaurants.
I think all those parks are meant to distract you from how disgusting the water in the Han actually is. It works! I love seeing all the bridges that stretch across the river, and we have been meaning to revisit the Banpo light show.
I’ve been close to the Han many times, but never actually on it. A friend and I knew that the perfect way to explore this historic river was by boat, duck boat. They are actually swans, but we kept calling them duck boats. And, although we had not given this much thought until we were seated in the boat, they are paddle boats.
We paid ￦15,000 for two adults and two children and were given 45 minutes to explore a buoyed area. I honestly don’t know if we could have paddled for more than 45 minutes. It was a gross day, and we couldn’t see very far. We had a great view of Olympic stadium, but visibility was too poor to see very many of the bridges cross the water. These pictures were actually a little depressing to look at. It looks like there’s a sadness filter on them, and it makes the duck boats look a bit dramatic. I offer these pictures as proof of Seoul’s air quality. However, I was thankful that the sun wasn’t blazing on us. There was only one other couple paddling around and a few windsurfers, so we pretty much had the area to ourselves.
It was one of those perfect, touristy things that shouldn’t be as much fun as they are.