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The Han River

Explore the Han River, Korea’s most vital waterway.

The Han River (한강; map) is the fourth longest in Korea. However, its waters hold the most cultural relevance of any on the peninsula.

  • Length — 494 km (307 mi)
  • Basin Area — 35,770 km² (22,226 mi²)
  • Origin — Mount Taebaek (태백산; map), Gangwon Province
  • Termination — Yellow Sea (West Sea; 황해)

Why? Like the Thames and the Seine, the Han River snakes through Seoul (서울), the economic, cultural, and spiritual center of Korea.

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