Whether it’s the Monet’s Gardens in France or the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo, gardens are as popular tourist spots as museums and amusement parks. In Seoul, the Grass Garden in Jamwon Hangang Park is one such spot.
Named for its pink grass, Seoul’s Grass Garden is one of the most unusual yet gorgeous gardens in the world. It’s a highly sought-after spot for professional and amateur photography.
You can go there with friends and family. It’s also popular with children and is the site of many school field trips.
If you’re interested in natural beauty or simply want nice Instagram photos, check out Seoul’s Grass Garden.
However, before you go, there are a few things you should know:
Why Should You Visit The Grass Garden?
The entire garden is spread over 6,000 meter squares. The grass is called Pink Muhly, a type of double-layer grass. The bottom layer is green and leaf-like whereas the front layer is pink and has a flower-like appearance.
Although you can find it in certain parts of the US, it’s listed as endangered in many territories. Consequently, it’s kind of rare. Other than Pink Muhly, there are 25 other species of perennial plants.
If you’re interested in botany and plant species, visiting Grass Garden could be very instructive and educational.
However, even if you’re not a botanical expert, you can appreciate the pinkish hues and natural beauty of the garden.
When Was It Founded?
The Grass Garden was created as part of an ecological rejuvenation project in Jamwon Hangang Park. Around 15 years ago, the garden along with other parts of the park was a landfill. It contained around 92 million tons of trash.
Before it was a landfill, it was merely a flatland with wild grass and sorghum plants. In 1993, the Seoul Metropolitan Government began the ecological rejuvenation project in the city.
As such, the Grass Garden was created. Today, its beauty is preserved with strict environmental measures.
What’s the Best Time to Visit The Grass Garden?
If you’re familiar with botany, you must know that Pink Muhly, like other perennial plants, is a warm-season plant. It grows in the summertime and reaches full bloom in autumn.
In the summertime, the grass becomes a copper color. By autumn, it lightens into pinkish and purplish tones.
Therefore, the best time to visit Grass Garden is in the autumn months. From October to November, the Pink Muhly grass is at its peak.
However, be mindful; these are the peak months and the garden is a tourist hot spot. Consequently, there might be a lot of human traffic in the area.
This is especially true if you’re visiting the area on a weekend. If possible, visit the garden during the weekdays.
Even then, there might be many people there. However, it will be significantly less than on the weekend.
How to Get There?
Depending on your mode of transport, there are many ways to reach Grass Garden. For one, if you’re taking the subway, you must get off at Jamwon Station’s fourth exit.
For another, if you’re taking the bus, you must find one that stops at Jamwon Hanshin Apartment. Viable options include the Blue Bus 143/362 and the Green Bus 4318.
After reaching Jamwon Hanshin Apartment (via bus or subway), you must walk to the Hangang Park Sinjamwon IC.
There is sufficient signage in the area (in English and Korean). Therefore, finding the right spot won’t be an issue. Once you’ve reached Hangang Park Sinjamwon IC, the Grass Garden will be right in front of you.
In sum, Seoul’s Grass Garden is one of the rarest and most beautiful locations in Korea. If you’re visiting Seoul in October or November, make sure to explore the Grass Garden.
Not only will you get spectacular photos, but you’ll also get to admire how Seoul’s urban landscape mingles with natural beauty.
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