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Seoul Family Travel: Han River Cruise

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After spending a few hours exploring the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum of Korea, my family and I headed back to Myeongdong to rest and for some late lunch. Lucky for us, we didn’t need to go far to search for good food! Located in the building right next to our guesthouse is Hong Bar, serving unlimited grilled bbq!

It was already 3:00 PM but this eat-all-you-can restaurant is still open for business (they don’t close during off-peak hours). We were so hungry from all the walking that we did and were just so happy to finally have some Korean-style grilled meat!

I mean, just look at that!

Aside from the meat (chicken, beef and pork), you can also get refillable side dishes to go with your bbq. Some of the chicken and pork pieces were already marinated and will be given directly to your table. The pork and beef slices you can get from the reach-down freezer they have in the buffet area. They also serve a few regular buffet items such as pasta, dim sum and of course, rice.

This was probably the most filling meal we had on this trip and we wished we had gone to this restaurant sooner! For ₩13,900 per person, this was a really good deal considering how much we ate. Even my little girl enjoyed her meal and she got to eat for free!

After that heavy late lunch, we went back to our room at the guesthouse and made plans with our friends to see the Han River in the evening.

Yeouido Hangang Park

Address: 120, Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 1 then walk 10 minutes towards SBS TV Station OR Yeouido Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 3 then walk 5 minutes towards the National Assembly building.

Yeouido Hangang Park is a huge park located in Yeouido. You can enjoy the beautiful scenic views of the Han River and have a picnic with your family eating your favorite Korean-style fried chicken. They can even deliver it to you at the park!

This park is very popular with families and couples. We also saw a lot of people taking their pets for a walk. We came in a little after sunset but nevertheless, we enjoyed the night scenery.

You’ll have to excuse my poor photos though, they don’t do the views justice!

Eland Hangang Cruise

Address: Yeouido Dock: 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station, Subway Line 5, Exit 3 then go towards Yeouido Dock (about 12 minutes). You will see E-land Cruise ticket office across the dock

Buy your ticket here: Eland Han River Cruise

Seoul Han River Cruise by Eland

Our friends treated us to an Eland Han River Cruise with Pang Show. They almost could not join us because they forgot their IDs and the person at the ticket booth refused to sell them tickets. They thought that since they are Koreans, they don’t need to show any form of ID anymore. I think everyone boarding the cruise are required to present identification upon ticket purchase or redemption for insurance purposes (imposed as an extra measure after the sinking of MV Sewol).

Fortunately, after a second trip to the ticket booth (and after talking to a different lady), they got their tickets. So I guess, they’re not as strict as we thought they were.

Seoul Han River Cruise by Eland

And just like our Cable Car ride to the N Seoul Tower, it was our friends’ first time to take a Han River Cruise!

Seoul Han River Cruise by Eland

Seoul Han River Cruise by Eland

The cruise is around 45 minutes and while you enjoy the views of Seoul on the top deck, there was a performance going on at the bottom deck.

The Pang Show was funny and entertaining! I haven’t laughed from a comedic act this much for quite a while. I highly recommend the Pang Show with Eland Cruise for anyone visiting Seoul. Yes, it is a bit touristy but honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. I absolutely love exploring a new city with a tourist’s eyes.

Seoul Han River Cruise by Eland

To make the evening somehow less touristy, we opted to have ramyeon for dinner. Yes, I know. Nothing fancy or special. But it is Korea’s favorite instant food so how could I say no to that. Plus we were still full from the pig out we did earlier and it was chilly, so really, this was the perfect way to cap off the nice evening.

We bought the ramyeon (the foil container is free) at the nearby Mini Stop and let me just tell you, it was chaotic inside! It was packed from floor to ceiling with all types of ramyeon and noodles. And every person who comes in has bought at least one! Yes, Koreans love their instant ramyeon and this particular store even has a designated noodle-cooking/boiling area outside, because yeah, hot water ramyeon is not enough, it has to be boiling hot!

Seoul Han River Mini Stop Ramyun

As a tourist, it was quite interesting for me to see that setting and it made my evening all the more enjoyable.

This wraps up my Seoul Travel Diary series and I do hope you also find time to read my other posts about Seoul below. Btw, I have also listed some Seoul Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.

4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)
Seoul Hotels
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
AREX Incheon Airport Express Train to Seoul Station (One Way)
Discover Seoul Pass
T-Money Card (Pre-loaded with KRW5,000)
Korean Rail Pass

Seoul Travel Diary Series

Seoul in 7 Days: An Itinerary for First Time Visitors
K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 Review
Korean Skincare Shopping Haul
Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong
N Seoul Tower
Myeongdong Street Food
Everland Theme Park
Namdaemun Market and Kalguksu Alley
Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea
Dongdaemun Toy Market
30+ Best Activities to do in Seoul with Kids
Photo Gallery: Seoul, South Korea

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