South Korea Travel Destinations

Korea, Seoul – Han River Sunsets

Han River Sunsets in Seoul
Written by Duke Stewart

Han River Sunsets

The Han River means so much to this country historically, economically, universally. Inquiring into Korea’s postwar boom will lead to the Han with “miracle” attached to its hip. Not only does that Han River dominate Korea’s more functional uses, a walk along this most important waterway exposes some beautiful views and scenes. Seoul is such a hotbed of hustle and bustle but witnessing Han River Sunsets remind me that things can actually slow down in this mega-city.

Walking along the Han River in Seoul

We descend towards the river on a cool fall day that’s not too hot nor cool. A perfect breeze greets us as bike paths and workout stations line the river-walk. Having access to such a place really makes the prospect of living in Seoul into a more real thing. That calming breeze constantly rushes by to resemble the only business happening in this sanctuary of calm. The walk comes upon a grim reminder and dictates our final destination. As the sun sets along the Han River, we’re walking to Mapo Bridge. It’s a place where the Han sometimes takes back in contrast to its normally giving nature.

Han River Sunset

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Sunset from Mapo Bridge

Just so you know, there are many ways to reach the Han River. We accessed the river by walking about 20 minutes from Hapjeong Station which is accessible from Lines 2 and 6.

Here are some more places with waking distances included, thanks to Korea Tourism.

  • Ttukseom district: Exit #2 or 3 of Ttukseom Resort station (Seoul Subway Line 7).
  • Gwangnaru district: From exit #1 of Cheonho station (Seoul Subway Line 5 & 8), walk 20 min.
  • Yeouido District: Exit #2 or 3 of Yeouinaru station (Seoul Subway Line 5).
  • Yanghwa district: From exit #4 of Dangsan station (Seoul Subway Line 2), walk 10 min.

I hope you enjoy Seoul and have a chance to see some other cities in the Korea. It’s truly a great place:)

Sun Shining on Traffic

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Visit Seoul for Han River Sunsets by Duke Stewart

About the author

Duke Stewart

As a recovering Expat, I write about Life through Travel and want you there with me through captivating stories followed by guides on how to do the same. My work has been featured in various magazines throughout Korea and in online publications including the awesome Hipmunk.com. I am also a nerd and love to point out a situation's similarities to any of my favorite movies, books, or tv shows. You've been warned:) Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily updates.

5 Comments

  • Hey I’m visiting Korea for a short holiday with my friends and i was wondering if you could give me some directions how to get here? My friends want to see the sunset or just experience this place even though it’s winter. We’ll be staying in Itaewon. thanks in advance!

    • Hi! Thanks for the comment. I’d be glad to help you here. There are many ways to reach the Han River. We accessed the river by walking about 20 minutes from Hapjeong Station which is accessible from Lines 2 and 6.

      Here are some more places with waking distances included, thanks to Korea Tourism.

      – Ttukseom district: Exit #2 or 3 of Ttukseom Resort station (Seoul Subway Line 7).
      – Gwangnaru district: From exit #1 of Cheonho station (Seoul Subway Line 5 & 8), walk 20 min.
      – Yeouido District: Exit #2 or 3 of Yeouinaru station (Seoul Subway Line 5).
      – Yanghwa district: From exit #4 of Dangsan station (Seoul Subway Line 2), walk 10 min.

      I hope you enjoy Seoul and have a chance to see some other cities in the Korea. It’s truly a great place:)

    • It’s a great place to get away from the chaos and just walk around with more space than Seoul normally allows. Rent a bike and ride along it. That’s what I’ll do next time, for sure:)