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Plan a trip soon to the city of Sejong (just like the great King of South Korea) to visit the Sejong National Arboretum, South Korea’s first national arboretum.
Korea’s ‘administrative capital’ is now home to country’s first urban arboretum – Sejong National Arboretum. Whether or not you have a green thumb, you will appreciate the magnificance, beauty, and the size of this place!
How to get to Sejong National Arboretum (국립세종수목원)?
Sejong National Arboretum is located about 120 kilometers from Seoul. You can reach the arboretum via different travel options. You can take the bus to Sejong Bus Terminal or train to Osong Station.
- Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on Mondays)
- Admission Fee: Individuals – Adults 5,000 won, Children 3,000 won
What is Sejong National Arboretum?
It is Korea’s first urban national arboretum. It is located in the center of a city and it recently opened in October 2020 after eight years of planning.
The arboretum covers a sprawling 65 hectares, that’s about 90 football fields. You can admire over 1.7 million plants of 2,834 different species in this arboretum. It is divided into 24 different themes, including a traditional Korean garden and a bonsai exhibit.
Sejong National Arboretum is also the largest greenhouse in South Korea. There are multi-level walkways where you can leisurely stroll around and enjoy the beauty.
It is also the perfect place to enjoy the how and sweltering summer in Korea. There is a facility within that releases mist from between the rocks. This mist will help visitors to cool off in summer.
Traditional Korean Garden
The Korean Traditional Garden is an eclectic mix of all the popular gardens from across Korea. For example, there are replicas of gardens at Changdeok Palace in Seoul and Soswaewon in Damyang. Both these gardens bring the architecture of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) to modern Sejong City.
The Bonsai Garden features a whole lot of variety of bonsai styles. Every time you visit, you will find a new selection of bonsai trees on display. Although the art of bonsai comes from Japan, Korea has its own unique syle of ‘bunjae,’ the cultivation of small trees in a pot.
Four Seasons Exhibition Greenhouse
It is the largest greenhouse in the country with colorful plants usually found in the tropics. It has a jungle-like atmosphere with 400 different species on display. There are small waterfalls and a deck from where you can enjoy the aerial view of the greenhouse. It has a high ceiling – 32 meters.