Two years ago, I had a rendezvous with Haneul Park’s sunset and I got those magnificent and Fiery Autumn Sunset photos. It’s Autumn once again and this time, I went on a morning stroll with my friend and neighbor, Ingrid.
Up at the sky park is our playground and treadmill. Uphill, we took the 425 steps going up to Haneul Park. Trivia: There are 2 stairs going up to Haneul Park. The stairs facing the World Cup Stadium has 291 steps. The other side facing Noeul Park has 425 steps.
Those tall Eulalia grasses are a sight to behold. They are the stars of Haneul Park every Autumn. The observatory lies in the middle of all these Eulalia and pampas grasses.
On weekends, you would see a long line of people going up those stairs wanting to have a share of the beauty of Haneul Park. The place has become one of the must-go-to places in Autumn in Seoul. Don’t I feel lucky to be just a jogging distance away?
On a good morning, my husband and I would do our morning jog. On a good morning! And mornings aren’t always good with me, lol.
There’s always some kind of festival every Autumn up in the park. I’ve noticed that draperies seem to be dominant props here in Mapo this Autumn. Down at the Oil Tank Culture Park, loosely hung yellow and orange draperies add dramatic effect. There are draperies up here too:
Aside from these draperies, there are colorful cards where visitors can write down notes and hang them in the arched walkway leading to the observatory.
These whimsical Eulalia grasses are good enough reasons for you to go up the 291 or 425 steps. But if you’re really physically challenged to go up on foot, there’s a tram that would take you from the entrance of Haneul Park.
How to get there?
Easily accessible by subway Line 6. Go down at Exit 1 of World Cup Stadium Station. As soon as you get out of Exit 1, you will have a clear glimpse of the 291-steps stairs going up to Haneul Park. Cross the road and the sight of it will lead you perfectly to the “sky”.
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