The Garden of Morning Calm is away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a beautiful arboretum located in Gapyeong County. Here, you are surrounded on all sides by nature. The tall trees in shades of red, orange and yellow will soothe your soul. And the beautifully arranged flower beds are a feast for the eyes. This is a haven for nature lovers and selfie enthusiasts.
Away from the stress and pollution of city life. You can forget all your worries at the Garden of Morning Calm. Just breathe in the pure air and feel the burden lifting from your shoulders. This is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
Operating hours and usage fee
The Garden of Morning Calm is open from 8:30am to 6pm. It is located at 432, Sumokwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun.
Admission fees are 9,500 for adults, 7000 for teenagers and 6000 for children. Good news, special discounts are also available for Gapyeong locals, senior citizens and disabled persons. Visitors can avail these discounts by showing their ID cards. On weekdays, you can also get a 500 KRW discount if you are part of a group. Perfect, for a large family outing.
If you are travelling by bus, then start from Cheongnyangni Transfer Center 1. Get off at Cheongpyeong Terminal.
Plus, you can also use the subway. To get to Cheongpyeong Station use the Gyeongchun Line.
The ITX Youth train also leaves Yongsan Station straight to Cheongpyeong Station.
You can take a taxi from downtown Cheongpyeong to the Garden of Morning Calm.
The history of the Garden of Morning Calm
The founder of the Garden of Morning Calm is Professor Sang-Kyun Han. He wanted to build one of the best gardens in the world. As a result, people from all over the world could discover Korea’s natural beauty.
Professor Sang-kyun Han was inspired by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore called Korea the ‘Land of Morning Calm’. This is why the professor named it the Garden of Morning Calm.
Originally it was opened as a private garden on May 11 1996. Today, it embodies the beauty and spirit of Korea and its people.
The Garden of Morning Calm has a classic oriental style. Its beautiful curves and spaces follow an asymmetric pattern.
Exquisite Theme Gardens
The Garden of Morning Calm has 27 theme gardens. Each has its own unique concept and special flowers. Let’s explore some of them!
Travel down memory lane in the Hometown House Garden. Filled with azaleas, magnolias, barley claws, and pine trees. It will make you remember your own hometown.
Get a glimpse of life in the Joseon Dynasty in the Korean Garden. This garden has traditional Korean houses called Hanok. And plums, peonies, and chrysanthemums surround these houses. These plants are native to Korea. A must-visit for history lovers.
Discover a variety of rare plants in the Alpine Rock Garden. You can see plants like Silene, Aster, Dianthus, Geranium, and Rheum. These alpine plants are from some the highest mountains on Earth like the Himalayas.
Wildflower Garden was built 20 years ago. It has exotic wildflowers from Mt. Chukryeong and Mt. Baekdu. Ponds, streams and bridges compliment the flowers. Definitely, picture-perfect for Instagram!
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The Four Seasons of the Garden
The Garden of Morning Calm has a new look each season.
In Spring, the yellow adonis, witch hazel and winter hazel are in full bloom. A Wildflower Exhibition is held each year. On display are 60 of the rarest wildflowers in the world. The organisers hold a Spring Festival too. Visitors can appreciate spring flowers like magnolia, azalea, Japanese apricot and cherry blossoms.
The Eden Garden and Moonlight Garden are must-visits in summer. Indeed, The trees are greener than ever and perennial flowers bloom. Roses, hydrangeas and lilies grow in large numbers.
The founder holds many festivals and exhibitions each summer. The Rose of Sharon Festival and Exhibition has 250 varieties of the rose of sharon. From the Gojoseon era, Korean people treasured this flower. People consider it a flower from heaven. The Hydrangea Festival and Exhibition showcase five types of hydrangeas. These change colour according to the acidity of the soil. The Iris Festival celebrates the purple irises. Some 150 varieties of iris are on display in the Pond Garden.
In Autumn the trees burst into fiery reds and oranges. Everywhere you can see Gingko trees, Katsura trees and yellow and red Korean winter hazel. Chrysanthemum exhibitions display 250 varieties of wild and garden chrysanthemums.
In winter, soft white snow covers the gardens. Each year, the management holds a mesmerising Lighting Festival. The themes are love and nature.
The Garden of Morning Calm: Final thoughts
At the end of your tour, check out the Sky Nari Plant store. Here, you can buy flowers like lavender and rosemary to grow at home. A lovely souvenir to remind you of your trip.
Next time you need to recharge from the stress of daily life visit the Garden of Morning Calm. The power of nature will lift your spirits right up!
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