Located on the southern edge of Seoul’s suburban sprawl, Yangjae-dong is a largely residential neighbourhood home to the largest flower market in South Korea. It encompasses a huge green space created for the 1988 Olympics, as well as a university dedicated to the study of Christianity.
Things to do in Yangjae-dong
Stretch your legs in the Yangjae Citizens’ Forest, which was created in the lead-up to the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It features a variety of sporting facilities that include tennis and basketball courts, as well as a children’s playground and a grassy field. Several memorials also dot the grounds, including a hall dedicated to the Korean independence activist Yun Bonggil, and there’s a wisteria trellis that ignites with purple flowers in spring.
On the eastern edge of the Yangjae Citizens’ Forest is the Yangjae Flower Market Center, which is the largest market of its kind in South Korea. A staggering variety of fresh-cut flowers, potted plants and succulents can be found throughout its zoned areas, with the market supplying retail stores throughout Seoul and beyond.
To the north lies Torch Trinity Graduate University, an evangelical tertiary institution and seminary where future church leaders are educated. As you admire the modern architecture, learn about the graduate programs in theology, philosophy and divinity that are offered to students from around the globe or coincide your visit with one of the university’s regular chapel services.
Getting around Yangjae-dong
Yangjae-dong is around 30 minutes by train from Seoul Station and 1.5 hours from Incheon International Airport. It’s connected along the Shinbundang Line of the Seoul Subway, with stations at Yangjae, Yangjae Citizen’s Forest and Cheonggyesan. Buses also travel throughout Yangjae-dong.