Off The Beaten Path in World Cup Park To See Spring Flowers
While headed out to teach in the area I spotted a long line of forsythia’s blooming as I crossed Gayang Bridge and I decided I had to see where they were. The colors were vibrant even from the bridge. Sitting in the World Cup Parks system behind Nanji Stream Park but not quite to Nanji Hangang Park, I put my car in drive and headed out this week to find the dazzlers.
I was really stunned at how long the lane of flowering bushes and trees was and more shocked at the lack of people enjoying the scenery.
Often in Seoul once the flowers bloom people flock to the major sites like Yeouido and Namsan and I too used to be one of those people (and sometimes I still am). While these are of course flocked to for good reason, they aren’t the only places to see beautiful blooms and I was reminded of that this week. (FYI, if you’re looking for cherry blossoms that are a bit off the beaten path, check out Ansan Mountain!) And while this spot is completely picture perfect to me likely because it seems to be rather off the beaten path, it could just as easily not be picture perfect to other people that want the ease of walking out of a subway station and spotting cherry blossoms within steps. This is NOT going to be one of those easy stops to make. The closest subway stop is World Cup Station, but that would require a fairly quick 30-45 minute walk at a brisk pace or a bus ride and then a walk through the park. Which is probably why it doesn’t have all of the crowds of some of the other places.
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If you are in the mood for a beautiful spring walk though, definitely head here and walk through the park.
We were walking along, of course snapping tons of photos, and enjoying the spring air and sunshine and along the way only about 5 people walking passed as by and 5 people on bikes. I’ve said it before, but the World Cup Park system is truly a must see and multiple times because there’s just too much to enjoy. The World Cup Parks are actually five parks in one and most people head to the area in the autumn to visit Sky Park but there are blooms in the autumn in Nanji Stream Park as well, beautiful white summer flowers in too and pink beauties and cherry blossoms in Pyeonghwa Park in the spring but even more in the summer in the curated gardens and and now I’ve found this amazing spot for spring flowers.
We packed up our baby and picked up our fav sandwiches from Cafe Mama’s and had the best little picnic with the flowers nearby. This is off the beaten path sitting on the backside of Sunset Park but is worth the trip. This path is headed to the west but the eastern path is lined with meta-sequoia trees which we will definitely be back to see this summer.
Backside of Noeul (Sunset) Park
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