In winter, holiday festivals can be found all over Korea, but one of the biggest and best is undoubtedly the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival. Every winter, the Garden of morning Calm dazzlingly shimmers with illuminations under the dark skies.
This place located in Gapyeong-gun, only about 2 hours away by car from Seoul. It could be a perfect day trip destination for visitors to Seoul. Since this light festival only takes place from winter to early spring, do not miss out on this event during your stay in Korea.
About this festival
This festival involves 100 thousand pyeong enlighted by more than 30,000 lights. During the winter season, the shining lights add a festive glow to the vast garden. There includes Hakyung Garden, Hometown House Garden, Bonsai Garden, Moonlight Garden, Sky Path and Garden of Eden. All this adornment make the grounds into a winter wonderland in the evening.
This place has an awe-inspiring display of glimmering lights and festive cheer. You’ll be totally wowed by the sight of decoration around.
Look out for illuminated arch tunnels that make you feel you are in a dreamland.
There are separate areas to explore, with displays and exhibitions decorated around the themes of animals, love, flowers, and more.
When to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival
Festival Dates: December 4th, 2020 – March 14th, 2021
The Lighting Festival take place at the Garden of Morning Calm specially in winter. During the festival, opening hours are extended late into the night, so visitors can enjoy to the fullest the spectacle even though it gets dark. You could easily spend at least 2 hours, cheerfully wandering the areas.
Typically, the lights come on just before sunset, and stay on until 9PM on weekdays and 11PM on Saturdays.
What to wear
In the winter months of December, January and February, temperatures at the Garden of Morning Calm range from -11 to 4°C. Then there feels freezing cold after the sun goes down.
Since the Lighting Festival is best enjoyed at night, it’s mandatory to dress appropriately so you can enjoy it comfortably. There’s really not much indoor space at the Garden where you can get a respite from the frigid air.
How to Go to there
Public Transportation from Seoul
More info: www.morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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