Top 5 parks in Seoul!

Written by : Floor Bijleveld

Seoul is a beautiful and modern city, but Seoul also has a lot of nature to offer. After strolling through the numerous skyscrapers and imposing buildings there is the possibility that you seek some nature! There are numerous parks and nature-related activities in Seoul. In this post, we gathered some of the parks all around Seoul that are worth a visit while you are in South Korea!

1. Bukhansan National Park
Location: 262 Bogukmun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Entrance fee: Free
Hiking is one of the most well-liked activities in Seoul, and this breathtaking national park outside the city is a local favorite. There are several hiking paths for hikers of all levels, as well as plenty of flora and wildlife. Numerous canyons and granite peaks in Bukhansan National Park are connected by clear streams that create a stunning balance between the mountain and the water. There are more than 1,300 different types of plants and animals. There are also several historical and cultural attractions, such as the nearly 2,000-year-old Bukhansanseong Fortress, as well as more than 100 Buddhist temples and monks’ quarters. It’s an excellent site to learn about nature, culture, and history.

2. Cheonggyecheon Stream
Location: 1 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Entrance fee: Free
Beginning in Cheonggye Plaza, which is close to Sejong-ro Avenue, is Cheonggyecheon Stream. Cheonggye Plaza, which roughly occupies a space of 2,500 square meters, is situated where Cheonggyecheon Stream begins. The square showcases the graceful elegance of ancient stonework that is bright but elegant and was designed based on the design of a traditional Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping fabric). A replica of Cheonggyecheon is also present in the plaza, giving tourists a birds-eye perspective of the stream that has been rebuilt. The 22 bridges that cross the stream are described in detail on plaques in the plaza, and there are also several elegant fountains that enhance the atmosphere. The location serves as a memorial for the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project and also represents convocation, harmony, and peace.

3. Olympic Park
Location: 424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Entrance fee: Free
Olympic Park is a magnificent city park where ancient Baekje artifacts coexist with contemporary sports arenas, an environmentally friendly forest, and expansive grass fields. The park, a legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, not only holds the largest sports stadium in the nation but has evolved into a destination for Seoul residents to rest and unwind. Olympic Park, which spans a surface area of around 1.45 million square meters, includes the area that originally housed Mongchontoseong Fortress and Mongchonhaeja (a man-made lake) from the early Baekje dynasty. The park is separated into a number of zones, including a leisure sports park, a park for the arts and culture, an eco-park, and a park called the History Experience Park honoring the region’s extensive historical past. Visitors are recommended to familiarize themselves with entrances and exits as well as travel routes before they start because Olympic Park is so big and takes more than three hours to tour. Visitors can use the Road Train (“Hodori Train”) that stops at Peace Square to further cut down on travel time.

4. Namsan Park
Location: 04628 231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Entrance fee: Observatory, Adults KRW 11,000 / Children KRW 9,000
Cable Car (roundtrip) Adults KRW 9,500 / Children KRW 6,500
The largest park in Seoul, Namsan Park is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, and animals. Beautiful walking pathways in the park are well-known for allowing tourists to see the local flora and fauna, including its squirrels. A multitude of tourist attractions, including Baekbeom Square, the Namsan Cable Car, the Namsan Seoul Tower, and sculptures of well-known personalities from Korean history are present in the park, which spans a sizable area. The park hosts a multitude of activities, with the annual cherry blossom festival in April being one of the majors. The largest stretch of cherry trees in the entire city may be seen in Namsan Park’s Cherry Blossom Path, which is breathtakingly in full bloom.

6. Yeouido Park
Location: 68 Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Entrance fee: Free
Yeouido Hangang Park is conveniently close to public transit and is located in Yeouido, the center of politics, the media, banking, and finance. From the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring to the International Fireworks Festival in the fall, in addition to concerts and marathons all year long, the park offers a variety of fascinating activities. Visitors get the chance to learn about ecology and wildlife at places like Bamseom Island and Yeouido Saetgang Tributary, which are well-preserved natural regions. The park is also brimming with brand-new attractions as a result of the Hangang Renaissance Project, including the Water Light Square, riverfront fountains, a stage, a harbor for yachts, and more.

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