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Spring by the Hangang River 한강

A day following the lazy river at the heart of a workaholic city Written by Ben Jackson Photographed by Ryu Seunghoo

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fter spending its youth trickling and splashing through the mountains of Gangwon-do, the Hangang River enters Seoul as a fat, sedate, and middle-aged waterway, its lack of pace furthered by a variety of man-made interventions. Series of parks on each bank guide the Hangang through the city, punctuated by bridges, resorts, and marinas and linked by a network of walking and bicycle paths. When the warm spring weather sets in, Seoulites hit the riverbanks with characteristic vigor, charging along the bike paths (you’ll even see the occasional chalk outline), power-walking off calories, skating, walking dogs, flying kites, eating, drinking and sleeping. Spending a day following the Hangang as it flows from east to west is a great way to discover Seoul from another angle while getting some hard-earned fresh air and exercise.

Ttukseom Resort 뚝섬유원지 Located on the north bank of the river, this spot is easily reached from Exits 2 and 3 of Ttukseom Resort Station 뚝섬유원지역 (Line 7), making it a good place to start a day’s journey. There’s plenty to do here, including hiring “duck boats” for a 40-minute jaunt on the river (KRW 15,000/23,000 for pedal-powered/automatic), waterskiing and windsurfing (call T. 02-1330 for information), or relaxing on the embankments with snacks from one of the nearby convenience stores. Also worth a look is the Jabeolle (J-Bug) cultural complex, a raised, tubular structure whose innards are comprised of a gallery, cafés, a restaurant, and a gift shop; it offers a great view across the river.

Seoul Forest 서울숲 A couple of kilometers west along the riverbank lies Seoul Forest, one of the capital’s major green areas. Designed with the aim of creating a local equivalent of New York’s Central Park, Seoul Forest is a combination of trees, lawns, gardens, greenhouses, a butterfly house, lakes, and more. It even has a deer garden, with deer feeding opportunities on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm and 3:30pm (reserve by calling T. 02-460-2987; Korean). There are cafés and convenience stores in the forest itself and a collection of restaurants and cafés on the lower floors of the two giant green apartment blocks nearby.

Jamsu Bridge 잠수대교 Another five kilometers west stands Seoul’s only “double deck” bridge: while Banpo Bridge carries most traffic above the river, like the Hangang’s other bridges, the Jamsu Bridge—directly beneath it—lies barely a few meters above the water level, making it an ideal point to cross the river from north to south along dedicated bicycle lanes (though crossing the river at other bridges is possible, too, thanks to various staircases, ramps, and elevators). On the way here, shortly after Seoul Forest and the mouth of Jungnangcheon Stream, is Mt. Eungbongsan, a favorite spot for photographers in search of the perfect shot of the cityscape.


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Yeouido 여의도 From the southern terminus of Jamsu Bridge, it’s a 6.5-kilometer journey west to the island of Yeouido. The journey takes in Banpo Hangang Park, as well as a possible short diversion to Seoul National Cemetery, a large complex containing the resting places of some of the country’s greatest heroes and most controversial figures. Yeouido itself is full of things to see. Surrounded by bike trails, it is lined by Yeouido Hangang Park on the northern bank and Yeouido Saetgang Ecological Park to the southeast, a lush complex of wetlands, trees, and undergrowth crisscrossed with walking and bicycle paths as well as raised walkways and a very distinctive pedestrian bridge. Beyond Wonhyo Bridge are a couple of floating cruise terminals with a buffet restaurant, café, and fast food joint. Further west, another large park crosses Yeouido at its center, and at its southern side stands IFC Mall, one of the newest additions to Seoul’s rapidly growing mall collection. Drop in here for food or a coffee, or even to watch a film at the CGV multiplex cinema on Level 3. The western tip of Yeouido is home to Korea’s National Assembly building and Yeouiseoro, a curved street lined with cherry trees. It’s also the location

of Seoul Marina, which offers cruise yacht rides from KRW 15,000 per person, per hour. (Seoul Marina stated that this price may be amended in late April. Reservations must be made online at www.seoul-marina.com [Korean] at least three days in advance. Seats may be obtained, if still available, by those turning up on the day of without a reservation: departures are at 3pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, and 8pm on weekdays, with an extra 1pm sailing on weekends.)

PARADISE 파라다이스 By the northeastern bank floats Paradise, a restaurant serving fairly pricey Western-style dishes, alcoholic beverages, tea, and coffee. Paradise also has a collection of duck-shaped paddle boats, rowing boats, and motorboats for messing about on the water. T. 02-447-3333 www.hankangwedding.co.kr (Korean)

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The Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music will be staged at various venues in the metropolis for two weeks beginning May 14. Under the main theme “Far From Home,” each daily program differs in genres, styles, and collaborative structures as well as in their subjects. From this year, Korea Foundation participates as the main sponsor of the festival. The opening day session, featuring Dvorak and other notable composers under the daily theme “Globetrotters,” will take place at Sejong Chamber Hall. Other daily themes include “Once Upon a Time,” “European Expats,” “Vienna Spring” and “American Dream.” The Family Concert–East & West program on May 17 is going to be a crossover extravaganza that will bring together Western classical music and Korean performing arts representing its folk, aristocratic, and court traditions. In particular, K’Culture Company, created by a group of reform-minded young talents of traditional music, will share the limelight with farmers’ percussion maestro Kim Duk-soo. The venue is the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall. Admission is KRW 20,000. On May 19, an outdoor stage will be set up at Deoksugung Palace as Korean Symphony Orchestra collaborates with famed Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski and Chinese cellist Jian Wang for the Palace Concert program. Korean diva Kim Soo-jeong will render a selection of Giuseppe Verdi’s aria scores. The palace program is open to the public. The May 26 concert, titled Wanderer Odyssey, will wrap up the entire festival, presenting hallmark works by Mozart, Brahms, Carl Maria von Weber, and other composers who crisscrossed the world in search of their musical essentials. For details, visit www.seoulspring.org.

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will return to Korea for a Seoul concert on May 17 and join forces with rising pop sensations from Korea and Britain. Mraz achieved major commercial success with his second album Mr. A-Z in 2005. His third album, We Sing. We Dance, We Steal Things, became a commercial success worldwide, peaking in the top ten of many international charts. In 2010, Mraz received a Grammy Award in Best Male Pop Vocal Performance with “Make It Mine.” His guest performers will include Korean band Idiotape, Roy Kim, and Joe Brooks.

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MUSEUMS Art Across America National Museum of Korea Thru May 19 KRW 12,000 T. 02-2077-9000 / www.museum.go.kr Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4). [ Map 8 A3]

The Peranakan World— Cross-cultural Art from Singapore and the Straits National Museum of Korea Thru May 19 Free T. 02-2077-9000 www.museum.go.kr Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4). [ Map 8 A3]

Onjo, Foundation of Baekje Seoul Baekje Museum Thru May 26 Free T. 02-2152-5811 http://baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr Mongchontoseong Station 몽천토성역 (Line 8), Exit 1 or Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3.

Cheongnyangni Cheong Gye Cheon Museum Apr 25–Jul 21 Free T. 02-2286-3406 / www.cgcm.go.kr [ Map 5 D1]

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Martha Argerich & Mischa Maisky Duo Concert Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center May 6, 8pm KRW 60,000–220,000 T. 1577-5266 / www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부 터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Szalai Hungarian Gypsy Band IBK Chamber Hall, Seoul Arts Center

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Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Solosits Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center May 29, 8pm KRW 40,000—140,000 T. 02-599-5743 / www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부 터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

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MUSICALS Umoja—The Spirit of Togetherness Chungmu Art Hall May 14–26 KRW 50,000–130,000 T. 02-548-4480 www.seoularts.co.kr [ Map 5 D2]

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T Uijeongbu International Music Theatre Festvial Uijeongbu Arts Center and other venues in Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do May 4–19 T. 031-828-5892 / www.umtf.or.kr Uijeongbu Station, Line 1. Take a cab at the westward exit.

Lee Eun Kyul— Just Magic Concert Vista Hall, Sheraton Grande Walkerhill May 5, 2pm & 5pm KRW 77,000 T. 02-455-5000 Take shuttle bus at Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 4 (in the direction of Gangbyeon Stn.)

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Maps & guides Map 1 GWANGHWAMUN AREA

The Gwanghwamun area, named for the landmark gate that marks the entrance of historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, is Seoul’s “old” downtown and where you’ll find Seoul’s enchanting royal palaces as well as other historical and cultural sites, such as Insa-dong, Bukchon, and Jeong-dong.

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Lost? If you’re lost, seek out a nearby Tourist Information Center (marked on our Maps & Guides) or one of the helpful tourist information guides, easily recognized by their red uniforms with an “i” of them.

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IP&I www.ipidc.co.kr C2 02-735-1135 Change your smile in a single day

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Independence Gate

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National Art Museum, Deoksugung

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Seoul Global Center

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Kyobo Book Centre

Indie Space

Gyeonghuigung Palace

Delicious Japanese shabu shabu and sukiyaki hot pot dishes made using only the finest quality, freshest ingredients

Music Show Wedding B3 02-736-8289

Embassy of the United States

Gwanghwamunjip 5 Ilpumdang

Seoul Museum of History

The first branch in Korea exclusively for international residents

Ilpumdang B3 02-733-4949

Ssamziegil

KT Olleh Square

Secure and comfortable accommodation with inspiring views of Gyeongbokgung. www.somerset.com

www.shinhan.com Shinhan Bank Seoul Global Center

Anguk Stn.

Gwanghwamun Square

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Authentic German cuisine in the heart of Seoul

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National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Changdeokgung Palace

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New York Wholistic Care

Bärlin C2 02-722-5622

Shinhan Bank Seoul Global Center B3 02-773-3131

Bukchon Art Hall National Palace Museum of Korea (Gogungddurak) Seoul Selection Bookshop Gwanghwamun

Hwanghakjeong (Archery Practice Site)

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Somerset Palace Seoul C2 02-6730-8888

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Ohyangjokbal

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Restaurants & Bars

EXPLORING GWANGHWAMUN Royal palaces

10:00 am

The Gwanghwamun area’s biggest attractions are its royal palaces. Located right at the end of Gwanghwamun Square B2, Gyeongbokgung Palace B2 is the most monumental and probably the easiest to visit and explore. To experience the epitome of Korean traditional architecture, though, head to Changdeokgung Palace D2 , with its spectacular, UNESCO-registered gardens, the most beautiful in Korea. Lunch Plan A Insa-dong/Bukchon

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Many international visitors head to Insa-

dong (see Map 2 ), a bustling neighborhood of galleries, workshops, antique stores, teahouses and Korean restaurants. For a truly memorable experience, though, spend your afternoon exploring the quaint alleyways of the Bukchon neighborhood (see Map 3 ), home to Seoul’s largest collection of Korean-style hanok homes.

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Gwanghwamun Square

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In the evening, stop by Gwanghwamun Square B2 , which is lit up at night. The area around the square is one of Seoul’s most interesting, with palaces, museums, performing arts venues and shops.

RECOMMENDED EATERIES Plan B Jeong-dong

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Another neighborhood worth exploring is Jeong-dong B4, Seoul’s historic legation quarter, where you’ll find lovely old churches, schools and diplomatic compounds. Also part of Jeong-dong is fascinating Deoksugung Palace B4, with its eclectic Korean and Western architecture. Dinner

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TomaTillo C3 (T. 02-734-9225) An outstanding Cali-Mex restaurant with branches here and in Itaewon and Gangnam.

Farmers Barn D2 (T. 02-743-9233) Top-of-the-line handmade hamburgers with organic ingredients for a fresh taste.

Gwanghwamunjip B3 (T. 02-739-7737) One of the most famous kimchi stew (gimchi jjigae) restaurants in the area.

Ohyangjokbal B4 (T. 02-753-4755)

Clubs & Theaters

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Some of the best jokbal (boiled pig’s trotters) in Seoul. Comes with rice-cake soup, too! Near Seoul City Hall.

Gongpyeong-dong Kkomjangeo Map 2, A3 (T. 02-738-1769) Barbecue-broiled eel and pork chitterlings in a retro interior. Near Jonggak Station (Line 1).

The.Me C3 (T. 02-2075-6611) They don’t serve many side dishes here, but the Korean beef they serve is top-rate. On the third floor of Le Meilleur Jongno Town.

Cheongjinok C3 (T. 02-735-1690) They’ve been doing haejangguk (Korean hangover soup) since 1937. First floor of Le Meilleur Jongno Town.

Tosokchon B2 (T. 02-737-7444) Seoul’s best-known purveyor of samgyetang (ginseng-chicken soup). Always full. Not far from Gyeongbokgung Palace.


45 Map 2 INSA-DONG

Once known (for reasons unknown) as “Mary’s Alley,” Insa-dong started off as an alley of antique dealers and is now one one of Seoul’s major centers of Korean traditional art and culture.

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Tea Museum

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VOOK's Gallery

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Jilkyungyee C2 02-734-5934

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Naminsa Open Theater 4

Seung Dong Presbyterian Church

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Ongo Food Communication D2 02-3466-1607

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Jongno Tower (Top Cloud 33F)

Tapgol Park

Insa-dong Culture Plaza

Bandi & Luni's IT'S SKIN

You can arrange a stay at a Buddhist temple.

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Elegant and distinctive handmade accessories that stand out from the usual high street crowd - but at affordable prices.

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Templestay Information Center A2 02-2031-2000

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Seoul Art Center

Gongpyeong-dong Kkomjangeo

Tteuran Nagwon Arcade (4F, Cinematheque / Seoul Art Cinema)

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Hotel SunBee

Hotel Aventree Jongno

Beoldeok Kalguksu/ Nolboo Budaejjigae & Cheolpangui

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Tongin Store

Haejeong Hospital

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Park Yeong-suk Yo

YMCA

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Galleries tour

10:00 am

Insa-dong is comprised of one main street and the alleyways that branch off from it. Along the main street you’ll find most of Insa-dong’s galleries and shops, while the restaurants and teahouses can be found in the alleyways. Major galleries to check out are the Kyung-in Museum of Art C2 (lovely teahouse here, too), Insa Art Center B2, Kong Gallery B3, VOOK’s Gallery C3 (great if you like books) and the fascinating Mokin Gallery B3, dedicated to Korean totemism.

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In an alley just off the main street is historic Seung Dong Presbyterian Church C3 (1902), and in another is the grand, Art Nouveau central temple of Cheondogyo C1 (1921), an indigenous Korean faith. Near Insa-dong are Unhyeonggung Palace D1 , a gorgeous 19th century Korean villa well worth exploring, and Tapgol Park D4, Seoul’s first Westernstyle park. Nagwon Arcade

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Nagwon Arcade D2 is Asia’s largest collection of musical instrument shops. The nearby restaurants are cheap but good.

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A neighborhood with a neighborhood, Ssamzigil B2 is a culture and shopping complex comprised of four floors of stores, restaurants and workshops. It’s home to about 70 shops in all. Recommended ones include Galpi (books), Sky Lake (cosmetics made with Korean traditional herbs), Chinjeolhan Hyeonja-ssi (Korean cuisine/ broiled fish) and Bukchon Sonmandu (Korean dumplings). In the basement there is also a branch of Gogung, the famed Jeonju bibimbap restaurant.

RECOMMENDED EATERIES Specializing in Buddhist vegetarian cuisine

Dinner

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Ssamzigil

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dance performances in the evening.

Min’s Club C1 (T. 02-733-2966) Fusion is the name of the game here, both in terms of the architecture (a fusion hanok from the 1930s) and the cuisine (fusion dishes mixing Korean and Western flavors).

Toetmaru Doenjang Yesul C2 (T. 02-739-5683) Run by poet/photographer Park Jung-sik, this lively place specializes in gang doenjang, a very thick, rich soy bean paste stew.

Dubu Maeul C2 (T. 02-735-9996)

Balwoogongyang A2 (T. 02-2031-2081)

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02:00pm Exploring Insa-dong’s past Insa-dong has its fair share of history, too.

Jump D4 02-722-3995 Comic Martial Arts Performance

Museums & Galleries

EXPLORING INSA-DONG

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Bosingak Belfry

Seoul Global Center (5F)

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KT Global Store

Cine Core YP Books

KT Global Store C4 02-733-0267

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Jonggak Stn.

We are a culinary school and culinary tour company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours in English or Japanese. Through our tours and cooking classes you will experience the real, local flavors of Seoul and you will gain an insider’s perspective to Korean culture. Private and group classes and tours are available.

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Kumkang

Jewelry Market

Cooking Classes & Culinary Tours

Sanchon C2 (T. 02-735-0312) Run by a Buddhist monk and expert in Korean Buddhist cuisine, this famed eatery does great vegetarian cuisine, with Korean traditional

The taste of Korean traditional homemade tofu and pungent, healthy cheonggukjang soybean stew.

Top Cloud B4 (T. 02-2230-3001) Located at the top of the distinctive Jongno Tower, this Western restaurant is better known for its outstanding views.


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