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Located in central Seoul, Namsan Park is a great place to view the entire landscape of the city. The remains of the old city walls and Seoul Tower are two attractions of the park. Seoul Tower has various facilities like an observation deck and game rooms. Springtime is the best time to visit the park, as cherry blossom trees and other flowers are in full bloom. In addition, there is also a botanical garden, a small zoo, and a library at Namsan.
Yongsan Family Park has come a long way since it was a golf course for the US military base. The golf balls have gone, but there are still plenty of "birdies" to be seen, with geese and ducks frequenting the pond. Many families like to have picnics among the large, lush lawns or play with numerous cheeky squirrels. This is also a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Seoul life.
A sizable pocket of green in the city, Seoul Forest is a protected forest, city park and major tourist attraction. Covering a massive 1,200,000 square meters (300 acres), the park is home to a plethora of beautiful of tree and plant species, and is even home to about 100 different animals. Divided into five sections, this is a prime spot for numerous outdoor activities, educational programs and leisurely outings. Peppered with hiking and biking trails, skating ramps and cobbled paths flanked by tree-canopies, this site is every outdoor-enthusiast's paradise.
The city of Seoul is blessed with an incredible choice of green, open spaces, which residents and visitors can enjoy through its parks and other facilities. One such open haven is Yeouido Hangang Park. Located right beside the Han River in Yeongdeungpo-gu. Besides being an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, taking in the glorious sights of all that is Seoul, the park also plays host to prominent community events, like the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival and the World Fireworks Festival. Call or see the website to know more.
Children's Grand Park is one of the largest children's parks in Asia. It includes a zoo, a botanical garden, an amusement park, outdoor concert stages and physical training facilities. In spring and fall, many young children and their teachers can be seen here on school picnics. As an educational venue, it is not only fun, it also provides interesting information about plant and animal life. Budget a full day for your visit.
Located in the heart of the city, the Olympic Park was built when the Summer Olympics visited Seoul in 1988. It houses tennis courts, weight-lifting and fencing gymnasiums, a gymnastics arena and an indoor swimming pool. With the games done and dusted, these venues now play host to numerous cultural and sporting events, and the park is a popular tourist attraction by itself. Enter through the majestic Peace Gate with the Olympic flame atop, and soak in the freshness of manicured lawns donned with stone and metal sculptures. An inanimate version of Hodori, the games' mascot welcomes you at the Olympic Museum to celebrate the history of the games and witness various exhibitions.
Located within Olympic Park, this beautiful outdoor sculpture park has been chosen as one of the five best open-air sculpture parks in the world. Around 200 masterpieces from world-class sculptors are displayed here, so allow plenty of time to see them all. Founded to symbolize the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the park is a perfect day trip for families, or simply a wonderful place to enjoy a day out in natural surroundings. Admission is free.
As the largest theme in Korea, Seoul Grand Park boasts of an array of attractions like a zoo, botanical garden, rose garden and many more. The on-site zoo features 400 kinds of exotic species, and 12,000 kinds of plants in the nearby botanical garden. It is located in a sprawling area that also includes Seoul Land Theme Park and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The animals mainly from Africa, South America, and Australia are divided by species, ecology, and habitat. There is a wide viewing tunnel in the Africa Hall, allowing a close view of the animals. Highlights include the white tiger or regular dolphin shows (three per day).