Korea’s Garden of Morning Calm is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Korea’s name, “Land of the Morning Calm,” inspired the garden, which emphasizes the country’s natural beauty and shows floral arrangements and landscaped gardens in harmony with their environment. If you adore nature and enjoy botanical gardens, this Garden of Morning Calm is one of the most beautiful gardens in Korea.
The garden grounds cover 300 hectares, and over 5,000 distinct plant species have been planted. It’s no surprise that it draws more than a million tourists every year. The garden, which has a beautiful setting, has been utilized as a filming location for numerous Korean TV shows, including the popular drama “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” starring Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung.
You can drive for approximately two hours to the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province. Nami Island, Petite France, Gapyeong Rail Bike, and Gangchon Rail Park are just a few of the other interesting sites within striking distance of the Garden of Morning Calm.
When to Visit: Fall to spring is the best time to visit the Garden of Morning Calm
The garden is meant to offer beauty all year round. What you see and experience will differ somewhat depending on the weather and season. Here’s what to anticipate when visiting the garden at various times of the year:
Cherry blossom and tulip gardens are beautiful in the spring. The park is lush with brilliant floral displays as nature awakens and the weather warms up. There’s a unique display of wildflowers (March) that are difficult to find in nature, including magnolias, azaleas, Japanese apricots, forsythia, etc. The Spring Flower Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm runs from April to May.
In the summer, the garden is in full bloom. The different colors of the flowers are beautiful against the green of the trees. Some highlights during the summer are the hydrangea and Rose of Sharon exhibitions.
This lovely fall landscape is complemented by the rich crimson, orange, and yellow leaves. In this beautiful fall picture, the mountains in the background are drenched in color in autumn hues. In Korea, foliage is incredibly vibrant and robust. Your dreams will be fulfilled when you see the stunning floral design and brilliant red maple trees scattered throughout the garden. Add to that the vivid chrysanthemum bloom, which is both wild and cultivated, and the crimson of the maple trees sprinkled around the yard, and your mind will be blown away! Don’t miss out on seeing the persimmons, ginkgoes, and maples that make the garden even more autumn-like.
Although the Garden of Morning Calm is famous for its spring flowers, it’s also a top spot to view winter scenery. The blanket of snow creates a scene that’s both romantic and breathtaking. The annual light display in the winter is trendy, as is exploring the garden all year.
Must-Visit Spots in Garden of Morning Calm
Visitors can quickly see the whole garden in approximately one or two hours. But if you have little time and want to get the most out of it, check out these must-see highlights at the Garden of Morning Calm.
Korean people love to set the trees and plants near their homes, in the yard of a typical Korean thatched house. The beauty of Korean architecture is captured in the Hometown Garden. Traditional Korean house is on display, demonstrating the history of Korea’s people. It’s ideal to go just before sunset when the last rays of sunlight dance through the enormous trees that surround the garden.
Rose of Sharon Garden
Korea’s national flower, the Sharon Rose, grows here in more than 200 varieties.
The Millennium Juniper is the largest and oldest tree in the Garden of Morning Calm. It is estimated to be over 1000 years old. It’s amazing, and the huge lawn surrounding it only adds to its majesty.
It’s a beautiful garden with hundreds of bright blossoms in the spring, summer, and fall.
Road To Heaven
One of the most well-known features of the Garden of Morning Calm is The Road to Heaven, which lies at its heart. The route that leads deep into the park essentially looks like the road to paradise! To obtain that heavenly perspective, climb to one of the wooden observation decks.
There are quite a few good sections in the park, but the Korean Pond Garden stands out. It’s in the garden’s rear end, and many people overlook it because there’s so much else to see and discover before you get there. Take a seat in the tea house overlooking the pond while relaxing with traditional Korean tea.
It’s a lovely stroll in the garden, where you’ll find many birch trees and changing floral displays. The white church-like structure at the end of the walk has served as a backdrop for numerous K-dramas.
Where to Eat?
What is the point of touring lovely areas if you can’t stop for a cup of coffee or a traditional Korean eatery? Luckily, the Garden of Morning Calm has both.
Good Morning Cafe & Bakery
The scent of freshly baked pastries will hunt you down from a distance, making it difficult to overlook the bakery. If the coffee shop is too crowded, go to the bakery instead; if the weather permits, sit outside if you can. The garden may be seen from both the bakery and the café.
Korean Food Garden
The restaurant serves a diverse selection of Korean foods, most of which are vegetarian. Only meals prepared with fresh, natural ingredients are served at this eatery. Try the soybean paste stew, wild vegetable bibimbap, or veggie chop steak.
The tea house is located in the rear of the garden and has a wide range of traditional Korean teas and some with views of the Pond Garden. Reading or just relaxing here is one of the best things to do.
In the garden, every season offers you a unique experience. It amazes your senses in an infinite number of ways. Garden of Morning Calm will always be on your favorite places in Korea, no matter what time of year you visit.
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