Healing day trip to Yangpyeong & Namyangju on Korea’s Gyeongui-Jungang line

Healing day trip to Yangpyeong & Namyangju on Korea’s Gyeongui-Jungang line

Korea Tourism Organization

You can easily escape the stifling city by hopping on the Gyeongui-Jungang Line of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway system and heading to Yangpyeong and Namyangju. Located on the Bukhangang and Namhangang Rivers where they converge into the larger Hangang River, the area is filled with botanical gardens, arboretums, riverside parks, and more. Thanks to the convenient transportation, these two cities are popular for healing day-trips, suitable for picnics, riding bikes, or simply spending time in the company of loved ones.

 

Dumulmeori

Dumulmeori picture frame photo spot

 

Dumulmeori is a top attraction in the Seoul metropolitan area, having remained on the KTO’s 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Korea for ten years running. Just one visit is enough to see why; the lush greenery, early morning fog, and weeping willows bent over the flowing river evoke a sense of serenity not often found in daily life. The area has often appeared in dramas and television commercials thanks to this beauty. Being located where the Bukhanggang and Namhangang Rivers meet, it has long been considered the connection point between Seoul and the western region, being an active river port in the past. These days, the port is no longer used, but there is still a traditional sailboat docked in the river for photo ops.

Dumulmeori Lake lotus & lily flowers

Zelkova trees near Dumulmeori parking lot

 

In summer, Dumulmeori is resplendent in lotus flowers and lilies blooming throughout the park. After a walk along the riverside taking in their beauty, head to the plaza for a break. Tall, 400-year-old zelkova trees provide welcome shade, made even cooler by the breeze blowing off the river.

Korean hotdog

 

As strange as it will sound, another experience you can’t miss when visiting Dumulmeori is eating a Korean hotdog! The hotdog shop here adds lotus leaf powder to the breading, giving it a green tint. They also come with the option of a mild or spicy sausage. Buy one (or two!) to enjoy as you walk around the park.

 

Semiwon

Pontoon bridge

 

From Dumulmeori, cross the 250-meter-long pontoon bridge to reach Semiwon, a botanical garden centered on the themes of water and lotus flowers. The bridge is made from many small boats all tied together. Enjoy the breeze and feeling of walking on the river itself as the bridge moves as you walk. The colorful flags along the way also make it a great photo spot!

Semiwon lotus pond

 

The best time to visit Semiwon is in summer, when the 205,000 ㎡ park is filled with lotuses in full bloom. The green lotus leaves provide the perfect background for the many delicate blossoms in varied hues from white to deep pink. In addition to the ponds, Semiwon has many walking paths, a lotus museum, and traditional games for a fun time no matter when you visit.

Sehanjeong Entrance within Semiwon

Fountain & pond near Semiwon Lotus Culture Experience Classroom

 

Namyangju Water Garden

 

Water Garden picture frame photo spot

 

The Water Garden, as the name implies, is a waterfront eco park that blends the beauty of plants with the flowing river. The garden of flowers and trees along with grassy fields stretches over a vast 484,188 ㎡ and is a popular picnic spot. The park is often visited by families, and people looking for a short break when biking along the riverside path. When here, be sure to snap a souvenir photo at the picture frame photo spot. You’ll stand out with the green trees and blue sky reflecting in the river behind you.

Bench along the walking path

 

Other instagrammable spots in the Water Garden include the covered benches that face the river, and the ferry bridge, which offers a view of the calm river waters.

River view from Ferry Bridge

Riverside walking path (left), Ferry Bridge (right)

 

The Water Garden also features well-maintained walking paths and bicycle paths. On weekends, the park is visited by people who have walked and biked from far away! The path along the river can be quite therapeutic, with your worries seeming to drift away. While exploring the garden, try and keep count of how many traditional ferry boats you see on benches throughout the park!

Café with a view of the Bukhangang River

 

Second-floor window seating within the café

 

Yangpyeong has many restaurants and cafés that face the river, making it a common location for dates. Among them all, Café Gangida is exceptionally popular. The café is located between Semiwon and the Water Garden, and features a selection of desserts and brunch options.

Dessert corner (left), outdoor seating (right)

 

The café, like all the cafés in the area, faces the beautiful scenery of the river and mountains beyond; the view of the Gyeongui-Jungang Line as it crosses the river is what makes Café Gangida special. If you’re fast enough, you can get a photo of you with the train as it passes!

Café exterior

 

Yangpyeong Dumulmeori

Address: 145, Dumulmeori-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 양평군 양서면 두물머리길 145)

Directions: Take Bus No. 8-4 (8-5, 8-7, 8-8, 8-55, or 88-6) from Yangsu Station Bus Stop in front of the GS25 across from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1 to Yangsu-ri Dumulmeori Bus Stop and walk for approx. 20 min
* Alternatively, take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1

Operating hours: Open 24 hr, all year round

Admission: Free

Website: here (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Dumulmeori Yeon Hotdog

Address: 103-8, Dumulmeori-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 양평군 양서면 두물머리길 103-8)

Directions: Take Bus No. 8-4 (8-5, 8-7, 8-8, 8-55, or 88-6) from Yangsu Station Bus Stop in front of the GS25 across from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1 to Yangsu-ri Dumulmeori Bus Stop and walk for approx. 20 min
* Alternatively, take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1

Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (sunset) / Weekends & public holidays 09:00-18:30 (sunset)

Signature menus: Mild hotdog 3,000 won / Spicy hotdog 3,000 won

Instagram: here

 

Semiwon

Address: 93, Yangsu-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 양평군 양서면 양수로 93)

Directions: Take Bus No. 8-4 (8-5, 8-7, 8-8, 8-55, or 88-6) from Yangsu Station Bus Stop in front of the GS25 across from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1 to Yangseo-myeon Office Bus Stop and walk for approx. 3 min
* Alternatively, take a taxi for approx. 5 min from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1

Operating hours: June-August 09:00-20:00 / September-May09:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)

Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 3,000 won
* Adults (ages 19-64) / Children (ages 6-18) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
* Free admission for preschoolers (ages 5 & younger)

 

 

Water Garden

Address: 398, Bukhangang-ro, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 남양주시 조안면 북한강로 398)

Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Ungilsan Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1

Operating hours: Open 24 hr, all year round

Admission: Free

Website: here (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Mongolian)

 

Café Gangida

Address: 23, Bukhangang-ro 81beon-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 양평군 양서면 북한강로81번길 23)

Directions: Take Bus No. 8-4 (8-5, 8-7, 8-8, 8-55, or 88-6) from Yangsu Station Bus Stop in front of the GS25 across from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1 to Yangsu 3-ri, Sangseokjang Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
* Alternatively, walk for approx. 20 min from Yangsu Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1

Operating hours: 10:00-22:00, open all year round

Signature menus: Specialty Americano 7,500 won / Plain croissant 4,300 won

Instagram: here

 

More Info

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

 

* This column was last updated in July 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.
* Column content provided by TRAVELHOLIC writer Jolly Kim (김지영)

 

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