Tucked into the eastern boundary of Hongdae lies Waoo Park. Typically, you wouldn't associate Hongdae with recreation and nature, but Waoo Park wants you to do just that. It offers multiple walking trails, an indoor badminton court, a basketball court, gateball, art, history, and more. Waoo Park just might make you say, "Woo Hoo!"
The Scouting Report
Waoo Park is divided into two sections: a recreational section and a historical section. The part that lies within Hongdae features the recreational facilities. The part that lies outside of Hongdae features a shrine and a mineral water spring.
Those who are looking to take a quiet stroll within Hongdae should head to Waoo Park. It features a few walking trails that are quiet and peaceful. You are surrounded by trees and plants and it almost feels like you’re not in Hongdae.
If sports and recreation are on the agenda, then Waoo Park has you covered. There are exercise machines scattered around the park, along with a few weight lifting benches. Waoo Park also features a very nice indoor badminton facility that is open to the public. There also is a basketball court and gateball field.
Scattered around Waoo Park is some great graffiti. They are mainly scenes taken from kids’ books. Even then, they are worth a look.
Sports and Recreation
Since you are literally in Hongdae, the cool down options are endless. If you are craving a burger, then there is a renowned burger restaurant close to the base of Waoo Park. It is called ‘I Am a Burger’. There usually is a wait. So you could sign up, then check out the park, and then on your way down, eat a burger.
Check out the Waoo Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.
How To Get There
Where: Seoul-si, Mapo-gu, Changjeon-dong
From Line 2 - Hongdae Station (홍대역):
-Walk out of exit 8 and take your first right. Keep walking straight until you reach a roundabout.
-Veer left and head straight. Walk on the right side of the sidewalk. You will pass a few galbi (Korean bbq) restaurants.
-You will reach another roundabout. Take a right. You should be on the street named Wausan-ro 29 gil.
-Walk all the way to the end of this street. This street is a quieter street that has restaurants and shops. It will have a smattering of bars.
Once you reach the end of the street you will be able to take a left or a right. Take a left and walk a short distance until you reach a set of street lights.
-Take a right at the street lights and walk across. There will be a main street and another small street that veers off of the main street.
-Take the small street. It will take you uphill. You will pass ‘I Am a Burger’.
-Keep following that hill and you will reach Waoo Park.
Congratulate yourself on persevering through these directions. If they seem lengthy (for they cover a distance of 849 meters), just resort to following our map and your instinct.
If you are at least partially competent in Korean, Naver has a detailed pages on buses you could take.
Posted October 21, 2015