West Seoul Lake Park: Seoul Urban Renewal
Opened in October of 2009 after being closed to the public for 50 years and after reclaiming the Sinwol Water Purification Plant in the name of ecology and beautification, this park is much like Seonyudo Park that sits in the middle of the Han River.
The plant was transformed under the themes of “water” and “recycling” and reused some of the existing piping and filtering tanks. The West Seoul Lake Park, or Seoseoul Lake Park (서서울호수공원), is really beautiful and for those out there that are like me and like the addition of industrial paths that weave this way and that through a natural setting as if climbing through a forgotten land that was given back to nature, this park is a must visit.
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A large lake, a brightly colored 100 seat picnic table, sound fountains that shoot off whenever an airplane flies into the nearby Gimpo Airport, which is pretty often, and a small water park for children are all draws to this area if the architectural design isn’t enough. A lake takes center stage in the park with a walking path that circles around it.
The Mondrian Garden inside the park is where you might feel like you’ve taken a step right into Seonyudo Park. The pipes are left bare and the pillars that once held up a building have been left behind for plants to grow around. Water moves this way and that and people can choose between catwalks above or the pathways between the waterways down below to meander around the area. If you like these kinds of projects, also check out the Oil Tank Culture Park near World Cup Stadium that took 6 oil tank containers and turned them into an amazing area for eco-friendly tourism and cultural events. Not only is this area cool for urban explorers, but the nearby World Cup Parks system is five parks that were made on top of a gigantic landfill. Learn more about urban renewal and reformation by visiting this and other areas in Seoul that are amazing examples of how urban spaces can be reused and given back to nature.
Seoseoul Lake Park (서서울호수공원)
Nambusunhwan-ro 64-gil, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 양천구 남부순환로 64길 (신월동) 일대
Bus: 388, 651, 652, 653, 662, 6014, 6624, 6625, 6627
Subway: Go to Hwagok Station and take exit 5. Catch bus 652, 6627 or 6625 from there and get off at the Seoseoul Lake Park stop.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Amenities: restrooms, baseball field, half basketball court, badminton courts, wheelchair rental and wheelchair accessible, baby stroller rental, parking, pets on leashes permitted.
Parking available: only 57 spots available