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The Cultural Center in Seoul, Olympic Park

The chilly wind penetrates our coats as the winter comes closer, and it becomes harder to get out of our sweet warm homes. Still, it would be great to go out for a breezy stroll, breaking out from the daily routine. In Olympic Park you can do this, not only with your friends and family, but you can also enjoy this alone and have a great time. Let’s take a break in Olympic Park.

Five Zones in Olympic Park (soma.kspo.or.kr)

A Huge Rest Area in the Center of the Cit​​​​​​​y

Brief Introduction About Olympic Park

Since 1984, Olympic Park was developed to celebrate the hosting of the Olympics in 1988, in Songpa-Gu, Seoul, which was the capital of the ancient Baekje Dynasty. Not surprisingly, a fortification from the Baekje Dynasty, Mongchon Fortress was excavated inside the park site, so the construction was temporarily stopped. Construction restarted after deciding to develop the park along with excavating the fortress. In Olympic Park, people can enjoy various kinds of cultural facilities such as a historical museum, sculptures, as well as sports facilities. Also, the Olympic Park is one of the world’s big five sculpture parks, along with sculpture parks in the United States, England, Japan, and Norway. About 210 sculptures are scattered throughout five zones all over the park. Kingos can enjoy looking at them while walking.

Walking Path with Sculptures

How to Go

From the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, take the subway line number 4 at Hyehwa station. At Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station, transfer to line number 5. At Chunho station, transfer to line number 8, and get off at Mongchontoseong station. It takes about 1 hour. From the Natural Sciences Campus, take the subway line number 1 from Sungkyunkwan University station. At Noryangjin station, transfer to line number 9 and get off at Hanseong Baekje station. It takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Walking Around Olympic Park

Walking Path Along Mongchon Fortress

Theme 1: Scent of Baekje

1. Mongchon Fortress and Walking Trails

Mongchon Fortress is a small hill about 6.7m high, rounded with a walking trail. While walking along the path, Kingos can see One Tree which is known for being a photo spot. The blue sky and green grass are well-harmonized .

2. Seoul Baekje Museum

As Seoul was the capital of Baekje, lots of relics were excavated near Olympic Park. Seoul Baekje Museum was established to care for and study those relics. It takes about one hour to two hours to see. The museum consists of three floors, from the second basement to the ground floor, and is arranged in chronological order. The museum is closed every Monday. On weekdays except for Monday, it is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and holidays, it is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Exit of SOMA Museum

Theme 2: Enjoying Culture

Along with the historical museum, there is an art museum, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA). SOMA museum opened in 2004, and the spatial openness in the museum is impressive. There are two museums - museum 1 with six exhibition rooms and museum 2 with four exhibition rooms. In museum 1, the panoramic view of the sculpture park unfolds, and in museum 2, the Red Zone of the five zones is connected, representing the communicative space. In other words, the inside and outside of the museum are connected through a window. Various artworks, including the video art of Baek Nam-jun are displayed in the museum. Until December 22nd, the exhibition “PIECES_SCULPTURE” is held, and until January 5th, “Winnie the Pooh-Exploring a Classic” is held.

Theme 3: Activities

In Peace Square, from December 21st, the ice-skating rink is opened from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kingos can enjoy learning programs by booking in advance. 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. programs are available, and it costs 30,000 won per time. Below is an admission fee table.

Theme 4: Chilling in the Center of the City

1. World Peace Gate

World Peace Gate is the emormous main gate of Olympic Park, which is 24m high and 37m wide. It is the shape of a dove, which represented peace in the 1988 Seoul Olympic. Beneath underneath the pigeon’s wing, the picture of four deities in charge of four cardinal directions are drawn. Baek Geum-nam, a professor of SKKU, drew it. At the center of the gate, the torch of peace is burning with the Seoul Declaration of Peace.

Mongchon Moat Lake

2. Mongchon Moat Lake and 88 Lake

In Olympic Park, there are two lakes - Mongchon Moat Lake and 88 Lake. A moat, hae-ja in Korean, is a defensive waterway that prevented enemies from approaching. As the park was built, this moat changed into the lake. Mongchon Moat Lake is a bigger and more popular one, so Kingos should visit 88 Lake if Kingos want silence and composure.

The final exams and the end of the semester are around the corner. In Olympic Park, Kingos can chill out during their studies, or also can enjoy winter after the exams. Lotte World Tower and Songnidan-Gil, which is known for the delicious foods, are near the park so that Kingos can enjoy them together

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