The city of Seoul is divided into two parts by the Han River, and one of the city’s best green areas sits on an island in the middle of this river. Yeouido Park is a favorite among locals for walking, jogging, biking, and playing sports. During spring, it’s one of the loveliest spots in Seoul to see cherry blossoms.
Yeouido park is divided into four themed sections. Native Korean trees and plants grow in the Traditional Korean Forest, while Grass Square offers an open expanse that’s perfect for picnicking. The city of Seoul stages cultural performances throughout the year in Culture Square. The most complex of the four areas is Nature’s Ecosystem Forest, which contains a pond, grassy area, forest, and several pavilions where you can sit back and simply enjoy being out in the fresh air. Join a guided bike tour through the park to learn more about its history and development.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Yeouido Park is a must-visit for families and active travelers.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
How to Get There
The park is situated on an island in the Han River, but it’s within walking distance of two major Seoul Subway stations. Take Line 5 to Yeouinaru Station and leave through Exit 1; it’s a 10-minute walk from there. Alternately, get off at Yeouido Station and leave through Exit 3. Head toward the National Assembly building.
When to Get There
Yeouido Park tends to be more lively with locals on the weekends and quieter on weekday mornings. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for enjoying the outdoors, thanks to cooler temperatures, and springtime sees the cherry trees bloom along Yunjunro Street next to the park.
Seoul’s Yeouido District
Yeouido, along with Gangnam and Samseongdong, is one of Seoul’s three main business districts. It’s also the home of the Korean National Assembly building, where the legislature meets to debate and pass laws. While you’re in the neighborhood, swing by the 63 Building for views of Seoul from the 60th-floor Sky Deck, do some shopping at the IFC Mall, or sample seafood at the Noryangjin Fish Market.