Five Parks in One
Again and again Sky Park is mentioned as a must see in the Mapo area. Every autumn the tall buckwheat reeds turn from lovely greens to golden and brown hues that wave in the cool breezes and people flock to the park to take advantage of the scenery. Cosmos flowers, sunflowers and more beautiful flora and fauna grow atop the hill that was once a massive garbage disposal site. Sky Park not only provides amazing views of the Han River and the city below but, it also offers up a great chance for some ecological education.
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People head to this park from all over but what one may not know is that Sky Park is just one of five parks that makes up the larger World Cup Park.
World Cup Park was opened in 2002 to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup. The site of a 15 year old landfill was converted over a period of seven years into the beautiful scenery there today. The larger park is made up of the Sky Park (Haneul Park or 하늘공원), Sunset Park (Noeul Park or 노을공원), Nanji Stream Park (Nanjicheon Park or 난지천공원), Nanji Han River Park (Nanji Hangang Park or 난지한강공원) and Peace Park (Pyeonghwa Park or 평화의공원). Instead of visiting the more popular Sky Park, we headed to the Nanji Stream Park to see what it offered to visitors. Not only was it much more befitting for this 9 month pregnant woman as the paths were flat instead of sloping up to the hills surrounding, but it also offered numerous gorgeous settings to enjoy with very few people to hinder some much needed quiet time in the city.
Benches are sporadically placed here and there near clumps of bushes and rows of trees. The Nanji Stream which runs through the area and which this park is named for flows through beds of buckwheat stalks just like those atop the hill of Sky Park. Cosmos gardens sit between basketball courts and soccer fields and wild rabbits hop to and fro with little regard for the people that are jogging or biking nearby.
The paths are wide with smaller rock paths here and there jutting into hidden areas perfect for people looking for a little adventure. There is plenty of space to spread out a blanket for a picnic or toss a frisbee and at the moment the colors of autumn are dazzling.
Though this park is not the most popular of the five parks that make up World Cup Park, it still offers plenty to those that just need a little break from the busy city streets without too much hassle.
World Cup Parks
서울 마포구 성산동 487-359
487-359 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Subway: Worldcup Station, exit 1. Walk straight to the main street and turn right. Walk straight along the large road and Sky Park will come up first across the street. If you want to go to Nanji Stream Park, hop onto the Mapo local bus 08 at the bus stop under the bridge just outside of the stadium and get off a few stops down the road.
Bus: 7011, 7016, 470, 670, Mapo local bus 08
1. Noeul, Sunset, Park
2. Haneul, Sky, Park
3. Nanjicheon, Nanji Stream, Park
4. Nanji Hangang, Nanji Han River, Park
5. Pyeonghwa, Peace, Park
Haneul Park & Noeul Park
Jan: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Feb, Oct: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Mar, Sep: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Apr, May: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Jun, Jul, Aug: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Nov, Dec: 9:00am – 6:30am
Pyeonghwa Park & Nanjicheon Park
Open 24 hrs. a day, year-round
Parking, wheelchair rental, restrooms, sports facilities, jogging/biking paths