Hangang River Ferry Cruise / Yeouido Park
One of our items in our bucket list is to ride aboard a cruise ship for a fantastic holiday. While waiting for that chance, luckily, some countries (or almost all of them) offer ferry cruises along their rivers or sea. When we were in Bangkok, unfortunately, we didn’t get to try the Chao Phraya River Ferry Cruise. So for the first time, we’ll aboard a ferry in South Korea, cruise the majestic Han River and watch the Banpo Bridge fountain show.
The first time we saw the banpo bridge fountain show in a Travel channel, we were amazed with the beauty and synchronization of the light show. Then and there, we promised ourselves that someday we’ll go to South Korea and watch that fountain show. Now that bucket list is checked, I’m sharing to you our experience so please read on.
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There are two docks where you can aboard a ferry cruise and watch the Banpo Bridge fountain and light show. One is in Yeouido, the other one is in Jamsil. It’s just a matter of preference and location. Choose one that’s near to you.
We arrived at Yeouido Park at around 3pm and immediately went to the ticketing booth to grab our tickets for the 7:30PM Live concert cruise. Why did we choose that schedule? To see the Banpo Bridge fountain show, you must get the 7:30PM cruise because the show starts at 8pm. So I advise you to go here earlier as the tickets might get sold out especially when there are lots of tourists on that day.
Ticket Fee: 15000 KRW each
While waiting for our cruise at 7:30PM, we seated on one of the benches near the terminal. It is also a time for us to relax, eat and just watch people pass by. It is a park after all.
I roamed around the park and saw lots of locals enjoying their free time. They put up tents, picnic mats, eat chicken and drink beer in a lovely breezy afternoon. You can also rent a bicycle too but we just wanted to sit, rest and enjoy the view. One thing I noticed about the park is it is so clean even there are lots of people. I hope parks in Manila can be this clean too.
Now it’s time to come aboard the ferry and start the cruise! But of course, before that, pictures first!
The crew will then ask the people to line up in two lines. You’ll see how disciplined Koreans are as they are not pushing each other, they just simply line up in an orderly manner.
Once inside the ferry, you can buy hotdogs and snacks or sit in the middle where a singer will perform live. Don’t stay at the rear end of the ferry as it is smoky and smells of gasoline. It’s either at the side or in front of the ferry. We stayed at the side as there are lots of people at the front.
The cruise started at exactly 7:30PM. Going to the Banpo Bridge, you’ll pass along a number of other Seoul’s bridges. The crew will explain a little bit about their history and other trivia as well. Since it was night time, the breeze was cool and the overall atmosphere was quite romantic. It is perfect for married couples like us.
Han River is also very clean and unpolluted not like *ehem* Pasig *ehem* river. You won’t see any trash or smell bad odor or squatters living under the bridge. How I wish Pasig River is like this. We can have this kind of ferry cruises only if it is clean.
Some pics during the cruise:
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Moonlight Fountain Show
Here is our video of the Rainbow Moonlight fountain. You can turn off the audio so you won’t hear our comments lol.
It would really be much better if we are closer to the bridge but I guess they have safety protocols or whatever. Overall, the experience was great. It was very romantic and the duration of the cruise was a full 1 ½ hours, just enough time for relaxation and sightseeing. So for those going to South Korea, I would really suggest you put this in your Itinerary especially for the lovely couples out there. It is worth it.
Directions going to Yeouido Park and Ferry terminal:
- Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 3.
- Walk for about 5 minutes from the station and go to the terminal/dock where the ticketing booth of E-Land cruise is located.
Ticket Fee: 15000 KRW each
If you want to book tickets in advance, you can do so via KKDay by clicking here. They also offer a Pang Show (Bread Baking show) and bread baking tutorials while cruising. Click here to find out more about this.
PS: The cruise finished at around 9PM. At this time, some subway stations are closed like in Myeongdong (as per the Korean local who helped us on the subway). So be attentive on the train stops and use your innate navigation skills. You can always ask the locals for help, they are really helpful. They will even approach you if they see you are lost or having trouble. So 3 thumbs up for Korea! 😀
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