Parks

Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest


About
Seoul Forest, or Seoul Sup, is a haven of greenery and exquisitely landscaped gardens and other areas of recreation. The park marks another triumph for Seoul’s environmental enthusiasts. As recently as 2003 plans were underway to convert the 1.16 million square-meter area of land into a horse racetrack and a golf course, a playground for the rich and the indulgent. But luckily the powers-that-be reversed the decision and concluded that the area be returned to the people, a decision that reflects the city’s new -- not to mention progressive -- priorities.


The park is divided neatly into five zones. You’ll probably arrive by Zone A, the Cultural Art Park, an area replete with performance spaces, a sculpture park, and a ground-level fountain that operates every two hours, much to the delight of small children and children-at-heart types looking to cool off from the early summer heat. Zone B, the Ecological Forest, is home to a deer observatory where animal lovers can also take the opportunity to feed these rarely seen creatures of the wild. Seoul Forest also places priority on family and children. If you’ve got little ones keen on becoming the next Jean-Henri Fabre, you should probably head for the insect botanical garden in Zone C. And finally, serious and casual students of the environment would probably appreciate Zone D, the Wetlands Ecological Field where a wetlands flower garden and bird observatory are just some of the enticing attractions.



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