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.

Mapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkMapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkMapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon 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. Mapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkMapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon Park

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.

Mapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkMapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkThe 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.

Mapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon ParkMapo-gu, Seoul: World Cup Park, Nanjicheon Park

World Cup Parks

Address:

서울 마포구 성산동 487-359

487-359 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

Directions:

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

Worldcup Park map

1. Noeul, Sunset, Park

2. Haneul, Sky, Park

3. Nanjicheon, Nanji Stream, Park

4. Nanji Hangang, Nanji Han River, Park

5. Pyeonghwa, Peace, Park

Hours:

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

Admission: Free

Amenities:

Parking, wheelchair rental, restrooms, sports facilities, jogging/biking paths

Did you like this post? Pin It!Five Parks in One, Nanji Stream Park, Seoul, Korea: Nanji Stream Park one of the five parks that make up World Cup Parks is beautiful in the autumn/fall and you might even see some bunnies. Where to see fall foliage in Seoul, Korea without hiking up a mountain. Family friendly.

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  1. November 21, 2014

    […] 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 […]

  2. January 1, 2015

    […] around, we visited the easier to enjoy for a pregnant woman as they are flatter, Pyeongwha Park and Nanji Stream Park. I love being outside and having these parks just five minutes up the road is wonderful. They offer […]

  3. September 21, 2015

    […] headed back to Nanji Stream Park for a picnic and a flower hunt this past weekend. While there were loads of people lined up to […]

  4. November 4, 2015

    […] the morning, push yourself to take a walk when you finish work in the afternoon or evening. While Nanji Stream Park is located just down the street from my house and so that’s where I head when time is short […]

  5. March 27, 2016

    […] It was a yellow day at the park yesterday. The sansuyu flowers, or Japanese Dogwood, have started blossoming and speckling the trees with dazzling yellow hues that shine in the spring sunshine. These buds were beckoning us to stop by at the Nanji Stream Park a part of the World Cup Parks system. […]

  6. April 3, 2016

    […] 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 […]

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