May 4, 2015
Last weekend we also decided to check out Seoul Forest. I had read that it was a large park and that we should rent bikes, but it turned out to be easier to just stroll around. I expected a large park like Central Park or Hyde Park but it felt more confined. There weren’t many large open spaces. Instead the park is really split into four park areas: an ecological forest, a cultural art park, a nature experience, and a wetlands eco field.
We wandered around on a lovely Sunday afternoon taking it all in. First we encountered the “camping” area. People like to bring their day tents and hang out in the shade on their iPads and phones. It seems like such an ordeal to bring all the stuff they use for just an afternoon.
We walked over to the eco forest to see the deer and then wound our way around the entire park. Unfortunately it was pretty crowded and every available space was already in use. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon but not a place we would go back and visit. I think it’s a better spot if you have kids because there are lots of activities for them. They can play on the giant playground or climbing sculpture, feed the deer, walk through the butterfly garden and insect house, and feed little bunnies. For a couple of adults just looking to read in a park, it’s not an ideal spot.
After our stroll through the park, we walked back toward the station and stumbled upon a little burger place. Zach decided to get their house burger, the Alley Burger. It was pretty cool finding a local burger joint. Too bad we don’t have one in Hwajeong.