Situated 100 meters just above Daehang-ro, the Naksan Park is a great place to see a panoramicview of
a contrasting Korean landscape – a bustling modernized city and a quaint village. During the Joseon
dynasty, Naksan was designated as one of the guardian mountains of the city along with Bukgaksan,
Namsan, and Inwangsan.
This area was also a favorite spot among the Yangban, members of the royal family, as they could
enjoy the wonderful overview and the sunset from this location. However, this mountain was
severely damaged due to a hasty urban planning started by the Japanese colonizers.
To revive and preserve the remaining green spaces, the mountain was designated into a park on 2002.
What to do at Namsan Park?
The park has several amenities such as a basketball court, tennis court, and badminton court. Also, they
sometimes hold a program at the open plaza inside the park where everyone’s invited (or for reservation)
– most of their programs are family friendly programs such as Storytelling for Kids, watching the moon
together and etc. For more information of the programs, check their homepage.
Also, you can follow the 2-kilometer Seoul Seonggwak’s (Fortress Wall) walking trail which is stretch from
Hyehwamun to Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul). This walking trail will lead you to places that offers
a magnificent overlooking view of downtown Seoul – which makes it a favorite spot among photographers.
Apart from the natural beauty, Steel Art Installations are also placed in certain areas of the park.
The best time to visit the park is at dusk when the sun shines and creates beautiful silhouettes from the art
Where to eat?
Although there is a convenience store at the open plaza inside Naksan Park, if you prefer a more posh
or a quaint cafe and enjoy - don't worry because right outside the main entrance of Naksan Park
are two more popular cafes for their overlooking views and great ambiance - cafe Travel and
Jazz Story. However, as you go further down (back to Hyehwa station), you'd definitely come
across several other cafes and restaurants (same goes, if you're going to the direction leading to
Ihwa Mural Village).
How to get there?
☞Line 6 Changsin Stn. From exit 3, take Bus No. 03 and get off at the last stop
☞Line 1 Dongdaemun Stn. From exit 5, take Bus No. 03 and get off at the last stop
☞Line 4 Hyehwa Stn. 10 minutes’ walk from exit 2
Operation Hours: Open all year round (24 Hours)
Admission Fee: None
Address : 54, Naksan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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