Tall Grass Blows In The Wind
Sky Park, or Haneul Park (하늘공원), is ready once again with tall grass blowing in the wind for people to come and enjoy the views in the cooler autumn breezes.
Throughout most of the summer, the eulalia stalks are just starting to grow and they don’t offer much in terms of a view but if you’re going to visit Sky Park, this is the time to do it. Until November, the tall grass will be swaying in the breezes and changing from the green stalks that you can see now to browner autumn hues until finally they are cut down for the winter and then again there won’t be much to see for awhile except for the surrounding views of the city from that position up on the hill.
We went a little earlier this year than I normally like to head to the park, but I heard there was also a rather large plot of sunflowers up there to see at this time of year. We caught the end of the sunflowers, which unfortunately are definitely gone by now, but there’s always next year.
The sunflowers and the tall green grass can be enjoyed throughout the month of August and then from September to November, the paths criss cross through the tan eulalia stalks.
Every so often you’ll run into an artistic installation like the bird houses, the metal dome or the saucer to climb up into. It’s easy to get lost in the paths, though you couldn’t get lost for too long as it’s not that big but it’s easy enough to lose the other people visiting the park and meander by yourself for a bit and just enjoy nature.
Eighteen years ago this mound was a landfill that had hit capacity with over 92 million tons of garbage. Dirt was piled on top and the only reminders of that time today are vents and tubes scattered on the mountain to maintain safety and recycle the methane gas produced from the mountain into fuel for World Cup Stadium and the nearby neighborhoods. The area has been completely transformed through the Landfill Recovery Project started in 1996 with the grasses that have been planted and the release of 30 thousand butterflies to establish a natural ecosystem once again. From this park views of the city, Mt. Namsan, Mt. Bukhansan and Mt. Gwanaksan can be enjoyed.
For some later fall views of the park, check out my post from November in 2012 to see what’s in store later in the season. The park isn’t far from Hongdae and would make a great trip before you head into that bustling area for a night out. Enjoy the beautiful autumn hues while you can.
마포구 상암동 482
482 Sangam-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Bus: 271, 6715, 7011, 7013A, 7013B, 7019, 7715
Subway: Closest subway station is Worldcup Stadium Station. Take exit 1 and look at a local map in the station.
Hours: Change depending on the season so be sure to check. Currently they’re open until 6:00PM, but it can be 5PM, 6PM or 7PM depending on the month.