South Korea's Major Rivers

South Korea’s major rivers span the mountainous terrain of this lovely country in northeastern part of Asia. Since the majority of the mountains are located in the eastern part of the country, most South Korea rivers flow east into the Yellow Sea (also known as the West Sea). This is not a general rule, however, as there are a small number that do flow east. The rivers are a vitally important part of South Korean culture, commerce, and society. Besides being crucial to the transport of goods from major port cities such as Seoul and Busan, they also drive commerce with South Korea river tours and the many activities and attractions that come along with a country that has sixteen major rivers. For travelers, rivers provide the sources of river cruises. In any major cities in South Korea with a river flowing through them, look into the opportunity to take a river cruise as there are few more relaxing ways to see the sites.

South Korea has become a major international exporter of goods such as automobiles, electronics, and robotics. They are one of the leading export economies in the world and South Korea’s major rivers lend to the efficiency of this process. The Han River is one of the most important of all the South Korea rivers and is the fourth longest on the entire Korean peninsula. It is interesting to note where these rivers originate as it gives a sense of the complexity and intricacy of the river system with its streams and tributaries. A part of the Han River actually originates on Mount Geumgang in North Korea. The river pulses through Seoul before connecting with the Imjin River and flowing into the Yellow Sea.

The Nakdong River is the longest in South Korea. It one of South Korea’s major rivers, passing through major cities such as Daegu and Busan in the east. The Nakdong originates in the Taebaek Mountains and flows through the Korean Strait (South Sea). It is used more for practical purposes and is not necessarily the ideal option for South Korea river tours, although as the longest river in the country, it is something of an attraction on its own.

The Imjin River is interesting because it actually crosses over portions of the Demilitarized Zone along the 38th Parallel separating South Korea from North Korea. The Imjin is distinctive among South Korea rivers, because at many points it is lined by vertical cliffs that reach up to 75 feet.

The Geum-gang is another of South Korea’s major rivers definitely worth visiting and touring. It begins in the North Jeolla Province and empties into the Yellow Sea near Gunsan. You can take South Korea river tours of the Geum-gang and Han to name just two. The Han River is particularly alluring for international tourists who want to have the opportunity to survey Seoul’s riverfront areas at their own pace. You can even charter a private boat for a dinner or special occasion. You will treasure the ability to leisurely float down the ancient Han River and take in the spectacular vistas of this gorgeous country. The South Korea rivers are truly some of the most beautiful aspects of it. If you are planning a trip to South Korea you should strongly consider spending some time on the rivers. It is a great way to relax and get to know the city where you are staying, whether that is Seoul, Busan, Daegu, or any of the other popular destinations in South Korea.


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