Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest is the metropolitan government’s answer to Central Park in New York City. Based on its plan to create a forest in the Ttukseom area, the metropolitan government worked for one year to open the vast, artificially formed forest to the public in June 2005.
The forest covers some 1.15 million m2 of land, with a total of 420,000 trees of 104 different species were transplanted here to emphasize the ecofriendly image of the forest. The trees are about 20 meters tall and 30 to 40 centimeters in diameter. Oak, hornbeam and cherry trees are most common here, most of which are of Korean origin.

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The forest consists of five areas under different themes. The first themed land is called “TtukSeom Culture and Art Park,” which includes a plaza, outdoor stage, an artificial pond, an atelier and a gateball court. The second one is “TtukSeom Ecology Forest, a grand ecological forest which is home to such wild species as the Formosan deer, Chinese water deer, squirrels and fallow deer (they were released into the forest when it opened) (a guided tour is available).
The area is connected to Hangang Waterside Park via a 472-meter -long bridge. “Wetlands Ecological Field”, the third area, features a bird observatory, an eco-friendly playground and Jeongsu botanical garden. The fourth area, “Hands-on Nature Learning Center,” is a place where visitors can gain hands-on knowledge and see examples of various plants. This area also features Gallery Garden, a greenhouse and a flower garden made from the water purifying facilities which had long been used here. The fifth area is Hangang Waterside Park which includes a cycle trail and a boat terminal.

Location: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

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