The last thing I did on my most recent trip to Seoul was to visit Olympic Park (올림픽공원). I was so impressed when I saw the World Peace Gate’s pillars and wings, known to symbolize the spirit of the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988 (peace and harmony). Under it is a mural called “A Painting of Four Spirits,” a phoenix, a turtle, a tiger and a dragon (the spirits that guard the gate).
Under the gate is an eternal flame, as well as a declaration of peace calling for world harmony and happiness for all citizens of the world.
Seoul Olympic Park, shortened to Olpark, not only houses the country’s largest sports arena, but has also become a place where local residents relax and unwind.
Hours: open all hours
Address: 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424 (방이동)
424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Directions: Ride the subway to Olympic Park or Mongchontoseong station.