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7 BEST Urban Parks to Visit in Spring

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  • Date04/22/2021
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* Parks may operate with limits to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Songdo Central Park

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Korea, especially when nature presents such a colorful tapestry of colors! Parks in an urban setting are a great way to enjoy this beauty without cutting into your vacation time. Suitable for a relaxing picnic, fun activities, or just a short walk, parks are a great fit for all travelers and styles!

Overview: The 7 BEST Urban Parks to Visit in Spring
>> Relaxing parks: Yeouido Hangang Park, Ilsan Lake Park
>> Meaningful parks: Olympic Park, Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park
>> Fun parks: Busan Citizens Park, Gwanggyo Lake Park, Songdo Central Park

Relaxing parks

Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido Hangang Park

The Hangang River runs through the heart of Seoul and serves as a resting place and perfect weekend outing location for the local citizens. There are a total of 11 citizens parks spread out along the banks of this beloved river, but the most popular among tourists and locals alike is Yeouido Hangang Park. It is especially popular in April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Yeouido Hangang Park

  • Yeouido Hangang Park
  • Yeouido Hangang Park

The park’s most charming feature may be that it is easily accessible by both subway and bus. There are various events and fun activities happening throughout the year. Enjoy the skyline of Seoul from the large grassy field, or rent a bicycle and follow the paths along the river for a day unlike any other.

Yeouido Hangang Park

  • Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의동로 330)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 1 min from Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3
  • Website: hangang.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish)

Ilsan Lake Park

 Ilsan Lake Park

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call Ilsan Lake Park a flower park. The park is populated by nearly 1,800 cherry blossom trees, in addition to numerous weeping willows and forsythia shrubs. The over-abundance of flowers can give photos the illusion of having been straight out of a fairy tale. The park is also the venue of the annual International Horticulture Goyang Korea, a global flower exposition.

 Ilsan Lake Park

Ilsan Lake Park is the largest man-made lake in Asia, but it feels as natural as the trees that circle the lake. The perfect example of an urban oasis, the park features bicycle paths as well as pedestrian paths dotted with benches to enjoy the view. The large grassy areas are open to picnickers; be sure to go early if you want a spot in the shade of the trees! The nearby shopping centers Western Dom and La Festa are great spots to check out before leaving.

Ilsan Lake Park

  • Address: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1
  • Operating hours: November-March 06:00-20:00 / April-October 05:00-22:00
  • Website: www.goyang.go.kr (Korean only)

Meaningful parks

Olympic Park

World Peace Gate at Olympic Park

Located in Songpa-gu, Seoul, Olympic Park is grand in both size and name, having served as the venue of both the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics. The park takes up a vast 1.4 million square meters and would take roughly 3 hours to walk through the entire park. To make your wandering easier, we recommend stopping at the information center by the World Peace Gate for a map of the park’s many pathways.

Olympic Park

  • Olympic Park
  • Olympic Park

There are many ways to enjoy this vast park. Options include taking pictures with outdoor sculptures and biking or skating in the skate park at Peace Plaza. Benches are also installed along the walking trails, so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

One Tree Hill at Olympic Park

When visiting Olympic Park, be sure to stop by One Tree Hill, one of the park’s top nine highlights. The singular tree in the middle of a vast field creates a landscape not unlike a painting and is a great spot for photos. It’s extremely popular as a venue for wedding photos, although you’ll see many families and couples taking photos here as well.

Olympic Park

  • Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Mongchontoseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 1
  • Website: www.olympicpark.co.kr (Korean, English)

Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park

Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park (Credit: Paju City Hall)

The northern-most park in Gyeonggi-do, Pyeonghwa Nuri Park within Imjingak Resort was created in 2005 as part of the World Peace Festival. Although the war and subsequent separation are painful moments in Korea’s history, the park serves to promote peace and reconciliation. The park’s key points are the Hill of Music, a large grassy outdoor concert venue; and the Hill of Wind, featuring a photo zone of over 3,000 pinwheels spinning freely.

Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park

The atmosphere of a simple picnic on a blanket here is better than in the fanciest of restaurants. The colorful pinwheels spinning in the breeze create a wonderful background to the sounds of people enjoying their time. Visitors with children are recommended to visit Peaceland, an amusement park with the popular Viking Ride, a merry-go-round and other exciting attractions.

Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park

  • Address: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-53)
  • Directions: Take Bus No. 58 or 93-9 from Hanjin 1cha▪Munsan Station Bus Stop near Munsan Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1 to Imjingang Station Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
  • Website: www.imjingak.co.kr (Korean only)

Playful parks

Busan Citizens Park

Busan Citizens Park (Credit: Visit Busan)

Busan Citizens Park is designed with the five themes of memory, culture, pleasure, nature, and participation. The park is quite large, covering 473,911 ㎡, with the central area of Hialeah grass plaza being as large as six soccer fields. You can explore and use the park’s many facilities such as the forest book café, culture & arts village, or agricultural themed forest through the park’s AR mobile stamp tour. The culture & arts village in particular offers many hands-on programs at the craft studios operated by local artists.

Busan Citizens Park

  • Address: 73, Simingongwon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan (부산광역시 부산진구 시민공원로 73)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Bujeon Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7
  • Operating hours: 05:00-24:00, open all year round
  • Website: citizenpark.or.kr (Korean, English)

Gwanggyo Lake Park

Gwanggyo Lake Park (Credit: Suwon City Photo Bank)

Gwanggyo Lake Park in Suwon offers a nice blend of facilities with nature. The park’s landmark attraction is the urban levee. The 1.6-kilometer-long levee circles the lake on three levels, for various ways to observe the park. In spring and fall, the park is perfect for picnics. For a panoramic view of both Woncheon and Sindae Lakes, be sure to head up to Freiburg Observation Deck.

Gwanggyo Lake Park

  • Address: 57, Gwanggyohosu-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 수원시 영통구 광교호수로 57)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Gwanggyo (Kyonggi Univ.) Station (Shinbundang Line), Exit 1
  • Operating hours: 06:00-22:00
    * Hours may vary by month; inquire in advance
  • Website: www.gglakepark.or.kr (Korean, English)

Songdo Central Park

Songdo Central Park

Songdo Central Park is a main attraction of Incheon, and was the first urban waterside park in Korea to use seawater using the natural topography. The park features many sports amenities such as canoes, kayaks, and family boats, as well as the multi-complex Tri-Bowl. The park also has many themed gardens, like the walking garden, terrace garden, and sunset garden. Planning some time at the nearby Songdo Hanok Village will fill out a trip here.

Songdo Central Park

  • Address: 196, Technopark-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 연수구 테크노파크로 196)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Central Park Station (Incheon Subway Line 1), Exit 3
    * Can also travel from Int’l Business District Station or Univ. of Incheon Station
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr

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* This column was last updated in March 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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