Traveling to Incheon for the first time will mean embarking on one of the most popular things to do in the city: taking a river cruise in Incheon along the Hangang River. Cruising along the Hangang River is a great way to see plenty of Korea’s landmarks such as Building 63, the Namsan Tower, Jeoldusan Park, Jamsil’s Multi-Sports Complex and other surrounding islands.
Also known as the Han River for short, the Hangang River crosses the heart of Seoul with its one-kilometer wide stretch. This river has undergone vast changes throughout centuries but it still remains one of the prominent bodies of water in Korea. The banks of the river are lined with plenty of recreational areas making strolling along the boardwalk a pleasant experience locals most often enjoy. The 514-kilometer long river is dotted with a total of 27 bridges that each beautifully light up the river by night time.
There are trips that can take you on a one-way cruise while roundtrips are also available. For a more romantic touch, you can opt to take a dinner cruise at night with onboard entertainment and live music. If you are traveling with your partner, this will certainly be one of the most romantic and unforgettable things to do in Incheon. For families traveling with kids, they can opt for the magic show cruise that will certainly delight kids of all ages. For the ultimate romantic setting, some boats can be privately hired to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries. Although it may be a tad bit expensive, it is well worth the price.
Unfortunately, the Hangang River cruise does not dock in Incheon so visitors who would want to take the cruise will have to head to the Yeouido dock found in Yeongdeungpo-gu. This is the nearest dock to the city center of Incheon and can be easily reached by bus coming from the city. Those taking the subway should take line 5 and get off at the Yeouinaru Station. The Yeouido dock is but a 5-minute walk away from the station. Aside from the Yeouido dock, there are two other places visitors can get on and off the ferries, one at Jamsil and the other at Ttukseom dock.
Fares range from 11,000 won to 60,000 won depending on the program activity included in the service. Fares for children range from 5,500 won to 35,000 won. There are definite routes and schedules all ferry companies follow so make sure to be familiar with such schedules. It will be better to call in advance and make reservations to avoid being inconvenienced. There are plenty of boats that can take you on tour across the water of Hangang as there are six major ferry companies that offer river cruises along Hangang.
The cruise service is available all throughout the year except during bad weather conditions. The cool wind from the river and the spectacular surrounding scenery, which gets even more beautiful in the evenings are the many rewards that the river cruise in Incheon can offer. Make sure to not miss sailing along the beautiful Hangang River.