It’s August, and that means the weather is meltingly hot in Korea – so you can either hide in the air-con all day, or slap on the suncream and head for one of Seoul’s biggest outdoor events, the Hangang Summer Festival.

The festival lasts a month – it’s been running since 21st July and finishes on 20 August this year. Events are centred around the Han River, a 514km river flowing from Gangwon-do out to the yellow sea, right through the centre of the city. It’s worth a visit any time of year, but this festival brings a variety of attractions and cool stuff to do while you chill out by the water.

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Around 80 different events are held during the festival including street performances, movie showings, water sport events, fireworks, fire art, and a night market. The official site is in Korean only so it’s best to check in with the Korean Tourist Board for more information about events.

Take a float on the Hangang via an amphibious bus during the festival.

Here’s more things you can do and see at the Hangang year-round.


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