Seoul Forest Park 서울숲
When I looked out the window this morning, I could see the North Seoul Tower and Bukansan very clearly. We haven’t had a day like this in many months! To take advantage of the clear skies, Bridget and I went to Seoul Forest (Ttukseom station, exit 8). Seoul Forest is a huge park (free for visitors) and is divided into five different areas. (I had read that it was advisable to rent a bike to cover the entire park. We were considering renting a tandem bike, but decided against it since we’re both bad at steering!) We first walked into the butterfly/insect exhibit (mostly insects, turtles, and even a few hedgehogs, but we didn’t see any live butterflies). Next we walked to the deer enclosure. There were a bunch of kids feeding the deer (deer food that can be purchased from a machine). They (the deer, not the kids) were so cute. The white spots were really beautiful. And they looked so soft. We could have stuck our hands through the fence and petted the deer, but I wasn’t feeling that adventurous. For some reason, the deer were all twitching or shaking (perhaps to get the flies off their backs?). I just did a google search of this, and the only results that came back were hunting-related. 😦 (Now I’m having flashbacks of watching “Bambi” and crying…)
Next we walked along the “forest” path- a trail covered by towering trees. I’m sure it’s beautiful in the fall when the leaves change color. We came across a pond and a huge stage and field. Maybe there are outdoor concerts or shows some nights? The grassy field looked like a great place to enjoy a picnic. There was also a jungle gym area with a climbing ramp and a huge wire mesh statue in which kids could climb. Bridget and I both climbed up the wooden ramps (I told her it was a preview of our next mountain hike).
We left the park having walked six miles (according to Bridget’s phone’s step counter). We agreed to come back in the fall, when the weather is cooler and the leaves change color.