In 1988, Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics, and the Olympic Park has since been transformed into a massive green space where locals come to relax. Located on the site of the ancient Mongchon Toseong Fort, the park contains grassy lawns, sculpture gardens, pavilions, and walking paths, making it a popular picnic spot on the weekends.
The Olympic Park is divided into four sections. In the Culture Art Park, you’ll find the Olympic Museum and the Seoul Olympics Museum of Art. Locals come to the Leisure Sports Park for skating, walking, jogging, and socializing, while the Environmental Eco-Park offers a bit more solitude as well as bird watching opportunities. If you want to see the Mongchon Toseong Fort, you’ll find it in the History Experience Park. The Gangnam circuit of the Seoul hop-on hop-off bus stops at the park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Olympic Park is a must-visit for families and anyone looking for some fresh air.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, or rent a bike to cycle through the grounds.
- Set aside at least three hours to explore the park’s attractions, particularly if you’re touring on foot.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
- Strollers are available to rent at the East Gate and World Peace Gate information centers.
How to Get There
Seoul’s Olympic Park is well-connected by public transportation. Several public buses stop at Olympic Park, Olympic Park Peace Plaza, and Olympic Center bus stops, or you can ride the Seoul subway to Olympic Park Station (Line 5) or Mongchon Toseong Station (Line 8).
When to Get There
While the park is open daily year-round, it tends to be more lively on the weekends, when locals come to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air. Plan to visit during the spring or autumn when the weather is cool and comfortable for exploring Seoul’s outdoor attractions.
Save Your Feet, Ride the Road Train
The Olympic Park is so large that there’s a tourist tram running through the grounds to take visitors from one point of interest to the next. The Road Train (Hodori Train) departs from the playground in front of Peace Square. The train runs hourly on weekdays, and every 40 minutes on weekends and holidays.