Olympic Park

Seoul Olympic Park on an autumn day
Seoul Olympic Park on an autumn day

Seoul Olympic Park, or Olpark, is a large outdoor recreation area, sporting venue, and park that was built for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Just a few of the facilities built for the Olympics include a swimming pool, gymnastics arena, tennis courts, fencing gymnasium, and velodrome.

The park is large and covers an area of over 1.4 million square meters. It is divided into different zones including sports, culture and art, and history.

If you love art, then you will be surprised to find more than 200 pieces of art and sculptures. Sports fans can see six stadiums used during the Summer Olympics. They have been preserved to this day and still often hold sporting events and other performances.

Interesting artwork at Seoul Olympic Park
Interesting artwork found while walking around the park

Standing tall at the west entrance is World Peace Gate. It holds an eternal flame and symbolizes peace and harmony for all mankind.

A fortress known as Mongchontoseong stood at this location during the Baekje period (18 BC-660 AD). Around it was Mongchonhaeja, a man made lake. Today, reproductions of the Mongchon mud wall and the Mongchon moat can be seen.

What to see at Olympic Park

World Peace Gate

World Peace Gate at Seoul Olympic Park
World Peace Gate

World Peace Gate is a colorful gate built as a sign of peace and harmony for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics which took place In September and October, 1988. Construction began on December 31, 1986 and was completed on August 31, 1988. It was designed by architect Kim Chung-up.

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