South Korea is opening a marina on the Han River in the capital city of Seoul, with accommodations for up to 90 yachts. Seoul Marina, which will be the first marina of its type in the city’s history, is set to open this month.
With a population of over 10 million, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world, as well as one of the most economically powerful, thanks to international conglomerates, such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai-Kia.
Located in the heart of the city directly next to the National Assembly building, Seoul Marina, which cost $23 million to build, boasts a four-story facility with a convention hall, restaurants, parking and cafes to accommodate mariners.
For those flying into the city, 45 yachts are available to rent from the marina after undergoing a 1-hour instructional course.
Time on the water in any capacity is a luxury that only South Korea’s most elite have ever had the opportunity to enjoy. In an attempt to open its waterways to a larger demographic, the Seoul Metropolitan government has announced Seoul Marina will be the first in their country to offer boat rentals.
Yacht owners looking to explore the Han River in something a little more personal can take advantage of this and rent a dinghy for the equivalent of $3.67 an hour, or a larger boat for $13.76 an hour.
“We aim to develop the river as a venue for marine leisure and water sports. We hope the opening of the marina will lead to a boom in the yachting culture in Korea,” the city official said.