The Cheapest Infinity Pool You’ll Find in Seoul Or Maybe Anywhere!
The Nanji Water Playground (난지한강물놀이장) is probably the cheapest infinity pool you’ll find in Seoul or anywhere else for that matter. At W3,000 (~$3) for adults, it definitely can’t be beat in my book.
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There are quite a few awesome pools that sit along the Han River, but this is the only one, that I’m aware of, that is set up to emulate a beach slope heading out and then stops just short of the Han River. The pool set up in this fashion is perfect for small children. The entire inner edge that is flanked by a wooden deck is shallow and then gradually gets deeper as it nears the river though doesn’t get more than 4 feet or so.The wooden deck has umbrellas provided and are first come first serve. People sitting on that platform can only use the umbrellas provided. From there, there are concrete steps going up to a secondary platform that has no covering. On this platform, families bring their own tents to set up for the duration of their time at the pool. Obviously, you do not have to bring tents, but Koreans LOVE their tents and with absolutely no covering, it isn’t ideal for small children so pretty much everyone had a tent, including us. A bit further back is another wooden deck that is covered by one huge long white umbrella-ish tent-ish cover. Here, many families without tents set up shop though you can’t really get a good view of the pool from there so if you are a parent and want to keep on eye on the young ones, you’d want to be a bit closer than that.
The views from the whole water playground are just stunning. The Han River from morning until evening and the busy city on the south side of the river glisten in the summer sunlight. It’s an ideal location to enjoy a day at the pool, soaking up some rays and getting good and soaked. It is NOT the pool to go to if you want to do laps as the deep end just really isn’t that deep and it’s not straight but a half circle abutting Nanji Park so keep that in mind. It is perfect for the budget traveler wanting to experience an infinity pool with gorgeous views at a can’t be beat price AND for the families looking for a pool that caters to small children. Lifeguards are always on duty and there is also a convenience store to get everything you need for a good day out. The pool works on a 45 minute swim time, 15 minute break time schedule every hour and is great for the whole family. If the pool isn’t enough, Nanji Park just behind the pool is great because it also offers a bike park, where you can rent bikes, trikes and more if you don’t ride one there. There are also baseball fields, camping plots and a nearby ecological park and so much more to explore.
The whole Nanji Park is a great place to spend a summer day.
Nanji Water Playground (난지한강물놀이장)
487-257 Sangam-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
마포구 상암동 487-257(난지 한강공원 내)
Open: July 15, 2016 ~ August 22, 2016 (dates each year subject to change)
Hours: 9:00am ~ 7:00pm
Admission: Adults: W3,000; Teenagers: W2,000; Children: W1,000; Children under 6 get in free