The view over the forest & Seoul - Chris Backe
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The recently-opened (2009) Dream Forest was once the site of a theme park named 'Dream Park', 북서울꿈의숲 (buk
-Seo-ul-ggum-ui-sup). The more developed part sits between two relatively small mountains (Opaesan and Byeogosan)
which have their own sets of walking trails worth checking out if you're in the hiking mood. The maps scattered
throughout the trails can give you a good idea of where to go.
The Design Seoul Gallery tells the story of the Dream Forest, from creation to future plans for the fourth-largest
park in Seoul - unfortunately, it's entirely in Korean. Enjoy the sights, but understanding will be at a premium unless
you're good at Korean.
After exploring one side of the Dream Forest and climbing the stairs, there's another side to the forest featuring
a botanical garden.
The Forest also includes an observatory with a 45-degree-slanted elevator to take you to the top. The 2nd floor on
the way up also offers some gallery space. Once at the top (a trip that involves multiple elevator rides) the view is
quite nice, but everything seems so small. It won't replace the Seoul Tower's excellent 360-degree view of the city,
but it's still a chance to see things from a higher ground.