The Han River is the broad, broad river which flows through Seoul. Seoul originally became a prosperous city because boats could go on the river to the Yellow Sea all the way to China (this is currently not happening because the Han river enters the Yellow Sea right at the border between North and South Korea). Since I spent 2-3 weeks in Seoul, I had to go see the river myself.
I started at Yeouido Park, on the south side of the river, and then walked across the Mapo Bridge which, surprise, took me to Seoul’s Mapo District.
Walking across the bridge helped me appreciate just how wide the Han river is. It’s over a kilometer wide.
Once I was in the Mapo District, I could get a better look at the Yeongdeungpo side of the river.
That building with the dome on top is the National Assembly, South Korea’s legislature. It’s famous for legislators using physical barricades, sledgehammers, and fire extinguishers against each other.
Much of the Han river, at least the portion in Seoul, has pedestrian/bike paths running along it. Oh, and motorway structures.
I can understand why most people bike it. It’s a bit slow an unstimulating at a pedestrian’s pace (though the people in Seoul might like the reduction in stimulation).
I passed by an island in the river which is an official bird sanctuary. I eventually crossed another bridge, which brought me to Seonyudo Park which is on an island called, you guessed it, ‘Seonyudo’.
If I remember correctly, Seonyudo used to be a waste treatment plant? Something to do with sanitation. Also, I think Joseon poets used to go there to compose poetry.
I then got back on the bridge and returned to the Yeongdeungpo District (South) side of the river, and descended via elevator.