Friday, June 7, 2013

Aloha to the Han River - Gangnam Style

We booked another USO/Korridor Tours ... this time for the Han River Cruise!   Our guide drove us across the Han River to a popular park in Gangham.   We did not spot Psy ... but we did spy the 63 City (63 빌딩) ... more on this icon later.

Since it was Memorial Day (June 6), many families spent the day in the park, soaking up the good weather.  Our guided noted that "camping" was gaining popularity in Korea.

I loved these swan boats! 

We followed our guide onto our open top boat.  Many families brought picnics, including ourselves.  

I don't have a fancy camera, but I was able to catch the mountains that "guard" Seoul to the North.   Notice the faint white line on the mountain closest to the city - it is the Seoul Fortress (link).

I also captured the Seoul Tower on Namsan (I previously posted my husband's pictures of the Seoul Tower at night at this link). 

We watched the sunset from the upper deck.

Dusk fell over the city, including the country's assembly.

We had company on the river.

After the cruise, we drove over to 63 City.   I found this Hawaiian delight in the lobby.   From Visit Korea (link),

With 63 floors measuring a height of 264m, the 63 Building is Korea’s tallest and most recognized building. The 63 Building boasts spectacular views of the Hangang River and the surrounding mountains of Bugaksan Namsan and Gwanaksan.

63 City offers an aquarium  ... is this live or an optical illusion?   

These penguins are live!

This is a photo of the glass floor atop one of the tanks ... despite the thick glass, it was intimidating to walk across it!   The aquarium periodically broadcast "glass shattering" which jarred our nerves.

The seals had a great playground.

This leopard shark stared at the audience watching the synchronized swimming.

Andrew placed his hand in the "Doctor Fish" exhibit.   The fish are also called "nibble" fish as the small fish nibble at dead skin.   Doctor Fish are used in spas for manicures and pedicures but the practice is banned in the US.

After our fish manicures, we rode the elevator to the top for an eye popping view of Seoul's night lights.


Kim in Korea


  1. I love the pics... my favorite is the one with the sun...

  2. Wow. And, the swan boats are adorable.

  3. I use to work on the 64th floor (of 65) but it didn't have that gorgeous aquarium!

  4. Looks like it was great fun. Love the Swan boats. Not too sure about the doctor fish, though!

  5. Interesting manicure

  6. I've read about the nibble fish in beauty magazines.

  7. The awesome Korea tour continues. Looks like a great day. I love the swan boats.

  8. I love the Swan boats! Those are too cute! And the seal playground is really cute.

  9. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the penguins. I've seen them up close when I went behind the scenes at our zoo.

  10. Great! Love the penguins and sunset shots.