Where can you get a glimpse of Central Park from New York, the Canals of Venice, and the Boulevards of Paris all in one place?
We’ll give you a hint: We’re not talking about Vegas.
Chances are, if it wasn’t for the title of this post, you wouldn’t have guessed that, surprisingly, it’s in South Korea in the incredibly “smart city” of Songdo.
Before you read more about Songdo, and how we ended up staying here, check out our video and get a glimpse of a different type of Central Park than the one you’re familiar with:
We Followed A Cat To Songdo
After several recommendations by people we’ve met on the road, we decided to join a website that connects home and pet owners with people who are able to stay at their place, watch their animals and/or take care of their house and property while on vacation or out of town (check the end of this post for details on the site we use and a discount if you’re interested in signing up!).
Since we already knew we were going to travel Korea for several months, we decided to keep our eyes open for upcoming requests and fairly quickly, we saw one within the dates we required.
Fast forward a few months and we’re in Songdo, South Korea, not too far from Incheon Airport (a major airport near Seoul) and only about a 45 minute commute if we want to visit Seoul, taking care of a gorgeous, and slightly hefty, cat named Pumpkin and staying in quite possibly one of the most interesting cities we’ve seen in Asia.
It’s No Walk In The Park, Unless it’s Central Park, South Korea
This new smart city, was designed to be an international hub for business, and boy has it focused on the concept of bringing foreign people, and companies, to its backyard. The city drew on some of the “great cities of the world”, like Paris and New York, to find inspiration for various features and we were quite surprised when we heard that a “Central Park” was among one of them.
We took some time to walk through this expansive park – comprising 10% of the total area of Songdo International Business District – and explored the impressive grounds. This Central Park includes seawater canals that refresh every 24 hours and contribute to the ecosystem and two boat houses where people can rent canoes, kayaks or motorboats.
They also have artwork and statues throughout and a complex, built to look like traditional Korean houses, with a cafe, restaurant and hotel. We were pretty excited about the fact that there is even a deer park and a rabbit island!
It really is a beautiful and peaceful park in the heart of this incredibly interesting city and we plan to head back to rent one of their various tandem bicycles and explore more what Central Park in Songdo has to offer.
We loved the animals and active canal in Songdo’s Central Park. What would be in your ideal “Central Park? Comment below and let us know!
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