Need a minute? Take a break at Seonyudo Park!

Written by on September 22, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel

If you are living in Seoul and need to escape the fast paced lifestyle for a while to refill your enegery tanks – look no further than Seonyudo Park!
The park is located within the city and is a retreat for families, couples and singles alike.


Formally known as Seonyubong, it was one of the famous places that formed part of the scenery of the Hangang river.
The information outside the gate, written in English and Korean, further states, that rocks from Seonyubong were collected after the 1925 flood to construct banks along the Hangang – which led to the degradation of Seonyubong.

The Yangwha Bridge was built across it in 1965 and the Seonyu Water Purification Plant was established a few years later in 1978.
The Plant moved in 2001 and one year later, in 2002, the place was transformed into the park we can see today.


You can still see the structures and buildings of the water purification plant being integrated into the park and how it was renovated to create “a place where visitors can relax and take in the beauty and history of the natural surroundings”.
Later in the year you can also see dozens of lotus flowers in full bloom!


This bridge connects the Seonyudo park with the Yangwha Area , which is ideal for picnics and small gatherings with family and friends.
Of course, after you admire the breathtaking view from the bridge!
The arch-shaped bridge is also known as “Rainbow Bridge” and is known to be a beautiful sight at night, because of the twinkling nights on the bridge.


Even though you are still in Seoul, walking through Seonyudo Park gives you a feeling, as if you are on a vacation at sea.
Almost no noise reaches the park and if the weather is good, you can spead out a blanket and get yourself a nice “beach” tan!


Seonyudo Park is truly a small, green island inside Seoul and one of Seoul’s most famous parks.
Make sure to visit the small gardens to see the changing plants and flowers each season!

How to get here: Take the subway line 2 or 6 to Hapjeong Station, go out at exit 8 and take one of these bus numbers: 604, 5712, 6712, 6716.
Get out at Hanshin Apt. and cross the bridge.

About the Author

Dorothea Suh

Dorothea Suh is a PhD student in ethnomusicology and wayfarer. She researches oral traditions of East Asia, loves her violin, Korea and good coffee. You can find her on Twitter as @Novemberbeetle