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Discover Nodeul Island: The Beautiful Island Park in Seoul

Explore the island located in the middle of the Hangang River

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Nodeulseom (Nodeul Island) is a small, artificial island situated near the southern end of the river, and located under the Han River Bridge connecting Yongsan and Noryangjin. The island only opened in 2019 as a recreational area, but was forced to temporarily shut its doors due to the pandemic shortly after. In the post-pandemic era, Nodeulseom has been gaining popularity as a place for dates and picnics. For viewers of the Korean drama, Start-up, you will also find Nodeul Island very familiar as the real-life location of SANDBOX island that was featured in the show.

Source: Nodeul
Source: Nodeul

What to see and do at Nodeulseom

The main attractions at Nodeulseom include a live house, bookstore, exhibition halls, gardens, and music lounges. There are also cafes and convenience stores for you to buy some bites and finger food while at the island.

Source: Nodeul

Music events, shows, and festivals are often held at the island. Apart from ticketed events, Nodeulseom also hosts weekend events that will be open for all visitors to enjoy. Nodeulseom on weekends is often packed with buskers, creating a laid-back environment where you can sit back on the grass and enjoy some pretty good music. In addition to musical events, art exhibits will also be periodically held at the island. You can visit their official website for a schedule of the ongoing and upcoming performances.

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Source: blog.naver.com/maple202

If you happening to be visiting the island on a weekday with no special events, the island is also a great place to just relax and spend some time with your family and friends away from the bustling city. Consider renting a bicycle to cycle around the island, taking a stroll, or simply having a picnic by the Hangang River. Nodeulseom also boasts a very beautiful sunset and night view of Seoul, so you might want to consider visiting later in the day!

How to get to Nodeulseom

Take the Seoul Metro Line 9 to Nodeul Station and walk about 11 minutes from Exit 2 in the direction of the Hangangdaegyo Bridge.

Alternatively, you can take Seoul Metro Line 1 to Yongsan Station or Line 4 to Sinyongsan Station, and take a bus to Nodeulseom. Bus services: 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 605, 750A, 750B, 751, 752

Opening hours

  • Summer season (March-October) : Tuesday-Friday 10:00 - 21:00 / Weekends and holidays 10:00 - 22:00
  • Winter season (November-February) : Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
  • Outdoor space: open 24 hours

Closed on Mondays, and each facility may have different operating hours.