Peace To Be Found in Pyeonghwa Park
Just across the street begging to be visited for a leisurely stroll or a picnic before any sporting event at the World Cup Stadium sits Peace Park (Pyeonghwa Park or 평화의공원). The main feature of the park is a large pond with ducks, fish and other animals frolicking in and around it in the tall reeds and bushes while people sit on benches under trees enjoying the scenery. Built as a memorial to the first World Cup game of the 21st century which was hosted by the Seoul government, it is one of five parks that makes up World Cup Park.
Located outside of the west entrance to the stadium, there is a walking bridge that connects the park to the stadium making for easy access to enjoy the area before a match. There is a playground for children as well as tennis courts and plenty of paths to meander along before finding a place to sit and enjoy a snack bought at a convenience store in the park. I would not recommend visiting the park on Children’s Day or any major holiday though as you’re likely to be run over by the massive number of kids and their families who are enjoying the area. Any other time, the park is very peaceful and as serene as the name would suggest though.
World Cup Park was the site of a 15 year old landfill that was converted over a period of seven years into the beautiful scenery there today. The five parks that make up World Cup Park are: 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).
Peace Park is the easiest to access from the nearby subway station and is flatter and doesn’t require a small hike up to enjoy it like Sky Park and Sunset Park. This park with its boardwalk around the pond and numerous paths and scenes could make it busy, but most people head to Sky Park to get the views of the city from above and bypass this park which means it is often the perfect the place for some quiet self reflection. Signs indicate that people are prohibited to ride their bikes, skateboards or roller blade on the boardwalk which also makes it safe and as well as quiet.
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
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, children’s playground