Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cruisn' the Hangang River

I went back to my happy place (Korea) last March 21, 2012 for the second time..this time, with my whole family. I consider Seoul as my happy place for countless reasons and one of it is the chill and romantic vibe of the city. For our Day 1 itinerary, we went to the usual Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong for a taste of Korea's culture. I've been here last year that's why I didn't get excited anymore but what capped my night was the Hangang River Cruise and its famous rainbow fountain.

Photo courtesy of Matt of Discovering

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world's longest bridge fountain according to the Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides of 1,140m long bridge and shooting around 190 tons of water per minute. By night, the 200 colorful lights would dance like a willow tree in the wind and the show lasts for about 20 minutes. Cool right?

Last year, my friends and I went to Han river in the morning and we failed to see the lights due to the energy conservation efforts of Korea for the Tsunami in Japan. But for my second trip to Korea, I said to myself that I should be able to watch the Rainbow Show with my loved ones....BUT....I didn't!!!! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! Not once...but twice!!! waaaa! The reason is because of the freaking winter season! :O about "balat sa pwet!" whahaha but kidding least I was able to experience the Han River Cruise at negative degrees :) So instead of sharing with you how lovely the rainbow show is, I will just share some details on how to get there and the fees.

Note: If you plan to go see the Rainbow Fountain, it is highly advisable to inquire about the schedule of the show before going there. We talked to the guy selling coffee about the schedule and he said it usually starts by the month of April and does not have shows during winter season so...BOO us! huhu :((

How to get there? Go to Jamsil Dock by taking the Subway Line 2 (This is the most convenient way to reach the destination). Get off at Sinceheon Station, Exit 7 then walk for about 15-20 minutes. You will not get bored while walking because of the wonderful scenery of their Park--complete with basketball courts, playgrounds, and bicycle lanes.Just keep walking until you see some floating restaurants and some rainbow boats.

Buy your tickets at the ticket booth. You may choose to buy the one way route or the thematic cruise of either Magic Cruise or Night Live Cruise. We chose the latter because we had no choice since the boat was ready to board.

Magic Cruise costs 14,000 KWN for adults and 7,000 KWN for kids. This is more or less about Php 560 and Php 280. For the Night Live Cruise, it's 15,000 KWN for adults and 7,500 KWN for kids or Php 600 and Php 300 respectively. Almost all cruises last for 70 mins. so you have ample time to chill out and hug someone haha :)) and oh! the Live Show Cruises depart from Yeouido, Ttukseom, and Jamsil dock every evening except Mondays 7:30 pm onward (I think till 11pm but not really sure). After you have purchased the tickets, go inside the dock and wait for your boat. There's a convenient store inside. You can buy coffee or beer to keep you warm ;)

Once inside the boat, sit back and relax!

There's a heated snack bar room inside too!
Enjoy the scenic night view of Seoul :) BTW, I believe this is the famous 63 Building in Seoul :)

and finally, we were serenaded by some Korean gigsters
to complete the romantic cruise experience :)


  1. wow, i want this one! i just hope there'll be show scheds in autumn..

    nice SK series! =)

  2. Thank for the info, anw you're pretty ;)

  3. Hi Ms. Tin yung bayad na 14-15K hindi ba kasama ang dinner doon? TIA. - Ninie

    1. Hi nine, nope food not included in the package :)

  4. Hi, what is difference between Magic Cruise and Night Live Cruise? So, at that time, you took return way Jamsil-Ttuksum-Jamsil?

  5. Hi Tinco, just wondering why you chose Jamsil and not Yeouido or Ttukseom dock? Is Night Live Cruise worth the price or better pay for the regular fare? Thanks in advance.

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