Cheonho Park

Cheonho Park, Seoul, Korea
Cheonho Park during the Royal Azalea Festival (Photo Credit: Seoul Korea)

Cheonho Park is a small neighborhood park located in southwestern Seoul, not far from Gwangnaru Hangang Park and Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site. Though small, the park features a musical fountain, library, outdoor stage, and walking paths. There are also various sports facilities including a basketball court and volleyball court. Though located in the center of the city, Cheonho Park provides a space for relaxation for both locals and tourists.

Cheonho Park is a fairly new park, dating back to 1998. Before then, the Pilot Pen manufacturing company used this area for one of their pen factories. In 1996, the Seoul Metropolitan Government acquired the private land. In 1997, the government began plans to convert the factory into a public park. When the park opened in June 1998, it was known as Cheonhodong Park. In January 2003, the park became known as Cheonho Park. While parts of the park opened in 1998, in total, it took 5 years to fully transform the area from a factory into a park. In total, the park has a total area of 26,696 square meters (287,353 square feet).

In May 2009, 11 years after its initial opening, Cheonho Park underwent maintenance work. The purpose of the work was to add indigenous flowers and plants to areas around the park, except the forest areas, which remained untouched. In November 2009, after 6 months of work, the park reopened as a place for locals and tourists to view local flora and fauna.

Though small, scenic Cheonho Park allows for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Highlights include a large plaza, walking paths encircling the park, and a musical fountain. In the summer, the fountain puts on a dancing water show throughout the day. You will also find the Gangdong-gu Haegong Public Library. Opened in June 2008, the library pays tribute to Sin Ik-hui, a Korean independence activist and politician during the occupation of Japan.

In the spring, Cheonho Park is one of the best places in Seoul to view azaleas in bloom. These colorful flowers, which grow around the music fountain and green spaces, are a spectacular sight to see. Each April when the azaleas are in full bloom, the Royal Azalea Festival takes place here at Cheonho Park. It is one of the premier flower festivals in the Gangdong-gu District.

Hours

24 hours

Admission

Free

Getting Here

Cheonho Station (Line 5 or Line 8 - Exit 3)
Amsa Station (Line 8 - Exit 2)

Address

702 Olympic-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
GPS Coordinates: 37.54428, 127.12632