|Olympic Park (올림픽공원)|
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|Olympic Park is an impressive leisure facility in which historic remains from the Baekje Era share space with modern state-of-the-art sports stadiums, an eco-friendly forest, and spacious grassy fields. A legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the park not only houses the country’s largest sports arena, but has also become a place where Seoul residents come to relax and unwind.
Spread across 430,000 pyeong (approximately 1.45 million ㎡), Olympic Park encompasses the land that was once Mongchontoseong Fortress and Mongchonhaeja (manmade lake) from the early Baekje period. The park is divided into several zones, including a leisure sports park, a cultural art park, an eco-park, and the History Experience Park dedicated to the area’s rich historic heritage.
Because Olympic Park is so large and takes over three hours to explore, visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with entrances and exits and travel routes before they start. To further save time, visitors can ride the Road Train (“Hodori Train”) located next to the Peace Square.
* Cultural Art Park
The Cultural Art Park is a place where visitors can enjoy diverse cultural experiences and performances. The park also features the Olympic Museum, the Seoul Olympics Museum of Art (SOMA)—one of the world’s top five sculpture museums—and Music Fountain.
* Leisure Sports Park
This area is comprised of the Sports Square (walking/jogging paths, an acupressure path, inline skating area, etc.) and Peace Square (a pleasant area with a wide variety of activities and sports lessons).
* Environmental Eco-Park Persistent efforts have succeeded in restoring natural splendor to this place where a equally splendid civilization once blossomed. People and nature co-exist comfortably within the Environmental Eco-Park, which has become home to families of spot-billed ducks, white herons, cuckoos, pheasants, Korean squirrels, chipmunks, and frogs. More recent efforts to rejuvenate the local ecosystem have resulted in the appearance of woodpeckers and raccoons, both of which are rarely spotted in cities. The croaking of small round frogs can now be heard within the park as well.
* History Experience Park Visitors to the park can experience Korean history firsthand at the Mongchontoseong Fortress and the Baekje Museum, while hearkening back to the more recent, grand spirit of the Olympics in the ‘Holy Land of Peace.’
|N/A (Open all year round)|
|On foot or bicycle access: 05:00–22:00 (Plaza area until 24:00)|
|Olympic Gymnasium No. 1 (181 spaces), Olympic Gymnasium No. 2 (203 spaces), Olympic Gymnasium No. 3 (99 spaces), Olympic Hall (336 spaces)
small cars: 1,000won for the first 1hr, 500won for each additional 20min
Large cars: 8,000won/day
Parking fees must be paid at South Gate 3 or 4, Olympic Parktel, or Olympic Center.
All-day parking: small cars 3,500won / large cars 8,000won
Parking fees must be pre-paid at South Gate 2, North Gate 2, or East Gate 2.
|- Mongchongtoseong Fortress, Mongchon Museum of History, Soma Museum, Olympic Museum
- Mongchonhaeja, Peace Square, World Peace Gate, picnic areas
- Eco Park, Music Fountain
- Olympic Parktel
- Gym: Swimming pool, tennis court, fencing, weightlifting, gymnastics, etc.
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Free wheelchair rentals (information center at the Peace Square), restrooms, and reserved parking spaces|
|Pets must be kept on leashes and cleaned up after.|
Olympic Park Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 3
Mongchontoseong Station (Subway Line 8), Exit 1
* Airport limousine bus
Take Airport Bus 6006 bound for ‘Sangildong.’
Get off at ‘Olympic Park.’
Bus info: first bus 05:30, last bus 23:00, departs every 20-30 min, fare 10,000 won