Korea sightseeing


Ilsan Lake Park is one of the largest man-made lake park in Asia, spanning across over 990,000 square meters with a musical fountain, 4.7 km bike path, foot path, 100 species of wild flowers, and a forest with 200,000 trees. The park is very big. Be prepared for a good couple of hours walk if you take a loop. It is a very nice walk though. The foot path is easy and flat. You can take a rest any time and enjoy the green and nature. It’s along the subway line which is very accessible – Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. There is a shopping/mall area before you get to the entrance of the lake. So you may take a meal before or after the walk.

The Ihwa Mural Village has become a very popular photo spot for both tourists and locals. The last time I visited I saw a film production. What makes this area attractive is the murals, metal sculptures and mosaic in this hillside residential area. Pleasant surprises in this unexpected area. There are steps and slopes. Be prepared for a little hike. The are is located up the slopes of Naksan Park at Hyehwa Station in Seoul (subway line 4). Get off at exit 2, turn left of the Arco Arts Centre and go up the hill.  There is a sign to Naksan Park that you may follow too. There are two ways to go up. Now the Korea Tourism Office offers a map. It’s easy. This mural village was relaunched in 2013. The first launch was a few years but but it was such a disturbance to the residents that the murals were removed. The noise and nuisance caused by the growing number of visitors may affect this neighborhood. So be considerate next time you visit. University area is always filled with…

Namiseon Island is a really nice weekend outing from Seoul, particularly after a TV drama was filmed a few years ago. It’s green everywhere and certainly very colorful when the trees turn red in autumn. You can ride a bike around the island and even stay there (yes, hotel rooms available but always full). It’s a beautiful place with nice breeze from the water. The most famous areas are the tall tree-lined path (metasequoia) and the riverside gingko tree lane. There are restaurants, woodcraft art works and children/family activities areas. It is also a popular place for pre-wedding photos too!

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