Yeouido Island, Seoul
A nice park for a walk. It's the size of a few city blocks, but it feels a lot larger. Yeouido Park is a haven for families, rollerbladers, cyclists, couples and salarymen who want to take a stroll during lunch. On the weekends it's FULL of people and there are some special events (outdoor concerts and such) every once in a while.
Many people just sit on one of the many benches or on the grass while kids play on the grass (it's allowed here, unlike at Olympic Park), rent bikes (normal or tanden) or rollerblades, climb on one of the jungle gyms or take a spin in one of the bumper cars.
Yeouido Park also connects to Hangang (Han River) park via an underground passage. Lots of stores and vendors for food, snacks, candy and toys, too.
With a congregation of 800,000, this church claims to be the largest in the world. The main hall can seat 20,000+, has a choir of 100 a full orchestra (or two) and is televised on TV as well as CCTV to 7 branches located around Seoul. The foreigners' section has headphones with treanslation in to English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and French.
It is just amazing. The founder was hit by a cab in his younger days and barely lived to tell the tale. From then his goal was to build this church...and now it is the largest (it owns the entire city block around it as well as many other buildings in Seoul...the branches are some 3-6 stories high with worship areas on every floor).
It's a Presbyterian church, but if you're a Christian in Seoul it's quite the experience. There are 7 Sunday Services and many during the week, too.
Yeouido Park is a welcome oasis among the tall buildings in the area. Walk along the pond & to the pavilion. Perfect for a stroll especially after a day's work for those working in the offices nearby. You can get here from the Hangang Park, another welcome retreat.
Yeouido (여의도), or Yeoui Island, is called the Manhattan of Seoul because it is the financial center of Korea and the home of the KOSPI and KOSDAQ -- the Korean Stock Exchanges. It sits in the Han River southwest of the city center. Yeouido hosted an airport in 1923 prior to the expansion of the city. The major sights on the island are the 63 building, Yeouido Park, and the National Assembly, but here you can also find the Samsung and LG headquarters as well as the KBS and MBC television companies.
The 63 Building is Seoul's tallest building -- 60 stories above ground. Why then is it called the 63 Building? It also has 3 floors underground. The 63 Building has an aquarium and several restaurants on the lower floors. There is also a restaurant near the top floor with a great view -- prices are lower than you'd expect.
Yeouido Park is one of Seoul's best parks with nice walking trails, botanical gardens, basketball courts, bike paths, a few restaurants and thousands of Koreans on the weekend. The Han River Park also runs along the north side of the island with trails and fishing.
The National Assembly is an impressive building on the western edge of the island. Tours are available.
Yoido Full Gospel Church is said to be the world's largest church.
it has a prayer mountain - a secluded place of prayer for those who desire a place to be alone with God. shuttle bus provided from yoido church to prayer mountain(to & fro)
211 Prayer Grottoes are open daily for foreign guests who desire to spend prolonged periods of time in intercessory prayer. & also a small cafeteria offers a Korea meal available.
this is our main purpose of visiting korea.
to hear Rev.David Cho preach, to see this big famous church, to attend 1 of its services.
Like Washington D.C. and many places in Japan, Seoul is known for its beautiful spring cherry blossoms. There are cherry trees all over the city, but the best place to see them according to the locals I asked is on Yeouido, a small high-rise studded island in the Han River that also holds the National Assembly building. The western portion of the island is closed to traffic when the trees are at peak and crowds of people walk the blocked-off streets to admire the blossoms. I was there on April 11 2006 and the trees were at peak. Just like Washington, only half the attraction is the blossoms -- the other joy is watching the people that accumulate for the spectacle, as you'll see when I add a travelogue on the blossoms.
Come every spring, Yungjungno, an otherwise quiet street springs to life with a 5km stretch of Cherry Blossom Trees, irritating street vendors, buskers and lots of locals . It's an event like no other.
This street btw, is on the "Manhattan" of Seoul. So, to go there, you need to take the train with other weekend lovin' Seoulites and get into a human stampede in the process. It's well worth the trouble, Yunjungno is the place to be if you love wide open spaces, beautiful parks and a scenic view of the Han River.
8th of April 06 - 15th April 06
Is the place to go for outdoor sports activities... in the warmer months.. You will be of course joined by thousands of others... The park is located on the north side against the river. There are bike rentals (3000won for a hour) ducks boats, bike trails... people to watch... beer , soju, coffee, pizza, kimbap.. just about everything you can think off. There are some good views of the 63 building.. the biggest building in korea... though it is soo simple in design Koreans love it!
Everything seems to happen in Yeouido. In early April the cherry blossoms come out and we know Spring is here. They also bring out traffic gridlock. Thousands flock to Yeouido (especially near the National Assembly and Hangang and Yeouido Parks) to view the flowers and take pictures with them (millions of pictures!). This makes it hard for us Yeouidoians to get around. Streets are closed down, paths and sidewalks are packed and the subway is like a sardine can.
But it's all worth it. If you like to see Korea at its most Korean you have to see this. Families, couples, salarymen, groups of women all come together to enjoy the air (which seems fresher), sunshine (it doesn't rain in April) and each other (dress is still conservative, but a little less so).
Inline skating, as I found, can be a little tough in these conditions--no one has a clue what that yellow line in the centre of the path means. So, if you want to test your skills this is the place. Kids in prams, on blades and bikes and running (some with kites) are all over the place and old people and groups simply take over many of the paths. It's fun, though, to be in the group. (I think I've been here too long.)
One boat (up to 4 people) cost's 8000won. You get about an hour out there.. but make sure you don't stray from the main area or the guard man will hassle you with his incessant whistle blowing......