It’s too hot these days to do anything energetic but there are still things to do. The Han River is definitely a popular spot in the summer months…
1. TTEUKSEOM HANGANG PARK
Or how about getting into the holiday spirit and eating ice cream in a curly-wirly cone …
3. CYCLING ON THE RIVER
Rent a bicycle and go for a ride along the Han River. There are tandems too if you’re feeling romantic. (and have someone to be romantic with 😕
4. RELAX UNDER AN OCTAGON PAVILION
Go to a park and stay out of the sun in the shade of an octagon pavilion (팔각정 palgakjong). The local older community gather here in Boramae park to play the board game paduk.
5. CHEONGGYECHEON STREAM
Go for a paddle in Cheonggyecheon. The stream flows all the way from Gwanghwamun in central Seoul and past Dongdaemun.
6. SEOUL ART CENTRE
Take a look around the exhibitions at Seoul Art Centre and then relax in an outdoor cafe with a beer to watch the fountain display that’s on at regular intervals throughout the day.
7. DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA
For more culture enjoy the shade of the amazing Dongdaemun Design Plaza and take a look around the exhibitions, restaurants, and shops inside. The architecture is an exhibition in itself.
8. EAT SAMGYETANG
This is THE food to eat on poknal, the hottest days of the summer – samgyetang, chicken soup in herbs. Get ready to queue to get into the most popular restaurants.
9. EAT BINGSU
If samgyetang is the main dish to eat on a hot day, then bingsu is the main dessert: shaved ice with an adzuki bean topping and tteok rice cakes. I like the green tea version. Available at lots of cafes around the city and also available for take out.
10. BUY GARLIC
In the summer garlic trucks are parked everywhere selling, well, garlic. You can’t cook Korean food without garlic. So this is the time to get loads of garlic, peel it, crush it, bag it, and freeze it. You can even buy handy garlic containers that will keep the crushed garlic in conveniently-sized individual squares in the freezer…