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Sohn Kee Chung


Sohn Kee Chung



Sohn Kee Chung Park
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Sohn Kee Chung Park

Sohn Kee-Chung was Korea's first true international athlete. The year was 1936. Korea was under Japanese rule, and Sohn was sent to Berlin to compete under the Japanese flag (although he was born and raised in Korea). Not only did he compete, but he won the gold medal in the marathon.

As a coach, he excelled too. His students would win the Boston Marathon multiple times along with a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. After Sohn passed away in 2002, a memorial park was built in his honor.

The Scouting Report

Sohn Kee Chung Park was built to memorialize a world-class athlete. Befittingly, the park is a good place to sport it up. Is that even a correct usage of the word "sport"? It doesn't matter. Just get your sport on at Sohn Kee Chung Park.

Sohn Kee Chung Park

The memorialized Sohn Kee Chung!.

The World Class Olympian

A cultural center and a memorial hall have been built in honor of Sohn. A fine bust and statue of Sohn Kee Chung can be found in the park.

Sohn Kee Chung Park

The Legend!

Take a Stroll

A walking trail connects the whole park with benches scattered throughout it. So feel free to sit down and use the benches.

Sohn Kee Chung Park

Take a walk around the park.

Exercise for the Kids

There are exercise machines and a children's playground within the park. Please encourage you children to play and your friends to exercise.

Sohn Kee Chung Park

Pump the Iron - Let the Kids Play!

Things to Do

  • Basketball Goal (not a court, just a single goal)
  • Gateball
  • Soccer Field
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Courts (Restricted Access)

Extra Info

There is not much nearby. Bring your own beverages and snacks.

There is a park office and bathrooms on-site.

The park is at an elevated height.


Check out the Sohn Kee-Chung Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.

How To Get There

Where: Seoul-si, Jung-gu, Malli-dong

From Lines 2 and 5 - Chungjeongno Station (충정로역):
-Walk out of exit 5 and make your first left. Follow this street for 180 meters until it ends. Then make a right. Walk straight for 35 meters and take a left (onto Mallijae-ro 37-gil). Then keep following this street for 400 meters. You will find yourself close to the soccer fields.

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Originally posted April 21, 2015
Updated December 22, 2015

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