Sunday, October 5, 2014

Yongsan Family Park

Michael and I decided to get out and enjoy a green space recently - so we headed to the Yongsan Family Park
It's right next to the National Museum of Korea on the south end of the base, and is a very popular spot for families to visit.  Historically, the land has been used my various countries as a base of operations during war, and it was actually used by the US military as a golf course before Seoul transformed it into a park in the 90s.

There are fun things to see along the walking paths and Michael thoroughly enjoyed this "bare foot" path of varying stone textures and obstacles.


We kept shoes on, but it was still fun to traverse, especially when we went under the squash tunnel.

We passed by a group of school kids having fun in a field.  On first look, I thought they were having a water balloon fight, but then I realized, no, they were simply pelting each other with the balls you'd find in a typical ball pit...yes, they were throwing them at each other, and so were the teachers! Can't imagine that going over too well in the states, where Dodge Ball is often a no-no.

There is a playground and some exercise equipment (because there is ALWAYS exercise equipment in Korea), as well as a mini stage and pavilion.

Michael very seriously serenaded everyone with his version of Ernie and Elmo's "One Fine Face."

As would be expected, there are large, oversized pieces of artwork - two that we found interesting:

The highlight for us was standing on the bridge over the large pond in the park and realizing there were some pretty persistent fish down below.  Michael may have accidentally shared a goldfish cracker or two...


And I loved the lily pads just floating along...

For those in Seoul who'd like a nice place to enjoy nature:

Address: 60, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul-si   
서울특별시 용산구 이태원로 60 (용산동6가)
There is a small parking lot - 1,800 won/hour

Subway: Line 4, Ichon Station, Exit 2 - walk straight, going past the National Museum, and the park will be on your left.

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