Park sights in South Korea
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This very large, green park with wilderness areas, lakes and other interesting features is best visited by bicycle, though bicycles are not available for hire in the park itself. Otherwise make use of the car-tram if it’s running.
A massive 2.7km Baekje-dynasty earth fortification, Mongchontoseong, built in the 3rd century AD, runs through the park. The Mongchon Museum has some precious golden relics of the Baekje kings, a seven-pronged sword and the usual dull pots. The history of human settlement here goes way back.
Attractions built for the 1988 Seoul Olympics include the indoor swimming pool (sometimes open to the public), tennis courts, three gymnasiums (gymnasium…
This relatively new park, a 15-minute walk from Ttukseom station (don’t get off at Ttukseom Resort station!), is a very pleasant area to enjoy some time in natural surroundings. It’s large, so it’s best to hire a bicycle or rollerblades from the rental stall (open from 9am to 10pm) located by Gate 1. Lockers cost W500. The park used to be a hunting ground in Joseon times, then became a horse-racing track and sports fields, but is now a regenerating forest. Among the trees and lakes are deer enclosures, eco areas, an insect exhibition, a plant nursery, a Lotteria overlooking a pond and fountains that shoot up from the ground, which kids love playing in. You can also…