Again, this year, various summer festivals are taking place in downtown Seoul. The Hangang Summer Festival, which has been held every year since 2013, is one of the representative festivals. Diverse events are held near Hangang River and they are all easily accessible by subway.
The Hangang Summer Music Picnic will take place on August 9-10 at Yeouido Hangang Park, which visitors can get to by getting off at Yeouinaru Station (Line 5). Featuring musicians who are masters in pop, Korean traditional music, reggae, and classical music, the festival will offer the opportunity to enjoy the music while feeling the cool river breeze.
|Swimming pool of Ttukseom Hangang Park||Event at Yeouido Hangang Village|
There are other events that will also take place at Hangang Parks in August in which you can conveniently participate by just taking the subway.
* How to get to Hangang Parks, the venues of summer festivals, by subway
Gwangnaru Hangang Park: 500-meter walk from Exit 1 of Cheonho Station (Lines 5 and 8)
Jamsil Hangang Park: 500-meter walk from Exit 6 of Jamsilnaru Station (Line 2)
Ttukseom Hangang Park: Connected to Exit 2 of Ttukseom Resort Station (Line 7)
Jamwon Hangang Park: 800-meter walk from Exit 6 of Apgujeong Station (Line 3)
Ichon Hangang Park: 700-meter walk from Exit 4 of Ichon Station (Line 4)
Banpo Hangang Park: 800-meter walk from Exit 8-1 of Express Bus Terminal Station (Lines 3 and 7)
Mangwon Hangang Park: Shuttle bus from Hapjeong Station (Lines 2 and 6) or Mangwon Station (Line 6)
Yeouido Hangang Park: Connected to Exits 3 and 4 of Yeouinaru Station (Line 5)
Nanji Hangang Park: 1.3-km walk from Exit 7 of Mapo-gu Office Station (Line 6)
Gangseo Hangang Park: Shuttle bus from Banghwa Station (Line 5)
Yanghwa Hangang Park: 300-meter walk from Exit 4 of Dangsan Station (Line 2)
You may need an opportunity to contemplate life and meditate, escaping from the buzzing urban space. If that is the case, Templestay is a good option for you. You can stay at a temple with monks for a few hours or a few days to get away from stress and recharge.
Jogyesa Temple is just a five-minute walk from Exit 2 of Jonggak Station (Line 1). It is famous among those who love Templestay with its easy accessibility. Under the title “To be a True Hero,” there are the recharging Templestay programs through which you can take a rest and meditate, as well as the one-day/experiential Templestay programs in which you can partake in a traditional Buddhist culture experience prepared by the Jogyesa Temple. The programs will be operated until the end of October.
When you get off at Dongmyo Station and walk out through Exit 2, you will find Myogaksa Temple. The temple is easily accessible from the subway station and is operating a Templestay program under the theme “Where is your mind?” You can spend a serene time there after looking around the nearby Seoul Folk Flea Market and Dongmyo.
|A full view of Myogaksa Temple and the spot for Templestay guidance|
You can also indulge in deep contemplation while walking along the remote railroad on the outskirts of the city through a dense botanical garden. Nearby Exit 3 of Cheonwang Station (Line 3) exists the Hangdong Railroad, a military railroad which is no longer in operation, against which you can take photos against the beautiful scenery.
The Pureun Arboretum, the first botanical garden that was established by the city of Seoul, is located at the end of Hangdong Railroad. 24 themed gardens harmonize with one another in the large area that totals 100,000 . The arboretum is open until 10 p.m., offering visitors the opportunity to take a leisurely evening stroll.
|▼ A panoramic view of Pureun Arboretum|
Jogyesa Templestay: 400-meter walk from Exit 2 of Jonggak Station (Line 1)
Myogaksa Templestay: 300-meter walk from Exit 2 of Dongmyo Station (Lines 1 and 6)
Hangdong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum: 1.5-km walk from Exit 3 of Cheonwang Station (Line 7)
Walk a while from Exit 2 of Anam Station (Line 6) and you will find Botasa Temple, a cozy Buddhist temple. Botasa Temple boasts the Rock-carved Seated Bodhisattva and the Gilt-bronze Seated Bodhisattva sculpture, both designated as National Treasures. They are works created during the Goryeo period that depict the characteristics of the statues of Buddha during that the time which put a large emphasis on volume. The rock-carved Bodhisattvas at Botasa Temple is famous as one of the four of its kind in Seoul.
|The Rock-carved Seated Bodhisattva and Gilt-bronze Seated Bodhisattva at Botasa Temple|
Behind Botasa Temple stands Gaeunsan Mountain. The mountain was named such as the Gaeunsa Temple is perked upon it. Gaeun (開運) means “setting a new destiny” for the kingdom at the point of the foundation of Joseon. The temple houses the Painting of Buddhist Guardians of Gaeunsa Temple, which was designated as a Tangible Cultural Heritage by the Seoul city.
While the neighborhood of Hyehwa Station (Line 4) is famous for its small theaters that stage plays and musicals, after walking down the street that leads to Naksan Park from Exit 2 of the station offers another world of art at Ihwa-dong Mural Village, located after the slope of Naksan Mountain. Enjoy a stroll while looking at the spectacular murals that artists drew on the walls of the streets, all across the village.
|Ihwa-dong Mural Village|
Soma Museum of Art, located in Olympic Park, is also easy access via subway. There are various sculptures within the walls of the museum. The trip to the museum is convenient during the sweltering summer as it is connected through the underground corridor from Hanseong Baekje Station (Line 9).
|A panoramic view of Soma Museum of Art|
Botasa Temple & Gaeunsan Mountain: 400-meter walk from Exit 2 of Anam Station (Line 6)
Naksan Park & Ihwa-dong Mural Village: 700-meter walk from Exit 2 of Hyehwa Station (Line 4)
Soma Museum of Art: Connected to the underground corridor from Hanseong Baekje Station (Line 9)
Important sites where historic incidents took place in the modern history of Korea are located in the vicinity of Seodaemun and Dongnimmun. Near Exit 4 of Seodaemun Station (Line 5) exists Gyeonggyojang, which was used as the residence and office of Baekbeom Kim Gu, and was later the location where he was horribly assassinated. Walking a block farther, you will find Gyeonghuigung Palace.
|Gyeonggyojang and Gyeonghuigung Palace|
Right beside Gyeonghuigung Palace are the Seoul Museum of History and Donuimun Museum Village, the perfect places to visit with children. These museums offer rich historical education as they are home to the relics of Seoul and other urban remains.
|Donuimun Museum Village and Seoul Museum of History|
Gyeonggyojang, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Seoul Museum of History, and Donuimun Museum Village: 500-meter walk from Exit 4 of Seodaemun Station (Line 5)
Anyone interested in the subway can participate in the special “Engine Driver Experience” in August.
|Engine Driver Experience|
Participants will receive an opportunity to control the driving practice panel to learn how to drive the train and sit in a real driver’s cabin to experience the tasks of an engine driver. In addition, participants can take part in ▲ subway announcements and ▲ safety experiences at the Safety Experience Center in Banpo Station (Line 7). After partaking in the programs, participants will be given the certificate of an honorary engine driver.
The Safety Experience Center in Banpo Station offers a VR experience of subway emergencies. In Banpo Station, the “Train Mania – Deokhu Station” Waiting Room has been established where visitors can have a fun experience while looking at various subway-related exhibits and watching the moving miniature trains.
One-day Engine Driver Experience: ① Dobong Car Depot near Jangam Station (Line 7) ② Riding a train going to Banpo Station (Line 7)
Safety Experience Center & Train Mania – Deokhu Station Waiting Room: In Banpo Station (Line 7)