If you know just a little bit about the Korean Lifestyle you know that Koreans love to hang out by the Han river. There are several activities you can do, such as biking, taking a walk, photography, sports, exercises, and one of the most famous ones: picnics. The Han River offers you a beautiful view whether it’s night or day, so you can enjoy whichever activity you choose no matter the time! In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about how the picnic culture works here and how to enjoy the best picnic by the Han River you could ever do.
Which park to choose?
As you may know, there are several parks around the Han River, but choosing one is not a hard task – at least not as much as it seems. Almost all of the parks located by the margins of the Han River are really really close to subway stations, so getting there won’t be a problem. The first thing you should consider when choosing to each park you will go to is the day of the week: Koreans tend to go out a lot during the weekend, so if you are on a trip, give preference to business days and hours if you want to avoid crowded places. During the weekends it can be hard finding a good spot to seat, from where you can see the river and the city, and enjoy this beautiful view Seoul provides.
Here’s a small list with some of the options you have when it comes to parks around the Han River:
Read more: Seoul Parks
Since we are talking about picnic, these three parks are your best option for a nice picnic by the river.
What to prepare in advance?
If you want to have a picnic in the Korean style, there is no need to prepare food and snacks in advance. But from season to season there are some things you should remember to bring!
1. Summer and spring
2. Winter and Fall
How does a Korean picnic works?
When going to parks for a picnic there is one common word you will hear a lot: rent. They rent pretty much everything. You can start by renting a tent (to avoid wind and strong sunlight) or a picnic mat. But if you want to take your picnic experience one step further, you can rent a picnic set, which includes neon lights, the picnic mat, a small table, and fairy lights – this is mostly recommended if you want to have a night picnic. For a regular picnic, the mat should be enough for you to find a spot and sit comfortably. Renting spots can be found nearby the subway stations that are close to the parks, and are also spread in the park – trust me when I say they’re not hard to find.
After you find yourself a nice spot with your mat or picnic set, the other very common word when it comes to picnic in Seoul is delivery. Prepare your delivery app or collect one of the many flyers that are distributed around the park and order whatever you want to eat! You can also buy snacks at the convenience stores nearby the parks, but as said before, the lines tend to be long. Don’t worry about how to set your location, there are delivery spots on every park, and you have to do is set like “name of park + delivery spot number (number of the delivery spot).