Major Attractions on Line 8
- Olympic Park
- Lotte World
- Songpa Naru Park
- Garak Market
Seoul Tour by Subway Line 8
Connecting the southeastern part of Seoul, subway line 8 has a plethora of tourist destinations from a UNESCO World Heritage Site to other cultural, artistic and historical attractions. The area around Lotte World and Songpa Naru Park (Seokchonhosu Lake) has been designated as a special tourism district in Seoul for being a one-stop destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment, popular among couples and families with young children.
Take a relaxing stroll through Olympic Park and then stop by Soma Museum of Art to appreciate masterpieces by world renowned artists. Try haggling with the merchants at Garak Market, Seoul’s biggest farmers market. Namhansanseong Provincial Park is definitely the hidden attraction of line 8, offering a spectacular night view of the city.
- 【 Photo: Inside dugout hut 】
- 【 Photo: Outdoor Park 】
Amsa Station, Exit 4, approx. 15-min walk
Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site features houses and relics from the Neolithic Age. The site offers an exhibition hall, where visitors can see and learn about primitive lifestyles, as well as outdoor dugout huts and an experience village. The walk from the entrance to the exhibition hall is particularly beautiful, passing through a forest of dense pine trees and elegant zelkovas. In warmer weather, many people choose to spread out mats and have picnics or take photos on the lawn.
59Olympic Park Station
9Hanseong Baekje Station
- 【 Photo: World Peace Gate 】
- 【 Photo: One Tree Hill 】
Mongchontoseong Station, Exit 1, approx. 2-min walk
Olympic Park is considered one of the top five sculpture parks in the world, featuring themed gardens such as, Rose Garden, 88 Green Pasture and Sculpture Forest. You will be pleasantly surprised when stumbling upon art sculptures by international artists throughout the park. The park also offers many opportunities to enjoy culture and history through Soma Museum of Art, Seoul Baekje Museum, Mongchon Museum of History and the many hallyu concerts held at Olympic Park Stadium. The park is large, so be sure to stop by the information desk to pick up a map. You can add fun to your trip and visit all nine of the park’s main attractions by participating in the stamp tour. If you don’t have the time to look around all nine attractions, at least stop by the popular One Tree Hill for an Insta-worthy photo opportunity!
- 【 Photo: Lotte World Tower 】
- 【 Photo: Lotte World 】
Jamsil Station, Exit 3 or 4, approx. 10-min walk
Lotte World is an entertainment complex with an amusement park, shopping mall, various dining options, a folk museum and more. Lotte World Magic Island features European-styled buildings and is even more beautiful at night, when the lights reflect off the waters of Seokchonhosu Lake. The indoor ice skating rink is a popular attraction, open all year round. Located next to Lotte World is Lotte World Tower & Mall, attracting many international tourists with its magnificent towering height. This large-scale shopping mall includes an aquarium, movie theater, restaurants, and many other shops. It’s so vast that even a whole day might not be enough to explore the area completely.
Seokchon Station, Exit 1 or 8, approx. 20-min walk
People flock to Songpa Naru Park in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for the annual Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival. Outside the cherry blossom period, many citizens enjoy taking leisure walks or jogging around the lake. The beautiful night view is popular as part of a date course. The park is divided into the eastern lake and the western lake with Jamsilhosugyo Bridge in between.
As the Songpa Tourism Information Center is located near the eastern lake, we recommend dropping by here before touring the park as the center offers information in English, Japanese, and Chinese, and has a café, restaurant, and rooftop observatory for visitors to enjoy. The western lake features Lotte World Magic Island and Seoul Nori Madang. In addition, the restaurants and cafés nearby often serve as filming locations for Korean dramas including “A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012),” “Secret Garden (2011),” and “The Time We Were Not in Love (2015).”
38Garak Market Station
Garak Market Station, Exit 1 or 2, approx. 3-min walk
Garak Market is Korea's largest agriculture and seafood market. Fruits, vegetables, and marine products are shipped directly from the producers and sold through auction overnight. Watching the items sell at a thrilling pace will leave even spectators breathless. Everything must go before the next day so we recommend visiting the seafood section in Garak Mall in the evening to purchase fresh fish at rock-bottom prices. Enjoy the fun of picking out the exact seafood you want to eat.
- 【 Photo: Namhansanseong
Fortress’s Sueojangdae Post 】
- 【 Photo: Namhansanseong Fortress Dulle-gil Trail 】
Namhansanseong Station, Exit 1, approx. 30-min by bus (No. 9)
Line 8 is connected to Gwangju in Gyeonggi-do, the site of Namhansanseong Fortress. Registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2014, Namhansanseong Fortress is one of Korea’s representative fortresses, along with Bukhansanseong Fortress.The fortress’ walking course, Dulle-gil Trail, is divided into five sections that run through the park. Enjoy a refreshing forest bathing experience as you walk through the dense pine forest. The section from Nammun Gate (South Gate) to Seomun Gate (West Gate) is particularly beautiful. The trail also provides fantastic vistas of the city, with a stunning view from Seomun Gate in the evening. Stop by the Visitors Center near Namhansanseong Haenggung Palace for information in various languages, as well as enjoy some of Korea’s representative foods at Traditional Food Town around Namhansanseong Fortress.
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