As an environmental ecology park located in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, the World Cup Park is consisted of 5 theme parks, such as Peach Park, Nanjicheon Park, Nanji Hangang Park, Haneul Park, and Noeul Park.
Among them, Haneul Park is a grass park that is the nearest to the sky settled in the 2nd Nanjido reclaimed land, having a wonderful look of Seoul at one sight.
Haneul Park is an artificial land formed by stabilization construction on the reclaimed land to bury trash. Therefore, this park is the place to show how nature begins at barren land.
Especially here you could see Seoul at one sight, those are Bukhansan to the north, Namsan and 63 Building to the south, and Hangjusanseong to the west. To take advantage of such excellent look, an observatory was installed on a slope along with facilities for visitors to take a break.
Information on Peripheral Area
As a representative space of the whole World Cup Park, Peace Park was built on the plain about 440,000㎡ between World Cup Stadium and Gangbuk Gangbyeonro.
'Peace,' the theme of the park, means 'mutual living and co-existence,' which is also the concept for the whole World Cup Park.
This contains several meanings such as mutual living of nature and human beings, union with hostile power in the world, huge space of monumental scale, and harmony of daily park with neighbors.
Peach Park is a future-oriented open square to present the image of union and peace of the world, and to commemorate the first World Cup Matches in the 21st century, so that it would be used as a place for neighboring citizens to rest and exercise.
There are Unicef Square, Nanji Pont, Peach Garden, Picnic Field, and World Cup Park Museum in Peace Park. Unicef Square is along with the pond in round shape, to see the waterside view while walking and resting. Various cultural events such as Waterside Concert or Family Theater are held in summer.
Picnic Field is a forest made by the movement of 'Planting 10 million Life-Trees.' Many citizens planted trees in 1999 and 2000 to make World Cup Stadium and its surroundings green.
Curving the north of Nanjido and running to the Hangang, Nanjicheon not only had trash buried, but it was also badly polluted because of leachate discharged from surrounding trash-mountains.
To make the land filled with trash and various pollutants a clean stream for fish and birds to visit, they covered the dead Nanjicheon with high-quality soil and sand, flowing about 3,000 tons of water a day from Nanji Pond in the Peace Park.
Now reeds are grow thick along the stream as well as groups of many plants, showing remarkably restored ecology that couldn't be compared with the former appearance any more.
Holding a naturally restored stream, there are playgrounds, multi-purpose ground, gateball ground, football field with artificial grass, grass square, and spaces to enjoy in-line skating and bike riding around there, as well as good facilities for walk along waterside, such as pond and stepping stones.
World Cup Park
It is a large scale ecology park in the area of 3,471,090㎡ to commemorate 2002 World Cup and the new millenium, by stabilizing Nanjido Trash Burial Site that was in the west of Seoul.
A space of harmony between nature and artificial effort was made, on two huge mountains made of wastes rejected by Seoul citizens for 15 years from 1978 to 1993, on plain reclaimed land, on surrounding small rivers, and on Hangang waterside parks.
With main concept of mutual living and co-existence, the park reflected the talk of that time 'Sustainable Development,' for natural and human cultures to co-exist, both to use and preserve the nature, and to promote harmony between natural environment and artificial structures.
World Cup Park is consisted of 5 theme parks, which are a representative Peach Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park.
Consistent effort is putting to make World Cup Park a world-class theme park where all of Seoul citizens, Koreans, and foreigners would enjoy to visit.
World Cup Stadium
As a main stadium of 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, it is located in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Construction was began on October 20, 1998 and it was opened on November 10, 2001. Test operation and an exhibition gamee were from January to May 2002, followed by opening ceremony and opening game on May 31.
It is a rectangular building built on the ground of 21만 6710㎡, of which building area is 59,747㎡, total floor area 155,788㎡, with underground one floor and 6 floors on the ground.
It is a shape of a big shield-kite seen in the air, which expresses to raise the hope for victory, the image and culture of Korea through the World Cup Games, and the hope for human peach and unity in the 21st century.
Besides, the stadium image was expressed as a shape of a royal robe sailor which is the symbol of Hangang, and the wall of history and the wall of incompleteness were installed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of founding the nation. Layed octagonal tables are designed to stand for traditional table and affluence.
Stands have 64,677 seats, with precast concrete construction, and steel frame in the lower part.
The rate of roof reaches 93% of total stands(general seats 90%, and seats for VIP · press release · disabled people 100%). The structure of roof are steel truss, steel line, and Teflon screen.
105m×68m size grass were lied on the ground, keeping 2.5m height between the stands and the ground. Capacity of parking lot helds 2,735 cars.
For night view, roof of shield-kite shape was expressed with traditional window paper colors, while over 800 lightings are installed on the round deck and external wall of the stands for beauty and stylishness.
It is planned to be used as a culture complex for citizens after World Cup Games, by making it a multi-purpose stadium equipped with general and specialized shops, physical and cultural facilities, and World Cup Museum, etc.
The opening game of the 17th World Cup Game in 2002 was on May 31, followed by opening ceremony of France and Senegal. First round game of Turkey and China (June 13) and semi-final of Korea and Germany (June 25) were also there.