Before a bridge was completed connected Yeouido Island to the mainlaind in 1970, the island was home to frequently-flooding pastureland and peanut fields. Today, Yeouido is regarded as the 'Manhattan of Seoul', and the epicenter of the country’s political, financial and broadcasting worlds. The island is home to the National Assembly Building, where the National Assembly of South Korea meet, the Korea Financial Investment Association, the large Yoido Full Gospel Church, the iconic 63 Building, and the Korea Exchange Center.
Two large parks line the island’s oval-shaped perimeter, while another one creates a greenbelt down the middle. Together, these parks comprise 300 hectares of some of Seoul’s best green spaces. The recent construction of Subway Line 9 has made accessing them all the more convenient.
Though isolated for centuries, Yeouido is now tightly-connected to the Seoul transportation grid. Seoul Subway Line 5 and Line 9 intersect at Yeouido Station. Line 5 also stops at Yeouinaru Station. Line 9 also stops at Saetgang Station and National Assembly Station.