Ara Bike Path
Learn about Suhyangwon, a modern resting pavilion with an ancient design.
Suhyangwon (수향원; map; road view) is a pavilion complex sitting beside the Ara Waterway. Completed in 2012, designers built this public space together with the canal.
While constructed with modern tech, pavilions from the Joseon Dynasty (1392 ~ 1897) inspired the design of Suhyangwon’s structures.
- Suhyangwon’s elongated courtyard contains a large raised pavilion named Suhyangru.
- Three traditional gates and three smaller pavilions spread out around it.
- Suhyangru’s octagonal roof and eaves represent a bird taking flight.
Visitors can remove their shoes, climb on large pavilion’s deck, and listen to the murmuring canal waters or view Gyeyang Mountain (계양산; map) rising in the south.