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  • Seoul Begins Nightscape Tour around Banpo Hangang Park during Summer

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    From June 28 to July 26, 2019, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m., the city of Seoul will host the Hangang Nightscape Tour around the Banpo Hangang Park.

    The Hangang Nightscape Tour is a tour program that will offer participants the opportunity to be guided around areas with enchanting nightscapes around Banpo Hangang Park by an expert on the relevant materials. The program started in 2018 and was received well, to the extent that the tours were fully reserved and received a satisfaction rate of 92 percent. Therefore, the frequency of its operation will be more than doubled this year, the maximum number of participants per each session will increase, and a variety of events are set to take place.

    Planned to reveal the unexpected charm that is the nightscape of the Hangang River, the 2019 Hangang Nightscape Tour is being held under a new theme, “Illuminate the Night of the Hangang River.”

    The program will be operated for about 90 minutes starting at 8 p.m., four days a week, over five weeks starting on June 28, 2019. Each session will be open to 50 adults and minors can also participate if accompanied by a guardian.

    The tour course guided by a professional guide with knowledge about the Hangang area will include: ▵ Seoraeseom Island, a perfect place for reflection while enjoying the serene nightscape, ▵ the media facade show at the Sebitseom Island that looks like a flower, and ▵ the fancy lighting of the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, which was registered in the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest in the world.

    Additionally, there will be colorful events that will make the tour even more enjoyable. In the DIY Hangang Lantern program, participants will make lanterns of colors and lights that they choose themselves and carry them during the tour to light the night of Hangang River in the light parade.

    The city of Seoul is also operating other programs that shed light on the stories surrounding the Hangang River. The Hangang River History Exploration Program is a program through which participants can understand the long history of the Hangang River as the center of politics, economy, and culture from the prehistoric times to the present while walking along the 12 different courses and listening to commentary offered by guides on history, culture, and figures related to Hangang River, as well as historic sites near Hangang River and other cultural facilities. The Hangang River History Exploration Program will be operated six days a week (every day with the exception of Tuesdays) until November 30, 2019. Individuals who want to participate should make reservations in advance.

    5-200 individuals can apply for participation and English commentary is available for foreign visitors. The commentators may visit those who applied for the program if they are handicapped, elderly, or someone who may find it difficult to get to the Hangang River. Those who complete the 12 walking courses will receive the Hangang River History Exploration Certification of Completion at the end of the year.

    All programs are free of charge but require advance reservations. In order to take part in the Hangang Nightscape Tour, visitors can make reservations starting from June 18 at the Seoul Public Reservation (http://yeyak.seoul.go.kr), and to take part in the Hangang History Exploration Program, visit the official website (http://visit-hangang.seoul.kr).

    For more information, call the Travel Management Office at ☏ +82-70-4290-6967.

    Seoul Begins Nightscape Tour around Banpo Hangang Park during Summer
    Banpo Hangang Park Nightscape of Seoraeseom Island
    Banpo Hangang Park Nightscape of Seoraeseom Island
    Moonlight Rainbow Fountain
    Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Moonlight Rainbow Fountain