Saturday, September 15, 2018

Seoul Forest (서울숲) & Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴)

I went to Seoul Forest (서울숲) right after my unplanned visit to Cube Entertainment. My original plan for that particular day was to visit COMMON GROUND and Seoul Forest only as I expected to spend a lot of time in Seoul Forest. I had this expectation based on my visit to Haneul Park where I spent almost 5 hours and just so you know, Haneul Park is not even that huge compared to Seoul Forest. 

Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴)

My journey to Seoul Forest was not smooth as I expected. Pretty sure I took a wrong subway exit and had to walk for about 30-45 minutes from the Ttukseom Station, instead of 15 minutes. By the time I saw the sign to the Seoul Forest, I already had this mindset; "Haaaaaaaaaaaa, dah penat dah! Tak larat nak jalan dah! Sakit pinggang dah! Nak jalan ke tak ni? Okay, jalan mana yang larat je. Bila rasa tak larat, jom balik please?"

Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴)

I was greeted with this Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴) project when I crossed the road heading to the Seoul Forest. Honestly, I wasn't aware about this place because I didn't do a proper research (remember?) so this was a pleasant surprise.

If I remembered it correctly, Under Stand Avenue is a CSR project by Lotte Duty Free and few other companies? I also read the Under Stand Avenue is aiming to be a cultural space that aims to support teenagers, mothers, artists, local vendors, and social entrepreneurs. Hence, Under Stand Avenue has this different Stands, namely Mom Stand, Youth Stand, Power Stand, and Social Stand.

Under Stand Avenue (언더스탠드에비뉴)

I didn't explore Under Stand Avenue thoroughly because it's like a smaller version of COMMON GROUND so I figured that breezing through the area might be enough. Additionally, I was already dead tired but I have yet to reach Seoul Forest, which was my goal for that day, in case you forget. But now that I think about it, I should just explore Under Stand Avenue as well because that place is so Instagrammable and a lil bit different from COMMON GROUND. And what made me become more regretful of not exploring the Under Stand Avenue was there were suddenly a lot of shows especially music shows that was shot at Under Stand Avenue at night, and wow! Under Stand Avenue looked so pretty, homey, and almost magical T^T

Seoul Forest (서울숲)

I barely spent 30 minutes at Under Stand Avenue and then off I went to Seoul Forest. My first impression of Seoul Forest was, "Wow! This park is hugeeeeeeee! Where should I start?" I tried reading the map near to a convenience store but I got overwhelmed by the map that I decided to just go with the flow. For your information, Seoul Forest is the third largest park in Seoul so that speaks volume, eh?

Seoul Forest (서울숲)

I basically just strolled around the park aimlessly. At one point, I reached this playground. I thought to myself, "This playground looks familiar. Where did I see it?" Spent about 10 minutes thinking about it when I realized that this playground has been featured countless times in The Return of the Superman.


Anyway, I was so in love with the playground surrounding. It was quite crowded with kids and parents but I was so happy at that time. I felt so much love watching parents willingly spending time and playing with their kids at the playground. The continuous and contagious laughter sound was all around the area. Hilang penat masa tu :D

Seoul Forest (서울숲)

I then walked aimlessly again, mostly under shade because it was hot and humid during that day T^T. At one point, I saw a sign that has "Deer" on it. Figured that Seoul Forest has this area with deer, I followed the sign, oh boy was I happy that I decided to follow the sign.

There were a lot of deer at that designated area. You can touch the deer if the deer that you approach is friendly enough. You also can feed the deer but I believe you can only feed the deer with the feed sold at a vending machine near to the washroom.

I wasn't lucky enough for I didn't get to touch the deer and I decided not to feed the deer. There were too many children trying to feed the deer when I was there. So, there was no room for me to approach the deer. So, I settled with observing the deer from afar. 

Seoul Forest (서울숲)

After that, I walked on a bridge that oversee the deer area. Think it leads to an observatory but I wasn't sure because I only walked to the middle of the bridge before making a u-turn. Also, you can see Hangang from the bridge but I wasn't sure which part of Hangang. Was tempted to go and walk along Hangang but decided not to because I was afraid that I'll get lost.

Other than these, I also reached few parts of the park which have a skate park, and water play area respectively. The skate park was empty but the water play was crowded with families. I then decided to walk back to where I came from as I didn't have energy to walk anymore. Like seriously, kaki dah jadi jelly that I can barely walk T^T.

I then walked to the nearest subway station and headed back straight to hostel. This was one of the days that I concluded my day early. My whole body was sore and I had a fever later that night. Despite falling in sick later that night, I was truly happy with my decision to go to Seoul Forest. Hopefully I can go to Seoul Forest again with my best friend or my sister :)

14 comments:

  1. cantiknye view. i love this kind of places. it calms me.

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    1. This is one of my favourite places in Seoul :)

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    1. Not sure, Nina. Boleh kot but I think it's going to be awkward since there are going to be a lot of children around?

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  3. syoknya tgk gambar.. teringin gak nk jejak Seoul bila2 nnt.

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  4. besarnya park dia, mesti penat nak explore semua area.

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    1. Sangat-sangat besar! I didn't finish exploring the park. Penat sangat T^T

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    1. Comel sangat. Tapi, rasanya rusa dekat Incheon lagi comel :D

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  6. aduhai the pain kena menapak jauh !!! i feel you !!

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  7. sangat2 besar park ni... kalau bersantai mesti best sbb angin sungai menderu2

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    1. Sangat-sangat! Ni pun tak habis jalan sebab penat gila. Memang best jadi tempat lepak kalau cuaca tak panas sangat :D

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