Nakseongdae Park was founded to commemorate General Kang Gam-chan (984-1031), a renowned commander of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) who accomplished a great deal against the Kitan, which was a foreign enemy. The name of the site, Nakseongdae, comes from a legend that a large star fell down at the moment the general was born. The park features a bronze statue of General Kang Gam-chan on horseback, as well as the Anguksa shrine. A memorial ceremony called Nakseongdae Inheonje, which commemorates the patriotic spirit of the general, is held here every October. The park also forms a dense forest with a variety of trees, such as birch, pine and oak, making it an ideal place to take a stroll.
Nakseongdae, the site where a star fell
Nakseongdae Park is designated as Tangible Cultural Heritage of Seoul No. 4 (a title which refers to the legacy of physical artifacts that are of historic or artistic significance, and are considered worthy of preservation for the future) and was founded to preserve the historic significance of Nakseongdae and pay tribute to General Kang Gam-chan.
Anguksa in the center of the park
A view of Angukmun seen from the inside of Anguksa
A view of Angukmun
A bronze statue of General Kang Gam-chan on horseback
The memorial stone of General Kang Gam-chan
A three-storied stone pagoda
A walking trail stretching over 3km
Nakseongdae Park forms a dense forest with a wide range of trees, such as birch, pine, fir, oak and aspen trees. The total length of the walking trail in the park stretches to three kilometers, and it takes around two hours to look around the park.
Moreover, the park features a pond equipped with a fountain, as well as an outdoor performance venue and an open-air wedding venue where traditional wedding ceremonies are held.
On weekend mornings from April to November the “Nakseongdae Forest Tour” program is run, with detailed explanations from a specialist guide about the history and culture of Nakseongdae. Visitors should note that applications to take part must be made one week in advance via the website (parks.seoul.go.kr/program) or telephone (Parks & Landscape Division: +82 2 880 3683). Services are provided in Korean only at present.
The park is surrounded by a dense forest
People enjoy taking a stroll in the Angukmun
Every October Nakseongdae Inheonje is held, which is a memorial ceremony to commemorate the patriotic spirit of General Kang Gam-chan. Starting with a re-enactment of the general’s victory, the memorial event proceeds with all due ceremony, such as formal opening announcements followed by a presentation of the profile of the general and incense burning. The ceremony is also accompanied by a variety of experience programs for visitors to take part in themselves, which include traditional folk activities such as making a bow and practising archery.