Goeunsan is a small mountain northwest of Ansan. There is almost nothing of note on this mountain. It is small, provides little return in regards to the views to be had, and provides few facilities. So why visit? Because of the badminton court.
The Scouting Report
Goeunsan's badminton court is a unique court. It holds a special place in the illustrious history of badminton. Goeunsan is the birthplace of ice-badminton. It is a game that is played exactly like regular badminton except it is played on a court covered with snow and ice. It sounds a little cool.
It is covered with ice and snow. What else would you expect? This is an ice badminton court.
- Nice setting. The courts is in the middle of a pleasant playground on top of Goeunsan, a small mountain in Hongje-dong.
- History and tradition is the reason to play here. To be a part of something special: ice-badminton.
- It may be hard to find someone to play with. Ice-badminton is a sport with few active players.
To see more photos, check out the Goeunsan Badminton photo album.
How To Get There
Where: Seoul-si, Seodaemun-gu, Hongje-dong
From Line 3 - Hongje Station (홍제역):
-Go out exit 3. Immediately turn right on the 1st street you come to. Veer left when you come to a fork in the road.
-Walk along the street until you reach the point where a sidewalk begins. Turn down the street to your right. Walk towards the mountain and go up the stairs.
-At the top of the stairs, continue to follow the trail going up the mountain. At the top you will find a playground and the ice-badminton court. Got your crampons ready?
!! Attention--the ice badminton played here is highly dependent upon the season and the amount of snowfall. Depending on when you visit, you may find a normal badminton court. !!