Opened on June 18, 2005, Seoul Forest had previously undergone a series of changes on Ttukseom (Ttuk Island). In the past, the forest had been a royal hunting ground for kings and served as a military inspection facility. However, in more recent decades, the area has served a wide variety of functions. Ttukseom initially served as a water-treatment facility, and later as a golf course, horse racing track, and eventually a sports park.
Consisting of five parks spread over 180,000 pyeong (approximately 595,000 ㎡) of land, Seoul Forest is an eco-friendly zone appreciated not only by the people of the city but also those visiting Seoul. Seoul Forest is rapidly developing into the premium city-park of Korea like Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York.
* Culture and Arts Park (220,000㎡)
Situated in the heart of Seoul Forest, the Cultural Art Park features Seoul Forest Square, Ttukseom Family Field, decorative flower beds, a visitor's center, a skate park, an outdoor stage, a waterside lounge (restaurant), an in-forest open space, an in-forest play ground and a water play area.
* Eco Forest (165,000㎡)
The Ecological Forest, once an area covered by the Hangang River, has been transformed into an eco-forest connecting the Han and Jungnang-cheon (Jungnang stream). This natural habitat for wildlife animals is home to fallow deer, formosan deer, elks, chipmunks, mandarin ducks, mallards, spot-billed ducks and moorhens. There is also an observatory to help visitors get a better view of the local wildlife.
* Experiential Learning Park (85,000㎡)
Occupying the structure of the former Ttukseom Water Treatment Facility, this refurbished educational area was established to house an insect botanical garden, a wild flower garden, a themed flower garden, an event ground and a surrounding protective forest.
* Marsh Plants Garden (70,000㎡)
Making use of the local reservoir’s natural environment, the Wetlands Ecological Field contains a wetlands ecological management office, an ecological playground, an outdoor nature classroom, a bird observatory, a wetlands flower garden and a botanical garden fed with local, clear waters.
* Hangang Riverside Park (33,000㎡)
Located southwest of Seoul Forest, this riverside area at the junction of the Hangang River and Jungnang-cheon features a waterfront park, a marina and a rest area.
June 18, 2005
Feeding deer, natural experience site, butterfly experience hall
* Registration is available on the official website.
N/A (Open all year round)
Summer season: 07:00-20:00 / Winter season: 08:00-19:00
10:00-18:00 (Last admission: 16:30, Closed on Mondays)
Eco Learning Center
10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Summer season: 10:00-18:00 / Winter season: 10:00-17:00
300 won per 10 min
Large-sized vehicles: 600 won per 10 min
Culture and Arts Park, Eco Forest, Experiential Learning Center, Marsh Plants Garden, Hangang Riverside Park
Outdoor Theater, Seoul Forest Plaza, Environmental Playground, Insect Garden, walking trails, bike paths, special events area, etc.
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair rental services (Visitor's Center), reserved parking spaces
Pets are restricted for ecology protection and the covenience of other visitors.