This summer in Seoul, some 50 parks and plazas in the city have pools and fountains to play in for free.
Located in 17 districts, some of them are open just temporarily, but for the most part they’re open until August from around 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
One of the most well-known facilities is at Boramae Park in Dongjak-gu district.
The park has a water fountain synchronized with music, and also playground equipment that shoots, sprays and dumps water on the kids.
People say they’ve been enjoying the park a lot.
“It took me some time to get here, but I feel very happy seeing my kid having so much fun.”
“I am so excited I’m having a good time eating watermelon and playing with my friends ”
The World Cup Park in Sangam-dong has a pool to dip your feet in.
On weekdays it’s quiet and serene, but it’s incredibly popular with families on the weekends.
This year’s monsoon is just around the corner, but once it has passed and the summer heat begins to intensify, many more visitors are expected to drop by to cool off from the scorching weather.
With so many people heading to beaches and pools this time of year, there’s usually a rise in injuries too.
According to government data from last year, those most likely to get hurt were children under 9 years old, while the fatality rate was highest among the elderly.
A researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are things we need to keep in mind to stay safe.
“Warm up before you get in, starting with the parts of your body farthest from the heart. Also, it’s not good to swim right after eating.”
Experts advise parents to always accompany their children when they get in the pool.
At the beach, children have to wear life vests at all times and to refrain from swimming where there’s a strong current.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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