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A Great Day for a Family Picnic

WriterAdministratorDate11/28/2019

Even though Surisan Mountain is near the center of town, it is known as one of the best mountains of Gyeonggi-do because of its
It’s September and the sky is wide open. It’s autumn! Let’s enjoy a special fall picnic at a hidden picnic spot in Gyeonggi-do. You can visit a riverside full of wild flowers in full bloom or an urban forest with the pleasant shades of trees. You will enjoy the clean sunshine beaming down between white clouds and the gentle breeze on your face. You don't have to prepare anything. You can just go. It will be even better if you go on a picnic with your family over the Chuseok holiday.
Enjoy a fall picnic in Gyeonggi-do!

A healthy family picnic - Gunpo Surisan Provincial Park Forest Playground'
A simple day of camping - Guri Topyeong Family Campground
A picnic on the Namhangang riverside - Yangpyeong Wildflower Arboretum
The forest of secrets in the city and picnic set - Suwon Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus
A lake view and a convenience store - Namyangju Dasan Ecological Park
One of the best picnic spots in Gyeonggi-do - Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri

A healthy family picnic Gunpo Surisan Provincial Park Forest Playground
Gunpo Surisan Provincial Park Forest Playground img

Even though Surisan Mountain is near the center of town, it is known as one of the best mountains of Gyeonggi-do because of its graceful shape and well-preserved ecosystem. Gyeonggi-do has designated Surisan Mountain as a provincial park, and has been preserving the urban green in order to manage nature and the ecosystem well and to provide a pleasant forest rest area. Surisan Provincial Park is divided into the main areas of Napdeokgol and Maejaengigol. Maejaengigol is a great place for a family picnic in autumn. Just park your car in the lot and take a nice walk while looking at the wildflowers of fall. You will soon come upon a wide freshly grown lawn. Picnic tables are everywhere. All you have to do is pick your favorite spot. Sit on a bench and enjoy the view for a while, feeling the gentle breeze on your face.

Gunpo Surisan Provincial Park Forest Playground img

After eating your lunch, enjoy a gentle stroll from the Aquatic Plant Observation Path to the Archery Range. Kids can run and play around at the Forest Playground while enjoying the phytoncides. It will be a healthy picnic for the entire family.

  • Address : Sokdal-dong, Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Surijeong Pavilion or Surijeong Pavilion Parking Lot)
  • Contact : +82-31-392-3000, Gunpo Culture & Tourism
  • Opening hours : 24 hours a day
  • Entrance fee : Free
A simple day of camping Guri Topyeong Family Campground
Guri Topyeong Family Campground img

Minimalism is in fashion for camping these days. Day camping, like a simple picnic, is popular nowadays, instead of carrying a lot of luggage on a trailer to go somewhere. People want to spend time with their families more efficiently instead of wasting time and effort on setting up a campsite. Camping has been evolving into a smarter form. Guri Topyeong Family Campground is an urban campground where you can enjoy light camping anytime. It is available for both general camper use and day camping. Day camping is available on weekdays only when the campground is not terribly crowded. However, it is enough to enjoy the camping atmosphere while preparing a meal with your family amidst the natural surroundings.

Guri Topyeong Family Campground img

Day camping costs only 10,000 won, and you can rent camping gear including tarps, gas burners, tables, and chairs at low prices. All you need to bring is some food and tableware. Why not enjoy camping tonight, viewing the sunset at a campground close to home?

  • Address : 11-140, Wangsukcheon-ro, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Topyeong Family Campground)
  • Contact : +82-31-550-3788
  • Website : www.guricamping.or.kr/guricamping
  • Opening hours : Picnicking 2pm-10pm; Camping 2pm-11am (overnight)
  • Fees : Picnics KRW 10,000; Auto Camping KRW 25,000; Easy Camping KRW 55,000
A picnic at Namhangang riverside Yangpyeong-gun Wildflower Arboretum
Yangpyeong-gun Wildflower Arboretum img

Yangpyeong-gun Wildflower Arboretum, situated on the Namhangang riverside, protects endangered Korean native wildflowers. Around 200 species of wildflowers are in full bloom everywhere. It is a great eco-education destination for children and teenagers. The Yangpyeong-gun Wildflower Arboretum is a great place to play with children. In particular, children can run and play in the wide picnic area below the Wildflower Museum, enjoying the panoramic view of the Namhangang River. Here you can easily find places to relax like bungalows and octagonal pavilions, and can enjoy a picnic after spreading a mat on a wooden platform under the pleasant shade of a tree.

Yangpyeong-gun Wildflower Arboretum img

Realistic animal sculptures of gorillas and pandas are standing here and there, and there are peacock families living in a small cage. This area is an arboretum and a zoo. A smile spreads over a mother’s face while watching her children run and play, and it makes a great place to enjoy a long-awaited picnic in nature away from the city. It’s fun to find interesting sculptures related to reading and family and take pictures.

  • Address : 16, Sumogwon-gil, Yangpyeong-eup, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Yangpyeong Wildflower Arboretum)
  • Contact : +82-31-772-1800
  • Website : www.nemunimo.co.kr
  • Opening hours : 9:30am-6pm
  • Entrance fee : Adults KRW 8,000; Middle/High school students KRW 6,000; KRW Children 5,000
The forest of secrets in the city and picnic set Suwon Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus

Suwon Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus img

Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus is one of the best picnic spots in Suwon lately. You can walk in the dense forest while enjoying the fresh air, and children can run and play on a wide lawn. You can spend a quiet afternoon under a big tree, and it makes a great place for couples as well as families with children on a sunny fall day. The most popular picnic zones in Sangsang Campus are the Garden of Meditation and the Lawn Plaza. They are very popular with visitors, so you will have to hurry to get a good spot especially on weekends.

Suwon Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus img

If you find picnic packing to be a bother, you can use the picnic set from the coffee shop. The picnic set includes a picnic basket with beverages and sandwiches, a mat, a small table, and mosquito repellent. The price is more reasonable than you think. You can rent some items for a photo shoot such as bouquets and flower garland crowns to take the best photo ever. Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus is the former campus of the Collage of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Seoul National University. The old school buildings and site were remodeled to make a unique cultural complex where living culture and youth culture coexist.

  • Address : 166, Seodun-ro, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus)
  • Contact : +82-31-296-1980
  • Website : sscampus.kr
  • Opening hours : 10am-6pm (Trails: 5:30am-7:30pm)
  • Entrance fee : Free
A lake view and a convenience store Namyangju Dasan Ecological Park
Namyangju Dasan Ecological Park img

The rivers meeting at Dumulmeori connect to the Hangang River at Paldangho Lake. Dasan Ecological Park, located in the deepest place, is one of the best picnic spots in Namyangju, which is known for numerous tourist destinations. The best part is that you can enjoy the beautiful view of Paldangho Lake. You will lose track of time while enjoying a sunny fall day under the pleasant shade of a tree. The brightness of the fall season wildflowers in full bloom will wash away your stress.

Namyangju Dasan Ecological Park img

You don't have to bring food when you go for a picnic to Dasan Ecological Park. It has no restaurants in order to preserve the environment, but you can find a special place for a light meal. A convenience store stands at the entrance to the park. A local long-time Namyangju resident runs the convenience store, which has an indoor lounge that is more than twice as big as the store. The lounge has clean tables, chairs, microwaves, and water heaters. You can also use free Wi-Fi here. Have a trendy convenience store lunch box and cup noodles for a light meal, and drink a cup of iced coffee at the convenience store. When I asked the owner why he opened the lounge, he answered that he decided to open it because visitors had no place to eat in the park. He answered like it was no big deal. You can feel the generosity of the local residents.

  • Address : 767, Dasan-ro, Joan-myeon, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Dasan Ecological Park; Use the Dasan Historic Site parking lot)
  • Contact : +82-31-590-6634
  • Opening hours : 24 hours a day
  • Entrance fee : Free
One of the best picnic destinations in Gyeonggi-do Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri
Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri img

What comes to your mind when you think of fall? Late autumn may remind you of autumn colors. Early fall days may remind you of cotton clouds in the blue sky. Then visit Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri! The beautiful view of the blue sky above a wide lawn seems like a desktop wallpaper. It is one of the most beautiful fall views of Gyeonggi-do. Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri is already popular as a picnic destination. Families start to gather in this place with mats from the early morning on weekends. The best spot to enjoy a picnic in Pyeonghwa Nuri is in front of Café Annyeong. It is the most popular picnic spot with plenty of the shade from trees and the beautiful view of Windy Hill located across from the coffee shop. Children can fly a kite or run and play around the Hill of Music in front of the Outdoor Stage. If you don’t bring your own food, you can purchase a light meal such as sandwiches and beverages at D.brunch Annyeong in Pyeonghwa Nuri.

Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri img

If you visit nearby security tourist destinations such as Imjingak Pavilion and the 3rd Tunnel, you can enjoy a fall picnic more efficiently. The Pyeonghwa Nuri Outdoor Stage holds fall concerts for families, and the 2019 Paju Folk Festival and Live DMZ Concert are held on September 8 and 21, respectively. In addition, a shuttle runs between Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri and Camp Greaves on Saturday and Sunday, 3 times a day (11am, 1pm, 4pm), until November 3. Camp Greaves is a former US military base in a restricted area, and has a youth hostel and a variety of exhibition spaces.

  • Address: 618-13, Majeong-ri, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (GPS search: Pyeonghwa Nuri or Imjingak Tourist Area)
  • Contact: +82-31-956-8300
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day
  • Entrance fee: Free