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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Parks around Han River in Seoul, Part III: Ttukseom Hangang Park

Ttukseom Hangang Park (Hanja: 뚝섬漢江公園) in 139 Gangbyeon Highway/Gangbyeonbuk-ro, Jayang-dong 704-1 beonji, Seoul Gwangjin-gu is 11.5 km in length and is located north of the Han River near Seoul Forest in Seoul Seongdong-gu. Located inside Ttukseom Park is Ttukseom Supia Theme Park. The theme park is open all year round and has different activities depending on the season e.g swimming pool in summer and ice rink in winter.

Located in the northern end of the riverside between Jamsil Bridge and Yeongdong Bridge, Ttukseom Park is adjacent to Gwangjin-gu, Seongdong-gu and Yongsan-gu. This park has been known for a resort before Hangang Park was made up here. Many family and young couples have visited this park in order to enjoy a variety of leisure facilities, restaurants on a ship and outdoor swimming pools. Now, people of all ages enjoy full being romantic and youthfulness by wind surfing, water skiing and motor boating here, feeling a fresh breeze from the river. Also, these vigorous figures are producing a picture of beautiful scene in harmony with spectacle environment around. Especially, this park has the basketball court and the gateball field for only the handicapped and the elderly.

Of all the Hangang Parks, Ttukseom Park is one of the most fully developed parks for sporting enthusiasts. Ttukseom park has been around for a long time and well before the creation of the Hangang Parks. At the park you can find 4 tennis courts, 2 soccer fields, 6 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, 1 gate ball court, X-game area, an artificial rock climbing area, a swimming pool and 2 fitness areas. For people who like to get off land, there are Motor boating, Water Skiing, Windsurfing activities available.

Overlooking Han River, the Riverside Square is the venue for a diversity of cultural events and performances. Using a technology in which light is bounced off the water, the 'water screen' (installed on the main stage in the square) shows movies or cartoons from 20:00 to 22:00 during the holidays.

The park boasts an exquisite cultural complex called Jabeolle (J-Bug) offering plenty of art and rest facilities as well as a magnificent view of Hangang. Conveniently located near Station 728: Ttukseom Resort Station on SMRT Line 7, Jabeolle houses a café, tea house, and gift shop, as well as exhibitions by media artists.

Ttukseom Hangang Park is open all year round and has a variety of attractions that change with each season. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy the thrill of windsurfing, waterskiing, and motor boating. In the spring and fall, the park has a number of seasonal flower exhibitions. In winter, sledding and skating await.

There is a musical water fountain and a water screen. The water screen plays movies in the evening of the summer months. A movie projector is aimed at misty water that is sprayed up into the air. There is also something similar at Sentosa Island in Singapore.