NEED A QUITE & PEACEFUL PLACE TO STUDY OR WORK IN SEOUL? COME TO HAN RIVER CLOUD CAFE(GURUM CAFE)!
NEED A QUITE & PEACEFUL PLACE TO STUDY OR WORK IN SEOUL?
COME TO HAN RIVER CLOUD CAFE(GURUM CAFE)!
If you talk about Han River, the symbolic river of Seoul, you might think of outdoor bike rides along the river on weekends, cherry blossoms festival in Spring, or a camping trip with friends and family. The beauty and peacefulness of Han River can refresh one’s mind and give you inspirations. As being said, I will share will you my secret spot for a quite weekend on a budget, and of course, with an amazing view!
The name of this café is Gurum café (Cloud café) because it is shaped as the cloud flying above the bridge. It is located right next to Dongjak bridge, where you can observer the river and the bridge from above. It used to be a restaurant, which was more expensive to come. Fortunately, it is now owned by Emart 24, which offers you coffee menu and various kinds of snacks with convenient store prices! Additionally, it is 24-hour open! This Emart 24 café include two observatories on two sides of Dongjak bridge abutment, which is close to Dongjak station.
Therefore, you can enjoy the view of Han River to both Yeouido direction and Banpo bridge direction from each side, as well as Namsan tower from afar. There are 4 floors on each observatory with many seats by large glass windows. Different from other normal Emart 24, there are barista bars in each building with real coffee machines, which offer you fresh and delicious coffee and latte from 3,000won.
The view and the café itself looks beautiful in the daytime and at night. During the day, you can enjoy the vivid and lively colors of the sky and the river while at night, you can immerse in the mysterious neon lights from the buildings and the bridges, as well as their reflections on the river. You can bring your laptop or books there to work, study, or just simply to enjoy the changes of Han River from day till night.
As a convenient store, there are options for drinks, food and snacks with very affordable price. This is also a great place to stop by after a late night party, just to enjoy a cup of instant noodles while calming your mind in the view of this romantic river. If you can read Korean books, there are also many bookshelves with good options including children books, novels and so on, which you can read for free.
The only downside of this café is that since there is only glass windows for observations, it could be too sunny and hot during the summer in the afternoon. Therefore, best time to visit would be after 3 or 4pm, when it is not too sunny and you can stay until the evening to observe the river before and after sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Address: 335 Dongjak-daero, Sadang 2(i)-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
- Go out of exit 1 from Dongjak station and walk toward the bridge (around 5 mins walk)
- If you want to try to cross Han river, you can get off at Ichon station and walk to Dongjak bridge, the café is located at the other end. It would take around 15~20 mins by this way.