Olympic Park

Attraction 424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
08:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Nature
Outdoor
Park
People watching (street)
Must see
Kids
Free
Art
0.00 USD

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Good for couple Couple Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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.

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Why Olympic Park is special ?

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 Mongchon Raheja (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.


Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

What to explore at Olympic Park?

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.’

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

How to get to Olympic Park?

Car:

From Cheonho-dong/Gil-dong : Cheonho-daero (Towards Gildong Station) → Gildong Junction (Turn right towards Dunchon-dong) → Olympic Park East Gate (Turn right)

From Olympic Bridge : Gwangnaru-gil → Olympic Bridge → Dunchon Junction (Turn right) → Olympic Park East Gate (Turn right)

From Jamsil/Lotte World : Olympic-ro (Jamsil Stn.) → Mongchontoseong Station (Turn right) → Towards Olympic Park Stn. (Turn left) → Olympic Park East Gate (Turn left)

From Garak Market : Songpa-daero (Garak Market Stn.) → Garak Market (Turn right towards Bangi Stn.) → Olympic Park East Gate (Turn left)

Form W.Hanam IC : W.Hanam IC → Dunchon Junction (Turn left towards Suseo IC) → Olympic Park East Gate (Turn right)

Subway

Olympic Park Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 3

Mongchontoseong Station (Subway Line 8), Exit 1

Airport limousine bus

Take Airport Bus 6006 bound for ‘Sangil Dong.’

Get off at ‘Olympic Park.’

Selling points

  • Nice quiet place for a stroll and some sporting
  • Spacious leisure park
  • Great day in the park and view of history
  • Nice area to walk and explore
  • A lovely place for a walk at sunset
ONLY 7 USD FOR A DAY IN SEOUL

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Duration
1.0 day
Estimated
6.40 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
    Toilet
  • Visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers and autumn foliage as they walk the trail along Mongchontoseong (site of ancient earthen fortifications) which is 2.7 km in circumference and 6 meters high.
    Things to do
  • Park offers facilities for the Handicapped: Free wheelchair rentals (information center at the Peace Square), restrooms, and reserved parking spaces.
    Service
  • You can find fast food, a convenience store and the excellent Fresh House are at the World Peace Gate near the main entrance, where rollerbladers glide along on warm evenings and weekends.
    Food
  • Smoking is prohibited throughout the Olympic Park.
    Rule
  • Please do not pick up the natural fruit in the park in preservation of wildlife.
    Rule
  • Please be considerate of other visitors and avoid the behaviors including: Screaming, Sleeping, Violent behavior, Damage on the grass/flower garden, Wearing roller shoes, Etc.
    Rule
  • You should bring sunblock to avoid sunburn.
    What to bring
  • All dogs should be on leash and prepared with muzzles and waste bags for hygiene and safety matters.
    Other
  • Advance permission is required for photography, video recording for the commercial purpose.(Enquiries: 02-410-1601~3)
    Other
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
    Safety
  • For safety reasons, any entrance to all park property is NOT allowed except Peace Square and Meeting Square after 22:00.
    Safety
  • Please observe the speed limit for bicycles and inline skates which are prohibited in the strolling/jogging lanes.
    Safety
  • The official website is great site for more detailed information, so you visit it before your trip to the park.
    Experience
  • Parking is available and has fee.
    Parking

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

I live in the area, and have so for more han 5 years. I find myself going to Olympic Park frequently for a couple main reasons. 1 It is huge. 1km by 1km with sections of the north east and south east given over to the national sports university and olympic stadiums. You can safely expect a lot of nature! 2 It is easy to get to. I live just 10 minutes away by car, but subway or bus is usually more convenient. 3 The views in the park are great. From the Stadium area's wide open park to the South West corners lake, you can usually find a good amount of photoworthy locations. 4 It is clean and comfortable. I go with my dog and my girlfriend and we usually bring our own food. If you don't do that, though, there are 2 convenience stores, countless stands selling drinks and snacks, two or three coffee shops, and 3 or 4 restaurants. China Factory is my personal favorite. All in all, if you want a relaxed park to spend an hour or two (or all day) you can't really go wrong with this one. The Seoul Grand Park is much more... Grand, but it is also quite far away!

FourSquare View more

Really beautiful park with leafy trees and large well kept lawns 4 a family picnic. Hire bikes n ride around the lake or stop in at 1 of the many cafes or browse around the interesting sculptures.

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