If You’re Not Streaming, You’re Probably Overheating!
The pools are closing their doors and draining that cool water that beckoned everyone in Seoul during this heat wave that just isn’t letting up. Pools aren’t the only places in the city to cool off though.
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While you may not need those floaties anymore to keep you bobbing, you can still keep the heat at bay by soaking your tootsies or your whole body for that matter in a nearby stream. There are numerous streams that jut off from the Han River. Actually, that should probably be rephrased to say that there are numerous streams that come off of the mountains and flow into the Han River. These waters streaming off of the mountain tops are a bit chillier than that pool water you splashed around in, but they are THE best places to soak, have a picnic beside and stay cool as the summer heat, hopefully, fades away. One of the best things about the clear stream water that comes rushing off of the mountains is that it’s free to chill in. The pools aren’t really keeping anyone away with their low entrance fees…
…but free is always always better than fee, isn’t it?
In the past few years, many of the paths that run along the streams have been updated to include bike paths, running paths, fountains for viewing and splashing in and more. From popular parks with streams for splashing like the Gyeongui Line Forest Park and the Cheonggyecheon Stream downtown to the streams that seem to just welcome the locals for a wet and wild good time, they’re all enticingly flowing through almost every neighborhood in the city. These streams are also home to a number of wild animals that make them even more fun to visit. From the ducks that just know some of that bread you brought for a bite to eat will be shared to the cranes that gracefully stand as the fish swim beneath them, there are beautiful sights to behold and the circle of life to see too.
Some streams are more popular than others and you may wonder which you can or cannot just set up shop near and dangle your ligaments in. Don’t wonder… just do. Cheonggyecheon Stream doesn’t seem like a place that people are camping out near, but in this heat, you will definitely find people taking off their shoes and slipping their soles in to the water for some respite from the heat. Places like Gyeongui Line Forest Park have signs specifically letting you know that you can play in the water and splash to your heart’s content. Other streams, like Hongje Stream that runs from Ansan Mountain to the Han River doesn’t offer signs up letting you know it is or isn’t okay to wade in, but all of the older folks camped out under the bridges and on the rocks with their makkoli, snacks and shoeless feet let you know you can join in, too.
With kiddos or without, friends and familiy too, bring some drinks and snacks from morning until evening to these streams that are flowing right on out to the river. While it is still hot to enjoy a good soak and some splashing good fun, head to your nearest stream with a towel in tow.
The water really is extremely refreshing and clean and clear to boot.
If you’re not streaming, you’re probably overheating!