You might think that you should travel to Jeju Island or Busan 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.

  1. Kayaking
  2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  3. Windsurfing
  4. Yacht Ride
  5. Ferry Cruise
  6. Tubester Boat Ride
  7. Arabetgil (Ara Canal) Water Activities

1. Kayaking

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.

3. Windsurfing

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. Yacht Ride

1) Boat / Yacht Ride at Some Sevit (Join-in/Private)

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.

2) Banpo Hangang River Yacht Tour (Join-in)

Set sail on either the Blue Jin boat or the Black Cat yacht, departing from the River Marina on the scenic Banpo Hangang River. Blue Jin accommodates up to 10 passengers and you can enjoy an open view where you can feel the wind passing by the Hangang River. Sunset departure times are available.

Black Cat accommodates up to 25 passengers and you can admire an open view from the Fly Bridge (2nd floor). There is a lounge on a net trampoline and it will take you through iconic landmarks including Dongjak Bridge, Nodeul ISland, and Hangang Bridge.

3) Yacht Tour in Yeouido (Join-in)

This premier 32-seater yacht in Yeouido is specially designed for public tourism. Step aboard a stylish yacht for a 40-minute ride to soak in the views of the towering skyscrapers of the Yeouido financial district, the bridges spanning the river, and the lush riverbanks! You can bring your own food to enjoy on the yacht and dine on the deck.

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 Bridge Rainbow Fountain, Yeouido 63 Building, and N Seoul Tower!

6. Tubester Boat Ride

A Tubester is a small round motorboat that is easy to operate and fits up to 6 passengers at a time. With this special boat ride experience, you can roam freely while enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery of Hangang River. Especially after nightfall, the illuminated buildings and landmarks, such as N Seoul Tower and 63 Building, create a breathtaking city view.

  • Tubester Boat Ride in Some Sevit Island, Banpo Hangang River

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. Caribbean Bay Water Park

Caribbean Bay, located right next to Everland Theme Park, is one of the largest water parks in the world! Themed after the beaches of the Caribbean, it makes you feel as if you are on a vacation on an exotic tropical island. From indoor attractions, such as the Infant Pool, sauna, and spa, to outdoor attractions, such as Wave Pool, Surfing Ride, and Mega Storm, you will enjoy various thrilling water rides!

4. Gapyeong Water Park

Explore a variety of exciting water park ticket packages at Gapyeong Water Park! From a short 3-hour burst of fun to unlimited all-day access, these t tickets have you covered. Additionally, package options include a jet boat tour or a water skiing course with lessons for beginners. You can also stay overnight at the park guest house!

5. 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. Moreover, you’ll be able to enjoy various music festivals, including K-pop, Hip Hop Rock, and more. With this hassle-free tour, you’ll also visit the Yedangho Suspension Bridge, Korea’s longest suspension bridge spanning over Yedangho Lake. Also, you can visit Oeam Folk Village, a charming village with beautifully preserved hanok houses from the Joseon Dynasty.

6. 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!

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. The festival period is from July 5th to 7th, 2024. 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. Experience adrenaline-pumping excitement on world-class water slides, including the signature Monster Blaster and Super Boomerango!

Are you now ready to enjoy fun & cool water sports in Seoul? If you want to find out more latest & trendiest things to do in Korea, check out, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

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