World Cup Stadium subway stop is famous in Seoul for being a great place for outdoor activities. It is surrounded by a plethora of different parks, each one unique in its own way. The parks range from lake parks, all the way to sky gardens. Hanuel garden is situated on top of a massive hill, that offers views of the entire city!
I went to the sky park (English: Hanuel Garden, Korean: 하늘공원) with a friend who wanted some pictures. Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about Hanuel Park before. However, I can’t express how glad I am to know about it now! Especially with summer coming up, it is nearing the perfect time to visit!
For precise directions click here. The walk to get there from the subway station can possibly take a while depending on how busy that specific day is and how fast you walk. It took us about 45 minutes (with some distractions) to get to the top (we weren’t rushing). However, it is a busy place. The crowds can definitely influence how long it takes for you to reach the top! I would recommend not visiting on the busiest days (weekends, sunny days) as the crowds can be quite great. However, if you can only visit on a busy day it is still worth it. If you want to see the busiest times check out this link.
It is also worth saying that despite the crowds, once you hit the top of the hill, it isn’t as crowded as you might think. There are a lot of different areas to explore, and you can definitely find quite little areas if you wish.
It was rather windy the day we visited, but the rain held off and it stayed warm luckily. While not being the most pleasant, it definitely made for some amazing pictures! The whole top of the hill is covered in plants like these, along with different flower fields. One of the types of flowers that was there today was sunflowers! Unfortunately, they had begun to die off when we visited, but they were still beautiful!
It was about 6 pm by this point and we were on our way back down to visit another one of the parks. But it was at that time that the sun caught our eyes… The sun was dropping fast, colouring the sky a bright orange. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but the sunsets in Korea are amazing. I believe it is due to the air pollution, but it can really make some beautiful sunsets if you are in the right places at the right time!
Sunset at Hanuel Garden
I don’t think we could have asked for a better day or better view! The garden is located in a central part of Seoul, right next to the Han River and central amongst the bustling city. Every side of the garden has a different yet amazing view… You can see everything from here. To the southern end of the garden you can see the Han River, from the east you can see into Seoul (well actually Seoul is on every side of the garden, but this side has the best view of Seoul). Speaking of the views…
This is just one of the many different views you can see from Hanuel, but it is my personal favourite one! Many people don’t think of Seoul as a natural city (or one with much nature) but in many places it is. While there are areas like Gangnam with very little nature, there are also areas like this that are just filled with trees and hills!
I remember coming back from Hanuel and having hundreds and hundreds of photos to edit. I don’t know how I managed! But the results where stunning and definitely worth it. If you come to Korea, or live here, Hanuel Garden is a MUST visit. This one isn’t optional! It is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking at activities to do in Seoul.
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