Sejong City might be Korea’s newest (and most unfinished?) city, but there’s no shortage of interesting green space. Last weekend Wade and I checked out one of its coolest outdoor parks, Geumgang Natural Recreation Forest. This place is a total gem and it’s right on our doorstep.
We’ve been vibing on spring ever since our climb through Gyeryongsan earlier this month (read more here), so we were excited to check this place out.
Geumgang Natural Recreation Forest is only a 20 minute bus ride from the Sejong City bus transfer station. You can take the BRT to the transfer station. From there, grab the 670 bus. The only catch with this: the 670 runs just eight times a day between the hours of 6:40 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The bus leaves the transfer station at 6:40, 8:25, 10:30, 13:50, 14:40, 16:20, 18:00 and 20:00.
Even though we did our homework about how to get there, we still missed our bus (this happens to us a lot). But deterred we were not! One 9,000₩ cab ride later and we arrived at the forest’s parking lot. Admission is 1,500₩ for adults.
The park has so many things to offer, and we only tapped the surface of it. During our short visit we wandered up to the tropical greenhouse, which is inside this big dome-looking building.
LOOK AT THESE PLANTS.
It felt so nice to be enveloped in warm, humid air. Water dripped down as we circulated the conservatory. It was rejuvenating to see so many lush, green plants after months of grey wintry gloom.
Another big attraction in the park is the Forest Museum. According to Visit Korea, the museum was modeled after the traditional architectural style of the Baekje dynasty. It’s got several floors all dedicated to Korean forestry and historical artifacts. This is actually one of the coolest museums I’ve seen in Korea because it shows some real cultural authenticity.
We moseyed around the park for a bit longer, but didn’t do any hiking. The trails are shorter, but seem like they offer some nice views. We can’t wait to come back once spring/summer really hits!
For more photos from our visit to the Geumgang Natural Recreation Forest, check out the full gallery here.