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To escape the hustle and bustle of the South Korean capital, relax in Yongsan Park. This green space still remains of an impressive size, despite two-thirds of the original area now belonging to the adjacent National Museum of Korea. For a perfect afternoon out, bring a picnic and combine the two attractions.
As you head into the park it is interesting to reflect on its varied history. This vast space was used as a base by the Japanese army during the Imjin War at the end of the 16th century and later by the Chinese army during the Imo Incident in 1882. After the Korean War, the American army used it as a command post and a golf course. Retaining much of the golf course landscaping, Yongsan was converted to a public park in 1992.
Get a good overview of the park by strolling along the 1.25-mile (2-kilometer) pedestrian path that leads through the park. Keep watch for the wild pheasants and pigeons that call the park home.
Stop along the way to admire the inspiring creations in the Sculpture Park. These works were produced by various internationally acclaimed artists from around the world. One of the most famous is a giant hand, that seems to have dug itself out of the ground.
The Barefoot Park offers a bit of fun and a free reflexology session. Take off your shoes and walk over the exposed stones of all different shapes and sizes for a deep foot massage.
Relax with a picnic on the big grassy field beside the pond, a favorite with the locals. Or, read a book on a bench beneath the trees on colder days. There is also a children’s playground and kiosk for refreshing drinks and snacks.
Yongsan Park is free to access year-round. To visit the park, take a taxi, hop on a bus or use the subway. From Ichon Station, take exit 2 and head straight for 10 minutes. The Yongsan Family Park bus stop is right beside the park. If you come by car, parking fees apply.
Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Yongsan-gu, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yongsan Electronics Market and Shilla I’Park Mall. War Memorial of Korea is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Yongsan Station is 10 minutes by foot and Sinyongsan Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Yongsan-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yongsan Electronics Market and Shilla I’Park Mall. War Memorial of Korea is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Yongsan Station is 10 minutes by foot and Sinyongsan Station is 12 minutes.
This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Itaewon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Itawon Street, War Memorial of Korea, and Namsan Park. National Museum of Korea and U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan are also within 2 mi (3 km). Noksapyeong Station is 7 minutes by foot and Itaewon Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Itaewon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Itawon Street and Namsan Park. War Memorial of Korea and U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan are also within 1 mi (2 km). Itaewon Station is only a 2-minute walk and Noksapyeong Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Lotte Department Store. Namsan Park and Seoul City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 6 minutes.