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Busan Citizens Park was established as a healing place, and remains one of the only ubiquitous parks in South Korea with its barrier-free atmosphere. The park hosts around 97 different species of flora and fauna and has five different themed attractions, including Memory, Culture, Pleasure, Nature and Participation.

The park is a place for all ages, with a history museum, ponds, fountains, a maze, children’s play equipment, running tracks, and cafes. The site was once an Imperial Japanese Army base and United States Army camp, but now has been developed into a beautiful shared area for foreigners and residents alike.

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The Oil Tank Culture Park opened in September 2017 and is located in Mapo-gu. An old oil depot that was shut down in 2000 was then remodeled into an environment-friendly cultural multiplex and a park. This cultural multiplex is composed of six reservoir tanks that have been transformed into performance venues, exhibitions halls, and learning space. You will then be able to enjoy there cultural events, community activities, and more.

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Apsan Park is located in the valley where Apsan Mountain, Sanseongsan Mountain, and Daedeoksan Mountain converge. This is one of the largest urban-eco parks of Daegu where you can ride the cable car to go at the top of the Apsan Mountain. You will be able to enjoy leisure facilities such as archery, horseback riding or swimming. Several monuments are also present in the park such as a monument commemorating the poet Yi Ho-wu, the Nakdonggang River War Memorial Hall and Keungol Daedeok Dongsan Hill.

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Gwangnaru Hangang Park, located near the Olympic Bridge, is well-known for preserving the natural landscape of Hangang. The park is equipped with several cultural and recreational facilities such as a bicycle park, a Gwangjin Bridge Lookout Cafe, a swimming pool, and an ecological park.

One of the particularities of the park is that boating and other water activities are strictly prohibited in an attempt to protect the wildlife in the area.

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Ttukseom Hangang Park used to be a famous resort site years back before it became a part of the greater Hangang Park. Today, the park includes music fountains, a riverside square, a rose garden, playground, a nature learning center, facilities for X-Games, artificial rock climbing, cruise ships, a Saturday Flea Market, a nursing mothers’ rooms, and women’s lounges.

This park is the place for diverse cultural events and performances. Water-light shows and outside film screenings are available in the evenings during the warmer months. Ttukseom Hangang Park also proposes a variety of different attractions and events that change according to the season.

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Located on the northern part of the Han river, Mangwon Hangang Park is perfect for picnics and promenades. It is also an ideal place for water sports such as windsurfing, waterskiing, and motorboating.

The park is located close to cultural relics such as the Mangwon Pavilion and Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine. Since the park is located near the World Cup Stadium, it is often full of resident and visitors. Mangwon Hangang Park includes as a bike trail, an outdoor swimming pool, sports facilities, and a dock for water sports.

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Taejongdae Recreation Area is a park located in Busan, best known for its rock beach. The name of the park came from the King Taejong Mu-yeol (604 – 661) who enjoyed shooting arrows at this location.

You can visit the park by riding the Danubi Train or by simply walking. There are different spots where you can enjoy the view of the ocean and the Yeongdo Lighthouse. You will be also able to visit two Buddhist temples, Taejongsa and Gumyeongsa.

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Nanji Hangang Park is located alongside the Han River. It was recently renovated to an eco-friendly park. As such, it features the Nanji-Eco Wetlands, a campground, and a marina.

Fans of extreme sports can enjoy various activities here, such as inline skating and BMX. There is also a pool to fully enjoy the Korean summer. Recently, the park has also started hosting festivals. Located close to the World Cup Stadium, it is easy to reach as well.

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Nami Island is a half-moon shaped isle that was created as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. To get to Nami Island, you have to take a ferry and pay an entrance fee. There are exhibitions halls, performance halls, restaurants, small theme gardens, seminar rooms, and more all over the island. Nami Island is also a very popular place for filming K-dramas.

Ferry schedule:

7:30-9:00 (30 minute intervals)

9:00-18:00 (10-20 minute intervals)

18:00-21:40 (30 minute intervals)

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The Boseong Tea Plantation is a popular tourist attraction located in the South Jeolla Province of Korea. It is the only tourist tea plantation in Korea and encompasses 5,000,000 of land with amazing green tea fields. Beautiful trees and walking paths cover the land, so you can not only enjoy the smell of the tea leaves, but also the scenery. You can stop by their Tea Plantation Observatory, Yew Forest, Maple Forst, Bamboo Forest, and more. There are five hiking courses for anyone that wants to enjoy the amazing views. Every May, the plantation hosts its annual Boseong Green Tea Festival, where you can partake in a variety of tea events such as a ritual to the Tea God to pray for good harvests, tea leaf-picking, making tea, and tea ceremonies.

This plantation has also been a popular shooting ground for K-dramas in the past.

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Looking for a place other than the typical tourist spots? Then check out the dozens of clothes and food trucks at Common Ground! Consisting of several blue containers, Common Ground is located near Konkuk University.

Many students come to Common Ground to hang out and enjoy the ‘hipster’ vibe, as the space is void of the mainstream brands you would typically see in busy shopping districts. The terrace on the third floor of the space has a restaurant perfect for those lazy summer nights, whereas other areas at Common Ground have spaces that host exhibitions, performances, and other events.

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The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also known as the DDP, is a neo-futuristic plaza comprised of five halls: the Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

Diverse cultural exhibitions, conventions, fashion shows, conferences, gatherings and other events are held here year-round, including Seoul Fashion Week and Cosmobeauty Seoul. Built in 2011, the DDP remains one of the newest and most iconic landmarks in the city.

Popular Korean Dramas, such as ‘You Who Came From The Stars’ or ‘Producer,’ have filmed scenes at the DDP, and the space remains a well-visited tourist attraction. For those ones who are looking for a late night activity: Take a stroll through the 24h Design Market!

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Located in Jongno-gu on top of Mt. Naksan, Naksan Park is a great place to witness stunning views of Seoul.

Here, you can visit the Seoul Fortress Wall (Seoul Seonggwak) which was built on the mountain during the Joseon Dynasty for protection against invaders and enemies.

Naksan Park features multiple facilities such as an exhibition hall, a center for seniors, sports courts, and squares that offer wonderful views of the city below. The park also features an exhibition hall which is open from 9:00 – 17:00.

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Seoul Forest, located in the Seongdong-gu area of Seoul, consists of five eco-friendly parks: the Culture and Arts Park, the Eco Forest, the Experiential Learning Park, the Marsh Plants Garden, and the Hangang Riverside Park.

The Culture and Arts Park is situated in the heart of Seoul Forest and features a square, decorative flower beds, a playground, and a water play area.

The Eco Forest connects the Han River and Jungnang-Cheon (Jungnang stream). Here, you can find an observatory that will provide excellent views of the local wildlife.

The Experiential Learning Park houses an education area and a botanical and wildflower garden.

The Marsh Plants Garden contains an ecological playground, an outdoor nature classroom, a bird observatory, a wetlands flower garden and a botanical garden.

The Hangang Riverside Park located southwest of Seoul Forest features a waterfront park, a marina, a rest area, and a great of the Han River.

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Songdo Central Park is a seaside park within Songdo International City in Incheon. The park is divided into five sections: a promenade, a sculpture garden,  a mountain strolling garden, a long meadow and a terrace garden.

Much like Central Park in New York, Songdo Central Park is green paradise in the midst of urban surroundings. Here, visitors can enjoy a water taxi ride on the man-made waterway, take a stroll around the walking promenades, or have a picnic on the meadow fields. A small section of the park is also home to a herd of deer that you can visit.

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Yeouido Hangang Park is located in the heart of the Yeouido Island. The park is divided into four sections: the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest. In the Traditional Korean Forest, you can see traditional Korean trees on a trail walk within an elegant Korean garden.

Here, you can enjoy a walk, take a ride on a bicycle, or even enjoy a picnic along the Han river. One of the most famous areas of the park is Yunjunro Street, which is lined with cherry trees that blossom every spring.

 

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The World Cup Stadium Park, a collection of five small park grounds, is an ecological area located in the Sangamdong neighbourhood of Seoul.

The largest park, the Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park, was designed to enhance harmony between mankind and nature. The Nanji Hangang Park consists of a camping ground, soccer field, basketball court, grass field, cruise ship port, and an area for nature studies. The Haneul (Sky) Park is covered with Eulalia and wildflowers. The Noeul (Sunset) Park contains a golf course. Finally, the Nanjicheon Park is a free recreational area.

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Located in the city of Gumi, Mt. Geumosan is a provincial park – designated in 1970, which stands at a height of 976m.

The mountain features well maintained trails and circuit trails which encompass the main peak and includes major attractions such as a 27m high waterfall, a 2km-long fortress, Yaksaam Temple, a standing Buddha statue engraved on a rock wall, Haeunsa Temple, Doseongul Cave, Daehye Falls, and Chaemijeong Pavilion and beautiful views along the way.

Although the mountain is quite steep with a menacing face, Mt. Geumosan is an achievable peak for all types of hikers!

Getting There

By Car:
National Expressway 1 from Seoul to Busan passes right through the heart of Gumi City. Get off at Gumi IC and head straight for the mountain, which is signed all over Gumi. It’s a 10min drive from the IC, and the main road heads right up to Geumo-ji lake and the carpark.

By Bus:
Gumi City Bus number 12 heads up the mountain from Gumi station to Geumo land, and all places in between.

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Referred to as either Chiaksan or Chiak Mountain, is a mountain located in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea. Chiaksan was first designated as a mountain park in 1984 and encompasses an area of 182.09㎢.

The mountain extends across the city of Wonju and the county of Hoengseong. The mountain peaks include Namdaebong, Cheongjibong, Hyangnobong, Sambong, and Birobong Peak, with the tallest peak reaching an elevation of 1,288 m (4,226 ft).

Chiaksan also features natural deep valleys, unique rock formations, waterfalls and tourist destinations for hikers to experience.

Hiking Courses

1 Day Courses

Peak Season Info

Season (6 months): Spring (from 4.1 ~ 5.31), Summer (7.1 ~ 8.31) and Autumn (10.1 ~ 11.30)

Mountain No Access Period

Seasonal Fire Watch Period
Spring: March 2 – May 15 / Fall: November 17 – December 15

* TBD by park rangers based on weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions. Please visit the official website to check before visiting.

 

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Located in Nam-gu, Busan, Igidae Park contains a scenic coastal trail where various iconic Busan places can be seen, such as Gwangan bridge, Dongbaek island and Haeundae beach. The area was previously used as a military operation area so civilian access was prohibited until 1993.

The park faces Jangsanbong Peak, which boasts a picturesque scenery, created by uniquely shaped rock cliffs, however the view can only be seen by taking a boat due to the area around the cliff being too dangerous to hike.

The full walking course of the park is around 4.7km (3 hours roundtrip)

 

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Located in Gwangjin-gu, Children’s Grand Park is a park complex which contains various facilities for families and their children to enjoy. The park includes a zoo, botanical garden, hiking trails, amusement park and diverse performance events in the area.

The park was first opened on Children’s Day (May 5th) in 1973.

 

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Often shortened to Olpark, Seoul Olympic Park was built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics as has remained as a leisure facility for people to enjoy. The park contains various sport-stadiums, an eco-friendly forest and spacious grassy fields.

The park is divided into four park zones, which include the Cultural Art Park enjoy unique cultural experiences and performances, especially focused on the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The Leisure Sports Park includes walking/jogging paths, an acupressure path, an inline skating area, and large open fields. The Environmental Eco-Park, the History Experience Park in which you can visit museums in.

Due to the large area of Olympic Park (approximately 1.45 million ㎡), it can take over 3 hours to explore everything, so visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the entrances, exits and travel routes before they start.

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