The Seoul Stop


Waoo Park





Waoo Park
와우 공원


Waoo Park

More than one person has mistakenly referred to Waoo Park as Wahoo Park. It's hard not to. Seriously. This park that has remained off the radar for so long is a splendid piece of greenery.

The Scouting Report

Are you looking to pound the rock and then go and pound some drinks? Do you want to be ballin’ on the court and then one hour later be ballin’ in the club? Well, you have come to the right place. Waoo Park offers a fine basketball court that is literally within Hongdae.


Standard Seoul-green-top asphalt. It used to be a darker green but the sun and sneakers have caused it to fade. Hopefully, your legs don’t fade towards the end of a game. The three-point line is not official. Hopefully your three-point shot is.


  • Proximity. You cannot find another court that is closer to Hongdae.
  • The court is a good spot to play a pickup half-court game. If you are going to play a full-court game, you may need to come with a group of people.
  • The courts are fairly secluded. They don’t look out onto any roads or subways. So if your jumper isn’t falling, there is no need to be embarrassed.


  • There are no lights. Why? The planners knew it was a Hongdae court. The real Hongdae ballers don’t pop jumpers at night, they pop bottles.
  • Since it is secluded, you won’t get as much traffic as Yeouido Park or Yonsei. Still, there are usually enough people for a half-court pickup game.
Basketball court at Waoo Park

Ballers gotta ball

Cool Down

Being in Hongdae means you are already in cool-down central. If you’re looking for something specific, there is a renowned burger shop close to the base of Waoo Park. It is called ‘I Am a Burger’.

Sports and Recreation Nearby

Photo Gallery

Check out the Waoo Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.

How To Get There

Where: Seoul-si, Mapo-gu, Changjeong-dong

From Line 2 - Hongdae Station (홍대역):
-Walk out of exit 8 and take your first right. Keep walking straight until you reach a roundabout.
-Veer left and head straight. Walk on the right side of the sidewalk. You will pass a few galbi (Korean bbq) restaurants.
-You will reach another roundabout. Take a right. You should be on the street named Wausan-ro 29 gil.
-Walk all the way to the end of this street. This street is a quieter street that has restaurants and shops. It will have a smattering of bars.

Once you reach the end of the street you will be able to take a left or a right. Take a left and walk a short distance until you reach a set of street lights.
-Take a right at the street lights and walk across. There will be a main street and another small street that veers off of the main street.
-Take the small street. It will take you uphill. You will pass ‘I Am a Burger’.
-Keep following that hill and you will reach Waoo Park.
-Once at the hill, follow a sign that reads "Sports Park".

Congratulate yourself on persevering through these directions. If they seem lengthy (for they cover a distance of 849 meters), just resort to following our map and your instinct.

If you are at least partially competent in Korean, Naver has a detailed pages on buses you could take.

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Posted October 24, 2015

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