Songdo Central Park
For many people, Songdo's Central Park is unknowingly what they know most about Korea. Thanks to Psy's Gangnam Style video, the park has been seen over two billion times around the world.
The video's dance-off in the parking garage scene was shot in Songdo Central Park's parking garage. The elevator scene with the pelvic thrusting was also filmed in Songdo Central Park. But that is NOT why you should come to the park. You should come to be park because it is beautiful and provides excellent water sport activities on its waterway.
The Scouting Report
The main feature of Songdo Central Park is its manmade canal that runs through the middle of it. It is not overly impressive in and of itself; however, it does compliment its surroundings well. It makes for a nice centerpiece to a casually delightful park.
One of the highlights of the park is the various artwork that surrounds the canal. Those enjoying a bike ride or a stroll around the park are entertained with various sculptures, some thought-provoking, some beautiful, and some quite humorous.
The park isn't huge, but it is big enough to spend an hour or two in and not get too bored.
As mentioned above, the main draw is definitely the canal. There are two boathouses on the canal (one at each end) that offer all sorts of boats for rental. Some boats will keep you safely (relatively) dry. Some options may require you to come prepared with a swimsuit.
If boating isn't your cup of tea, the main boathouse also rents bicycles. You can get single seaters, double seaters, and even quads. Enjoy the few, but pleasant cycling paths that wind through the park.
Elsewhere On The Web
- Modern Seoul - Songdo Central Park and Lake (Canoes, Boats, Bikes and More)
- Bobby's Awesome Life - Songdo 송도
- Robert Koehler Travel Photography - Sunset at Songdo's Central Park
- Welcome to Yeonsu - Everything about Songdo
Things To Do At The Park
- Walking/Running Path
There is a coffee shop in the main boathouse near the parking garage. It is a good place to people watch.
About 100 meters down the canal from the main boathouse, there is a Holly's coffee shop. It is unique in that it is in a hanok-style building. Charming.
Check out the Songdo Central Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.
How To Get There
Where: Incheon-si, Yeonsu-gu, Songdo-dong
From Incheon Line 1 - Central Park Station (센트럴파크역):
- Walk out of exit 4.
- Look for a canal that runs through the park. It is on the other side of the very odd-looking buildings in front of you.
- Follow the canal to the right.
From Incheon Line 1 - Incheon National University (인천대입구역):
- Walk out of exit 4.
- Walk straight for approximately 500 meters.
- Look for the park on your left.