The Hangang River of South Korea is one of the major bodies of water in the country that originates from Mouth Daedeok. Also known as the Han River for short, the river of Hangang is the fourth longest river in the Korean peninsula and is divided into two parts, the South Han River or the Namhan River and the North Han River, also known as the Bukhan River. Its northern counterpart actually leads up to the slopes of Mount Geumgang found in North Korea.
The Hangang River has a total length of 514 kilometers that flows through the country’s capital Seoul, merges with the Imjin River until it finally flows out to the Yellow Sea. The two northern and southern braches of the river come together at Yangsu-ri,
Gyeonggi-do Province, which is more commonly known as the Han River. Although the river is not particularly long, what makes it exceptionally remarkable is the broadness of the river despite its relatively short length. Parts of the river stretch to more than a kilometer in width, which is a relatively unusual occurrence in the rivers of Korea.
Although today commonly called the Hangang or Han River, the same river was called by different names throughout the history of Korea. History states that the river played an important role in the development of Korea as the river was used as a trade route to China by use of the Yellow Sea. Today, however, the river is no longer used for the same purpose because its area is located between the borders of the two Koreas, making entrance by any civilian entirely banned.
There are several bridges that cross the Hangang River with many of them as beautiful as the next one. There are a total of 27 bridges that cross the famous river with plans of increasing the number through the years. While most bridges that cross the Hangang River are reserved for subways and motor vehicles, there are some bridges that allow people to cross on foot or by bike.
The Seoul Subway Line 4 is the only bridge that crosses the river and connects the city of Incheon to Dongjak. The Hangang River Ferry Cruise is actually the best way to enjoy the scenery of the river, which gets even more beautiful when the bridges are lit up by night. There are about six different ferry cruises that operate throughout the year but unfortunately known of which dock in Incheon. Travelers will then have to head to the docks of Yeouido, Jamsil, or Ttukseom to enjoy a ride on the cruise.
To those who are unable to enjoy the ferry cruise, walkways and bicycle paths along the banks of some parts of the river make the riverside a great place to stroll around. A number of cafes and restaurants are lined along these paths make visiting the riverside all the more pleasant. The Hangang River is indeed a major part of Incheon that has symbolized Korea for many years. It then makes a visit to the famous river a must when visiting Incheon city.