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Exploring Safe & Healing Tourist Spots around Seoul

Published Date : Dec. 18, 2020 / Edited Date : Dec. 31, 2020

Park #1 Gil-dong Ecological Park [Gangdong-gu]

Top left picture: Wooden deck walkway over a pond area; Top right picture: Wooden bridge between some trees; Bottom picture: Korean lettering of the entrance sign that reads Gil-dong Ecological Park

The Gil-dong Ecological Park is an environmentally-friendly park that was created as a part of a five-year initiative to expand park green areas. With a land area of as much as 80,000 m2, the park is home to several different habitats under various themes that include a plaza zone, reservoir zone, grassland zone, forest zone, wetland zone, and rural zone. Two hours is all you need to venture around the park at your leisure! The most appealing zone of the six is the forest zone with its expansive deck walkway that stretches out beyond sight!

Tip Bubble Make advanced reservations online as the number of park visitors permitted for entry are limited!

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  • Address
    Address 1291, Cheonho-daero, Gangdong-gu, Seoul

Stone Tower #2 Gilsangsa Temple [Seongbuk-gu]

Top left picture: A bell pavilion up close from the ground up; Bottom left picture: A traditional tower structures at the center of the temple site; Right picture: A stone figure under the tree shade

Located at the foot of the southern end of the Samgaksan Mountain in Seoul, the Gilsangsa Temple was founded in 1997 when Kim Younghan (a.k.a. “Gil Sanghwa,” a Buddhist name given by the Venerable Beopjeong), who had been operating the approximately 23,000 m2 luxury Korean restaurant, Daewongak, had donated the restaurant to the Venerable Beopjeong (a renowned Buddhist monk in Korea who practiced a life of non-possession). The Gilsangsa Temple currently runs a variety of experiential programming from temple life and learning about Buddhist doctrines, to temple retreats and more. For a temple located in the heart of the city, it provides an ambiance that is far more quaint and peaceful than you could ever imagine! Once every month the temple holds a special retreat titled, “Clear & Fragrant.” Even for visitors that may not necessarily hold Buddhist beliefs, the Gilsangsa Temple offers the chance for everyone that stops by for some quiet healing time within nature to experience a cleansing of the mind.

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  • Address
    Address 68, Seonjam-ro 5-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

Forest Park #3 Metasequoia Forest Park [Mapo-gu]

Top picture: Metasequoia Forest Park trail cutting through the forest in a straight line into the distance; Bottom left picture: Close-up leaves as they shine in the sunlight; Bottom right picture: Trail stretching out into the distance from behind a tree

If you go from the stairs of Haneul Park toward the Nanji Trail, you’ll come upon the beginnings of a dirt path, which is part of the Metasequoia Forest Park! Once you enter the trail, the noisy traffic zipping by on the adjacent Gangbyeonbuk-ro, or Gangbyeong Expressway, gradually subsides. The tall metasequoia trees lining the soft, dirt path provide a gentle surrounding for passers-by. Despite being slightly let down by the relatively short length of the path, you’ll likely find yourself walking at a slower pace to enjoy it to the fullest. Perhaps it was in order to compensate for its short length, you can also find chairs and tables galore all along the trail for visitors to stop and relax.

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  • Address
    Address 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Train #4 Hwarangdae Railroad Park [Nowon-gu]

Top left picture: Former station ticket office at night with Hwarangdae Station sign; Top right picture: Nearby tracks running along the ground with flowers in the front; Bottom picture: An old, black locomotive train named Higi 1 with a white building at the rear showing a blue canopy

Once having been operated as a way station connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, Hwarangdae Station has now been transformed into the Hwarangdae Historical Museum. The museum provides rental services for 1970s and 80s-style clothing and hats for visitors to take a commemorative snapshot. Feel free to visit the Bandisanghoe Café inside of the train car for a warm sip of coffee that is sure to make you feel as if you’re on a train ride. After 6 p.m., the Nowon Light Garden lights up the dark of evening. With a total of 10 uniquely-themed settings, including the light garden and secret garden, visitors will get swept back in time to the romantic vibe of the Hwarangdae Station of yesteryear.

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  • Address
    Address 608, Hwarang-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul

A Hangang River Bridge #5 Sebitseom Island [Seocho-gu]

Top left picture: An islet of the Sebitseom Island during the day at the shore of the Hangang River; Bottom left picture: Another islet of the Sebitseom Island glowing in a pink hue at dusk; Right picture: A yacht docked on shore with the sun setting in the distance

Officially known as Sebitseom Floating Island, the artificial island is comprised of three islets, just like the “Sebit” of Sebitseom refers to that of the “three colors” of red, blue, and green. Sebitseom Island was created with the intention to illuminate the Hangang River and the night sky of Seoul as a cultural space that sits floating upon the river waters. Located at the southern end of the Banpodaegyo Bridge, the three islets, Vista, Viva, and Terra, are each made up of characteristic media art galleries. The island lights up just after dusk, giving color to the nightscape of Seoul. Many people often visit during the spring and autumn seasons to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the area.

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  • Address
    Address 683, Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Hanok #6 Eunpyeong Hanok Village [Eunpyeong-gu]

Top picture: The roofing of hanoks set before a forest hill in the background; Bottom left picture: The second floor of a hanok and deck going around the side with a blue sky in the distance; Bottom right picture: Wooden front doors to a hanok showing black ring handles and two rooster facing each other

The Eunpyeong Hanok Village is a modern-day hanok village built by the Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation in 2010. As most of the hanoks were completed in 2017, each structure captures the harmonic balance of tradition with a cozy interior. Excluding a few commercial facilities, the village is actually residential. In fact, some hanok residences permit a tour of the interior upon permission given by the owner. The foot of Bukhansan Mountain seemingly cradles the rear of the village, while the neighboring area is full of sights and sounds from the Bukhansan Mountain valley to the Jingwangsa Temple, also known as the “1000-year temple,” and more! The outside courtyard of the Eunpyeong History Hanok Museum also has a roof tile kiln site intact that dates back to the Unified Silla Dynasty.

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  • Address
    Address 8, Yeonseo-ro 50-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul

A Rolling Field & Mountains #7 Wooiryeong Road [Gangbuk-gu]

Top picture: Two women walking down the Wooiryeong Road trail in a tunnel of trees, Bottom left picture: Close-up of white flowers facing toward the sun; Bottom right picture: A distant mountain range just beyond the tree line

Wooiryeong Road runs between the northern end of Dobongsan Mountain and the southern end of Bukhansan Mountain. Despite the uplifting fragrance of vegetation in the air, the road is actually home to a tragic past. In 1968, it was the route used by invading armed guerrillas from North Korea and had been closed off to the public ever since. About 40 years later in 2009 upon its reopening, visitors were once again able to traverse the Wooiryeong Road where you may occasionally run into anti-tank obstacles, guerilla training areas, and other army camp facilities.

Tip Bubble Make advanced reservations online as the number of park visitors permitted for entry are limited!

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  • Address
    Address Ui-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul

Trees and Rolling Fields #8 Mongchontoseong Fortress [Songpa-gu]

Top left picture: Lotte Tower from afar with a stretching green field out front; Top right picture: Two women looking off into the distance from the top of a hill; Bottom picture: A stone bridge stretching over a stream with trees surrounding the area and an apartment complex off in the distance

Formerly having served as a city wall during the Hanseong Baekje Dynasty that utilized the natural undulating topography of the land, the Mongchontoseong Fortress area is now home to Olympic Park, providing a public rest area for passers-by. Upon being designated as the site for building the athletic facilities for the Seoul 1988 Olympics, the land underwent excavation as many as six times from 1983 to 1989. During the process, a countless number of relics and artifacts were recovered that went on to include earthenware, jade ware, pottery, goods made from metal, wood, bone, and more! Once within the boundaries of the fortress walls, the rolling grassy hills and trees are sure to remind you of playing a round of 18! It's one of the more relaxing places to visit in Seoul!

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  • Address
    Address 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Olympic Park)

A Tree with a park in the background #9 Seonyudo Park [Yeongdeungpo-gu]

Top left picture: A stone and wooden structure with red vines growing across the roof and down onto the pillars; Bottom left picture: A small wooden wall showing a picture of animals drawn on the front; Right picture: Sections of water divided by stone structures behind a border of vines and brush and a tree on both sides

Seonyudo Park is Korea’s very first “recycled” ecological park. After being created into an island following the launch of development of the Hangang River in 1968, it served as the location of a main purification plant until 1978. It was then shut down in 2000 before opening itself to the public once more two years later as a self-regenerating ecological park. The park’s general theme is irrevocably “water,” and has led to the formation of a green-pillared garden that is named for the ivy-covered pillar, which is all that remains of the open reservoir area. Ever since then, this pristine park once used to house water purification facilities has now been reborn into an aquatic botanical garden that provides a natural habitat for all kinds of aquatic vegetation.

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  • Address
    Address 343, Seonyu-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Tree in a Valley Area #10 Baeksasil Valley [Jongno-gu]

Top picture: Bugaksan Mountain from afar with the top of a tree line up front; Bottom left picture: Close-up pictures of trees from the ground looking up; Bottom right picture: A hanok-looking structure surrounded by a stone wall out front

Baeksasil, the origin of Baeksasil Valley, was once the summer home of Minister Lee Hangbok, who is renowned for his literary work, “Ohseong and Haneum.” However, all that remains within the valley are the sites of the pavilion and pond area. If you follow along the Bugaksan Mountain Trail passed the café at the corner of the foot of the mountainside, which took to fame following its appearance on the hit K-drama, Coffee Prince, you’ll come upon the entrance to the valley area. Travelers trekking along the path are greeted by the Salamander Protection Area sign. As a primary indicator species, these Korean salamanders demonstrate the pristine nature of the Baeksasil Valley.

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  • Address
    Address 115, Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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#Valleys #SeoulTravels #SeoulTrip #ForestParks #Temples #HanokVillageTourist Spots around Seoul #HealingTravels #SafeTravels #Parks #Sebitseom #NatureExploration

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      ※電動補助具(電動車椅子、電動スクーターなど)使用者の場合、補助人1当たり歩行弱者最大4人まで同伴可能
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  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6925-0777)で確認のための連絡が行われます。
    (少なくとも5日~1ヶ月前)3回以上電話が通じない場合、予約が取り消されることがあります。
  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は
    責任を負いません。
  • PM 2.5(ピーエムにてんご)の非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
      徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
     (観光日前日基準)
预约前说明事项
  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前月15日开始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的预约可早期结束。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光
    解说员概不负责。
  • 未伴随保护者的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消观光。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)
预约前说明事项
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)
預約前說明事項
  • 觀光日基準最少3日前方可進行預約。
  • 下個月的預約可從前月15日開始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的預約可早期結束。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 未伴隨保護者的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消觀光。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。(觀光前日基準)
預約前說明事項
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)