Haneul Park @ World Cup Park 하늘공원
9:00–(19:30-22:00, vary month to month based on sunset time)
World Cup Stadium Station (line 6, exit 1). Turn right, go around the stadium and walk towards the big road, World Cup-ro when in sight. Follow the road on your right. At the first main intersection, cross the roads to reach the park diagonally-right to you. Walk past the carpark to reach the park entrance ahead. 10 mins walk.
TIPS on Shuttle Bus:
If you do not wish to attempt 291 steps up Haneul Park Stair or long hilly walk up to the top of the park, you can take the golf-cart shuttle service departing from the park's entrance. The return trip will be on a different route, cruising past another beautiful park, Nanjicheon Park to return at Hanuel Park's entrance.
very 20-30 mins
1 way 2,000 won / return 3,000 won
Mar-Nov (10:00-19:00) / Dec-Feb (10:00-18:00)
Every 20-30 mins
Haneul (Sky) Park is the most popular of the five parks of World Cup Park, near Seoul World Cup Stadium.
The other four parks of World Cup Park include Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park, Noeul (Sunset) Park, Nanjicheon Park and Nanji Hangang Park.
Background of Haneul Park & other parks at World Cup Park
These parks were once a 15 years old (1978 to 1993) landfill that held over 92 million tons of garbage until Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to turn the area into a large-scale environment and ecological park.
World Cup Park is built and opened in May 2002 to commemorate the 2002 Korea Japan World Cup and the new millennium.
Haneul Park of Today
Haneul (Sky) Park is now a green hill of vast grassland, situated on the highest part of World Cup Park.
Bridge from Peace Park & Metasequoia Path
When walking towards Haneul Park Stair, you will come across the Tourist Information Counter and a bridge connecting from Peace Park. Further down the road is the Metasequoia-lined Path, a great photo spot and rest stop.
Haneul Park Stairs
During the peak autumn season, instead of waiting in the long queue for the shuttle bus to take you to the top of Haneul Park, you may consider getting on Haneul Park Stair with a total of 291 steps. The stair is very popular with the locals and the shortest route by foot to the top. Alternatively, visitors can also walk up on the same hilly road as the shuttle bus.
Note: The other zigzag stair on the opposite side, facing Noeul Park is a 425 steps up to Haneul Park.
Lookout Points & Observation Deck
The top of Haneul Park has 22 lookout points including an artistic-looking observation deck that offers visitors stunning views of Seoul and its key attractions of Namsan Seoul Tower, Bukhansan Mountain and Han River (Hangang).
View of Han River
Autumn Highlights: Pampas Grass Festival
Every October in Autumn, Haneul Park held its popular Pampas Grass Festival when the Pampas grass is in full bloom. Visitors can enjoy strolling in the pampas grass field till late, pampas grass crafts and other activities.
Autumn Highlights #2: Pink Muhly Grass
Pink Muhly Grass has gained huge popularity over the years and Haneul Park is definitely one of the most instagrammable places for your Pink Muhly Grass photo collection. October to November are the best months to catch the romantic Muhly Grass flowering in PINK.
Autumn Highlights #3: Kochia Scoparia (Kochia Broom Cypress)
Pumpkins & Gourds Tunnel (August - September)
Late Spring Flowers
What else to do at Haneul Park?
Tall trees lined the park edges to provide shades, cosy resting spots, a convenience store for drinks/ice-cream and nearby restrooms altogether make this park an ideal place to relax whilst overlooking the beautiful vast grassland or Han River.
Nearby Attraction: Oil Tank Culture Park
A short 5 mins walk from Haneul Park is the Oil Tank Culture Park with rich cultural heritage. It was once a secret place unknown to the public, holding petroleum reserve to power the entire Seoul for a month if needed.
Visitors can experience the 6 huge oil tanks at the park, including its artistically decorated cafe with teddy bears and a 1.35km nature walk around Maebongsan Mountain.
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