Lockdown Brings Fad for Picnics Along Han River

      July 04, 2020 08:25

      A growing number of people are picnicking along the banks of the Han River as they avoid bars, restaurants and other enclosed spaces due to the coronavirus epidemic.

      That has led to a boom for businesses that cater to them, delivering increasingly sumptuous assortments of food and drink.

      Noodles and fried chicken have been a picnic staple for some time, but now businesses have started to deliver things like wine and tapas.

      Women enjoy a picnic in the Han River Park in Seoul on June 19.

      Food delivery app Baedal Minjok lists around 100 restaurants that deliver wine and hors d'oeuvres to Han River parks in Banpo and Yeouido districts.

      Lee Eun-ho (33), who runs a wine bar in Yeouido, said, "We started delivery services two months ago after a decline in customers due to the epidemic.

      Now around 30 to 40 percent of our customers order takeout and many of them are in sitting somewhere in the Han River park."

      Of course the picnics are eminently instagrammable.

      Lee Hye-jin (33) said, "I've always enjoyed outdoor activities and decided to have some wine with my friends in a park along the Han River without worrying about coronavirus. I posted a photo on Instagram and got so many likes."

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