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Tapgol Park, Seoul

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#18 of 45 in Parks in Seoul
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One of the first modern urban oases in Korea, Tapgol Park makes a good getaway from the bustle of the city streets. Well-established trees, carefully manicured flower beds, and abundant sculptures create a relaxing atmosphere to sit or picnic in. Look for the onsite national treasure, the 12 m (32.8 ft), ten-tiered stone Wongaksa Pagoda. Encased in a glass box, the pagoda dates from 1467; many historians consider it one of the finest examples of Joseon dynasty pagoda art in existence. Arrange to visit Tapgol Park and other attractions in Seoul using our Seoul vacation builder.
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  • It was a very small park. Good for resting tired feet and toilet break. The most significant artifact is the old pagoda. Very well preserved.  more »
  • Small and famous park close to Insadong, in front of the Alive Museum. Quiet and good to relax and take pictures.  more »
  • This stone pagoda in a park, high floor, 10 principles of Buddhism because it used to be part of the temple is beautifully carved with 1 wire coming down, jonggak station exit 3 go straight after my old phone broke the garden will be on your left.
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  • At first I thought it was bigger. It is not far anothers tourist places. It is a nice place.
  • Nice enough place, plenty of areas to stroll or sit. Perennially filled with quite old people. It's rumored that at night, you can go here to find "Bacchus girls", or old women who will sell you a small bottle of energy drink and quite possibly perform other fleshly services. Your mileage may vary.
  • Nice view.. awesome
  • Easy to find.. nice place..
  • While the park is kind of small it is delightful. there are always cute, sometimes drunk, old men there. it's a great place to sit for a bit if you're needing a pause from the packed streets of insa-dong.

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