Hantan River Rafting

For the first time since arriving in Korea, I can say I had a very busy weekend! When Daniel got home from work Friday night we went drinking at a convenience store with one of his coworkers. I know it sounds ghetto, but all of the convenience stores here have chairs outside so that people can gather, drink, and eat. In fact, the stores were so busy Friday night that we went to three and couldn’t find seats! We had the first round in the park instead and then found an empty table at a store when going to buy more beer. Much cheaper than going to a bar!

Saturday we headed to Seoul and went to the Coex Mall. I finally got a Mickey Mouse shirt and Daniel got some shoes for playing basketball (free vuvuzela with purchase!). We also went to On the Border and had delicious chips and salsa and my first margarita in Korea!

That night we went to a new restaurant called Traveler’s. It’s not even open yet but they were doing a preview night. We got free beer and mixed drinks… I stayed for 5 hours and Daniel for about 8! So we were definitely not feeling well the next day. 😦 Tons of free food… salads, nachos, quesadillas, hot dogs with fries, wings. Yummy! We entertained ourselves by once again playing Daniel’s favorite drinking game. He also put his new vuvuzela to good use. I went home when the Korea vs. Uruguay game started. Unfortunately, Korea is no longer in the World Cup.

Sunday I woke up at 5:15 to get ready for rafting. We were both so tired and hungover. The bus ride took about two hours from Seoul to the Hantan River in Cherwon. It was a very beautiful river in the mountains with lots of rock formations and waterfalls. However, neither one of us was a huge fan of the experience. They made us swim in the water and flip the raft and fall off and the water was soooooooo nasty. Ewwwww. But the guides tried to make it fun and we stopped for breaks where they made waterslides out of the rafts and had wrestling matches on the rafts. There were parts of the river with lots of rapids so that was exhilarating… and kind of scary. After floating down the river for about three hours, the bus took us back to the rafting center where we had a buffet Korean lunch. Luckily they had something I liked! (Some kind of spicy meat with rice, who knows what kind of meat…) Next was bungee jumping. Of course we didn’t participate but we had fun watching for awhile and then napped on the bus!

-Jen Pace



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3 responses to “Hantan River Rafting

  1. Cindy

    You didn’t bungee jump? I think that that would have the highlight of the trip! I thought you two liked the extreme kind of things!
    sound like you had a good time.

  2. Jen Pace

    no, stuff like that hurts my sensitive ears… i have been skydiving before.
    daniel is afraid of everything… snorkeling, roller coasters, any kind of extreme sport like bungee jumping… he is not adventurous in that way 🙂

    • Jen,

      Hi, my name is Blake – I work at the Gyeonggi English Village in Paju, South Korea. My co-worker has organized a rafting trip for her birthday, but we can’t seem to find any information or a website on how to do bungee jumping. I Googled ‘Hantan River Bungee Jumping,’ and your blog came up. Would you be able to help us out with any information on whom to contact?

      Thank you! You can leave a comment on my blog if you receive this. I appreciate the help!


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