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Tapgol Park, Seoul

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#20 of 45 in Parks in Seoul
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. Our Seoul trip itinerary app makes visiting Tapgol Park and other Seoul attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • September 19, 2017
    This park was near where we stayed and also not too far from jongmyo shrine. We walked here during our walkabout of the Jogno neighbourhood. There is a pagoda and monument here. It is just a small par...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Known as first modern park that was built in Seoul. Nice stop while being in the city or shopping in nearby streets. It has several national treasures and has historical value for Korean. Park is not ...  more »
  • September 1, 2017
    A small park, a place of independence. It is worth to fall into. Metro line 1, also meet Korean emerycie.
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  • May 18, 2017
    At first I thought it was bigger. It is not far anothers tourist places. It is a nice place.
  • December 28, 2016
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    Nice view.. awesome
  • July 11, 2017
    Easy to find.. nice place..
  • October 16, 2016
    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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