Beautiful ecological park located on the Hangang river right in the middle of the city. Seonyudo Island is a popular destination for families and school tours proposing many enjoyable and educational activities – the Ecological Water Playground, Aquatic Botanical Garden, Green house, World Cup Fountain, Wild Plant Life Zone and more.
Seonyudo Park (Korean website only) was created by a conversion of a former water treatment plant operational from 1978 until 1998. In 1999, the Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to convert the island into an urban park as part of its ‘New Seoul’ initiative and the result is just awesome.
The existing water treatment infrastructure was repurposed to frame and guide the design of the new ecological park. For example, former basins and conduits are now the settings for a variety of native aquatic plants. Chemical decomposition vats now house an aroma garden, a moss garden and a fern garden. Multi-level walkways and boardwalks provide interesting views over the gardens and take visitors on an informative and leisurely journey through the park. In an another area, circular water containers have been transformed into an ecological children’s playground.
You will also find a museum dedicated to the Hangang River and the reconversion process of the island. For delicious food, cafe latte or just superb views, we recommend a stop at the riverside cafe-restaurant converted from a pump station. Continuing to explore, you can also find an art gallery, a greenhouse, and a 200-seat amphitheater.
The park is accessible from Hangang’s southern bank by the beautiful Seongyugyo footbridge – the ‘Footbridge of Peace’. As there are no cars allowed on the island the Seonyudo Island is a quiet and perfect place for walks, plays and picnics in the centre of Seoul.
How to get there:
- Dangsan Station – subway line 2, Exit # 1 >> Take bus #605, 6623, 6631, 6632, 6633 and get off at Hanshin Apt. >> Cross over Seonyudo Bridge
- Hapjeong Station – subway line 2 or 6, Exit # 8) >> Take bus #604, 5712, 6712, 6716 and get off at Hanshin Apt. >> Cross over Seonyudo Bridge
For directions, go to: Seoul Map for Kids & Families