Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Explore World Cup Park

Autumn is finally here and during the weekends it looks like all the inhabitants of Seoul are heading to the greenery and parks. It has been a while since I went to the Herb Island with my boyfriend, and this time we decided to focus our visit on Seoul World Cup Stadium (서울월드컵경기장) and Seoul Energy Dream Center. There are so many things I love about this lovely season. 

My boyfriend and I went to Seoul World Cup Park and Seoul Energy Dream Center to relieve our mind. As an nature lover, every breath taken in autumn is enough for a moment of inspiration to me. There’s a common saying about autumn that it is the perfect example of the heart-breaking truth things are most beautiful when they are dying. Okay, I will stop rambling!

World Cup Park is an ecological park built in Sangamdong-gil, in Seoul, Korea. World Cup Park is made up of five parks: Pyeonghwa Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Hangang Riverside Park. The park is located near the Seoul World Cup stadium and the park takes up a 1.05 million-pyeong area and is usually crowded with in-line skaters. 

The World Cup Park was built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup, opened in May 1st, 2002. World Cup Park was once one of Seoul's landfills. The park was built to symbolize the World Cup as well as environmental conservation and the co-existence of humanity with nature. World Cup Park is an excellent ecological park and it is hard to believe that the park was once a landfill and a major nuisance to Seoul Metropolitan Government. It has now been turned into a beautiful park and given to Seoul's citizens. World Cup Park is a popular place of interest as a class ecological energy themed park. It attracts many visitors from overseas.
It's a nice place to go if you're into soccer history, but you can't see anything when it's closed.

There are plenty of maps in the station and outside showing you all the locations of the parks.

Pyeonghwa Park is the main park of World Cup Park and located outside the west entrance of the World Cup Stadium. Pyeonghwa Park which means Peace Park in English. The park was created to commemorate the 2002 World Cup, the first World Cup event in the 21st century. This park was built to represent the world cup event and peace and harmony between humans and nature. Located in the park is the World Cup Gallery, a play ground and a few shops and cafes. This park is very popular with families, and couples at the weekend. There are plenty of shaded areas to relax and have a picnic. Children can enjoy paddling in Nanji Pond and also observe the diverse water wildlife and plants here because paddling and a variety of plants can be viewed.

The large number of trees in the park along with Nanji pond and Nanjicheon (Stream) provide beautiful scenery. Nanjicheon (Stream) used to suffer from severe pollution. The stream lost its shape and nearly dried out during the rainy season. However Nanjicheon has been revived as a natural stream and filled with various water plants during the development of the park. In particular, the duck pond is the most ecologically rich pond in World Cup Park. The park offers many facilities such as a children's playground, multi-exercise area and artificial lawn soccer field. The exhibition hall in World Cup Park documents the history of the transformation of Nanjido, the former name of the landfill site. This island later got the nickname of the “Island of Death”. In the boom and development of Seoul in the 70′s the island was used as a landfill site that stretched for 2.4 kilometers and a height of 98 meters. The landfill site opened in 1978 and closed in 1993. No measures were taken to treat the waste and garbage was just left to rot. As a result the groundwater, soil and air was heavily polluted.

Haneul stairs leading to Haneul Park which has become a popular tourist attraction, playgrounds, and fountains. Like its name Haneul, which means sky in Korean, the park is situated at World Cup Park's highest point. Every fall, silver grasses in the park's vast grassland create breathtaking views. The Haneul stairs consist of 291 stairs and have become a popular tourist attraction. Situated at the highest point in World Cup Park, there are observation points on the sloping sides of the park. There are also many resting areas.

Noeul Park is reputed to be the most beautiful park in Seoul. The park developed as a culture and arts park with sculptures, viewing points, and huge lawns for relaxing. Furthermore the park is Seoul's principal ecological repository where wild animals such as deer, wildcats and raccoons live. The sculpture park in Noeul Park is a themed space where nature and culture are in harmony and displays world-class sculptures on the huge lawns.

Olympic Peace Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Noeul Park shine at nighttime and are great surroundings of the Seoul World Cup Stadium. These parks have magnificent fountains and trees are arranged beautifully for enjoyable strolls. Moreover, visitors enjoy movie at CGV Sangam 10 Cineplex that are equipped with 10 screens and over 1800 seats. 
After touring, people can fill their stomach in the discount shopping mall ‘HomePlus’. ‘HomePlus’ also offers vast shopping opportunities for visitors because it is the biggest mall of all ‘HomePlus’ in South Korea.

Pictures from Walking Around Seoul World Cup Park. 

When you feel stressed while you were dynamically moving in Seoul City, you're welcome anytime in Seoul Worldcup Park to put busy ordinary life down for awhile and give yourself time to relax. I regret that I found a place like this now. I envied people who live near here and could come here often. 

 There is nature in everywhere of Seoul World Cup Park. 

I think taking a walk is really important in a person’s life. However, many people do not find appropriate place to take a walk in Seoul. Today, I found a good place! Every girl dreams of walking along a road like this, holding a lovely guy’s hand. That’s what I dreamt while I was walking on this road. If I had lived near this park, I would have come here with a book and MP3 player everytime I have a free time to take a walk here. Relaxation is really important in every human’s life. It gives a time to refreshing our brain. 

Fountain in front of the stadium


Seoul-si Mapo-gu Seongsan-dong 515
서울특별시 마포구 월드컵로 240 (성산동)

Seoul Energy Dream Center

"A Place where we dream of the sun, the earth, and the wind, and where the dreams come true".

Energy Dream Center in Seoul gives you how a small idea grows into something big as well as you can get the secret of energy saving additinally. As Korea's first and largest energy autonomous building, the Seoul Energy Dream Center aims to teach the importance of energy conservation and sustainability through various programs and experiences.
The Seoul Energy Dream Center has been designed to reduce the average energy consumption by 70%. The remaining 30% comes from renewable energy sources, such as sunlight and geothermal heat. Operated independently from the electric power grid, the facility is the nation's first and largest energy autonomous building.

We need to register first before entering into Energy dream Hall.

 Introduction of the Seoul Energy Dream Center designed with the most advanced energy technology.

The Energy Dream Center is the first national public energy zero building! It means the building makes the energy it uses by itself. It can keep a house warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot, also we can use appliances such as televisions, computers and etc., without paying any electrical bills.

Won't it be awesome? But is it possible?
Now let's find out those secrets of the Energy Dream Center!!!

+ Active design 
(Technology for efficient energy use)

 Solar radiation power system
It generates electricity through panels installed at the rooftop of the building and in the Eco Park.
 Geothermal heating / cooling system
Because the temperature of the underground stays the same, we can cool the building in summer and heat in winter
 Automatic light control system
The brightness of the lights is controlled automatically to save electricity.
 Wasted heat recovery / ventilation system
If we can ventilate a building without opening any windows, we can cut down on heat loss while maintaining the fresh air inside.
 Zero-monitoring system
You can check out the amount of energy produced and consumed in the Energy Dream Center at real time. If you keep observing, you would eventually get a habit of saving energy, and learn how to do so.

- Passive design
(Technology for reducing the usage of energy)

 External Electric Blinds
If blinds are located outside a window, rather than inside, it can prevent the heat outside from coming in through a window.
 High -efficiency Triple Glass Window System
As most of the heat loss is occured through a window, three glass windows can prevent heat from coming in or going out.
 High-efficiency Insulation Material
By using high-efficiency insulation materials, the inside temperature is less likely to be influenced by the outside air.

The Structure 
prevents wasting energy!

 Pinwheel-shaped reflective walls
The reflective walls made of artificial marble can reflect 60% of the direct sunlight, so it can save lots of cooling and lighting energy.
 A courtyard inside the building
Sunlight coming in through a garden in the center of the building keeps the inside bright without turning on the lights.
  Inclined window
The amount of sunlight can be adjusted by season; the light comes in less during the summer and more during the winter.

 Learn about energy consumption

Think about how to respond to sudden blackout by experiencing it yourself, create your own zero energy house through digital services and practice in everyday life or try creating energy yourself.

Daily Energy Saving Technology Museum lets you look back at the amount of electricity and fossil energy you use at home regularly and displays about "living technology", which we can learn ourselves if we have enough interest. 
Living technology is a 'conversion' technology which can change Seoul into a low consumption city, and an 'appropriate' technology that anyone can learn.

Introduction video of the Energy Dream Center and the logo of companies participating in Green Theme Gallery. The Green Theme Gallery Information Board introduces each of the zones.

 It provides space for taking a break. Enjoy the view outside while relaxing in the sofas next to the windows.

This area is where the multi-purpose room for researches of Green Energy related industries and academia, the experiental educating center made to hold educational programs for citizens and students, and the office for the Energy Dream Center officials located.

A self-service cafetaria along with a book cafe that offers information on future policies and technical data of Seoul are available.

A flexible space that can be adjusted depending on the purpose of usage such as seminars, conferences, and forums.
Broadcasting Room

Inside Peace Park, 14, Jeungsanno, Mapo-Gu, Seoul (Sangam-dong 1535-3)

Christin Tomntins
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