Parviz’s recommendation – “Gimpo Ara Waterway Cruise”
“Gyeonggi-do Province has beautiful travel sites, but I don’t think there are that many trips that let you experience so many different things in such a short time like the Gimpo Ara Waterway Cruise does. Inside the boat, an exciting performance unfolds; if you come up to the deck, you can feast your eyes on beautiful scenery like valleys and waterfalls. Depending on what you choose, you can enjoy delicious on-board buffet and fireworks, too. How about diving into some real romance today?”
Address: 74, Arayuk-ro 270beon-gil, Gochon-eup, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
Website: http://www.aracruise.co.kr/ (Korean language support)
Fee: Ara Waterway Cruise Adult KRW 16,000 / Children KRW 10,000
Dinner Fireworks Cruise Adult KRW 75,000 / Children KRW 50,000
Musical Fireworks Cruise Adult KRW 33,000 / Children KRW 21,000
Closed on: Open all year round
Business hours: Ara Waterway Cruise 11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m., 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Dinner Fireworks Cruise · Musical Fireworks Cruise 6:10 p.m.-8:10 p.m. (Sails on weekends)
* VISA·MASTER Card payment available
Subway ① (Myeongdong Station -> Gimpo Ara Waterway │ Total of 1 hour 19 minutes)
Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station, transfer at Seoul Station to Airport Railroad (Approx. 8 minutes | 2 stations)
Take Airport Railroad at Seoul Station, transfer to Line 9 at Gimpo International Airport Station (Approx. 30 minutes | 4 stations)
Take Line 9 at Gimpo International Airport Station, get off at Gaehwa Station Exit 1 (Approx. 10 minutes | 1 station)
Walk toward Gaehwa Station Metropolitan Transit Center Bus Stop (16435) (Approx. 1 minute | Approx. 26m)
Take Bus 16, get off at Ara Waterway, Gimpo Terminal Bus Stop (Approx. 28 minutes | 11 stations)
Walk toward Ara Gimpo Passenger Terminal (Approx. 2 minutes | Approx. 130m)
*Fare: One-way KRW 1,750
Experience Point 1. Enjoying the scenery on-board and taking selfies (1 hour)
One delight you can’t leave out on a cruise trip is enjoying the beautiful scenery. The 18km long Ara Waterway is also full of attractions that boast of incredible scenic beauty that will delight your eyes. Among these, the biggest attention stealer is Ara Falls, known as Korea’s best artificial falls. The cruise ship even stops for a while to let you take pictures with the rushing two-tiered falls as backdrop. Next to the falls, you can see Aramaru, a circular observatory with a floor made of glass. Besides these, you can also see on the cruise Duri Ecological Park equipped with an eco-trail and an auto campground, Suhyangwon Garden that recreates a traditional Korean garden, Sicheon Riverside that has a water fountain and a stage, and more. Watching civilians clad in different kinds of clothing cycling in line along the bicycle path set up on either side of Ara Waterway is also a novel experience.
Experience Point 2. The world’s various culture shows, all in one place – Watching the on-board show (30 minutes)
As soon as the cruise ship takes off, you hear a merry tune, and Ukrainian professional dancers give an extravagant performance of the kazatsky, cancan, and sports dance; you’ll surely remember them for a long time, long after this special event that heightened the fun of your trip. This is followed by a magic show and a face changing performance, which is a traditional Chinese art form wherein the shapes and colors of masks continue to change instantaneously — fantastic performances that draw exclamations and cheers from the audiences. After about 30 minutes of such excellent shows, you’re given an opportunity to pose for photos with the beautiful dancers; on the third floor is a great live performance by attached singers.
Experience Point 3. A banquet of intangible beauty – On-board fireworks (1 hour)
There are magical fireworks festivities on the Ara Waterway every Saturday. The musical fireworks show that unfolds right above the cruise ship to the sound of music is more than enough to impress both men and women, young and old. The show’s time and number of fireworks are truly the best of all cruise ships in the country. Such on-board fireworks are categorized into two: the musical fireworks cruise and the dinner fireworks cruise; the dinner fireworks cruise includes a premium buffet wherein 30 different kinds of seasonal specialty dishes are served along with a musical fireworks cruise.
*The musical fireworks or dinner fireworks are subject to cancellation or restriction due to the reservation rate of viewers, weather situation, and safety reasons; there may also be a change of location without any notice, so inquiries should be made in advance.
Ara Waterway Bike Riding
You can rent bicycles from the bicycle rental stand. The bicycle path is great for bicycling while enjoying the scenery of Ara Waterway and looking around at the attractions nearby. (One-person bicycle KRW 4,000 per hour, Two-person bicycle KRW 6,000 per hour)
Ara Marina Yacht & Water Leisure
A combined marine leports area where you can enjoy yachting, water cycling, and other water leisure activities in Gimpo Ara Waterway.
– Address: 74, Arayuk-ro 170beon-gil, Gochon-eup, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-1899-3650
– Business hours: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
– Closed on: November-February / Mondays
• Yacht classes: One-day class KRW 40,000
• Kayak: KRW 7,000
• Water cycling: KRW 7,000
• Bumper boats: KRW 7,000
• Yacht experience: KRW 15,000
• Boat experience: KRW 15,000
– Website: https://www.waterway.or.kr/ (Korean language support)
Hyundai Premium Outlet
A new metropolitan shopping center attraction near the Ara Waterway. You can purchase foreign luxury brand products and domestic brand name products at discounted prices.
– Address: 100, Arayuk-ro 152beon-gil, Gochon-eup, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-812-2233
– Business hours: 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
– Closed on: Check the website
– Website: http://www.ehyundai.com/ (Korean·English·Japanese·Chinese language support)
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
Duration and Transportation
One-day course ①
Gimpo Ara Waterway Cruise (2 hours)-[On foot 6 minutes]-Ara Marina Yacht & Water leisure (1 hour 30 minutes)-[On foot 6 minutes]-Gimpo Hyundai Premium Outlet (2 hours)
One-day course ②
Ara Marina Yacht&Water leisure (1 hour 30 minutes)-[On foot 6 minutes]-Gimpo Hyundai Premium Outlet (2 hours)-[On foot 6 minutes]-Gimpo Ara Waterway Fireworks & Dinner cruise (2 hours)
* Fireworks every Saturday