Near the old Seoul Station, and right in the center of the city, you can find one of Seoul’s newest attractions. In some ways it began in 1970 when an overpass was built for a highway, but it was converted to a pedestrian park in 2017, hence you may also see it called Seoul Skypark 7017.
The area around the old Seoul Station has been undergoing revitalization recently and Seoullo 7017 is one part of a larger plan to help revitalize the area while maintaining it’s local charm and history.
We visited early morning before there were too many people around. There are a few access points along its length.
It splits into different paths as it uses the old highway’s on and off ramps. Each leads to a different area and a map is available to show you which to use to get to local attractions.
Once in the elevated park there’s a lot to see and do from art installations….
to a trampoline for kids, a viewpoint, with timetable, to watch the KTX train go under you…
and tourist offices, cafes and little shops, plus what is partially an information office, but more for the plants. Most of these open at 10am and close 10pm.
The garden guy not only gave us a map and tried to explain what we should visit once we left the skypark, he also told us about the garden and how it was organized. See those lines and plaques in the above photo? They tell you which family of plants is collected there, so all the plants you see in that section belong to that particular family. All the names were in Korea and Latin so that you could look them up and find out more about them.
Even though we visited at the tail end of summer there were lots of plants to look at.
We left the Skypark to see an art installation and an area that was just setting up for a market. There were also public restrooms available here.
There are maps dotted around to help you decide what to see and do, and like the Highline in NYC some nearby buildings have entrances straight into the park.
If you look closely you can just see Sungnyemun Gate in the middle distance. It and Namdaemun Market are close enough to walk to, however we headed in another direction to the old city wall and Namsan.
Not yet marked on all the maps, it is easy enough to find once you get to the old Seoul Station area. Whether it is just for a stroll and a quick bite to eat from one of the cafes, or that you have an interest in plants, Seoullo 7017 is a cool place to visit.
Have a great day everyone.
Please do not copy or use without permission and accreditation. All photo credits to Elizabeth and Debora Marzec.