Olympic Park

Category : Historical/Nature Place
Jan 06, 2017

Introduction

Olympic Park is an impressive leisure facility in which historic remains from the Baekje Era share space with modern, state-of-the-art sports stadiums, an eco-friendly forest, and spacious grassy fields. The legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the park not only houses the country’s largest sports arena, but has also become a place where Seoul residents come to relax and unwind. Spread across 430,000 pyeong (approximately 1.45 million ㎡), Olympic Park encompasses the land that was once Mongchontoseong Fortress and Mongchonhaeja (manmade lake) from the early Baekje period. The park is divided into several zones, including a leisure sports park, a cultural art park, an eco-park, and the History Experience Park dedicated to the area’s rich historic heritage. Because Olympic Park is so large and takes over three hours to explore, visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with entrances and exits and travel routes before they start. To further save time, visitors can ride the Road Train (“Hodori Train”) located next to Peace Square.

 

Goals

* Cultural Art Park

The Cultural Art Park is a place where visitors can enjoy diverse cultural experiences and performances. The park also features Olympic Museum, Seoul Olympics Museum of Art (SOMA)—one of the world’s top five sculpture museums—and Music Fountain.

 

* Leisure Sports Park

This area is comprised of Sports Square (walking/jogging paths, an acupressure path, inline skating area, etc.) and Peace Square (a pleasant area with a wide variety of activities and sports lessons).

 

* Environmental Eco-Park

Persistent efforts have succeeded in restoring natural splendor to this place where a equally splendid civilization once blossomed. People and nature co-exist comfortably within Environmental Eco-Park, which has become home to families of spot-billed ducks, white herons, cuckoos, pheasants, Korean squirrels, chipmunks, and frogs. More recent efforts to rejuvenate the local ecosystem have resulted in the appearance of woodpeckers and raccoons, both of which are rarely spotted in cities. The croaking of small round frogs can now be heard within the park as well.

 

* History Experience Park Visitors to the park can experience Korean history firsthand at Mongchontoseong Fortress and Baekje Museum, while hearkening back to the more recent, grand spirit of the Olympics in the "Holy Land of Peace."

 

Tour Course Information

[Top 9 Stamp Tour]

* How to participate: Receive a tour map from the Information Center (Peace Square, Meeting Square) and get a stamp at each of the nine places. After completing the stamp tour, participants can receive a small free gift.

* Information operating hours: 09:00-18:00

* Completion gift is available within the operating hours (until 18:00).

* Peace Square Information Center: +82-2-410-1111

* Meeting Square Information Center: +82-2-410-1112

 

[Stamp Tour Route]

1) Peace Square Information Center (from Top 1 to Top 9)

World Peace Gate (Top 1) → Mongchon Moat Musical Fountain (Top 3) → Dialogue (Top 4) → Walking Paths (Top 5) → One Tree Hill (Top 6) → 88 Lake (Top 7) → Wild Flower Garden (Top 8) → Rose Garden (Top 9) → The Thumb (Top 2)

2) Meeting Square Information Center (from Top 9 to Top 1)

The Thumb (Top 2) → Rose Garden (Top 9) → Wild Flower Garden (Top 8) → 88 Lake (Top 7) → One Tree Hill (Top 6) → Walking Paths (Top 5) → Dialogue (Top 4) → Mongchon Moat Musical Fountain (Top 3) → World Peace Gate (Top 1)

* Top 1 to Top 6, Sculpture Park Course is also available (1.5km / estimated 30 min) - World Peace Gate → Mongchon Moat Musical Fountain → Dialogue → Wild Flower Garden → Rose Garden → The Thumb

 

[Walking Path]

Lakeside Lane: Peace Square → Gommal Bridge → Soma Museum of Art → Peace Square

Fortress Lane: Mongchon Fortress circuit

Memory Lane: Gommal Bridge → Mongchon Fortress center → Mongchon Hut Site → Wild Flower Garden → Mongchon Fortress circuit → Picnic Place → Gommal Bridge

Lover’s Lane: Gommal Bridge → Mongchon Fortress center → Seoul Historiography Institute → 88 Square → Cafeteria → Mongchon Fortress center → Picnic Place → Soma Museum of Art → Peace Square → Gommal Bridge

Youth Lane: Bicycle circuit

 

Facilities

[Stadium, Fitness Facilities and other convenient facilities]

- Olympic Center, Olympic Hall (Muse Live), Olympic Swimming Pool, Olympic Gymnastic Stadium, K-Art Hall (Taekwondo Performance Hall), Olympic Tennis Stadium, SK Handball Stadium (Olympic Fencing Stadium), Woori Art Hall (Olympic Weight Lifting Stadium), Velodrome, Indoor Tennis Court, National Fitness Center, Physical Fitness Facilities, Acupressure Walk, Basketball Court, Information Center, Olympic Park Library, National Fitness Award Center, Café, Restaurant, Lounge, etc.

 

[Entertainment Facilities]

Hodori Train

- Course: In front of playground of Peace Square → Han-Eul Plaza

- Weekdays: 10:30, 11:30, and hourly 13:00-18:00

- Winter Season (November-February): Last operation 17:00

- Weekends & National Holidays: 10:30, 11:10, 11:50, and 40 minute intervals 13:00-19:00

- Winter Season (November-February): Last operation 18:00

 

* In the case of rain, the train is cancelled. Operating hour is subject to change depending on external circumstances.

* Fare: One-way - Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers 700 won / Children 500 won

Round-trip – Adults 1,800 won / Teenagers 1,200 won / Children 900 won

 

[Four-wheeled Bike]

- Bike rental is available at the bike rental shop next to Peace Square Information Center and the ticketing booth in front of Woori Art Hall.

 

Parking Fees

Small vehicles: 1,000 won within one hour / 500 won for each additional 15 minute

Large vehicles (24 passengers / 2.5 tons of more): 12,000 won

* Light-weighted vehicles, cars for people with disabilities, etc.: 50% discount

* In the event of large event held in the park, parking fees are changed to pre-paid parking lot and the parking lot operating hour is subject to change. (Pre-paid parking lot: Small vehicles 5,000 won / Large vehicles 12,000 won)

 

Baby Stroller Rentals

World Peace Gate Information Center (4 baby strollers), East Gate 1 Information Center (3 baby strollers)

 

Contact

1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Park Tel: +82-2-410-1600 (Korean only)

Homepage: olympicpark.co.kr/ (Korean, English)

Road ViewLocation

Address : 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Location : Seoul-si > Songpa-gu

Directions

<Subway>
Turn left at Olympic Park Walking Road
Go left 144m
Go right 44m
Turn left 73m
Turn right 17m
Turn left 42m
Go on the left road 421m
Arrive at Olympic Park

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