Natural Ecology Park

World Cup Park

Nanjido Island was once a landfill and was reborn as World Cup Park. The park is made up of five smaller parks, including Pyeonghwa Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park and Nanji Hangang Park. It has a total area of about 3.47km2, which is 15 times larger than the size of Yeouido Park and is similar to that of New York’s Central Park, symbolizing Seoul’s vision in the 21st century.

Pyeonghwa Park

As the heart of the World Cup Park, Pyeonghwa Park is established on flatland an the area of 440,000㎡ between World Cup Stadium and Gangbuk Riverside Road. Pyeonghwa, meaning ‘peace’ in English, implies the mutual coexistence and harmony between humans and nature, which is the concept of the entire World Cup Park. It also implies symbiosis between nature and human culture, harmony with the world, and harmony between a gigantic space in the park and neighboring residents’ lifestyle. Pyeonghwa Park was established as a future-oriented open square to commemorate the 21st century’s first World Cup Game and promote the harmony and peace of the citizens of the world. Furthermore, it was designed to provide environmental education, relaxation, and exercise spaces for the residents. It holds UNICEF Plaza, Nanji Pond, Peace Park, Picnic Site, and the World Cup Park Museum in the park.

Haneul Park

World Cup Park was built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup in 2002. The development project was carried out to restore Nanjido Island, a landfill with tons of urban garbage, to its natural ecosystem, started in October 1999 and opened May 1st, 2002.
Haneul Park was built as an artificial park after the landfill recovery work in Nanjido Island. At the top of the park, visitors can enjoy an open view of Seoul. As the park was built to restore its ecological environment, there are hardly any artificial convenient facilities or stores, so visitors are recommended to prepare their own drinks and snacks. The restrooms, including ones exclusively for use by disabled persons are placed in the Visitors’ Center and major points in the park.
Unlike other parks, Haneul Park uses the natural energy. The 30m-high power generation tower produces 100㎾ of power using five wind power generators that is used as the main energy source for the facilities. Moreover, abundant methane gases from the landfill after the refining process are supplied as the natural gas to the World Cup Stadium and the neighboring areas.

Noeul Park

Noeul Park consists of eco-friendly golf course, natural vegetation area, sports facility and trail for citizens’ leisure activities. Large grassland built in the Entrance Plaza is used as a relaxation and exercise area, while Wind Square and Sunset Square are the ideal places to enjoy the beautiful sunset. The Ecology Observation Park and Wild Flowering Plant Garden helped in soil recovery and are habitats for various wild animals.

Nanjicheon Park

Nanjicheon Stream, which was once dead, was restored with quality soil and sand, and about 3,000 tons of water that Nanji Pond in the Pyeonghwa Park disembogues into the stream. It has been restored into a park whose streamside is thick with willow trees, reeds, and various plants. Other park facilities include the Children’s Playground, Multipurpose Ground, Football Field (artificial turf), Grass Field and Nanji Forest Experience Site for Infants as well as facilities for local residents, persons with disabilities, elderly people and youth. Citizens visit the park to enjoy inline skating and cycling along the restored stream, and walking on the trail equipped with a pond and stepping-stones.

Nanji Hangang Park

Nanji Hangang Park plays the roles of waterfront park, leisure park, and wetland ecological park on the banks of the Hangang River. The park is composed of three zones – the waterfront activity zone on the park’s upper area featuring Camp Site, Dock, and Waterfront Square; the green buffer zone on the middle area featuring Multipurpose Grassland Square and Grass Field; and the wetland eco-park built with the use of the existing trees and plants on the lower area. The Nanji Campground built nearby the park is loved by citizens for holding BBQs as well as camping. The Bike Path in the park’s clean nature is connected to the Ttukseom Recreation Area in east, South End of Haengjudaegyo Bridge in Goyang in west, and Noeul Park and Haneul Park.

Metasequoia Road

An approximately 1km-long Metasequoia Road which stretches in parallel along the Hangang Riverside under Haneul Park, was built with soft earth, so visitors can walk on it in bare feet. Around May, the road is full of yellow rape blossoms. The road is equipped with distance markers in km and wooden benches.