Destination: Okgudo Nature park / Okgu Park (Siheung)

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Nakjodae – the mountain top offers a great view of Incheon and Siheung.

Located on an area of 47,500 pyeong (almost 39 acres), 옥구도공원 (Ok-gu-do-gong-won) opened to the public in 2000 after a couple years of renovation. While the park is nice, the mountain in the first picture was what appeared the most interesting. Also named Duljuri or Doljuri after an old village nearby, walking up the hill ensures you’ll get your workout and get some great views.

Nakjodae – the mountain top offers a great view of Incheon and Siheung.

Located on an area of 47,500 pyeong (almost 39 acres), 옥구도공원 (Ok-gu-do-gong-won) opened to the public in 2000 after a couple years of renovation. While the park is nice, the mountain in the first picture was what appeared the most interesting. Also named Duljuri or Doljuri after an old village nearby, walking up the hill ensures you’ll get your workout and get some great views.

Before that, I can’t let this perfectly good park not be explored. One example of a long traditional swing – the rope would be 9 or 10 meters long. Called a 그네타기, or a geunetagi) – the goal behind this Joseon Dynasty game was to swing as high as you could. Source

Birds – including some of the only live turkeys I’ve seen in Korea. They’re hard to get close to thanks to the fence and buses, though.

Now there’s a closeup.

Althea Flower Garden – offering 70 kinds of flowers and over 100,000 flowers total, there’s more than meets the eye.
An entrance to a field of dreams – or a construction zone still filled by grass. The open space is still quite nice – and the tall buildings seem so far away.
OK, finally time to climb the aforementioned mountain – more than a few steps later, we reached a watermill.

It’s a little surprising to see how many watermills are around the country, but they add to the rustic charm of some areas.

Once at the top, a nice view of Incheon.

It’s not the fanciest place in the world, and it’s not the easiest to find. It is, however, a nice chance to get away from it all – except for the crowds.

Directions to Okgudo Nature Park: Take line 4 of the Seoul subway system to the Oido station – the southern terminus of the line. Take exit 2 to street level, then left out of the exit. Walk to the light and turn right. Walk about 50 meters to the bus stop, then look for bus 30-2. Take it to the Dongnam Apartments exit. Bus 909 also stops here, and connects with Yeongdeungpo station on line 1.
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