Seoul Outdoor Swimming Pools 2015: Summer Splash & Fun!

Much later than previous years and long overdue due to the MERS outbreak earlier this summer, the Hangang pools are finally open!

Seoul Outdoor Swimming Pools are open from July 17 to August 23, 2015. Seven pools welcome you for a refreshing Summer splash & fun – including six locations along the Han River Park and one in the Nanji River Park.

Along the Han River, seven great reasons to enjoy Seoul Hot Summer! From West to East: Nanji Riverside Swimming Area (out of the map below, West side at the level of World Cup Park) and six others nested within sections of the Hangang parks in Mangwon, Yeouido, Jamwon, Ttukseom, Jamsil and Gwangnaru.

Seoul outdoor pools map

Some pools offer specific attractions catering to various tastes. At the Ttukseom pool you can float on tubes along a 450-meter-long water stream and have fun with the “Aqua Ring”, a facility that pours a lot of water at once from a four-meter height.

In Yeouido, there is an Aqua Ring along with a tunnel in which water forms a swirling vortex. Children’s swimming pool in Jamsil has fountains spouting water in the form of a tunnel at the end of each side.

Seoul Outdoor Swimming Pools Opening

Nanji Riverside Swimming Area – just at the level of the World Cup Park – can be visited by people in ordinary clothing: the wearing of bathing suits is not mandatory here. The park is also very popular among children due to its 113 floor fountains, which spew water as high as 10 meters into the air, and a musical fountain equipped with LED lighting. A water slide called “Air-Bounce” is installed both in the swimming pool and the water pool.

All seven pools are perfectly maintained, with daily quality tests on water, convenient and clean facilities including shower, restrooms, air bounce castles and light snack stands. Each one provide 3 different pools to cater for different aspirational needs: one is reserved for adults, one for teenagers or older children, and the last one is specifically for small kids with low depth of water.

Overall the pools are very nice, with great views over the Han River and picturesque background scenery from the Bukhansan and Namsan mountains behind Seoul’s riverside front.

Hangang Swimming Pool Hannam

Hangang Swimming Pool Hannam Seoul

Seoul Swimming Pool outdoor bouncing castle

Opening Hours

The six riverside swimming pools and Nanji Riverside Swimming Area will be open from 09:00 to 20:00 daily until Sunday, August 23, 2015, including weekends and national holidays.


Adults 5,000 won

Younth (13~18 years) 4,000 won

Children (6~12 years) 3,000 won

Directions: Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Lotus Lantern Parade and Yeon Deung Hoe Festival 2015

More than one hundred thousand lotus lanterns lighting up Seoul night – don’t miss the magic Lotus Lantern Parade Saturday May 16th from 6PM

Lotus Lantern Parade Seoul

The 2015 edition of Yeon Deung Hoe 연등회 (Lotus Lantern Festival) will be held from May 15th to 17th with exhibition of traditional lanterns in various places such as Jogye-sa Temple or Bongeun-sa Temple.

The Lotus Lantern Parade stands out as the most colourful and memorable part of the festivity. This magical event draws participating crowds carrying tens of thousands of specially made, brightly lit lanterns in the shape of dragons, pagodas, white elephants, and lotus flowers down the street to the tune of Korean classical music. The procession is a must-see tradition both for kids and adults. The sidewalks along the parade route are always jam-packed with people, but if you come one hour before the start, you shall be able to find free seats along the main street.

Here is the detailed schedule:

  • Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns: May 15 ~ 26 Jogye-sa or Bongeun-sa Temple
  • Eoulim madang (Buddhist Cheer Rally): May 16 (Sat) 3:30 pm Dongguk University Stadium
  • Lotus Lantern Parade: May 16 (Sat) 6:00 pm Jongno Street (Dongdaemun ~ Gwanghwamun Plaza)
  • Hoehyang Hanmadang (Post-Parade Celebration): May 16 (Sat) 9:30 ~11:00 pm Gwanghwamun Plaza
  • Traditional Cultural Events: May 17 (Sun) Noon ~ 7:00 pm Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
  • Cultural Performances: May 17 (Sun) Noon ~ 7:00pm Performance Stage on the street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
  • Yeondeungnori (Final Celebration): May 17 (Sun) 7:00 ~ 9:00 pm Insa-dong ~ Street in front of Jogye-sa Temple
  • Buddha’s Birthday Dharma Ceremony & Lantern Lighting: May 25 (Tue) Dharma Ceremony 10 am Jogye-sa Temple and all temples nationwide

For a wider selection of beautiful Parade pictures, see Flickr archives here.

Map Lotus Lantern Festival

Detailed information, itinerary and schedule available on Lotus Lantern festival official website.

Flowers, paddle boats, music and Lego playtime at International Horticulture Goyang Festival

Take a family trip to the Goyang Horticulture Festival, along the Ilsan Lake, devoted to the latest creations in flower varieties and  packed with family activities… Only until May 10, 2015

Hello Kitty floating island, Ilsan Lake, International Horticulture Goyang Festival

In the heart of Ilsan City and directly accessible by subway, the Lake Park is a convenient spot for weekend picnics or a gentle walk around the lake. In April and May, it is particularly nice as it is covered with a variety of seasonal flowers: cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips, etc. You may also return in other seasons to admire the Autumn foliage or sled and ice-skate in Winter! You may enjoy walking paths up to 7.5km and nearly 5km of biking lanes. The night music fountain bordering the lake is a local attraction on its own (Apr~May, Sept~Oct: weekend + holidays 7:30~8:30PM; Jun~Aug: daily 8:30~9:30PM).

In other words, you may enjoy the Lake area almost all year round but you might particularly head there right now until May 10, 2015 for the renowned International Horticulture Goyang Festival.

The festival hosts activities and exhibits from 25 countries in various garden-themes booths or outdoor areas. Larger pavilions include the World Flower Pavilion showcasing international varieties of tulips, roses, orchids and more, or the Multimedia Harmony Pavilion, combining lightning effects. Besides the indoor areas (which were a bit disappointing in our opinion), we appreciated a lot more the outdoor thematic gardens such as the Metallophones playing area or the garden-in-a-container artistic creation.

You may also enjoy some cultural activities including music and dance performances, crafts (soap or candle making) or paddle boats on the lake itself.  For our kids, the best part was certainly the Lego booth where they could play and create freely at their own pace. The booth holds exhibits from all main lines of Lego products: Duplo, Friends, Ninjago, StarWars, etc.

On the festival’s premises, limited food-and-beverage options are available (snacks, hot-dogs and alike). More diversity can be found in the back streets out of the festival area in the city itself.

How to get there:
[Subway] Jeongbalsan Station Exit 2 [Line No.3 for Daehwa] +5min. walk in the direction of Lake Park.

Admission: 8,000 KRW (Foreigners only), Free under 4-year-old

Information: Tel. 031-908-7642~3

For more information, check International Horticulture Goyang Korea website.

Goyang Horticulture Festival borchure

Goyang Festival Map

For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

International Horticulture Goyang Festival