Geum Jan-di (Goo Hye-sun) and Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong) meet up at this park –planned by Ji-hoo’s grandfather so that they could spend time together– in episode 21 of Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 남자) (KBS2, 2009). When Jan-di notices the second prize (‘Korean beef set’) of the Couple Wedding Photography Contest that takes place at this park, she spontaneously decides to take part and both she and Ji-hoo win the contest as the most beautiful couple.
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Seonyudo Park [선유도공원], which is located on the Han River island of Seonyudo [선유도/仙遊島], is South Korea’s first regenerational ecological park that opened in 2002. In Joseon times, a distinctive charateristic of this island was its remarkable hill. The view it offered from its top made it a favorite place for Korean artists and writers. This changed during the Japanese colonial times, when the island’s hill was used as natural building resource for infrastructure projects. Later, the island was transformed into a site for a water purification plant that was in operation from 1978 to 2000. What was most important for the architects that took on the brief of transforming it from an industrial plant to public park was to highlight “the past industrial destruction of the island”. The architectural team won several awards, including the ‘Design Award of Merit 2004’ from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
The park offers a stunning view of Seongsan Bridge [성산대교]; especially at night. The island stretches over Seoul’s neighborhoods Dangsan [Dangsan-dong/당산동] and Yanghwa [Yanghwa-dong/양화동] in the Yeongdeungpo District [Yeongdeungpo-gu/영등포구].
343 Seonyu-ro, Dangsan 2(i)-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 영등포구 선유로 343
Geolocation: 37.543688, 126.899705
Dangsan Station [당산역], Seoul Subway Line 9 and 2, Exit 4
(14 min. walk)
Seonyudo Station [선유도역], Seoul Subway Line 9, Exit 4
(14 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL