A Visit to Songdo Central Park
(updated with fresh observations and new photos).
I finally had a chance to visit Songdo’s Central Park in Incheon, Korea. It is loosely modeled after NYC’s Central Park. It features a lake and even has a herd of deer. We had lunch at Gyeongbokgun a fake palace. We were apprehensive that it would be a tourist trap, but the food was quite good, as was the service and the view of the lake,We had the bulgogi special only 50 dollars for the two of us. Then we went for a walk in the park. Next time we visit we will walk down to see the deer and maybe go for a boat ride. The nice thing about it is is located across the street from Costco so it easy to combine with a shopping epedition to Costco. it is only a15 drive from my house so we will defintiely visit more often.
On my latest visit, we walked about 4 miles and saw most of the park.It is bigger than originally meets the eye. Lots of variety. the Deer exhibit and some of the flower gardens are closed due to COVID restrictions. There is also a dog park where the dogs can run free and we watched some younger dogs racing each other. That was fun free entertainment.
there are art exhibits as well as the Incheon urban history museum to explore. Someone said that was worth visiting. there is also a Jjagyemeun musem and a Korean immigration museum to explore in the rennovated China Town district.
Chongha international city has a central park along a lake that I want to explore soon.
defitinely worth another visit.
Updated with fresh pictures.
Songdo Central Park
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Songdo Central Park|
|Songdo Central Park in Songdo IBD|
Songdo International City, Incheon Free Economic Zone, Incheon
|Floor area||101 acres (41 ha) |
|Design and construction|
|Architect||KPF, Yooshin, Associate Architect; Arup, Canal Engineering; DaeIl, Park Engineering; Ung-Do, Hedrick, III, Horticultural Consultant.|
|Developer||Gale International, POSCO E&C|
Songdo Central Park is a public park in the Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. The park is the centerpiece of Songdo IBD‘s green space plan, inspired by New York City‘s Central Park. Central Park is a public zone in the center of Korea’s first international city, covering 101 acres (41 hectares); the park covers almost 10% of Songdo IBD’s total area. It serves to connect to various civic and cultural destinations by providing a seawater canal that refreshes itself every 24 hours. The park also displays sculpture and artwork such as the swooping neofuturistic metallic architecture of the Tri-Bowl.
The park has become popular with families in Songdo and Incheon, and draws day-visitors from the Seoul area. The forested area in the park also fills with daytime tents and campers on weekends. A patio on the east side of the park has cafes and small restaurants, and canoes are available for rental. A water-taxi service crosses the lake for transportation and tourism.
there is a herd of deer in a forrest part of the park. there is also a controversal public art display showing three young boys urinating in the lake.
Gyebogun is a restored fake palace with three resturants – Korean, Chinese and Japanese and a coffee shop that overlooks the lake. there is also an Hanock hotel – the Ambassador hotel but we did not check it out.
In popular culture
Several scenes of the 2012 Gangnam Style music video by Psy were filmed in Songdo Central Park. First, there was a scene in the underground parking lot. This was where Psy had a dance battle with Yoo Jae-suk, who was wearing a yellow suit. In addition, there was another shot taken in the elevator of the same building. There Noh Hong-chul thrust his pelvis while Psy was rapping below him as the elevator door closes.