Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dream Forest Seoul 4th biggest park

Seoul Dream Forest is one of Seoul favourite park. Located in northern Seoul, this park is the 4th biggest in the city after Seoul Forest, Olympic Park, and World Cup Park. The park situated in Beon-dong, Gangbuk-gu. It stretches out along the bottom Opaesan (123m) and Byeogosan (135m).

Visiting park in Seoul will make our mind more fresh. The green tree and small lake in the park will rejuvenate our body and soul. With a huge skycrapcer and tall building within the city, Seoul is facing a difficulty to provide a more green space to the town.

Spring and fall bring out the best of the park, and the scenic pathway is surrounded by trees. Built on 660,000 sq. meters of land formerly occupied by Seoul Dreamland and surrounded by the densely forested mountains of Byeoko-san and Opai-san, Dream Forest provides diverse attractions to visitors together with natural flora.

You will never bored while in the park. Many attractions can be watched include Wolyeongji Pond, Grass Square, Wolgwang Waterfall, Aewoljeong Pavilion, and Chilbokji (confluence of 7 different artificial waterfalls), Event Garden, Children’s Gallery, Wild Grass Garden, Deer Ranch, Exploring Path, Forest Rest, and a water park.

Recently, the Changnyeongwigungjaesa estate (registered cultural heritage No. 40) has been restored with other traditional landscape architectures such as a pond, pavilion and waterfall created nearby to double the genuine beauty of Korean traditional park.

Dream Forest Information :
- Admission: Free (some facilities, such as the Art Center and Observatory charge fees)
- Opened on Oct 17 (Sat): Renovated from Dream Land (amusement park)
- Size: currently 662,627 ㎡ and will be expanded 900,000㎡ (the 4th biggest: World cup> Olympic> Seoul Forest
- It is surrounded by Gangbuk, Sungbuk, Dobong, Nowon, Dongdaemum and Jurang gu
Cherry blossom/Maple trees path
- Large Pond, Water fall
- Art Center for performances (musical concerts, opera), Art Gallery, Exhibition halls
Restaurants, Cafes
- Available Facilities : Lake, Art center, Cultural center, Wolgwang falls, Grass square, Observatory, Traditional garden, Pocker park, Cafeteria, Walk road, Bike road
- Website : http://dreamforest.seoul.go.kr (Dream Forest Administrating Office)
http://www.dfac.or.kr (Dream Forest Art Center)

Some of Dream Forest Tourist Attractions :

1. Design Seoul Gallery

Design Seoul Dream Forest Seoul

Design Seoul Gallery, located on the 1st floor at the visitor’s center, is comprised of three components: Seoul’s Vision, where viewers can take a look at the future plans of the Seoul city government, Making Seoul Green, a comprehensive gallery of future environmental development plans, and Dream Forest Story, a video montage of the history and culture of Dream Forest played on a 3D panel displays.

2. Chilpokji (Seven Waterfall Pond)
Utilizing the park’s high and low land altitudes, 7 small and large waterfalls are built along the stream that flows into the large pond near the visitor’s center. Having a rich ecosystem of its own composed of various water plants and animals, the Chilpokji (Seven Waterfall Pond) provides unique scenery for each season. There are 9 bridges built on the stream. The bridges are connected with the birch tree promenade and lawn field that stretch alongside the stream.

3. History Garden

History Garden Dream Forest Seoul

Recreating tradition and spirit of our ancestors, the History Garden houses several traditional structures such as Changnyeongwigung Ancestral Shrine (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 40), Wolgwangdae (Moonlight Podium), Seokgyo (Stone Bridge), and Aewoljeong (Moon Enchanted Pavilion).

4. Wolyeongji (Moon Reflecting Pond)

Wolyeongji Moon Reflecting Pond Dream Forest Seoul

At the center of the park lies a large pond that contains both the Aewoljeong (Moon Enchanted Pavilion) and the Wolgwang Falls (Moonlight Falls). Wolyeongji (Moon Reflecting Pond), as described in its name, is especially beautiful at night, reflecting moonlight from its bright shining surface. The Wolgwang Falls (Moonlight Falls), built within the pond, is another great landmark also providing a spectacular view at night.

5. Cheongundapwon (Lawn Plaza)

Cheongundapwon Lawn Plaza Dream Forest Seoul

Located north from the Wolyeongji (Moon Reflecting Pond), Cheongundapwon (Lawn Plaza) is a massive lawn plaza, with its size twice as big as Seoul Plaza, built to be used for just about any cultural activities and events. To the east, a water playground for children is installed in front of the Dream Forest Museum of Art.

6. Iris Garden

Iris Garden Dream Forest Seoul

Adorned with beautiful iris flowers and a series of small fountains, the Iris Garden located in front of La Foresta Italian Restaurant provides a great view for both the diners inside the restaurant and those who take rests or watch a live performance on the nearby lawn plaza. The water for the garden is supplied by the stream which is derived from Wolyeongji (Moon Reflecting Pond).

7. Cultural Plaza

Cultural Plaza Dream Forest Seoul

A space in front of Dream Forest Art Center, many events and concerts are held in Cultural Plaza. The plaza is comprised of Mirror Pond, Jumping Fountain, Imaginable Children’s Playground, Hope Forest (Installation Art), and Bowl Plaza. For each season, different type of events will be held to suit the weather.

8. Dream Forest Arts Center

Arts Center Dream Forest Seoul

Dream Forest Arts Center, surrounded by 660,000m2 of green forest, is where visitors can enjoy quality performing arts as well as indulging in other cultural events that take place inside it. The arts center consists of a performance hall and a separate concert hall, a gallery, a restaurant, and a café.

9. Concert Hall

Concert Hall Dream Forest Seoul

The concert hall is available exclusively for acoustic concerts and can accommodate 297 audiences. Its front wall is made of glass, letting the sunlight into the interior.

10. Restaurant & Cafe

Restaurant and Cafe Dream Forest Seoul

How to access Dream Forest Seoul :

Directions To the Visitor Center (East Gate) :
- Subway line #1 to Wolgye Station (exit #2, 50 meters, then take bus #147) or Seokgye Station (exit #7, 20 meters across the street, then take Seongbuk bus 14)
- Subway line #4 to Mia Station (exit #10, 10 meters, then take Seongbuk bus #09 or #11)
- Subway line #6 to Dolgoji Station (exit #3, 30 meters, then take bus #147)
- Subway line #7 to Hagye Station (exit #5, 100 meters, then take bus #149)

Directions To the Art Center and Observatory (West Gate) :
- Subway line #4 to Mia Station (exit #2, 40 meters across the street, then take Seongbuk bus 05) or (exit #3, 70 meters, then take bus #1124)

Here is some information and list about park and green space in Seoul :

1. North of the River
- Dream Forest
- Yongsan Family Park
- World cup Park

2. South of River
- Boramae Park
- Seoul Forest
- Olympic Park

3. On the River
- Seonyudo Park
- Yeouido Park

Dream Forest Seoul Photos :

Dream Forest Seoul

Dream Forest Seoul

Dream Forest Seoul

Dream Forest Seoul

Dream Forest Seoul

Watch Dream Forest Seoul Video here

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