Songdo Central Park

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Songdo Central Park
Songdo Convensia and Central Park View.jpg
Songdo Central Park in Songdo IBD
General information
TypePublic Park
LocationSongdo IBD,
Songdo International City, Incheon Free Economic Zone, Incheon
South Korea
OpeningAugust 2009
Technical details
Floor area101 acres (41 ha) [1]
Design and construction
ArchitectKPF, Yooshin, Associate Architect; Arup, Canal Engineering; DaeIl, Park Engineering; Ung-Do, Hedrick, III, Horticultural Consultant.[2]
DeveloperGale International, POSCO E&C

Songdo Central Park is a public park in the Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. The park is the centerpiece of Songdo IBD's green space plan, inspired by New York City's Central Park.[3] Central Park is a public zone in the center of Korea's first international city, covering 101 acres (41 hectares); the park covers almost 10% of Songdo IBD’s total area.[4] It serves to connect to various civic and cultural destinations by providing a seawater canal that refreshes itself every 24 hours.[5] The park also displays sculpture and artwork such as the swooping neofuturistic metallic architecture of the Tri-Bowl.[6]


The park has become popular with families in Songdo and Incheon, and draws day-visitors from the Seoul area. The forested area in the park also fills with daytime tents and campers on weekends. A patio on the east side of the park has cafes and small restaurants, and canoes are available for rental. A water-taxi service crosses the lake for transportation and tourism.[7]

Central Park is accessible from the nearby Canal Walk shopping court or by Central Park Station of Incheon Metro Line 1.

In popular culture[edit]

Several scenes of the 2012 Gangnam Style music video by Psy were filmed in Songdo Central Park. First, there was a scene in the underground parking lot. This was where Psy had a dance battle with Yoo Jae-suk, who was wearing a yellow suit. In addition, there was another shot taken in the elevator of the same building. There Noh Hong-chul thrust his pelvis while Psy was rapping below him as the elevator door closes.[8]



  1. ^ "KPF :: Songdo Central Park". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.
  2. ^ "KPF :: Songdo Central Park". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.
  3. ^ "Bringing Central Park to New Songdo City". 5 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Songdo IBD :: Central Park". Archived from the original on 2013-02-02.
  5. ^ "Songdo International Business District / KPF". 14 March 2011.
  6. ^ Robert Koehler travel & Photography :: Central Park, Songdo New City Archived 2011-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ "There is no gangnam district in Gangnam style music video". MK News. 12 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.

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