Traveling alone is a luxury that many people don’t gift themselves. It forces you out of the comfort of someone else’s itinerary and allows for you to implement your own creativity. In essence, we are all alone on this Earth (unless you are a conjoined twin or something of that nature) which means we must pursue the natural path of exploration. Fortunately, the internet makes it a lot easier to find places within our interests, rather than just wandering aimlessly until we stumble across somewhere fitting.
Seoul Forest (서울숲) was a gem that I discovered while Googling places to go in Seoul (서울). What’s amazing is that within a city full of people, skyscrapers, automobiles and some of the greatest technologies on Earth, there is a beautiful nature filled environment hidden in plain sight.
What’s most surprising is how massive the space is. It’s divided into different regions that are full of various plants, animals, water areas, fitness courts, etc. At the very least, it’s a great place to just go for a walk. I went on a weekday when there weren’t very many people around. While I love the bustle of Seoul (서울), it was surprisingly healing to have a few hours away from it all.
I would say it’s definitely a must visit place when you go to South Korea simply because it’s such a unique experience being in a “forest” concealed within such a large city.
On the subway take the Bundang line (분당선) to the Seoul Forest (서울숲) station.
273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 성동구 뚝섬로 273 (성수동1가, 서울숲 관리사무소)