Face-off: Parks vs. Playgrounds

I have never fully contemplated the placement of a playground within a park.  I suppose I’m just used to it.  It always seemed to be harmonious place for our family.

Here in Daegu, there are an abundance of both parks and playgrounds, but rarely together.  Apartment buildings have playgrounds, often more than 1.  These are elaborate affairs with climbing toys, monkey bars, swings, teeter-totters (remember those?), merry-go-rounds (remember THOSE?), slides, etc.  They are almost always built over rubberized, cushioned groundcover.  Not a leaf in sight.

And then there are parks.  Big beautiful parks full of native plants, stone pathways, exotic animals (and insects), amphitheaters, and non-motorized exercise equipment.  Unlike in American parks, where that exercise equipment sits mostly idle, the stuff here gets put to good use, mostly in the evenings and after dark this time of year.

In the past, I lamented the fact that there were few parks without playgrounds.  Of course my kids always choose to climb the neon structures rather than explore the bugs in the grass, the leaves falling from the trees, etc.  But now I am realizing the I had it all backwards.  I need the play equipment to entice them to “play.”  After a short while, they tire of the boring stuff and begin to explore their other surroundings.

Here are some photos of our walk to the river last week.

Some birds bathing. Is that an egret?

Gianna and Aliya, complete wth facepaint.
The flags waving over the bridge.


  1. Is it always grey and dreary there? The sky looks cloudy in almost every picture. What’s the typical weather pattern in Daegu?

  2. August is the rainiest month. There has been lots of rainy days (but usually just part of the day) and some gloriously sunny (and hot!) ones.