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Hangang Park (Yeouinaru area)

The pre-Chusok flooding brought a lot of sea monster-looking debris down the Han that I tried to capture handheld with a fast ISO setting in the first couple shots of the water.  The later shots are with a much slower ISO and, therefore, much clearer but didn’t capture the moving objects in the water.  The 63 Building always makes a good photographic centerpiece.

Hangang Park (Mangwon)

Lake Park (Ilsan)

Getting there: The fastest way to Lake Park is catching the 1000, 2000, or M7106 bus in front of the Asiana building by Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5).  Alight at “Ilsandonggucheong” and walk a few blocks to the park.  If you find yourself walking through a neighborhood that looks like a U.S. suburb, you’ve gone the wrong way.

Seoul Grand Park

Seoul Grand Park is a zoo located at the base of Mt. Cheonggye in Gwacheon.  There is a wide variety of animals habitats, including a large insect pavilion, a dolphin show and recently remodeled giraffe viewing area.

Getting there: Take Line Four (light blue) to the Seoul Grand Park Station.  Travel from central Seoul takes around 30 minutes.  Admission is cheap: 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for children.

Click here for the park’s official English-language site.

Baekun Lake

If you’ve ever taken the express bus from Sadang Station to Suwon, this is the charming lake you saw off the left-hand side of the road.  The startlingly vivid autumnal colors make visits in the fall especially rewarding.  This lake is relatively unknown to Seoulites, so don’t expect your Korean friends to know what you’re talking about when you mention it.

Getting there: Take Line 4 to Indeogwon Station and taxi up.  It’s about 5 minutes from the station.

Seoul Forest

This expansive park is a 15-minute walk from the Ttukseom Station (Line 2).  Just keep following the signs and you’ll get there.

This blog has some more great pictures and information on the urban forest.

Seonyudo Park

This park occupies the former site of a water treatment plant.  The unsightly sewage facility was shuttered in 1998 and Seonyudo Park was opened to the public in 2002.  The ecological park has won wide acclaim for the creative ways in which the remaining concrete structures have been transformed and given new roles, e.g., concrete basins now hold aquatic plants etc.

If you’re planning a trip, these sites have more information and pictures:

http://kissmykimchi.com/2010/07/seonyudo-park.html

http://www.cabe.org.uk/case-studies/seonyudo-park

Parks

Click here for another Korea blog with more information on Sky Park (Haneul Gongwon).

If you want more pictures of Lake Park in Ilsan, click here

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