Yanghwa Hangang Park
Seoul is very fortunate to have the Han River running through the middle of it. Even more fortunate for Seoul is the amount of parks that line both sides of the river. Yanghwa Hangang Park, one such park, is a great place for those living in southwest Seoul. It is scenic, provides great recreation, and gives access to one of the best spots in all of Seoul.
The Scouting Report
Yanghwa Hangang Park has a few of the typical sports facilities found at other parks in Seoul. There's a soccer field. A basketball court. Actually, there isn't much of a court. It is more of a gravel lot. That is actually typical of the facilities here.
If you spend any time at all here, you quickly get the feeling that this park is on the older side of things. A lot of what the park offers is quite dated (as is the case with the basketball court/lot). However, that doesn't mean you should stay away from the park.
Yanghwa Hangang Park is home to a variety of boating options and other water sports. Perhaps the best reason to visit the park is the direct access it provides to Seonyudo Park.
Access to Seonyudo Park
If you are at Yanghwa Hangang Park, do yourself a favor and walk over to Seonyudo Park via the picturesque footbridge. Seonyudo Park used to be a water treatment center. It has been marvelously transformed into an island full of beautiful gardens. It is an especially good place to visit with a date in the evening.
The athletic facilities (basketball and soccer) are definitely lacking. The surfaces would not qualify for any FIFA or FIBA sanctioned events. Nonetheless, they are still playable. If you are desperately looking for a place to play and don't care too much about the quality of the surface, this is the place for you.
Access to Water
As long as you are willing to brave the Han River's water, plenty of boating activities can be enjoyed from here. A barge is anchored slightly off shore and houses all the water sports activities.
Although none of the fields in Yanghwa Hangang Park are overwhelmingly spacious, there are a lot of them. There are quite a few places where you should be able to find space in which to throw or kick a ball around.
There are also plenty of picnic spots. Whether in one of the fields or hidden under the shade of a tree, thanks to the scenery of the Han River, the picnicking here is pretty rewarding.
Sports and Recreation
7-11s and Angel-in-Us coffee shops are ubiquitous in the Han River Parks. No exception is made here in Yanghwa Hangang Park.
Whatever you choose, there is not much indoor seating or coverage. Do your best to find a spot under some shade. There are a lot of covered benches on one sideline of the soccer field.
Check out the Yanghwa Hangang Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.
How To Get There
Where: Seoul-si, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yanghwa-dong
From Line 9 - Seonyudo Station (선유도역):
-Exit 2 or 3
From Lines 2 and 9 - Dangsan Station (당산역):
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Originally posted June 13, 2015
Updated September 1, 2015