Seonyudo Park: Industrial Remnants Covered in Ivy
Seonyudo Park sits on an island on the Han River between Hapjeong and Dangsan only accessible by foot bridge, walking, or bus. The island used to house a water treatment plant but in the effort to bring green space back to Seoul, it was released back to nature.
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Walkways go this way and that. From above you can see the waterways that allowed water to come in and be treated before being taken out again and from below you walk amid ivy covered concrete walls, bridges and obstructions. A waterfall flows and a greenhouse along with floating gardens are not to be missed. Pillars with concrete peeking out yet somehow able to support natural growth jut into the air. There are play areas for children and beautiful backdrops for photogs. There’s a small cafe and a hut to get some sausage while on a stroll and all of it is stunning when all done up by the natural wonder of mother nature. Ivy climbs the numerous cement walls and pathways. This might just be my favorite place to have a picnic in the city of Seoul. Dare I say it? Seonyudo Park is one of those perfect places to getaway to for a few hours, have a picnic and feel as though you’re not sitting smack dab in the middle of a massive city. Cars can’t be heard honking or screeching here and highrises don’t encase the view. There are plenty of enclaves to hide in and feel as though no one will find you, which also makes it the perfect location for a game of hide and seek or tag, too. From
Family outing, friends for a picnic or just locals hoping to get some away time, everyone can find something to enjoy about Seonyudo. It’s just difficult enough to get to that hoards of people are rarely found on the island, but easy enough to get to that no one should miss out on a visit to the island. There are adventures for children and adults alike to be had in the park that is an easy bus stop ride from the popular art and music district of Hongdae to the north. Visit Seonyudo Park on an afternoon before heading to the foodie areas of Mangwon-dong or the chic cafes of Yeonnam-dong.
Getting to Seonyudo Park is easy, especially if you’re already in the vibrant Hongdae District. If you’ll be visiting Seoul and want to stay in this cool area near the fun and night out action, check out the Hongdae Designers Hotel or The Win Art House for a great stay near a ton of great places.
영등포구 양화동 95
95 Yanghwa-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Bus: 60, 60-3, 70, 70-2, 70-3, 88, 88-1, 602, 603, 604, 605, 642, 661, 670, 760, N26, N62, 5616, 5712, 5714, 6514, 6623, 6631, 6632, 6712, 6716, 7612
→ Take subway line 2 to Dangsan Station (exit #1), then take a bus (605, 6623, 6631, 6632, 6633) and get off at Hanshin Apts. Cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
→ Or, take subway line 9 to Seonyudo Station (exit #1) and walk until the large intersection. Take a right and walk towards the river. Eventually you’ll see the ramp spanning the freeway to Rainbow Bridge.
→ Or, take subway line 2 to Hapjeong Station (exit #8) and take a 20-minute walk across the Yangwha Bridge and enjoy nice views of the city while inhaling lots of vehicle exhaust. Or get a bus going south. There are a few that stop in the middle of the bridge and let you off to get to the park entrance. It’s free. Open 06:00-24:00.
Hours: Everyday: 6:00am – Midnight