The areas surrounding the reservoir in Hang-dong, Guro-gu which has been turned into an arboretum named Pureum (meaning “green”) after ten years of painstaking efforts were finally opened to the public. The 103,354 ㎡ (about eight times larger than the Seoul Plaza) arboretum boasts of being a representative park in the southwest section of Seoul complete with about 1,700 types of trees, plants, and flowers. As a favorite destination among 2.25 million local residents in Guro-gu and Geumcheon-gu, it will go a long way in improving the situation of said section, whose park areas (3.86㎡) measure far less than the per-capita average of park areas of Seoul (16.19㎡).
Pureum Arboretum has been turned into an urban-type park that can serve diverse functions, such as exhibit, hands-on experience, and education. As a botanical garden, KB Forest Learning Center will operate all year round 63 programs including stories about plants and organic farming. Opportunities for hands-on experience in farming and horticulture are provided at the following: Hanulteo (Urban Garden), Irang Teotbat (Gardening Area), Duremaeul (Vegetable Garden), and Baeumteo (Meeting Place). The place will also be used for festivals and exhibition featuring photos, insect collection, and plant seeds.
The place houses walking trails with slopes not steeper than 1/12 and barrier-free places for the handicapped, shadowy parking lot, photovoltaic generation facility on the rooftop of the administrative building, rain garden, etc. It will be open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM all year round.
The opening of this arboretum is in step with Seoul Metropolitan Government’s plan to enable local residents to reach a neighborhood park within 10 minutes by foot from anywhere in Seoul. We are planning to open a nice arboretum in Magok. We will make Seoul a city of parks, gardens, and arboretums.