You might think that you should travel to Jeju Island or Busan in order to enjoy summer water sports in Korea, but there are more options than you imagine. You can fully enjoy different kinds of water sports even in the heart of Seoul city! If you want to find out the fun, thrilling, or chillaxing water activities in Seoul, check out the list below and spend the coolest summer ever.
One of the most popular water sports in Seoul is kayaking on the Han River. You can admire a stunning 360-degree view of the cosmopolitan city of Seoul day or night while kayaking. It’s a safe water activity that you can enjoy with your friends or family since there are professionals to help you get the hang of kayaking and make sure you’re out of harm’s way.
2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is a combination of surfing and paddling that allows you to keep your balance while enjoying the flow of the river. Head to Ttukseom Han River Park and appreciate the nice view of Lotte World Tower, the landmark of Seoul, while paddleboarding. You can also take a 1-hour lesson if you are an inexperienced paddler.
Enjoy one of the most thrilling water activities in Seoul, windsurfing, in the pleasant breeze on the Han River! Have an exhilarating time with your friends & family and unleash the adventure in you through windsurfing for 3 hours. You can either windsurf in the morning (10 am) or afternoon (2 pm).
4. Boat / Yacht Ride
Another great way to fully take in the beauty of the Han River is to take a boat or yacht ride at Some Sevit (Sevit Island) at Banpo Hangang Park! Some Sevit is a floating island in the heart of Seoul that especially becomes more beautiful at night. There are 3 kinds of 3 boat/yacht rides, Seoul Yacht Tour, Limousine Boat Tour, and Cinderella Boat Tour.
Seoul Yacht Tour is a regular yacht that accommodates up to 31 people. Limousine Boat Tour offers a comfortable and luxurious ride, which can accommodate up to 11 people. Cinderella Boat Tour is a private sailing boat and the boat is ideal for a group of 7~8 people.
5. Ferry Cruise
E-Land Han River Ferry Cruise has been rated as one of the top tours to do in Seoul! There are 4 kinds of cruises, Story Cruise, Music Cruise, Music + Fireworks Cruise, and Moonlight Cruise, where you can take in the fantastic view of Seoul during the day and night. You’ll get to see the iconic landmarks of Seoul, such as Banpo Rainbow Fountain, Yeouido 63 Building, and N Seoul Tower!
- Han River E-Land Ferry Cruise (Day & Night) – from Yeouido
- Han River Cruise & N Seoul Tower Half-Day Tour
6. Cruise Party
The annual summer cruise party on the Han River will take place on June 3rd! You’ll get to party on a luxurious anchored cruise ship with four floors and a panoramic river view on the top deck. Mingle and celebrate with people from all around the world and enjoy unlimited drinks, featuring cocktails and beers, served from 5pm to 8pm.
7. Arabetgil (Ara Canal) Water Activities
Arabetgil, also called Ara Canal, is a waterway that connects the downstream of the Han River to the country’s western port city of Incheon. You can hop onto the luxurious yacht and cruise along the Ara waterway and participate in water biking or kayaking for 30 minutes!
You can also have a relaxing moment at Arabetgil instead of enjoying exciting water sports. Chillax on a yacht and have a fun caravan camping experience at the riverside camping site. For those who would like to have a full camping experience without any hassles, campfire and BBQ tolls will be provided at the camping site.
More Summer Activities Around Seoul
1. Tandem Paragliding in Yangpyeong
Paragliding in Yangpyeong is a great way to enjoy the spectacular views of the suburban area of Seoul! Yangpyeong is only an hour away from Seoul by subway and it’s one of the most famous paragliding sites in Korea with its fascinating bird’s eye views over where the North and South of Han River meet.
2. Surfing or SUP at Yangyang Surfyy Beach
Yangyang Surfyy Beach is a hip and private beach in Gangwon-do that boasts great waves and superb winds making it the best spot for surfing in Korea. You can take a surf lesson from an experienced instructor. If you prefer more relaxing water sports, you can join stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in the middle of the sea and feel the cool ocean breeze.
3. Surfing at Wave Park in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do
Wave Park is the world’s biggest surf park in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, which is only about 1.5 hours away from Seoul! It provides perfect waves and surfing conditions for all levels from beginners to advanced surfers. You can also book a basic surfing lesson option if you are a first-timer. A hassle-free round-trip shuttle bus from/to Sadang Station in Seoul is available!
- Get Wave Park Entrance Ticket & Shuttle Bus Package
- Join Siheung Wave Park & Sunset Yacht Tour from Seoul
4. Gapyeong Club Nine Water Sports
Spend an action-packed day of fun water rides in the beautiful nature of Gapyeong by joining a 1-day tour to Gapyeong Club Nine Water Park from Seoul! There are more than 12 water rides and big water slides surrounded by picturesque sceneries. A 4-hour unlimited ride pass and use of shower facilities are included in the package.
5. Overnight Sunrise Beach EDM Party at Nine Beach
Here is the perfect summer getaway for party lovers and surfers! This summer, SBS M&C is hosting an overnight beach party every Saturday from June to August at Nine Beach, one of the most popular sunrise and sunset spots in Korea. Dance the night away with this special beach EDM party and learn surfing before the party. You can easily get there from Seoul by booking an overnight shuttle bus package via Trazy!
6. Boryeong Mud Festival
One of the most popular summer festivals in Korea is Boyreong Mud Festival! It offers a wide collection of ultimate summer fun, such as swimming in the giant mud pool, mud sliding, mud wrestling, and many more. With this hassle-free tour, you’ll also get to visit Yedangho Suspension Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Korea that spans over Yedangho Lake.
7. Buyeo Seodong Lotus Flower Festival
You can still witness Korea’s beautiful flowers in Summer as well! Explore the stunning beauty of flowers at Buyeo Seodong Lotus Flower Festival, which has been nominated for Outstanding Korean Festival by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Also, visit over 800 traditional Korean hanok houses at Jeonju Hanok Village.
8. Vivaldi Ocean World Water Park
Ocean World Water Park is at Vivaldi Park Resort, which is in Hongcheon, Gangwon-do, and it’s an all-time favorite water park in Korea. With a 2D1N all-inclusive package, everything is covered from rooms, meals, water park, to fun activities for 2 people! You can also include the round-trip shuttle bus option from/to Seoul.
- Get 2D1N Ocean World All-Inclusive Package (Temporarily N/A)
- Get Vivaldi Park Resort Activity Pass with Shuttle Bus from Seoul
9. High1 Water World Water Park
High1 Water World is the newest and largest water park in Korea! You can enjoy a variety of recreational facilities, such as sightseeing gondolas and trekking courses. Trazy’s overnight package includes a 1-night stay at Mountain Condominium, High1 Water World 1-day pass, and a locker & life jacket rental. A Round-trip train ticket from/to Seoul is optional.
10. Canyoning at Deokpung Valley in Samcheok
Canyoning is an outdoor water activity where you travel through a canyon using a variety of techniques, such as walking, jumping, sliding, climbing, swimming, and more. Enjoy canyoning at Deokpung Valley in Samcheok, the most famous valley in Korea with clear and cool waters, and cool off the summer heat while exploring the mountain valleys! You can conveniently take round-trip transportation from Seoul.