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Nodeulseom: A modern island for fun outing

Nodeulseom is located under the Hangangdaegyo Bridge that connects Dongsan and Noryangjin. It is becoming into the musical island of the Hangang River. Therefore, it is boasting a cultural complex focusing on ecological forests and music. It was officially open on September 28, 2019.

About Nodeulseom

The main facility of the Nodeulseom music island is the music cultural space (a gross area 9,747 m2). It was newly built on the west side of the Hangangdaegyo bridge, facing towards Yongsan. The three-story building contains different levels that are charmingly and neatly sort into mingle with the existing natural environment of Nodeulseom. Visitors can enter Nodeulseom through this building without having to go down the stairs from the Hangangdaegyo Bridge.

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A multipurpose hall is available to host various programs. These vary from lectures to international events, on the east side of the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. The rest of the space of Nodeulseom is the Nodeul Forest. This includes a habitat for eastern narrow-mouthed toads, to preserve the island’s natural ecosystem. However, the multipurpose hall directly connects to the music cultural space through a passageway.

The music cultural space comprises of

  • Live House (a popular music concert hall)
  • Nodeul Book Store (a bookshop and library)
  • nTable (a food cultural space)
  • Plant Island (a plant workshop), and more

How to reach there?

To visit Nodeulseom, visitors can either get off the bus at the Nodeulseom bus stop or walk about 10 to 15 minutes following the path along the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. Parking is also available. The nearest subway station is Nodeul Station (subway Line 9).

Buses that stops at Nodeulseom:

150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 605, 750A, 750B, 751, 752, 6211

Via subway:

A 10-minute walk from Nodeul Station (Line 9), a 20-minute walk from Sinyongsan Station (Line 4), a 20-minute walk from Yongsan Station (Line 1, Gyeongui-Jungang Line). The working hours for the indoor spaces are 11:00 to 22:00. However, there are no working hours for the outdoor areas.

Facilities Available

The Live House is the most remarkable space as it is the only popular music concert hall on the Hangang River. It offers a total of 456 seats (874 counting standing room). Further, it also has sound, lighting, and instrument facilities as well as a rehearsal studio, all optimized for a concert. In particular, it has the largest-scale stage compared to other concert halls of similar size, which allows colorful stage management.

The spaces of Nodeulseom are available not only to music but also various lifestyles. These are books, fashion, markets, and foods, which provide visitors with a lot of must-see fun.

The Nodeul Book Store houses bookshelves that are sort directly by 15 independent book stores and publishers. nTable hosts a monthly dining program led by renowned chefs or celebrities from cultural fields. Plant Island will offer various participatory gardening programs hosted by four plant creator groups.

When you come out from the music cultural space, you will see an open lawn with an area of about 3,000 m2, stretching away from the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. The lawn will sometimes become an outdoor performance stage that can accommodate from 1,000 to 3,000 audience members, and other times a good place for a picnic at which to enjoy the view of the Hangang River.

Nodeulseom has been reborn after a three-stage design contest and two years of construction that started in 2013, when Seoul started to search for a good way to utilize it together with citizens and experts. There is a helipad on the west side of the island as well.

VIBING AND ENJOYING

People consider this place as a proper picnic spot with families. You can easily pack up some lunch and have an amazing outing here amidst a river. There is no shortage of space for you to roam around or play any games as well. i have seen many people playing there with their kids. These kind of experiences mean a lot to children. The cool breeze from the Han river makes it really pleasant to walk around the island.

There are cafe’s and restaurants available for you to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal. The lower segment of the building complex harbors a new tree these days. There is a trend going on to write about your 2021 vision and dreams. I also shared my experience there and it felt good. Going around the whole island was also really mesmerizing. It is not so tiring, you can easily roam around there 2/3 times.

The 63 building and the Yeouido hangang park is also visible from the east edge of this island. The view is pretty amazing. This island is also the shooting location for the Netflix Kdrama Start Up. That is really amazing to visit some cool places where these things are shot.

REMARKS

This place is really suitable for people who want to enjoy time in a pleasant weather because the cool wind from Han river will always make it good.

Thank you so much for reading my post and sharing my experience. Also, if you like this post, please share your reviews or you can read about my other experiences here. Have a good day and stay safe !

🇮🇳 Amitesh Sharma

Hi, I'm Amitesh, a 23 year old Indian Student currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Bionanotechnology at Gachon University in Bukjeong-dong. I'm a hobbyist photographer and I love to explore new places and click amazing pictures.