The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Dumulmeori…

 

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Where is the place where two rivers meet?  Dumulmeori…

Two watery heads converge, making one.  Liquid expanse meets distant mountain, and all around a sea of green.  Lotus, lotus, everywhere…

Where is the place where two rivers meet and lotus reigns supreme?  Dumulmeori…

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

The lotus of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

The lotus of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Dumulmeori (두물머리) literally means “the head of two waters”- it is where Bukhangang and Namhangang meet on the southern tip of Yangsuri, a few kilometers east of Seoul city. Semiwon (세미원) is a large park linked to Dumuleori filled with lotus fields, walkways, 3 ancient zelkova trees, and a fountain made out of Hagari (traditional Korean pottery jars). The name comes from a proverb: “one can cleanse his mind by looking at water and enlighten his spirit by looking at flowers”. Restaurants and cafes in the area feature menu items with lotus infused specialties- from lotus ice cream and bingsu, to lotus leaf topped hot stone pot rice, and small lotus filled breads…

Hot stone pot rice with lotus leaf (연닙 돌솥 밥)... Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

연닙 돌솥 밥 (yeon nip dolsot bap)…rice in a hot stone bowl topped with lotus leaf

Entrance fees:
Dumulmeori – Free
Semiwon – 4,000won/ per adult. Closed Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday). Hours: March- Oct 9a-6p
Nov-Feb 9a-5p

How to get there:
Take the Gyeongui Line (turquoise Jungang line) to Yangsu Station, exit 1. Go straight across the street and down the hill…walk about 20 minutes

Click here for a map (the map is to the entrance of Semiwon park)

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