Seoul without the subways – escape the city to Seoul Forest

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

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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.

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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.

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The butterfly garden.

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A deer park!

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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.

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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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