Hangang Park named third most scenic park in the world

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A panoramic view of Seoul’s Hangang Park (Courtesy of Vau Kim)

South Korea’s Hangang Park, or Han River Park, has been named the third most Instagram-worthy park in the world.

In a bid to help reduce carbon emissions from metropolitan cities, green energy experts at UK-based comparison website Uswitch have analyzed Instagram data to find the world’s most scenic parks and gardens. in an article published earlier this month.

Hangang Park, consisting of 12 riverside parks along the Han River, is one of Seoulites’ favorite spaces to escape the chaos of city traffic and find emotional refuge.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has planted 90,000 trees in the park to combat fine dust, car emissions and noise pollution.

Trees, art installations, outdoor concert halls, swimming pools, skateboard parks and museum are some of the facilities that make Hangang Park special.

Nearly 750,000 images of Hangang Park have been posted on Instagram, featuring tourists, visitors and the iconic “Seoul” sign.

An image of Central Park in New York (courtesy of Harry Gillen)

An image of Central Park in New York (courtesy of Harry Gillen)

New York’s Central Park has been named the most scenic park in the world, with more than 7.9 million hashtags on Instagram since Uswitch’s April 7 post.

Central Park consists of 18,000 trees on 341 acres of land that remove nearly 453 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Thus, the park helps purify the air of the vast city, according to Uswitch’s findings.

The second most scenic park in the world title went to Hyde Park in London, which racked up a total of 2.3 million hashtags on Instagram.

An image of Hyde Park in London (Courtesy of Markus Freise)

An image of Hyde Park in London (Courtesy of Markus Freise)

According to UK social enterprise Treeconomics and The Royal Parks, a London parks charity, 4,000 trees in Hyde Park remove a total of 2.7 tonnes of pollutants each year.

Other popular parks ranked in the top 20 most scenic green spaces in the world include Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Englischer Garten in Munich, and Sempione Park in Milan.

By Lee Si-jin (sj_lee@heraldcorp.com)

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