Seoul’s first ever eco-adventure park has opened its doors.
South Korea is considered by many as an ideal country for getting fit and healthy. There’s little need to get a gym membership with all the free outdoor gyms and bike trails spread throughout the city. What’s more, South Korea boasts several national parks and challenging hiking trails with equally stunning views. South Korea is truly the perfect country for the outdoorsy type.
The intense popularity and ever increasing demand for more outdoor activities and adventures from South Koreans and expats alike has led to many more outdoor themed parks popping up all over the peninsula. It should come as no surprise then that an eco-adventure challenge park recently opened its doors in Seoul earlier this year.
Newly opened Jungang Eco Adventure Park offers outdoor activities for those interested in adventure courses. The park is conveniently located ten minutes from Yangwon Station in eastern Seoul on the Jungang subway line. This park is ideal for large groups of friends or family and also has activities for older children.
Challenge Korea Technologies opened this park to bring a new dimension to outdoor activities in Seoul. Initially, this unique park was intended to provide a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere for families or large groups of friends. Eco-adventure courses were designed within the park to add more uniqueness to the park and also attract more expat and Korean visitors.
Understandably, small children between the ages of 2 and 8 are restricted from participating in the adventure courses. A special playground has been built within the park so that the little ones can still have fun during their stay. Safety is of paramount importance at the park, so older children who wish to participate in the course must meet the minimum height requirement of 140 cm and a minimum weight of 105 pounds.
This park is quite different from other theme parks spread throughout the peninsula. Visitors are free to enjoy the park itself but, in order to enjoy the adventure courses, visitors have four different times throughout the day in which to register. For this reason, it is highly recommended to reserve your visit to the park beforehand in order to ensure your spot. Large groups are welcome so long as they do not exceed 30 participants.
Once you have booked your reservation for the park, groups must show up 20 minutes before their course for training. Training includes instructions on how to use the safety equipment and a mock course so participants are prepared for the challenges of their course. After the training is finished, participants are ready for the real thing.
Foreign expats and tourists can expect outstanding service when they visit the park. All foreign visitors to the park receive a discount upon entering. An office is located within the park with specially trained facilitators who are able to provide instructions and assistance in both English and Korean. Training is also available in both Korean and English.
Because the eco-adventure courses are designed to be enjoyed by all, courses are ranked in difficulty from green being the easiest to red being the most challenging. Each adventure course boasts fun and exciting obstacles such as mini zip lines, swing bridges, cargo nets, fly boxes, broken ladders, sky bridges, seesaw bridges, and much more.
This park has only just opened, so future plans have yet to be established. However, visitors are welcome to plan their special events such as birthday parties or reunions at the park. The operators will try their best to accommodate special requests from expat or Korean visitors.
If you love spending time in the outdoors and want a new, exciting adventure, Jungang Eco Adventure Park is your best bet.
Jungang Eco Adventure Park
Phone number: 02-432-2567
Address: Seoul, Mangu-dong 74 Jungrang
Time: 10am to 5pm (closed on Monday)
Directions: Subway ITX Jungang Line, Yangwon Station, 10-minute walk from the train station.
Story by: Naomi Blenkinsop