Olympic Park, Seoul

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Olympic Park, Seoul
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World Peace Gate
Korean name
Hangul 서울 올림픽 공원
Hanja 서울 올림픽 公園
Revised Romanization Seoul Ollimpik Gongwon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul Ollimp'ik Kongwŏn
Olympic Park in June 2018

Seoul Olympic Park, shortened to Olpark, is an Olympic Park built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics. It is located in Songpa-gu, Bangi-dong.[1] The two nearest subway stations are Mongchontoseong and Olympic Park.

Olympic Swimming Pool in 2012
The unifying United Buddy Bears exhibition was shown at the Olympic Park in Seoul in 2005.

Competition facilities[edit]

Other facilities[edit]

  • Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium – renamed as Woori Art Hall
  • Korea National Sports University
  • Mongchontoseong
  • Olympic Sculpture Park (It houses approximately 200 sculptures done by artists of all around the World, expressing different concepts)[2]
  • Olympic Parktel Hotel
  • Olympic Hall
  • Olympic Museum
  • SOMA Museum of Art
  • World Peace Gate
  • Flag Plaza (with the presence of the flags of the countries that competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics)[2][3]
  • Rose Park
  • Waterside Stage
  • Music Fountain

World Peace Gate[edit]

Built between December 31, 1986 and August 31, 1988, it was designed by the architect Kim Chung-up to celebrate the spirit of the Seoul Olympic Games (peace and harmony) and also to symbolize the ability of the Korean people. Alongside the pillars there are structures similar to wings, under which there's a mural called "A Painting of Four Spirits". In the mural are shown a phoenix, a turtle, a tiger and a dragon (the spirits that guard the gate) ascending towards heaven, representing the strength of Koreans and their freedom.[2]

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.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "올림픽공원 (Olympic Park)" (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Seoul Olympic Park and World Peace Gate". Korean Experiences. August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bercarich, Lauren (April 6, 2011). "Olympic Park". Lauren in Asia. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°31′15″N 127°07′22″E / 37.520789°N 127.122674°E / 37.520789; 127.122674