The Most Artistic & Picturesque Park In Seoul
Peace Park or Pyeonghwa Park (평화의공원), one of the five parks in the World Cup Parks system, just played host to The Seoul Garden Expo 2016 this past week. The park, already a highlight in the area with a picturesque lake and numerous species of plants to enjoy, is also a location for artistic outdoor elements.
With the Seoul Garden Expo, even more elements were added to the enjoyment of spectators. The autumn flowers are blooming right now and the reeds are starting to brown and blow in the wind. Don’t miss the view! Each park in the World Cup Parks is picturesque in its own way and Peace Park’s highlights include outdoor art sculptures, a stream and a large pond with a boardwalk to walk and sit on as well as nature nature nature! The willow trees wave in the wind and there are almost always flowers somewhere blooming in the park. In the spring, this is one of the best places to see cherry blossom trees with almost no one in sight. Off the beaten track is an understatement… most of the year.
Like most things in Korea, this park does have peak visiting times and they’re all during the summer weekends, so miss those and you’re bound to experience some gorgeous nature growing every which way and you might even be able to find some bunnies that scamper around and are pretty used to the human element in their park. They’ll eat clovers right from your hands, if you’re not a two year old that tries to catch them.
The artistic sculptures in the park are everything from stark white walls juxtaposed against the trees and flowers and wind chimes in the shape of a square that beckons visitors to stand inside and hear and feel the vibrations of the wind singing. There are brick and stone walls with plants growing between the cracks and cocoons made of wooden planks with seats inside. There is a chair perfect for someone 50 feet tall and all of the sights just add to the fun in the park. The photo-ops are endless and children can run this way and that, climb all over and it’s just fine. There are also areas for children to sit on little tree stumps for a story time program that is scheduled. The area for story-time is open any time though so if you have a group of kid in tow, it’s easy enough to wrangle them there too. The paths are numerous and winding and there are paths for pedestrians and separate ones for the bicyclists too so (hopefully) there are no accidents while everyone takes in the sights and sounds.
While this could be enjoyed for an entire day and a picnic, there are still four other parks in the World Cup Parks system too. There’s a meta-sequoia lined path on the back of of the hill of Sky Park and there are plots of flowers and more in Nanji Stream Park… along with more bunnies too. There’s an ecological park and, there are sunflowers, views of the Han River and more! From summer until the next summer, there is so much natural scenery and fun to enjoy in this area that I’m glad I don’t live anywhere else. The best times to visit are during the week and weeknights or the mornings during the weekends to miss crowds that may rock up for one event or another. But really, other than the hot summer months, this park has so much space to spread out, the few people that do wander the grounds regularly barely bump into each other.
The ENTIRE World Cup Parks system is a must-see in Seoul for any nature lover, but it is impossible to see the WHOLE thing in one go. Numerous visits are necessary to really enjoy this beautiful and substantial parks system.
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
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