Seoul without the subways – escape the city to Seoul Forest

Seoul, I love you but sometimes I need a break!


The traffic, the people, the phone zombies! It all gets to be a bit much sometimes. I guess Korea understands this because the city has built Seoul Forest where you can leave all this behind and just relax.

Seoul Forest – Line 2 (green)

The forest is enormous and full of  a lot to do, spending a day here would be easy and just a lovely thing to do. To get here subway to Ttuksepm staion on line 2 (green) and leave through exit 8. It is about a 10 minutes walk from the station but this is well mapped. Just walk straight and turn at the first left and continue until you see the forest on the right.


Everything inside is well mapped out but just walking around is enjoyable enough.

There’s the mirror lake and statue garden where you can see families having picnics. I always like how the families will set up a tent to relax in and spend their day – it is like camping but without the difficult sleeping and no showering part.


The butterfly garden.



A deer park!


And just a whole lot of nature. You can hire bikes to see the park which, after spending so much time amongst one of the biggest cities in the world, is such a nice break.

After a few hours of strolling around you can also visit the Page Gallery which lies on the right of the statue garden.


It is a contemporary gallery and has some really good shows on. If art isn’t your thing then take a break at one of the many cafes attached to the gallery and people watch. I recommend the chocolate café which sells handmade Belgium chocolates – amazeballs!

Seoul Forest is a welcome break and way to spend the day. There are a lot of restaurants in the area, or you can hop back on a subway to Anguk station pretty easily (line 2 to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park then transfer to line 3 to Anguk) if you want some dinner and nighttime Jogseya temple viewing.

DSC00342That’s the last for my Seoul without the subways series. You can read the rest here, here and here. I hope they have been helpful! After many trips to Seoul I do feel like I have the subways down and these are a great way to enjoy it all without going crazy. Happy travelling!



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