Off The Beaten Path in World Cup Park To See Spring Flowers

Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowersSeoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowersWhile 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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Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowers Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossomsIf you are in the mood for a beautiful spring walk though, definitely head here and walk through the park.  Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowers Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowers

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.

Cafe Mama's sandwich set Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossoms Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossomsWe 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.Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowers Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossoms Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossoms Seoul World Cup Park, Korea yellow flowers Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossoms Seoul World Cup Park, Korea cherry blossoms

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Backside of Noeul (Sunset) Park

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

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Off The Beaten Path in World Cup Park To See Spring Flowers: World Cup Park has some gorgeous natural beauty but most of it goes overlooked. In the spring, this off the beaten path is picturesque and lined with cherry blossoms and yellow flowers in Seoul, Korea.

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  1. June 10, 2016

    […] In the spring I found this flower lined path on the back side of Sunset Park (Noeul Park 노을공원) in the World Cup Parks system. I was surprised by the lack of people on this beautifully manicured path with yellow and white flowers. Cherry blossoms here and yellow bushes of flowers cascading over the wall there made for a very pict…. […]

  2. August 22, 2016

    […] official dump site from 1978 until 1992 when the Ecological Landfill Recovery Project was started. Just like the World Cup Parks which sit on what used to be massive landfills and are now generating …, this park has been given new life. From the bike path, starts a dirt path that leads this way and […]

  3. February 20, 2017

    […] to get some great photos, hit up this not so well known flower budding hot spot in western Seoul. The lane to the west is lined with flowers and the lane to the east is lined with metasequoia trees. This is a great spot to have a picnic and […]

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