With all the gastronomy delights, it is time we continue with more exploration of some places of interest, which obviously varies with different people’s preference and interpretation.
Hangang Park (한강공원)
Hangang River (한강) is of course a significant part of Korea, which in our humble opinion should be a place of interest in all tourists’ itinerary.
Hangang Park (한강공원) is a representative people’s park located by Hangang River (한강). It was created through the “Hangang River Comprehensive Development Project” in the 1980s, covering a huge area that is dedicated to the citizens, providing areas for sports and relaxation. You can see many people strolling or jogging along the trail paths, in-line skaters, bicyclers, and soccer fields or basketball courts.
The Yeouido area is very popular as it is where all the major TV Studios are located, and countless dramas use this park for their shoots. Here you can also observe the birds of Bam Isle, a designated ecological preservation area. In order to get a magnificent view of the river, we dropped by Hangang Park (한강공원) in Yeouido, and below are some pictures of the river and park in extremely wet weather.
KBS & MBC
Following the tranquility of Hangang Park on a rainy day, we braved the storm in search of the 2 largest broadcasting stations in Korea. We did not spend much time at both these places as security seems to be quite strict at the MBC headquarters with many guards at the entrance, and seemingly registration is required for entry.
It was more tricky in search of KBS, as they have a satellite building on Yeouido apart from the main headquarters. So if you are visiting, do note that the main headquarters building is the one nearer to the City Hall.
KBS welcomes all visitors with open arms, and even has a place for visitors to take a photo with this KBS mascot. The last photo below should be a familiar sight to many who follows Korean variety. This is the place where the famous “1 Night 2 Days” filming starts most of the time, and if “Invincible Youth” fans remember, one of the episodes featured this location as well.
If you look at the map of Seoul, one will realise that the stream almost cuts across the entire city. Due to various constraints, our team only managed to complete half of the entire course with the starting point at around the Dongdaemun vicinity and ending at Cheonggye Plaza.
Cheonggyecheon Stream used to exist merely as an overpass neglected in 1970 until it was restored in 2005, becoming a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life. Narae Bridge, expressing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges featured along the path of the stream. The ‘Rhythmic Wall Stream’, lined with fine marble, various sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Cheonggyecheon Stream offers many beautiful sights to see and enjoy including the grand fountain at Cheonggye Plaza, a ceramic mural of a king making a grand voyage to Hwaseong, a wishing wall where more than 20,000 people have written their deepest desires and many more.
A leisure stroll took us about a little more than an hour, and left us with some of the below sights.
With the beautiful sights of the stream, we conclude our part 4 coverage of “KAvenyou Korea Free & Easy“. What are we still missing? I guess we are probably missing out on some shopping spree, maybe some love from “We Got Married”, and of course the “Invincible Youth” coverage that all G7 fans are waiting for. Does all these excite you?
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