Located between Jungnangcheon Stream and Hangang River, Seoul Forest, which was opened in 2005, is one of the most loved park by citizen.
The park consists of four parts, Culture & Art Park, Educational Experience Park, Eco-forest Park, and Riverside Park along Hangang River.
Seoul Forest Park is the first one which is established and managed by Citizen group as a public-private partnership.
From 2003 to 2005, more than 5,000 citizens and 70 firms had participated to plant trees for the park. Since then it has been developing continuously with many volunteer activities and donations.
Seoul Forest Park has been managed by an NPO, named Seoul Forest Park Conservancy under the contract with Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Visiting hours: 24 hours open year-round (some parts are closed on Monday)
Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Contact number: 02-460-2905
For parking: 02-461-2916
May 4, 2013: The first tree planting event for the establishment Seoul Forest Park was organized by Seoul Green Trust Foundation
June 18, 2015: Seoul Forest Park Opening and ‘Friends of Seoul Forest Park’ begun
September, 2016: New Contract between Seoul Metropolitan and Seoul Green Trust
November, 2016: Seoul Green Trust organized ‘Seoul Forest Park Conservancy’, which is a new name of ‘Friends of Seoul Forest Park’. The conservancy started to manage Seoul Forest park.
Seoul Forest, used-to-be a horse racing
In the past, the forest had been a royal hunting ground for kings and served as a military inspection facility. However, in more recent decades, the area has served a wide variety of functions. Ttukseom(Ttuk Island) initially served as a water-treatment facility, and later as a golf course, horse racing track, and eventually a sports park.
Thanks to the contribution of citizens
The Mayor announced to establish the Seoul Forest Park in January, 2003. And Seoul Green Trust was founded by Forest For Life(NPO) and Seoul City Government in June, 2003. Many citizens has joined as a member of Seoul Green Trust and participated to plant trees for the park development. From 2003 to 2005, 5,000 citizens and 70 companies raised the green fund more than 50 hundred million won for the new park.
Besides, supporters have also been participating in managing Seoul Forest, through donations and volunteer activities.
organized by Seoul Green Trust in 2003
Opening of Seoul Forest Park in 2005
The Park was opened on June 18, 2005. Seoul Green Trust organized a friends group for the park, named ‘Friends of Seoul Forest Park’. Many citizens participated in maintaining trees, cleaning the park, running environmental education program and to conducting cultural events as ‘the Friends of Seoul Forest Park’ since its opening. Seoul Forest Eco Program, City Gardener, Community Gardening, Seoul Forest School, and Small library in the Forest are very famous and beloved programs for a long time.
Seoul Forest: the park for teenagers and the youth
Since 2010, Seoul Forest has focused on programs that help teenagers look for themselves and their own dream outside school.
4,800 young people have had the opportunity of ‘green job’ experiencing by participating in internship, training, short-term employment and volunteer programs
Seoul Forest, as the center of park volunteers
Now there are thousands of volunteers who help Seoul Forest Park Management, the Seoul Forest Park becomes a center of green volunteer in Seoul. 15 volunteers only in 2005.
Since 2005, about 50,000 volunteers have participated in volunteer works. Children learn and experience the nature, a retired start his/her second life, a family enjoy holiday through planting flowers, caring trees and soils, and cleaning the park. Seoul Forest Park is a home of city dweller.
Seoul Forest: The land of opportunities.
Seoul Forest opens a healthy environment for the elders, housewives and retired people.
Here people have a chance to learn gardening skills and forest education methods. Seoul forest support them to be a city gardener or forest instructor.
Milestone: Seoul Forest Park Conservancy
The Park has been run by Public-Private Partnership since 2005. Friends of Seoul Forest Park had in-charged of education programs, events, communications, and volunteer activities while Seoul City take over park maintenance. The mayor decided to turn over the park management to Citizen Group in 2016. Seoul Green Trust won the public competition of Seoul Forest Park management in September, 2016. Seoul Green Trust organized the Seoul Forest Park Conservancy to manage the park after the competition. Now, the park is by the citizen, of the citizen, and for the citizen. Let’s work together for the second start of Seoul Forest Park!
Seoul Forest Park Conservancy
The conservancy has a responsibility to maintain 480,994m2 of green space with 40,000 trees and 11 buildings as well as to make a better to meet the demand of citizens.
Our Mission and Vision
Seoul Forest Park Conservancy
The Park consists four parts (Culture & Art Park, Education Park, Eco-Forest, and Riverside Park) and each part has a different maintaining and operating system. We have 5 teams to manage the park with experts of various fields.
Park Maintenance Team is in charge of fire prevention, architecture, electricity, equipment, animal cages, gardens, sports facilities and also of improving the quality of facilities.
Volunteering Support Team organizes and train various volunteer activities for both individuals and groups.
Program Team is in charge of planning and operating different education programs and cultural programs, from regular programs to special events.
Communication Team always looks for new means of communication and service for visitors and manages Seoul Forest Park’s homepage, SNS as well as newsletters and promotion.
Management Support Team’s main task is supporting the other four teams in terms of Seoul Forest’s business, accounting, human resource managing and marketing.
Bundang Line_ From Seoul Forest Station Exit No.3
Line No.2_ From Ttukseom Station Exit No.8
15 minutes walking
2014 : Jayang 4-dong Garage > Yeongdongdaegyo > Seoul Forest > Wangsimni Station > Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
2412 : Seongsudong Garage > Ttukdo Water Purification Center(Seoul Forest) > Noryunsan Market > Jamsil Station > Songpa Station > Suseo Station
2224 : Seongsudong Garage > Seoul Forest > Ttukseom Station > Seongsu Station > Konkuk Univ. Station > Dongseoul Bus Terminal
2413 : Seongsudong Garage > Seoul Forest > Ttukseom Station > Yeongdongdaegyo > COEX(Samseong Station)
121 : Hwagyesa > Korea Univ. Samgeori > Majang Station > Seoul Forest Back Entrance
141 : Dobongsan Mountain > Miasamgeori Station > Seoul Forest Back Entrance > Dosan Park > Seoul Customs
145 : Bukbu Water Supply Office > Dapsimni Filming Location > Seoul Forest Back Entrance > Hanyang APT. > Sinsa Station
148 : Bukbu Water Supply Office > Korea Univ. Samgeori > Seongdong-gu Office > Seoul Forest Back Entrance > Apgujeong Station
463 : Yeoksam Station > Apgujeong Station > Seoul Forest Back Entrance > Wangsimni Station
The Operating hours of main facilities
Visitor Center (10:00~18:00)
The visitor center, located at entrance #1 of the Seoul Forest, is a place where you can go to see the full history of Seoul Forest as well as other information about the park. The visitor center also has a children’s library, baby care room and a nursery.
Community Center (10:00~18:00, Closed on Mondays)
The cafeteria is located near the pond where anyone can stay and relax. Community center is the place managing all programs for citizens.
Insect Garden (10:00~17:00, Closed on Mondays)
The garden is designed with glasses, consisting of an insect samples exhibition room and a butterfly ecology room. This is the place where visitors can directly observe more than 100 kinds of insects and butterflies that are around us everyday.
Butterfly Garden (May-October 10:00~17:00, Closed on Mondays, Closed November to April)
At the butterfly park, there are yellow swallowtail butterflies, sulfur butterflies, cabbage butterflies, etc. together staying as well as the plants for their food. In addition, visitors can also see how a larva eats its food and its transformation process.
Eco Forest & Footbridge (07:00~20:00, June-August: 07:00~21:00)
The Eco Forest is preserved and kept for deer and other wild animals. The Footbridge is crossing Hill of Wind to Hangang Riverside Park. On the bridge, visitors can observe the Eco Forest.
Seoul Forest Park Conservancy
02-460-2905 | seoulforest.or.kr
273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea