Food Truck Festival at Han River Provides Nighttime Fun

Nicholas Kim, Aug. 11, 2016, 11:33 a.m.

Some tens of thousands of people flocked to a Han River park in Seoul on Wednesday to enjoy a night food truck festival amid a relentless heat wave day and night throughout the country. The 2016 Hangang Food Truck 100, which is held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 20 to Aug. 17, was filled with families and friends who gathered to spend a hot summer night near the river.

Co-hosted by local companies Onit and Culture Way, the event is part of a broader 38-day summer festival that kicked off last month by the Seoul metropolitan government at 11 riverside parks in the capital. On Wednesday, nearly a hundred food trucks offered diverse options for food and drink ranging from Korean to Asian fusion and Western cuisines.

The organizers said the festival attracts an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 visitors to Yeouido park per day on average. The venue is located right next to a bus stop and Yeouinaru Station on Seoul Subway Line No. 5. Some enjoyed the foods at the tables prepared along the riverbank, while others sat on their mats on the grass.

As the evening progressed, the festive mood heated up even more. "I came with my boyfriend for a picnic," local college student Choi Soo-yie told Yonhap News Agency. "Nice food at low cost, live music playing, the river flowing in front of us and the night-breeze; I can't expect more," she said.

Different busking sessions are scheduled for every day of the event, according to the organizers.

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