The accessibility, tranquil nature and serene atmosphere of the city parks creates a calm oasis for visitors to escape, reflect, rest and relax.
During weekends, parks in Seoul become crowded with families having fun together with food and drinks. From early in the morning, parks slowly but steadily come alive and are packed with various fun events that can be enjoyed with friends and neighbors.
Citizens enjoy such sports and leisure activities such as cycling, inline skating and badminton or play games with their neighbors to build friendships.
Seoul has various types of parks. These include ecological parks designed to preserve certain types of rare flora and fauna in mind, and its small and medium-sized parks that provide an environmentally-friendly setting for the whole family.
Recently, more and more eco-friendly parks have been built in the city. Yangjaecheon (Stream), for example, had long been polluted with sewage and industrial waste, until it was reborn as an eco-friendly stream. Following some years of purification efforts by the metropolitan government, it now attracts many visitors.
Among them, Seonyudo Park, which opened in 2002 at the site of the old water purification facility, is now a harmonious model of environmentally-friendly materials and used industrial parts existing together in a new vision of what Seoul’s future parks can be.
Spending some time at a park will rejuvenate your body and spirit while traveling in Seoul. Having a little background knowledge about the history of the park might double your pleasure.