7 BEST Parks for a Spring Picnic

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Olympic Park as seen from Mongchontoseong Fortress
Olympic Park as seen from Mongchontoseong Fortress

7 BEST Parks for a Spring Picnic

by: Korea Tourism Organization | .
Korea Tourism Organization | .
published: May 15, 2018
In spring, the season of warm sunlight and vibrant flowers, what could be better than having a picnic in the park? Seoul and cities in the metropolitan area are dotted with pretty parks, perfect for spending a day out. Some of these parks have even been used as filming sites for Korean dramas and movies, a big draw for Hallyu fans. However, the most charming aspect of a picnic at the park is that you can have a full day of fun on a limited budget, perfect for young travelers. In addition, each park has its own unique atmosphere and attractions, making every trip a new experience.
 
TIP) Plan ahead!
When going for a picnic in the park, be sure to bring your lunch and something to sit on! Usually there are not many restaurants or convenience stores around parks so it is a good idea to prepare something to eat in advance. For a more memorable spring outing, bring your camera and some great tunes to listen to as you enjoy your picnic in the park.
 
Parks full of cherry blossoms
 
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 12 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 so full that you cannot take a single step without seeing these beautiful pink-tinged blossoms.
 
The park’s most charming feature may be that it is easily accessible by both subway and bus as well as 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 trails through the park for a day unlike any other.
 
Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의동로 330)
Directions: Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3. Walk approx. 2min.
Website: english.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Ilsan Lake Park
 
 
Ilsan Lake Park is famous as a film site of popular dramas like “My Love from the Star (2013)” and “The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015).” The nation’s largest man-made lake, the lakeshore has designated paths for both bicyclers and walkers. On weekends, the park serves as a popular getaway for citizens and a popular date spot for couples.
 
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call Ilsan Lake Park a flower park. The park is populated by over 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.
 
Address: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595)
Directions: Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk approx. 18min.
Operating hours: Winter (Nov-Mar) 06:00-20:00, Summer (Apr-Oct) 05:00-22:00
Website: www.lake-park.com (Korean only)
 
Parks with deep meaning
 
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.
 
There are many ways to enjoy this vast park. Options include taking pictures with dynamic outdoor sculptures and enjoying inline skating or skateboarding at the skating park at Peace Plaza. Benches are also installed along the walking trails, so you can take a rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
 
When visiting Olympic Park, one place you cannot miss out on is One Tree Hill, number six of the park’s Top 9 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.
 
Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424)
Directions: Mongchontoseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 1. Walk approx. 29min.
Website: www.olympicpark.co.kr (Korean, English)
 
Pyeonghwa Nuri Park at Imjingak Resort
 
 
The northern-most park in Gyeonggi-do, Pyeonghwa Nuri Park 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 Hill of Music, a large grassy outdoor concert venue, and the Hill of Wind, featuring a photo zone of over 3000 pinwheels spinning freely.
 
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 here. Visitors with children are recommended to visit Peaceland, an amusement park with the popular Viking Ride, a merry-go-round and other exciting attractions.
 
Address: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-53)
Directions: Munsan Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1. Take a taxi (Approx. 15min.)
Website: imjingak.co.kr (Korean only)
 
Parks great for photography
 
Noeul Park at World Cup Park
 
 
The most famous place to watch the sunset in Seoul is Noeul Park, a part of the greater World Cup Park. Another great draw of the park is the large grassy fields and camping sites. The park site was originally a landfill, along with Haneul Park, but was turned into a beautiful park in time for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.k
 
The greatest charm of Noeul Park is of course the ability to enjoy a picnic in a tranquil environment. Enjoy a walk along the park’s trails and maybe stop to take some photos with the various sculptures throughout the park. As the park is known for its sunset views, with the park name even meaning ‘sunset’ in Korean, we recommend starting your visit here around 4 or 5 in the afternoon so you can end your picnic with the vibrant red sky.
 
Address: 84, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 하늘공원로 84)
Directions: World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1. Take the Maengkkongi Tram from the entrance to Haneul Park Parking Lot.
Operating hours (Maengkkongi Electric Train): 10:00-29:00 (Mar-Nov), 10:00-18:00 (Dec-Feb)
※ To protect the park and all visitors, night admission is strictly prohibited.
Maengkkoingi Electric Train route: Nanji Parking Lot ↔ Haneul Park, Noeul Park ↔ Nanji Parking Lot, Noeul Parking Lot ↔ Noeul Camping Site
Fare (Maengkkongi Electric Train): Adults – Round-trip 3,000 won, One-way 2,000 won / Children – Round-trip 2,200 won, One-way 1,500 won
Website: parks.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
 
Seonyudo Park
 
 
Yanghwadaegyo Bridge, connecting Hapjeong-dong and Dangsan-dong, passes over Seonyudo Park, set on an island in the middle of the Hangang River. The island was originally called Seonyubong Peak, carrying the meaning of being a small hill where godly spirits played. Also referred to as “Park of Water,” this ecological park was formed by renovating an old water filtration plant.
 
The park is divided into various themed gardens, such as the Garden of Time, Garden of Green Pillars, a greenhouse and more. There are benches and quiet places to sit all over the park, great for taking a break. More than anything, the park is great for families and couples to create memories and take photos with a unique setting.
 
Address (Seonyudo Park Office): 343, Seonyu-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 선유로 343)
Directions: Seonyudo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4. Walk approx. 18min. / Dangsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 9), Exit 1 or 13. Walk approx. 19 min.
Operating hours: 06:00-24:00
Website: parks.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
 
Haneul Park at World Cup Park
 
 
The closest to the sky of World Cup Park’s five parks, this park was rightly named Haneul Park, as haneul means sky in Korean. Previously a landfill, the park has been decorated beautifully to overcome its shameful past. The park aims to remain natural, harnessing the natural energy of the wind by the use of five large wind-turbines, and featuring very few man-made structures. As there are no shops at the park, it’s a good idea to prepare some snacks and something to drink before visiting.
 
Haneul Park is most beautiful in October, when golden waves of eulalia grass fill the fields and cosmos flowers in varying shades of pink dot the walking paths. However, spring is not lacking in charm; the park has many great photo zones where one can take snapshots of their time here beneath the grand blue sky.
 
Address (Visitors Center): 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 하늘공원로 95)
Directions: World Cup Stadium (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1. Walk approx. 30min. or take the Maengkkongi Tram from the entrance of Haneul Park Parking Lot.
Operating hours (Maengkkongi Electric Tram): 10:00-29:00 (Mar-Nov), 10:00-18:00 (Dec-Feb)
※ To protect the park and all visitors, night admission is strictly prohibited.
Maengkkoingi Electric Train route: Nanji Parking Lot ↔ Haneul Park, Noeul Park ↔ Nanji Parking Lot, Noeul Parking Lot ↔ Noeul Camping Site
Fare (Maengkkongi Electric Tram): Adults – Round-trip 3,000 won, One-way 2,000 won / Children – Round-trip 2,200 won, One-way 1,500 won
Website: parks.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
 
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