In many urban centers, when a new stadium is built, a certain pattern follows: the old stadium gets used less and less. Pretty soon, it falls into a state of disrepair. This analogy applies to Danggogae Park's badminton courts. Three of the badminton courts have received an upgrade (a new surface). Unfortunately, the rest have fallen into that state of disrepair.
The Scouting Report
There are a few different badminton courts to choose from at Danggogae Park. Some are in good condition. Some are in bad condition. Choose wisely.
Three of the courts have a type of artificial turf. It is most similar to the surface you would find at a miniature golf course. It's fuzzy and relatively thin. Regardless, it is preferable to the standard dirt surfaces that are ubiquitous in Seoul.
The other courts have typical dirt surfaces.
- There are plenty of courts to choose from.
- The green-surfaced courts are great. You feel comfortable with the idea of dying, and they are pleasant to look at. You almost think you're at Wimbledon.
- The non-green courts aren't well maintained. Maybe it was because spring had just started, but two of the courts did not have nets.
- Wind breakage is not the greatest. If it's a windy day, you should head elsewhere.
- Cycling Area (mainly for children)
- Children's Playground
- Exercise Machines
- Hiking (Suraksan)
- Rock Climbing
- Walking Trails
Check out the Danggogae Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.
Many of the rock climbers bring their own tents and mats and cook up a post-climb meal. Consider doing the same for your badminton sessions.
There are also plenty of restaurant options close to the park. If you're in the mood and the time of day is right, head to Nowon Station to enjoy the area's lively nightlife.
How To Get There
Where: Seoul-si, Nowon-gu, Sanggye-dong
From Line 4 - Danggogae Station (당고개역):
-Walk out of exit 3. Walk straight for 80 meters and the park will be on your right. The badminton courts are located right behind the park office. There are also other badminton courts at the back of the park.