LetsRun Park Seoul
LocationGwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Owned byKorea Racing Authority
Date opened1 September 1989
Course typeLeft
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LetsRun Park Seoul, also known a Seoul Race Park or Seoul Racecourse Park is a 40,000 capacity Korean thoroughbred racetrack in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. It is host to many of Korea's most valuable thoroughbred horse races including the Korean Derby and Grand Prix. LetsRun Park Seoul is located next to Seoul Racecourse Park Station on Line 4 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. It is operated by the Korea Racing Authority (KRA).

In the Republic of Korea, the racecourse has been misleading with the negative image of gambling and speculative facilities and has been distorted into a socially problematic place. It's called 'Park'. The name of the station was changed in 2000.


The current site at Gwacheon is the third home of LetsRun Park Seoul. The first was at a track in Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, which was in operation from the early 1920s until just after the Korean War. Following the closure of the Sinseol-dong track, a new racetrack was constructed at Ttukseom, on the north bank of the Han River In February 1983, after South Korea was awarded the 1988 Summer Olympics, the KRA was given the task of organising the equestrian events.[1] The Ttukseom Racetrack was inadequate; the KRA acquired a new site south of Seoul in Gwacheon Gyeonggi-do, where the equestrian (except the individual-jumping final) and the riding portion of the modern pentathlon events were held. After the Olympics, the KRA turned the site into a racetrack.[2]

This is where the headquarters of the Korean Horse Society is located. Gyeongseong Racecourse, which opened in Yongdujeong [2], Gyeongseong-bu, on September 20, 1928, started as a racecourse. Construction began in 1984 to host the equestrian events of the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul and the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and officially opened on September 1, 1989. Construction began in 1984 and moved to 1989. Until 1998, it was called 'Seoul Racecourse' and then changed to the current name.


The first race at the new LetsRun Park Seoul was held on 1 September 1989. The track can accommodate more than 80,000 spectators; in 2003 a second grandstand, "Luckyville", was opened alongside the existing "Happyville". Races are run on an oval artificial sand-based track with a two-furlong home straight.[3]

As of 2011 live thoroughbred racing takes place on Saturdays and Sundays all year, with 12 races each Saturday and 11 each Sunday. On race day, races are also simulcast from the pony-racing track on Jeju Island and the thoroughbred track at Busan-Gyeongnam. Major races at the LetsRun Park Seoul include the Korean Derby in May, the Minister of Agriculture Cup in October, the President's Cup in November and the season-ending Grand Prix in December.

In 2007, the Korean-bred J.S. Hold won the Korean Triple Crown (the Ttukseom Cup, the Korean Derby and the Minister's Cup) at LetsRun Park Seoul. In 2008 the Ttukseom Cup was replaced as the first leg of the Triple Crown by the KRA Cup Mile, which is run at Busan-Gyeongnam Race Park on the first Sunday in April.

In 2009 the champion jockey at LetsRun Park Seoul was Park Tae Jong, who also holds the record for most wins in Korean racing history. The 2009 Korean Derby was won by a filly, Sangseung Ilro, who had previously won the KRA up Mile at Busan-Gyeongnam. At the end of each season, racing fans in Korea can vote for which horses they wish to take part in the traditional season-ending Grand Prix race. In 2009, the American-bred Dongbanui Gangja won the race for the second consecutive year.

Notable races

Month Racename Distance Qualification
Grade I
May Korean Derby Dirt 1800m Korean 3yo c&f
Sep Korea Sprint Dirt 1200m International 3yo+
Sep Korea Cup Dirt 1800m International 3yo+
Nov. Presidents Cup Dirt 2000m Korean 3yo +
Dec. Grand Prix Dirt 2300m Mixed 3yo +
Grade II
Oct. Minister of FAFF Cup Dirt 2000m Korean 3yo c&f
Grade III
Apr. Ttukseom Cup Dirt 1400m Korean 4yo + 
Jun. SROA Chairman's Trophy Dirt 2000m Korean 4yo + f
Oct. KRA Cup Classic (Handicap) Dirt 2000m Mixed 3yo +
Nov. Breeder's Cup Dirt 1300m Korean 2yo c&f

See also


  1. ^ "Life & Love KRA". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  2. ^ 1988 Winter Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 188–9. La84foundation.org
  3. ^ "Seoul Racecourse Park | Horse Racing in Korea". Korearacing.wordpress.com. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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