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Monday, 9 February 2015

Hwangseong Park, Gyeongju, Northern Gyeongsang: Nurturing the Healthy Way of Sillan Citizens

The Hwangseong Park (Hanja: 皇城公園) is a park located at 79-41 Yongdam Avenue/Yongdamno, Hwangseong-dong san 1-1 beonji, Gyeongju, Northern Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Most of public sport facilities are located in the park with an area of 1,022,350 sq m (252.63 acres) including a luxuriant pine trees forest. 

The site is originally where Doksan was situated, an artificial forest established in regards to feng shui during the Silla period. The Doksan forest was used as a training place for hwarang warriors, and a recreation venue as well as a hunting place for the Silla Kings, especially the 26th ruler, King Jinpyeong's favorite place.

Since 1975, Hwangseong Park has been designated as "city neighborhood park" and currently consists of multi-purposed Gyeongju Public Stadium, Football Park with 7 football fields and one futsal field, and one gymnasium, as well as Horimjang field for gukgung or Korean traditional archery and a ssireum wrestling ring. In addition, it contains a gateball field, an inline skating rink, jogging courses, and cycling roads. Among them, the construction of Gyeongju Public Stadium was completed in 1982. and can accommodate 20,000 spectators.