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Friday, 6 June 2014

Gupabal Falls, Seoul Eunpyeong-gu: Artificial Waterfall in Seoul


Gupabal Falls (Hanja: 舊把撥瀑布) is a park located in JinGwan-dong san 94-11 beonji, Seoul Eunpyeong-gu. As a landmark of Unification Road a.k.a Tongillo, the gateway to the northwest of Seoul, it was opened to improve the street scenery and to create an agreeable urban environment in October 1997. It is characterized by water features including Eunha Falls, Sanseong Falls, and Plaza Fog Fountain. The artificial falls use underground water from subways. In addition, it has an outdoor performance stage, plazas, walking trails, and benches. 

The fountain spouts from April to October during 3 periods each day: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Around Gupabal Falls, there are 30 species of trees (6,515 trees altogether), including pine trees, big cone pines, zelkova trees, and ginkgo trees, as well as 8 species of flowering plants (4,358 plants altogether), including Siberian chrysanthemum, tiger lilies, and sedums. This artificial fall is accessible by using KORAIL-Seoul Metro Line 3 to Station 320: Gupabal Station.