The Garden of Morning Calm, Korea

 

Located north of Seoul in Gapyeong, the Garden of Morning Calm can be reached from Seoul by car in around 2 hours. The 30,000㎡ garden is open year-round and is a great spot to visit for families, couples, and photographers alike. The garden was conceptualized by Professor Han Sang-kyung (Gardening Department, Sahmyook University) while he was serving as an exchange professor in America. His vision was to create a garden that would become world-famous and spread the concept of Korean beauty throughout the world. The inspiration for the garden stemmed from a poem written by Sir Tagore, a great Indian poet, who described Korea during the Joseon Dynasty as “the land of the morning calm.”

The garden is the oldest private garden in Korea. It is an artistic space with a beautiful balance between the Korean concept of natural curves with asymmetry and plants. It attracts about 600,000 visitors annually.

Beautifully manicured grass and flower beds connect the garden’s 20 different themed sections. The Sunken Garden is shaped like the Korean Peninsula and is carpeted with beautiful flowers on both sides representing the desire for South and North Korea to be reunited.

About 5,000 kinds of plants are grown in the garden, including 300 varieties native to Baekdusan Mountain, known as a spiritual mountain to the Korean people. Flowers are in bloom from March to November, so the garden is usually busy during this period. In addition to the beautiful flora of the garden, there are a variety of festivals and displays held throughout the year.

* Spring: Spring Garden Festival

* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangeas and Roses of Sharon

* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints

* Winter: Lighting Festival