Nakseongdae Park is the birthplace of General Kang (984-1031) of the Goryeo Dynasty. This park was established to commemorate this great military commander who defeated a massive invading enemy.
A bronze statue of General Kang Gam-chan on horseback is the most prominent sight in the middle of the park.
General Kang earned this honor as he became a hero for defeating the strong and massive force of Khitans of Liao Dynasty. Khitan was an imperial dynasty in East Asia that ruled Mongolia, Northeast China, Russian Far East, and North Korea.
Inside the park, you will also see more prominent items and structures, including the granite pagoda, Anguksa Temple, among other things and places.
As a park, Nakseongdae Park has thick forest areas with a variety of trees such as birch, pine, oak, and more making it ideal for a relaxing place to stroll alone or with friends or family.
As aforementioned, Nakseongdae Park was the birthplace of Gang Gam-chan and located in Gwanak District, Seoul.
The name 'nakseongdae' is from Chinese characters that means "the place where a star fell." That star refers to the general himself who defeated a significant number of invaders.
LEGEND: Kang Gam-chan's mother bore him after she dreamt that a star fell to her breast.
History and Descriptions
Nakseongdae Park was designated as Seoul City historical legacy in 1972.
Then in 1973-74, the Anguksa Shrine was constructed to commemorate and honor the legacy of Kang Gam-chan who stopped the enemies from invading Seoul.
Surrounding the Shrine is a stone wall with a circumference of more than 400 meters.
The Shrine emulates the wooden architectural style of the Goryeo Period. Prominently, it has high ceilings and where Gang's portrait is being housed.
You will find this Shrine on the road leading to Seoul National University's back gate.
In front of the Shrine is the bronze statue of the general riding his horse.
You will also see a granite three-story pagoda that stands 4.46 meters high above the ground. It was made in the 13th century.
Some stories said that the Japanese soldiers who invaded Korea in 1592-98 destroyed the pagoda and took away the treasures kept inside it.
The pagoda was named "Kang Gam-chan Tap" or "Kang Gam-chan Nakseongdae Tap". ('Tap' means a pagoda).
Various public transports can get you there quickly, including the subway, bus, taxi, or public vehicle.
You should take Seoul Subway Line 2 and get off at Nakseongdae Station. Then proceed to Exit 4 to see the park ahead.
By bus, you can take Gwanak 02 that travels to Nakseongdae Park and English Village.
If you need further information, you may use the following details:
Nakseongdae Park Address: Nakseongdae Park, 77, Nakseongdae-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Phone: 02-879-6519 (Nakseongdae Park Management Office)
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