Haneul Park
Haneul Park
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Zolike78
New Westminster, Canada311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We went during the full bloom of silver grass (and cosmos flowers). Lots of people but being so big it didn't feel crowded. It was out-of-this-world beautiful, with the silver grass moving with the blowing of the wind. Some really cute art installations throughout the park plus a great view of Han river and Seoul. A wonderful experience, do not miss this in the fall.
Written 25 November 2023
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SQKrisflyer
Singapore251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
My family and I spent about 2 hours on a sunny autumn Sunday from mid-afternoon till just before sunset at Haneul Park, so named because this is a park in Seoul that is the closest to the sky (Haneul means "Sky" in Korean).

Getting there and entrance fees:
Take Subway Line 6 to World Cup Stadium Station (619). Upon coming out of Exit 1, turn right and walk along the World Cup Stadium. At the first main traffic light intersection along World Cup-ro (road), cross the road to Pyeonghwa (“Peace”) Park, continue in a diagonally-right direction through the car park and finally cross the blue arch bridge that links Pyeonghwa Park and Haneul Park and you would reach the Haneul Park entrance. We took about 15 minutes on this route. Alternatively, after crossing the traffic light intersection, turn right and walk along World Cup Road, cross Jeongsan-ro at the traffic light, turn left and walk past the car park and you would reach the Haneul Park entrance. There is no entrance fee. Haneul Park opens from 9am till 6pm to 8pm (depending on the sunset time, earlier closure timing for winter). During the annual Seoul Silver Grass Festival (which we missed as we visited Haneul Park after the festival date of 15-21 October 2022), the Park was opened till 10pm for visitors to enjoy the fabulous light shows and the night scenery.

Haneul Park is on top of a hill. There are 3 ways to get there from the Park entrance: firstly climb 291 steps up from the Park entrance or secondly take the golf-cart shuttle service departing from the park entrance (operating hours 10am to 6pm (December to February) and 10am to 7pm (rest of the year)) or thirdly, walk the 1.4 km hilly road that the shuttle service plies. For the shuttle service, one-way 7-minute trip fare is ₩2,000 while the round-trip fare is ₩3,000 with the return trip on a different route (past Nanjicheon Park to the park entrance). The shuttle service departs every 10 to 20 minutes. However, we saw long queues when we were there on a weekend afternoon. So rather than waiting for 30 minutes or longer, we climbed the steps with regular stops to enjoy the beautiful views of the World Cup Stadium and autumn foliage surrounding the Stadium (a non-stop climb would take 10-20 minutes depending on human traffic and fitness). Upon reaching the top, we turned right and walked along the tree-covered path until we reached the Visitor Centre.

The attraction:
The are 5 parks in the World Cup Park: Pyeonghwa (“Peace”), Noeul (“Sunset”), Nanjicheon, Nanji Hangang and of course Haneul (“Sky”). These parks were once part of a huge landfill from 1978 to 1993 until a Seoul Metropolitan Government’s decision to transform the entire area into a large-scale environment and ecological park. The end result was the World Cup Park (including Haneul Park) which opened in May 2002 to commemorate the 2002 joint South Korea - Japan World Cup.

Amongst the 5 parks, the highest and the most popular park is Haneul. When we were there, it was easy to understand its popularity particularly in autumn. This was because of the following reasons which we enjoyed:
(1) Autumn blooming of Silvergrass (also known as eulalia grass, pampas grass or Miscanthus (scientific name)): The entire Park was occupied predominantly by towering Silvergrass. The Silvergrass was proven to remedy polluted soil, improve the soil quality, and increase habitat biodiversity. The Silvergrass fully bloomed during October, in which the silvery white-purplish feathery flower plumes were such a refreshing contrast to the typical red, yellow and orange fall foliage. It certainly produced great moments in photography, selfie and wefie when amongst these elegant “crowning glory” residents of the Park. When I viewed the Park from the observatory deck, the Silvergrass gave me that feeling that I was standing on a large white feathery wing or floating in a magical land in my dreams, and when the occasional wind blew, the Silvergrass swayed in tandem in shimmering waves – what a mesmerising sight!
(2) Autumn blooming of Muhly Grass (also known as hairawn muhly or mule grass or Muhlenbergia (scientific name)): aside from the Silvergrass, Haneul Park also has a right rear section allocated to the popular Muhly Grass. These native to western and central United States Muhly grass plants produce beautiful pink and purple flower stalks during the autumn month of October. Visitors love Muhly Grass because the flower stalks collectively create a fluffy “cotton candy” appearance (except this “cotton candy” is not edible!) as well as a romantic pink cloud appearance. Like the Silvergrass, this is another mesmerising sight to behold! However, I was disappointed to see many Muhly Grass plants being trampled to the ground by visitors wanting to immerse themselves amongst the fluffy flower plumes for that selfie and wefie. Just next to the Muhly Grass section were the lovely multi-colour cosmos flowers.
(3) Autumn colour change of Kochia Broom Cypress (also known as Kochia Scoparia or burning bush or Mexican fireweed or Bassia (scientific name)) plants - in autumn (mid to end October), the leaves turned from green to dark pink or dark red. These unique round or oval shaped plants are located just in front of the Visitor Centre surrounding the sculptured word “LOVE” as well as next to the Muhly Grass section.
(4) Structured walkways and rest areas: there are 2 main broad walking paths in the form of a cross that intersect at the centre of the Park. There are also many smaller “tributary” walkways into the Silvergrass and other plants. Hence there is enough walking room for visitors. If you are tired, there are covered resting areas as well as small snack shops and convenience store.
(5) Besides the flora, there were several photo zones (with large photo frames) and lookout points. There was this Haneul Viewing Point at the end of the straight walkway from the Visitor Centre that has a fabulous panoramic vista of Bukhansan Mountain, metropolitan Seoul and the Seongsan Bridge and World Cup Bridge across the Hangang River. When I was standing at the Viewing Point observation deck, I could not help appreciating the contrast between the hustle and bustle city on one side and the peaceful and carefree flora in the Park on the other side. It’s a similar experience at the stand-alone "Bowl with the Sky" bowl-shaped observatory.
(6) The 5 wind turbines along the edge of Haneul Park contributed to the environment sustainability of this “trash to treasure” park
(7) Golden Silvergrass: just before the sun was about to set, we saw the Silvergrass flowers transformed from silvery-white to golden-orange. It was another awesome sight of Nature!

We really enjoyed the relaxing stroll and mesmerising scenery at Haneul Park and would love to return again some other time on a weekday. If you are in Seoul during autumn particularly in October, do wear comfortable walking shoes and create wonderful Instagram and photography memories at Haneul Park because this is one “must visit” attraction in autumn.
Written 23 June 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,622 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is part of the World Cup Park, a huge green area at the western part of Seoul. The site of a former landfill, Haneul Park is now a popular weekend hangout spot. A short stroller ride to the summit offers a pleasant panorama of the city. The plantation of reed adds a sense of wilderness to the once barren land. A great picnic venue in summer.
Written 14 November 2022
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eric821
quezon city161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The park offers 360° view of Seoul and the Han. Worth noting is how the park came about. From being a landfill to becoming an attraction tells us that nothing is impossible with political will and determination.
Written 31 December 2019
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Fengww
Singapore, Singapore1,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
If you do not wish to attempt 291 stairs or long hilly walk up to the top of the park, you can take the golf-cart shuttle service departing from the park entrance at a small charge (1 way 2,000 won / return 3,000 won).
Written 29 December 2019
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Murugi
Nairobi, Kenya80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Of course I am here in winter so grass in brown and bot much color. However, it also meant that it was deserted and felt like I had the whole park to myself. I started from the World Cup Stadium and walked up the stairs. There is the option of taking a car, which I did on the way down as it was after sunset and cold AF. Paid KW 2,000 for single trip

As you go up, Seoul is revealed in bits, breathtaking really. As someone who comes from a place where we still have sweeping vistas of untainted Savannah, it was a bot sad to see the cramped up high rises and kinda feel the suffocation from so much concrete.

I sat and watched the sunset over Han River and as sunsets go, definitely one of my best.
Written 5 December 2019
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KarenK
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
If u want Seoul pictures different from all your friends', then this is the place to go! your pictures will come out looking Instagrammable too!

Take to World Cup Stadium Station and then walk towards Haneul Park. u have the option to take the buggy shuttle bus up onstead of climbing the steep slope up. The bus is highly recommended and cost only KRW1000 for a round trip.

The field is huge so no worries about crowd. Each one has his own little patch of muhly grass to disappear into and take pictures!
Written 4 December 2019
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Derick Guillarte
Makati, Philippines66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Haneul Park is the highest park and one of the five parks situated in World Cup Park. The park can be reached by climbing the wooden stairway or riding the parks electric tram. It was once a landfill that has been turned inti an ecological park. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the fantastic view of Seoul and the Han river. The view is breathtaking and goodspot for taking pictures and relaxing.
Written 2 December 2019
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jingming315
Singapore, Singapore22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I went to Haneul Park in Mid Nov and flowers have withered. All that were left are field of brown Lalang. Definitely, was hoping for more colours but can't be help that I went at the wrong timing. Personally felt that the park will be enchanted if we went at the right time with flowers blooming.

You will be required to climb stairs up to the park. After the short climb, the gradient is gentle. It took us around 45 minutes to finish exploring the park, taking photographs. The park is a 10 minutes walk from world cup stadium, making it accessible by public transport.

The weather was cooling then at around 10-14 degree Celsius making the walk enjoyable. It was a worth a trip there as you can visit Mapo-Gu or Hongdae easily after. It will be added bonus if you plan the trip well and see the seasonal flowers in timely manner.

Overall, a beautiful place to go to if you have extra time to spare and is looking for a spot for instagram worthy pictures.
Written 17 November 2019
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Aria
Singapore, Singapore65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
I found this place from a few blogs that recommended scenic places to visit in South Korea. It is not hard to get here. Just needed to walk quite a distance from the train station. This visit to the park is very nice if you have one whole day to spare and relax walking around to just look at the scenery. There are other parks nearby but the area is very huge and you cannot visit them all in one day. Our feets are also hurting from the long walk.

I visited during the end of Autumn, nearing winter. It was worth the trip here because it is really as beautiful as described in the blogs and when I was there, there wasn't a lot of people or tourists.

Only the starting area has some crowd, but when you start to walk up and explore the tall plant areas, it is very peaceful and quiet. And you can take beautiful photo there. Just remember to bring a tripod if you have no one to help you take photo!

I would suggest not to step into the plant area as it will kill the plants. There are already some area that people have cleared for you to step into so you can walk around and find those areas to take your photos instead.

If you do not want to hike up, there is a place near the bottom of the park to purchase a ticket for the buggy car to bring you up, One way or round trip. The ride is very nice if you can sit at the back seats which was what we did.

If you are hungry, there is a little snack shop near the tall grass area, with many choices of food and beverages. There's also a few table and benches where you can rest and eat your snacks or instant noodles on.

Just outside the train station, there are some shops selling clothes if you are not wearing enough.
Written 13 November 2019
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