7. Jamsil and Songpa

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the route

In this itinerary, the places included are

  • Asia Park: a green park with sculptures
  • Jamsil Sports Complex: where Korea’s sports history began
  • Jamsil Hangang Park: another Hangang park in Jamsil
  • Mongchon Fortress: 2.7km fortress wall
  • Mongchon Museum of History: a museum displaying the relics
  • Olympic Park: the 5th largest sculpture park in the world
  • Seoul Baekje Museum: a museum showing the history and culture of old Seoul
  • Seokchon Lake Park: a serene park right next to Lotte World
  • Lotte World Tower: Korea’s highest building
  • Seoul Norimadang: an outdoor venue in Seokchon Lake Park that hosts traditional performances
  • Lotte World and Lotte World Folk Museum: a fun amusement park and another folk museum

 

Why Kimchiman recommends

Follow the trace of OLYMPICS IN Seoul back in 1988. Get to the tallest building!

 

1. Asia Park

A green park with sculptures and facilities for the sake of athletes and reporters during Asian Game in 1986

Asia Park
Asia Park

Subway: exit 2 of Sports Complex Station, line 2, green line

Things to do: Chill

Info: Asia Park was built next to apartment complex for the accommodation of athletes and reporters during Asian Game in 1986. Nearby is Jamsil Sports Complex. This park is a vast green space where pines, date trees, and assorted plants are planted. There are also a number of sculptures such and The Light and Sound, an outdoor stage, The Poem and Photograph Square and Songpa Art Centre, all of which contribute to a decent resting place for residents around.

 

2. Jamsil Sports Complex

Where Korea’s sports history began

Jamsil Sports Complex
Jamsil Sports Complex

Subway: exit 5 & 6 of Sports Complex Station, line 2, green line

Info: This site is Korea’s largest sports complex where the site of the 10th Asian Games in 1986 and the 24th Seoul Olympics in 1988 was held.This stadium was the main Olympic Stadium, with an indoor gymnasium, swimming pool, and many other sports facilities. There is also a baseball stadium as part of the complex.

Tip: You can walk to Hangang Park from here. It might take you 15-20 minutes

 

2. Jamsil Hangang Park

A beautiful park beside the Han River

Jamsil Hangan Park
Jamsil Hangang Park

Subway:

  • exit 6 & 7 of Sincheon Station (Not Sinchon!!), line 2, green line
  • exit 6 of Jamsil Station line 2, green line

Things to do: You can do various outdoor activities using the facilities: outdoor swimming pools, inline skating parks, bicycle paths, and basketball courts.

Tip: To get to the next destination, you can walk to the nearest subway station, Shicheon or Jamsil and take the subway line no.2, green line and go to the east and get off at Monchontoseong Station, line 8, pink line. But you can walk there, too. It might take 30 minutes or so.

 

3. Mongchon Fortress

2.7km long fortress wall built in Baekje Dynasty

Mongchon Fortress
Mongchon Fortress

Info: Built roughly back in 3 century C.E., this fortress served as a defensive purpose for Seoul, which was called Hanseong back then. On the hill of this area are beautiful pine trees. This area also features sprawling fields of canola flowers, barely, and grass.

 

4. Mongchon Museum of History

A museum displaying the relics excavated during the renovation of the two earthen fortifications, Mongchon and Pungnap Fortress.

Mongchon Museum of History
Mongchon Museum of History

Subway: exit 1 of Monchontoseong Station, line 8, pink line and a 20-minute walking distance

Opening hours:

  • 9:00-18:00
  • Closed on Mondays and January 1st

Admission: Free of charge

 

5. Olympic Park

The fifth largest sculpture park in the world

Olympic Park
Olympic Park

Subway: exit 3 of Olympic Park Station, line 5, purple line and a 20-minute walking distance

Opening hours:

  • 5:00-22:00
  • square area until 24:00

Things to do: You can visit museums and art galleries. Walking alongside the path of Mongchon Fortress Wall would be a great idea. Take a photograph at the World Peace Gate

Info: This park was built to commemorate the 1988 Olympics, displaying more than 200 sculptures by Korean and overseas artists on its sprawling grass. This area became a popular movie and TV commercial shooting location. There are various concerts and sports events held here, too.

Tip: You can walk to the next destination, Seokchon Lake Park area.

 

6. Seoul Baekje Museum

A museum showing the history and culture of old Seoul, which was once the capital of the Baekje Dynasty

Seoul Baekje Museum
Seoul Baekje Museum

Subway: exit 3 of Olympic Park Station, line 5, purple line and a 20-minute walking distance

Opening hours:

  • weekdays 9:00-21:00
  • weekends and national holidays Mar-Oct 9:00-19:00
  • weekends and national holidays Nov-Feb 9:00-18:00

Free language service:

  • Call in advance to reserve English or Japanese guide
  • Closed on Mondays

Admission: Free of charge

 

7. Lotte World Tower

The highest building in Korea

Lotte Tower
Lotte Tower

Opening Hours: 9:30 – 23:00

Ticket Prices:

  • 27,000KRW – Adults (reservation needed)
  • 24,000KRW – Children (reservation needed)
  • 50,000KRW (reservation not needed)

 

8. Seokchon Lake Park

A serene park right next to Lotte World

Seokchon Lake Park
Seokchon Lake Park

Subway: exit 2 of Jamsil Station, line 2 & 8, green & pink line

Info: You can see the yellow rubber duck, popular among Korean people.

 

Related Venue

Seoul Norimadang

An outdoor venue in Seokchon Lake Park that hosts traditional performances

Norimadang
Norimadang

Opening hours:

  • 15:00-16:00 (Apr-Oct)
  • The schedule is subject to change.

Performances:

  • Sat – Intangible cultural treasure performances
  • Fusion Korean music and other creative traditional art performances

Tip: Walk over to Lotte world direction on the west side of Seokchon Lake Park. See the map of the route above

 

9. Lotte World

The biggest amusement park in Seoul

Lotte World
Lotte World

Subway: connected to Jamsil Station, line 2 & 8, green & pink line

Opening hours:

  • Weekdays 9:30-22:00
  • Weekends 9:30-23:00

Fees:

  • All-pass – Adults/Teens/Children – 52,000/45,000/41,000 won
  • After4 – Adults/Teens/Children – 41,000/36,000/32,000 won

Admission:

  • Adults/Teens/Children – 36,000/32,000/29,000 won
  • After4 – Adults/Teens/Children – 30,000/27,000/24,000

Tip: After 4pm you can purchase the ticket ‘After 4’ and enjoy until closed.

 

10. Lotte World Folk Museum

A museum where you can learn about Korea’s history and culture

Lotte World Folk Museum
Lotte World Folk Museum

Subway: connected to Jamsil Station, line 2, green line

Opening hours:

  • Weekdays 9:30-20:00
  • Weekends 9:30-21:00

Admission

  • Adults 5,000 won
  • Teens 3,000 won
  • Children 2,000 won

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