One of the largest urban parks in Korea at 144 hectares, Olympic Park is roughly half the size of the entire Yeouido island and an incredibly popular weekend spot amongst local Seoul residents. Construction of the park started in 1984 after Seoul was selected to host the 1988 Summer Olympics. During excavations, the site of the ancient Mongchon Fortress of the Baekje Kingdoms (18 BCE - 660 CE) was uncovered and now serves as the central point of the park.
The park is located between the Olympic Park and Mongchontoseong Stations, along Line 5 and Line 8, respectively. The layout of the park can get a bit confusing, with its hills, lake, archeological site, and several sports complexes, making it best to enter through the stately Peace Gate - a huge memorial to the 1988 Summer Olympics with the Olympic logo emblazoned in the center of the structure. The Peace Gate is located right next to Mongchontoseong Station, on the Peace Plaza, and leads to a beautiful vista on the park's lake, which is especially scenic in autumn. Across the hill lies another famous attraction - the Lonely Tree. It is a solitary tree located on a wide vast meadow that has become something of an icon in the park and a favorite on Instagram.
Many sports facilities from the 1988 Olympics still stand inside the park, including a tennis stadium, swimming pool, gymnastics hall, handball arena, and velodrome, with quite a few repurposed to hold major cultural and music events, including K-Pop concerts, festivals, and art exhibitions. The largest of the facilities, the Olympic Gymnastics Hall, has become a major music venue, having hosted famous international acts such as Eric Clapton, Metallica, Billy Joel, and Guns & Roses. The hall has been undergoing extensive renovations since 2016, with more modern facilities and equipment being installed and capacity expected to increase to 15,000, which would make it one of the largest indoor performance halls in the country.
424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea 424 Olympic-ro
Take Line 5 to Olympic Park Station and go out Exit 3. The entrance to Olympic Park is directly in front. Take Line 8 to Mongchontoseong Station and go out Exit 1. The entrance to Olympic Park is directly in front.