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The world's most picturesque city parks, including Japanese and South Korean parks

Author: Vicky Karantzavelou / Date: Mon, 04/25/2022 - 09:23
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The research analysed Instagram hashtag data for parks and green spaces in the world’s 100 biggest cities to determine which parks are the most Insta-worthy, and it’s New York’s Central Park that takes the crown with over 7.9 million hashtags.

New research by green energy experts at Uswitch reveals the cities with the most picturesque green spaces that are also helping the cities to breathe cleaner air.

The research analysed Instagram hashtag data for parks and green spaces in the world’s 100 biggest cities to determine which parks are the most Insta-worthy, and it’s New York’s Central Park that takes the crown with over 7.9 million hashtags.

Famously in the background of many TV shows and films like Gossip Girl, Home Alone, and When Harry Met Sally to name a few – this vast city-based park occupies a huge 843 acres of New York City, and it plays a massive part in cleaning up the air of the bustling New Yorker lifestyle, thanks to the 18,000 trees that live there. It’s estimated by the Conservancy Tree Care team (the people nursing the trees in Central Park) that roughly one million pounds of carbon dioxide is removed from the city’s air each year thanks to the trees.

London’s Hyde Park is second on the list with an impressive 2,363,707 hashtags on Instagram – and it’s the only UK-based green space to feature in the top 20 list. According to Treeconomics and The Royal Parks, the 4,000 trees in Hyde Park remove a total of 2.7 tonnes of pollutants each year and store an impressive 3,900 tonnes of CO2, preventing it from being released into the London air. Home to many tourist attractions, such as boat hire on The Serpentine Lake and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, it is no surprise that so many pictures are taken of its scenery. 

Following London’s central park is Hangang Park (한강공원) in Seoul, South Korea which is made up of 12 parks in total and boasts nearly 750,000 Instagram posts. Just last year the Seoul Metropolitan Government planted 90,000 trees in the park in aid of tackling fine dust, car emissions and noise pollution.

Rounding off the top five top are two American green spaces, both located in California; Griffith Park in Los Angeles, which was featured in the Oscar-winning film La La Land, is fourth on the list with over 493,000 Instagram hashtags, and Golden Gate Park is fifth with nearly 487,000 hashtags. 

More American green spaces feature in the top 20 list; including, Chicago’s Millennium Park in thirteenth and Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with 241,710 Instagram hashtags in fourteenth. Meanwhile, seven European gardens or parks make the ranking; following Hyde Park in second, Barcelona’s Park Güell is sixth, and Parque del Retiro in Madrid is ninth.

Outside the top 10, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is in twelfth. In fifteenth is Englischer Garten in Munich, Stadtpark in Vienna is seventeenth, Milan’s Sempione Park is nineteenth, and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris rounds off the top 20 in twentieth place.

The World’s Top 20 Most Picturesque Green Spaces 

Rank

Park Name

City

Number of #'s

Acres

CO2 Absorbed (lbs)

1

Central Park

New York City

7,962,156

843

46,787

2

Hyde Park

London

2,363,707

350

19,425

3

Hangang Park

Seoul

749,856

192

10,656

4

Griffith Park

Los Angeles

493,093

4,310

239,205

5

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco

486,936

1,017

56,444

6

Park Güell

Barcelona

431,577

44

2,442

7

Parque Ibirapuera

Sao Paulo

371,104

390

21,645

8

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Tokyo

351,842

144

7,992

9

Parque del Retiro

Madrid

324,262

350

19,425

10

Bosque de Chapultepec

Mexico City

317,756

1,695

94,073

11

Kings Park

Perth

289,763

988

54,834

12

Vondelpark

Amsterdam

285,735

120

6,660

13

Millennium Park

Chicago

260,017

24.5

1,360

14

Piedmont Park

Atlanta

241,710

187

10,379

15

Englischer Garten

Munich

240,562

910

50,505

16

Centennial Park

Sydney

220,167

470

26,085

17

Stadtpark

Vienna

207,952

28

1,554

18

Osaka Castle Park

Osaka

176,395

15

833

19

Sempione Park

Milan

149,639

95

5,273

20

Luxembourg Gardens

Paris

146,154

56.8

3,152

It’s well known that outdoor spaces are great for both our mental and physical health, and to shine a light on the environmental benefits of the green spaces in city centres, we calculated how many pounds of CO2 emissions each park is helping to clear up from the air. To do this we took the number of acres of each park and multiplied it by 55.5, which is the estimated number of pounds of CO2 that urban soil absorbs from the atmosphere. 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vicky Karantzavelou

Co-Founder & Chief Editor

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.