Haneul Park Review, Seoul, South Korea
This Haneul Park review contains costs, directions for getting to Haneul Park, pictures, and other useful information.
Following a bit of a chill day I decided to go to Hanuel Park, which unexpectedly (but pleasantly) turned out to be a bit of a hiking adventure.
Hanuel Park is one of the 3 or 4 parks in the Olympic Park area. I didn’t look at any of the other parks because it was a lovely sunny day and I forgot my hat and had no sunscreen, but just walking around Hanuel Park was a nice little hike so it was a good day.
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Haneul Park Review
This lake is actually in a different park, but you go past it one the way to Hanuel Park. There are lots of family’s having picnics (it was a Sunday) and also many bicycle riders. The park caters well for both these activities.
Heading towards the hill that is Hanuel Park I came across this photo shoot. My guess is that they hired a model for an amateurs photography club.
Over the bridge and then up the stairs into Haneul Park. It took much less time to climb than I expected. Only about ten minutes.
The view from the top of the stairs, all 292 of them. No, I didn’t count them. Every tenth step was numbered.
You get to choose between going right to Haneul Park or left to the Forest Path of Hope (I think that’s what it was called). Although the Forest Path of Hope sounded intriguing I decided to stick to the plan and went right to Hanuel Park. I figured I could do the Forest Path of Hope afterwards.
Finally I got to the top of Hanuel Park and there are more picnics going on. Korean picnics look amazing.
The actual park itself are small fields of different species of grass and places to pose for pictures.
Walking towards the main viewing point overlooking the river.
One of the side paths lined with shelters.
A living sculpture, i.e., a metal frame with plant-life on it. You can go in and up it for a good view.
Near the living sculpture is the path with little windmills. There are also a few actual windmills in the park.
A nice view of Haneul Park from the top of the the living sculpture.
The main scenic view overlooking the river.
After that I decided to do the walk the Forest Path of Hope. I was glad I left it till after Haneul Park because it takes you back down the hill.
It’s a nice walk down. I’m always happy to take a different route.
There are a couple of scenery changes. It was actually really nice, regardless of being able to hear the highway.
After my hike in Haneul Park I went into the Olympic Park Mall. It’s a pretty big mall with a big supermarket, a food court, and other shops you’d expect to find in a mall.
Getting to Haneul Park in Seoul
Catch the metro to Olympic Park Station. Take the Olympic Park Exit and walk straight when coming out of the station. Follow the (huge) main road, past the hire bikes, until you get to the pedestrian crossing, then cross the street.
Walk across the massive carpark until you get to the big lake. Now you are in Pyounghwa Park (I think that’s the name, theres about 4 parks in that area).
To the NW you can see the hill with the stairs going up. Go there, that is Haneul Park. There are signs to help you.
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