Paju is a city located the north of Seoul and the south of Panmunjeom of the 38th parallel boundary between South and North Korea. In fact, there are a lot of interesting attractions to enjoy in Paju. Today, I’m going to introduce a beautiful garden consisting of 23 themes of Adonis gardens, First Garden.
How to get there
The First Garden is actually placed at the boundary between Paju and Goyang city.
If you use public transport, use subway line Gyeongeui Jungang and get off at Unjeong station. Then get on to bus 088 which has an interval of 30-40 minutes and get off at the First Garden station. Taking a taxi is also not a bad option if you come in a group of 3-4 people. It costs about 10,000 won from the station to our destination.
The entrance fee has different rate for weekdays and weekends. For weekdays, it costs 9000 won for an adult and 8000 won for a kid. The cost is 1000 won more expensive for weekends.
Consisting of gardens with 23 different concepts, Toscana Plaza and Step Garden is the first garden you will see upon entering. It is decorated with an artistic fountain surrounded with pine trees. Terrace Garden is another Italian-style garden centering “Apollo” , the God of Sun in Greek tales. While enjoying the beautiful scene, your ears are satisfied with the sound of flowing water and the classical background music. Next, Embroidery Garden looks like the main garden with a magnificent Italian villa in U-shape at the background and many sculptures of Gods in Greek tales placed in each corner of the garden. Apart from that, you will also see various gardens decorated with different concepts, each are unique and eye-opening.
Nonetheless, be prepared to be astonished by their night lights! It looks like a completely different place from the day view. The whole gardens are decorated with colourful and creative lights, making it really amazing.
Not only you could see beautiful scenes of delicately decorated gardens, you could also get an opportunity to see many kinds of animals like birds, horses, racoons, and many more. At the Bird Garden, you get to see various different types of birds and experience feeding them. You could buy a feed packet from the vending machine in the garden and follow the instruction of the instructor while waiting for the birds stopping on your hands. Also, there is a half-sphere cover, looking like the shelter for some larger birds like peacocks.
Two animal farms are available in First Garden. You could see, touch, and feed racoons, baby goats, Guinea pigs, fish, rabbits and more in the small animal farm. While in the big animal farm, larger animals like mini horses, lambs and goats are raised. By visiting here, it’s a good opportunity to let children become familiar to animals and birds.
Equipped with mini zoo and gardens, First Garden also provides an amusement park with varieties of rides which you could enjoy with your children or friends. The rides are mainly designated for children. What you could anticipate are Marry-go-round, tramboline, flying bee and bumper car. For more advanced and challenging course, perhaps for an adult or older children, enjoy their challenging rail where you If you are not a fan of thrilling rides, get on to the mini train which brings you tour around the main garden.
Restaurant and Cafe
After finish sightseeing, you could also enjoy luxurious lunch course menu in Piatto Gourmet with high-quality steaks and garden view. There are also another options like a Korean food restaurant called Si-seon or Korean BBQ restaurant called Bungalow BBQ. If you prefer something light but decent, try out their brunch cafe Bosco and Piante. They provide various options like cakes, juices, beverages, coffee, desserts, and other brunch plates.
First Garden features magnificent hall and open garden for wedding ceremony. It must be lovely to have wedding in this natural beautiful Italian-style open garden!
Also, First Garden features “Carflix”, a drive-in cinema which you watch movies in your car with your loved ones. They provide the best screen and projection to ensure a high-quality movie time for the customers. The movie starts two times a day, at 7.20pm and 10pm at the night. It is available everyday in a year in all seasons. The cost is 22000 won per car. You could know more about the movie playing on the day through their website. https://firstgarden.co.kr
If you have been tired of looking at all the buildings in busy city, why don’t try give a visit to First Garden to enjoy the greenery and elegant scent? You could come with your family, lover and friends.