One of the good things about living a little out of the way is that you’re close to natural parks like this one. I remember thinking how great an attraction it would be when it was still under construction.
Located at the foot of Mt. Inwang, Suseong-dong Valley has quite a story behind it. For starters, the valley is the source of the Cheonggycheon, the 5.8 kilometer stream that flows through Seoul.
The valley was also the subject of a painting by Jeong Sun, a renowned landscape artist during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and one of Korea’s more respected painters.
But then rapid industrialization took over, and the verdant grounds were shielded from view. As part of the initial stage of the urban renewal policy of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to supply Western-style common houses in place of Korean-style homes, Ogin apartment complex in Seochon was completed in 1971.
The apartment blocks were all built in the valley of Mt. Inwang so that the water, bedrock and trees of the valley could almost pose as the veranda and gardens of the complex.
It’s good to see the area returning to its former setting. It makes for a nice weekend out. An added bonus is that you’re 10-15mins away from both Roasters and Club Espresso, two of the city’s finest coffee shops.
Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and get out Exit 3. Grab Village Bus (those green little cartoonish-looking ones) number 9 and take it all the way to the end.