- Gangseo Hangang Park
- Yanghwa Hangang Park
- Yeouido Hangang Park
- Banpo Hangang Park
- Jamwon Hangang Park
- Jamsil Hangang Park
- Gwangnaru Hangang Park
- Hanam City
Jamsil Hangang Park Profile
- Length: 4.8 km (10th of 11)
- Area: 539,071 m² (8th of 11)
- Start (West): Yeongdong Bridge (영동대교; map)
- End (East): Jamsil Railroad Bridge (잠실철교; map)
Jamsil Hangang Park is the second smallest park in the Hangang Park system. It presents typical park accouterments: swimming pools and rec courts. And it offers a few notable highlights, like a fish bridge that bypasses a river weir.
Let’s explore more!
Like Jamwon Park just west, Jamsil gained fame for its money-printing silkworms. In fact, the neighborhood’s name translates to silkworm (잠; /jam/) room (실; /shēl/).
Today, Jamsil comprises six separate neighborhoods, numbers 1~6 (잠실1동, 잠실2동, 잠실3동 etc.) They contain wealthy areas punctuated by the Lotte World Tower, the tallest in the nation.
The First of Three Kingdoms
Until the dawn of the Common Era (CE), tribes divided the Korean peninsula into territorial plots.
Cycle Jamsil Hangang Park
- Glance across the river and find the J-Bug Culture Complex. Its matte white, tubular facade, modeled after a moth larva, sits on the North Side bike path in Ttukseom Hangang Park (road view).
- Glide under Cheongdam Bridge. Along the South Side river banks, spy Jamsil Olympic Stadium, the flagship venue for the ‘88 Olympic Games, and Lotte World Tower, Korea’s tallest building.
Fork at the Tan Stream
Last Call, Gangnam
- Starfield COEX Mall (코엑스; map) — famous underground mall with photogenic library, aquarium, and Gangnam Style Statue.
- Bongeunsa Temple (봉은사; map) — ancient Buddhist temple across from COEX with a 23 meter (75 ft) tall Buddha and a lantern covered courtyard.
- Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs (서울선릉과정릉; map) — a UNESCO World Heritage Site holding the remains of Joseon-era kings and a queen.
Over the Tan
No time for a detour? Turn left at the fork (road view). Cross the Tan Stream on a low bridge under Olympic Boulevard.
Land in the Songpa District and rejoin the Han River. Roll past a helipad and sports fields. Come upon a restaurant floating on the Han River.
The site includes six sports facilities. They were completed in 1984 as part of a massive infrastructure project that transformed the undeveloped Songpa District before the 1986 Asian and 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
The centerpiece of Jamsil Sports Complex is Jamsil Olympic Stadium (잠실종합운동장올림픽; map) or “Seoul Olympic Stadium.” Seating 100,000 (69,950 today), it held both the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1988 Olympics.
All of Jamsil Sports Complex’s facilities remain active, hosting several of Korea’s professional sports teams or admitting the public for exercise and pickup games.
Want to explore the Jamsil Sports Complex? Scoot through the underpass at the back of the courtyard in Jamsil Hangang Park (road view). It leads to the Olympic Stadium’s toes.
From Jamsil Sports Complex, pedal into the meat of Jamsil Hangang Park.
Pass by lawns filled with trees, families, and, if come at the right time, art from the Han River “Heung” Project (한강 “흥” 프로젝트). Its sculptures and installations cycle through every Han River Parks at different times throughout the year.
Jamsil E-Land Cruise
You won’t find daily Han River cruises here, though. Only chartered ships depart from this berth. But anyone can enter the restaurants and shops on the eastern pier.
(Visit Yeouido Hangang Park to get the Han River cruise experience.)
Square Square Place
These furnished steel containers house work and performance spaces for five artists-in-residence on a yearly tenure. Here they create all modes of art, from visual to literary.
Square Square Space’s main stage hosts music, dance, or theater performances. And summer, fall, and spring festivals bring crowds to view the artist’s seasonal harvests.
- Sheets of water cascade over a curved embankment below the Jamsil Bridge’s pillars (road view), connecting high and low water levels.
- Six concrete towers on the bridge’s north end hold watergates that raise and lower to regulate the river’s flow (road view).
If you haven’t noticed yet, this ain’t your typical “Point-A-to-B” bridge.
Jamsil Fish Way
Wait! Wouldn’t Jamsil Bridge’s weir block migrating fish?
Ah! That’s why engineers installed the Jamsil Fish Way (잠실물고기길; map). This fish ladder comprises 228-meters of tiered steps that allow 31 native fish species to hop upstream, avoiding the weir’s strong currents and bulky barriers.
View Jamsil Fish Way from an observation deck just east of the bridge (road view).
By now, it’s difficult to ignore that 123-story sky poker rising from inside the Songpa District.
Got spare time? Let’s take another detour!
On the western city block, find Lotte World (롯데월드; map), the world’s third largest indoor theme park. It buzzes under a giant dome and over an ice skating rink. Outside, a bridge extends to Magic Island (매직아일랜드; map) on Seokchon Lake (석촌호수; map).
On the eastern city block soars the ceramic-inspired, 556-meter Lotte World Tower (롯데월드타워; map), Korea’s tallest skyscraper (6th in the world). Check the building’s registry and discover apartments, businesses, and an observation deck occupying the top six floors.
Before you pedal back to the river, drop by Lotte Department Store or Lotte Mart. Pick up some Lotte chocolate. Scarf down a Lotteria burger. Catch a flick at Lotte Cinema. Or go apartment hunting at Lotte Castle. Pay with everything with your Lotte Card.
Jamsil Railroad Bridge
Let’s continue cycling through Jamsil Hangang Park.
From Jamsil Bridge, climb a short embankment and travel half a kilometer by strolling paths spotted with flowers.
Arrive at a small roundabout with two high paths and two low paths.
- The westward, low path leads to Jamsil Park’s footpaths. No bikes allowed.
- The westward, high path is the cycling path you’re traveling on.
- The eastward, high path shoots up a ramp onto Jamsil Railway Bridge.
- The eastward, low path crosses under Jamsil Railway Bridge and into Gwangnaru Hangang Park.
Jamsil Railroad Bridge accommodates four different modes of transportation:
- A one-way, northbound lane for cars on one side of the bridge.
- A cycling and walking path on the opposite side.
- And Seoul Subway Line 2 railway tracks in the middle.
Dong Seoul (East Seoul) Bus Terminal
The north end of Jamsil Railroad Bridge leads directly to two transportation hubs:
- Dong Seoul (East Seoul) Bus Terminal (동서울터미널; map)
- Gangbyeon Station (강변역; map), which allows bikes onboard its Line 2 subway trains on weekends and holidays.
Trying to get out of Seoul with your bike? Head here. Buy a ticket. Stuff your wheels in an intercity bus’s undercarriage, climb aboard, and relax.