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Hotspots for a Spring Picnic

Published Date : Nov 27, 2019 / Edited Date : Jul 28, 2020
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When the Han River which was frozen hard all winter starts to melt and when flowers start to blossom on the bony branches of Namsan, it means spring is finally coming to Seoul. Let's stretch our bodies nicely and be ready to welcome the fresh days of spring. You may easily think that the capital of the Republic of Korea, Seoul, may be filled with only skyscrapers, but there are places where you can enjoy pure nature. These are some places you could go for a spring picnic in Seoul with a view of forests, grass fields and lakes. It’s time to grab a picnic basket with a mat and enjoy beautiful spring days in Seoul.

 

 

 

 

Olympic Park

 

올림픽공원

 

When the Seoul Olympics came to a close, Olympic Park lived on as part of supplementary facilities. During the original construction, Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification of Hanseong Baekje was discovered. Olympic Park was designed to form a harmony with the historic site for its preservation. For this reason, you can see a unique view in the park that you cannot see easily in other places. There are many things to watch and enjoy through the park including the dense forest, exotic grass field, hills and walking trails.

The huge main gate was designed by one of the top architects in Korea, Kim Chung-up. He created imagery of a dove, which is a symbol of peace. Both sides of the wings are decorated with Sasindo of the Western-style painter, Baek Geum-nam. The Olympic rings are, of course, located at the center. At the center of the main gate, the Olympic Torch is still lighting up the passion of that day.

 

올림픽공원 여러나라 국기들왼쪽:몽촌토성 호수, 오른쪽:몽촌토성 산책로

 

The Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification walking trail that is barely 2.3km long is a course that anyone who is visiting Olympic Park must walk along. Discover the hidden charms of Olympic Park one by one by walking the trail that leads you to every corner of the park. The moat which was probably formed with Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification has now become a small lake. The fortress which was guarding Hanseong has now become a small hill. The bicycle path where you can ride a bike is connected all the way around the park as well.

 

올림픽공원 나홀로나무

 

If you really want to enjoy a proper spring picnic, come to the grass field where the famed Lone Tree is standing on. An open sky and gentle slope as well as the vast grass field that is always well maintained throughout the year welcome the visitors.Not only the Lone Tree, but also the ridge along the hill is the best photo zone ever. Close to the grass field, there is also a forest where thousands of trees are growing densely. All you have to do is just pick a spot that you like.

 

1번째: 한성백제박물관 외부, 2번째: 한성백제박물관 내부,3번째: 한성백제박물관 전시물

 

If you want to know more about the story of Baekje and Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification, it would be a good idea to visit Seoul Baekje Museum. Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), which always brings joy to the eyes and ears of people with new performances and exhibitions, is also another place that is loved by many visitors.

 

  • Address  424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • Tel +82-2-410-1114
  • Hours  Daily 05:00 - 22:00
  • Hanseong Baekje Museum  09:00 - 19:00 (February and November 09:00 - 18:00) / Closed Mondays and New Year's Day
    * Leaflets available in KOR, ENG, CHN, and JPN.
  • Seoul Olympic Museum of Art  10:00 - 18:00 (Last entrance at 17:00) / Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Lunar New Year's and Chuseok
  • Admission  Adults KRW 3,000 / Teenagers KRW 2,000 / Children KRW 1,000
    * Different operating hours and fees may apply to special exhibitions.

 

 

 

 

# Seoul Forest

 

서울숲

 

Seoul Forest is a green belt that can be compared to Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London, In the past, Seoul Racecourse, Sports Park, and a golf course were located on the site, but now it has been transformed to a place of relaxation for all visitors. Enjoy relaxing spring days with warm sunlight on the grass, lush forest, and vibrant flowers deepening their colors.

 

왼쪽:상상 거인의 나라 조형물, 오른쪽: 손 조형물

 

Seoul Forest is also a place of culture and art. Here you can meet various sculpture pieces and artworks. The ‘Imagination, Giant world’ is a representative facility that combines sculpture art and a playground for children. It is also fun to discover renovated old buildings of varying sizes that still capture the industrial atmosphere. Newly rising hot places, Seongsu-dong and Under Stand Avenue can be found not far from Seoul Forest.

 

뚝섬생태숲 꽃사슴 무리1번째: 나비정원의 나비,2번째: 수도박물관, 3번째: 일회용품 OUT ZONE

 

There is also a zone decorated with an educational theme. Ttukseom Forest Park is inhabited by a range of wild animals that were let loose by humans including Formosan deer herds, water deer, squirrels, and mallard ducks. Nature Experience Center was created by recycling the buildings and structures of Ttukseom Water Purification Plant which used to be on the site. The most representative facility is Butterfly Garden which is a charming place where you can observe butterflies flying between flower petals. Seoul Forest is also connected to Waterworks Museum that is located in the vicinity. The museum shares the story of Water Purification Plant No. 1 at Ttukdo Water Reservoir which was the first modern waterworks facility in Korea.

 

  • Address  273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
  • Tel  +82-2-460-2905
  • Hours  Daily 00:00 - 24:00
  • Ecology Forest  05:30 - 21:30
  • Seoul Forest Butterfly Garden  10:00 - 17:00 / Closed Mondays
    * Open from May to October every year
  • Waterworks Museum 
    • March to October, Weekdays 10:00 - 20:00 / Weekends 10:00 - 19:00
    • November to February, Weekdays 10:00 - 19:00 / Weekends 10:00 - 18:00
    • * Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Lunar New Year's, and Chuseok
  • Admission  Free

 

 

 

 

North Seoul Dream Forest

 

북서울 꿈의숲

 

After Dream Land was closed in 2008, the city of Seoul acquired the land and created ‘North Seoul Dream Forest’ (Buk Seoul Ggum eui Sup). Ggum in “Ggum eui Sup” means dream, which was taken from the original park name, translated into Korean. Trees were planted and historic relics such as Changnyeongwuigungjaesa were preserved. Various facilities including an observational deck and museum were created, and the forest was launched in October 2009, as a city park. It not only has a grass field, but also rest shelters throughout the forest. It is indeed a perfect place for a picnic.

 

왼쪽: 이야기정원, 오른쪽: 창녕위궁재사

 

North Seoul Dream Forest is also a place where vibrant traditions are alive. Changnyeongwuigungjaesa, which is a traditional Korean hanok built during the Joseon era offers courtesy education and tea ceremony classes for children from spring to autumn. Garden of Story, which is connected to Wolyoungji from here, is a pathway whose traditional atmosphere is very popular among visitors. It is a place where you can experience a cozy, warm ambiance. The pavilion installed on one side of Wolyoungji is one of themost loved shelters in North Seoul Dream Forest.

 

북서울 꿈의숲 호수왼쪽: 상상톡톡박물관, 오른쪽:산책길

 

Along with the magnificent landscape, you can enjoy activity programs, exhibitions, and performances. Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery, which aspires to be a children’s museum in nature, offers various art activity programs for children throughout the year. Dream Forest Art Center operated by Sejong Center for the Performing Art hosts exhibitions and performances that anyone regardless of age and gender will like. Let’s not forget about the observational deck. The observational deck reveals a full panorama of the entire Northern area of Seoul as well as Bukhansan Mountain. It is also a well-known filming site of the TV drama, Iris.

 

  • Address  173, Wolgye-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
  • Tel  +82-2-2289-4001
  • Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery  10:00 - 18:00 / Closed Mondays
  • * Please check the performance or exhibition schedule at Sang Sang Tok Tok Gallery and Dream Forest Art Center on their respective websites.
  • Dream Forest Art Center Website  www.dfac.or.kr
  • Observational Deck  [Connected to the inclined elevator located outside of Dream Forest Art Center]
    10:00 - 22:00 (Last entry at 21:30) / Closed Mondays

 

 

 

 

Pureun Arboretum

 

서울푸른수목원

 

At the western end of Seoul, there stands the first arboretum in Seoul around Hangdong Reservoir. It is Pureun Arboretum. Possessing a total of 520,000 plants comprised of 2,400 species, which are organized in 25 themes, it is being used as an environmentally-friendly and education place. It is also loved as a place of relaxation for visitors. A range of environments including wetlands, small streams, and ponds were created. That is why you can always enjoy diverse sceneries in Pureun Arboretum. With rare species such as crabs and albino swamp eels swimming underneath the surface of the water, you can guess what a clean environment Pureun Arboretum has.

 

1번째: 기차길,2번째:꽃,3번째:갈대왼쪽: 항동 , 오른쪽: 자갈길

 

Unlike other parks, the park does not have much in the way of grassy fields. Instead, forests of various themes are waiting for you. The wooden decks between the wetlands lead to various spaces that display different themes. Mirowon, where visitors cango on a small adventure into a maze, Ipsaenuri, decorated in the theme of the United Kingdom and France, and Sodamdeul are also good places to take a walk.

 

  • Address  240, Yeondong-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul
  • Tel  +82-2-2686-3200
  • Hours  Daily 05:00 - 22:00

 

 

 

 

Anyangcheon Bank Cherry Blossom Street

 

안양천 제방 벚꽃길

 

One cannot mention spring picnics without referencing cherry blossoms. Every spring, looking at the cherry blossoms painting the world in pink is sure to make anyone feel romantic. In Seoul, they regard the area around Yunjung-no in Yeouido as the best place for cherry blossom viewing, but it is quite true that it becomes difficult to truly appreciate the flowers amid the massive crowds every year. There are many places in Seoul where you can enjoy cherry blossoms other than Yunjung-no. Anyangcheonis a good example of those places.

 

왼쪽: 벚나무, 개나리 , 오른쪽: 안양천

 

Anyangcheon is a local stream that stretches 32 km long. It originates from Gwanggyosan Mountain located between Anyang and Suwon in Gyeonggi-do. It always flows toward the northwest direction. After it enters Seoul, it flows past Geumcheon-gu, Guru-gu, Yangcheon-gu, and Yeongdeungpo-gu before it merges with the Han River. Along those areas, the point where it meets up with the Han River has a walking trail on the bank covered with spring flowers such as cherry blossoms and forsythia. Cherry trees areplanted along Anyangcheon River, and forsythia blossoms at the same time of the season. Flower gardens formed throughout the stream are also a sight to see. With well-maintained bicycle paths, it is also easy to go around on a bike. Instead of settlingin a spot, it would be also a good idea to enjoy the spring day by slowly walking along with Anyangcheon.

 

벚나무

 

  • Directions
    • Subway Line 1, Guil Station, Exit 1
    • Subway Line 2, Dorimcheon Station, Exit 2
    • Subway Line 5, Yangpyeong Station, Exit 1 (Walk 300 m)
    • Subway Line 9, Seonyudo Station, Exit 8 (Walk 500 m)
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  • 微細ホコリ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)

予約前の案内事項

  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも1週間前まで可能です。
  • 本コースは、移動弱者(移動が不自由な高齢者、障害者、ベビーカー利用者など)のためのコースです。
  • 補助人(或いは同行人)を伴わない場合は利用できません。
      ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う
      ※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
  • ご希望の日付及びコースに活動可能な解説士がいない場合、予約はキャンセルされることがあります。
  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6025-0777)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。
  • 微細ホコリ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(02-6025-0777)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(02-6025-0777)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)