Yeouido Park

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Yeouido Park
Yeouido Park Pond 201604.jpg
A pond and pavilion in the park, April 2015
LocationYeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYeouido Gongwon
McCune–ReischauerYŏŭito Kongwŏn

Yeouido Park (Korean여의도공원; Hanja汝矣島公園; RRYeouido Gongwon) is a park in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, South Korea.

The park, which runs northeast–southwest through the centre of the island, has a large open area which is popular with bicyclists and skateboarders, and breaks into footpaths lined with trees and seasonal flowers.


During the Japanese rule of Korea, the site was the location of Seoul's first airport, built in April 1924.[1] In the 1970s, the area was developed into an asphalt strip as part of the Han River development project led by President Park Chung-hee, who named it May 16 Square in reference to the coup he led in 1961.[2]

In May 1984, Pope John Paul II held a canonization mass in the park for Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and 101 other martyrs who were executed under the Joseon Dynasty .

After having lain under asphalt for 27 years, May 16 Square was subsequently redeveloped, and was reopened on July 5, 1999.[3]


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  1. ^ According to "동현황". Yeouido-dong website (Korean). Retrieved 2006-04-16.. However, the Naver Encyclopedia asserts that the airport opened in 1916, and that the homecoming flight of An Chang-nam, the first Korean pilot, landed here in 1922.
  2. ^ Lankov, Andrei (12 May 2015). "(556) Birth of Yeouido Park". The Korea Times. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Yeouido". Retrieved 2006-04-16.

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