Seokchon Lake Park [석촌호수공원]

Link: Eat, Love, Kill (2022); Love With Flaws (2019-20); The Greatest Love (2011)

West Lake — Hwang Min-jo (Lee Bom Sori) sees a piano on her patrol at night in episode 10 of Link: Eat, Love, Kill (링크: 먹고 사랑하라, 죽이게) (tvN, 2022) and thinks back to a moment when Ji Won-tak (Song Duk-ho) played a song for her at this lake’s ‘The Piano on the Lake’.

Lee Joo-hee (Joo Hae-eun) delivers food for Baek Jang-mi (Shin Do-hyun) to the amphitheater of this park (also known as ‘Seokchon Lake View’) in episode 3 (full episode 2) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20). At the same time, Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) arrives at this spot, and gets in a quarrel with her student Joo-hee.

In episode 5 of The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011), Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won) confesses his love to Gu Ae-Jung (Gong Hyo-jin) under cherry blossoms at this park’s ‘Outstanding Scenic View Point’ (우수경관 조망명소).

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Seokchon Lake Park [석촌호수공원 or 석촌호수 for short] — also known as Songpa Naru Park [송파나루공원] and Jamsil Lake [잠실호수] — is a park located in Seoul’s neighborhoods Jamsil 3(sam)-dong [잠실3동] and Sincheon [Sincheon-dong/신천동] in the Songpa District [Songpa-gu/송파구].

The park is comprises of two artificial lakes, known as the 4-5meter deep East Lake (Seoho) and West Lake (Dongho), with the major boulevard Songpa-daero [송파대로] running between them. The east lake and its surrounding park is a local residential park, whereas the west lake constitutes the outdoor artificial island ‘Magic Island’ of amusement park Lotte World [롯데월드], which sits in the middle of the lake.

Originally, this lake constituted the main stream of Hangang (Han River) and the Songpa River [송파강이], while the Songpa Ferry (Songpa Naruteo/송파나루터/송파진의) was located here; its exact location was where the Songhojeong Pavilion is located today. When the Songpa River was reclaimed in 1971, Seokchon Lake was created, with and trails and shelters being set up in the following decade. However, the park and its aging facilities was not popular among citizens, which led to the Songpa District redeveloping it to be more attractive again, especially from when Lotte World was built in 1989.

The lake park was re-designed by the director of interior and architecture company Rodemn AI (로담A.I), Kim Young-ok (김영옥), by order of the Songpa District Office (송파구청) in 2008. Part of this Seokchon Lake Project [석촌호수프로젝트] was also to design Café Papillion [빠삐용] and restaurant The Dining Lake [더다이닝호수], which are also situated here.

The park is particularly popular for viewing cherry blossoms and fall leaves, and also allows for a scenic view of Lotte World Tower & Mall [롯데월드타워&롯데월드몰]. Internationally known artists such as Florentijn Hofman, KAWS and FriendsWithYou have also used the lake as an open museum or art display.

Fun Fact: According to the Wikipedia entry on Seoul’s Songpa District, the district collects their fallen Gingko leaves and sends them to Namiseom Island/Nami Island [남이섬 종합휴양지], where they are used to heighten the sightseeing experience. The district saves “12 million won a year” on disposal costs, and advertises that “Songpa makes use of everything, even fallen leaves.”

47 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, South Korea
(서울특별시 송파구 잠실동 47)
Geolocation: 37.509919, 127.102980
Geolocation of Outstanding Scenic View Point: 37.510030, 127.102153
Geolocation of Seokchon Lake View: 37.507181, 127.098004
Geolocation Piano at the Lake: 37.512288, 127.105281

Getting here
▶ Seokchon Station [석촌역], Seoul Subway Line 8 and 9, Exit 8
(9 min. walk)
▶ Jamsil Station [잠실역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 8, Exit 3
(10 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 08/07/2022

2 reviews

  1. urban myth

    Another fun fact is the URBAN MYTH surrounding the East Lake! When the foundations were dug for the Lotte World Tower the water level allegedly dropped in the lake, and water had to be piped in to continually “top-up” the lake level. Rumour has it that there is a sink hole nearby and many Seoul residents avoided the newly opened Lotte World Mall fearful of an incident 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing, sarahms! I have a soft spot for urban myths ;). Not much of an urban myth, but there were also tensions around Lotte World occupying public space as a private enterprise when they first opened on Seokchon Lake.

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