There are places in Korea where you can enjoy the refreshing feeling of spring year-round. To escape the freezing temperatures and snow of winter, or the rain that may come throughout the year, immerse yourself in the ever-green light of Korea’s greenhouse botanical gardens. Simply stepping foot into the greenhouses will be enough to enter an eternal land of spring along with its gorgeous flowers and sunshine. Taking beautiful memorial snapshots is an added bonus of visiting one of the following gardens.
The botanical garden at Children’s Grand Park is located within Seoul, making it easily accessible. The greenhouse is comprised of two levels and is divided into eight themes, including the tropical zone, flowers and butterflies zone, and succulent zone. Admission is free, and the botanical garden is just one of many attractions within Children’s Grand Park, drawing in visitors both young and old all year-round
☞ Address: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (more info)
(서울특별시 광진구 능동로 216)
Ewhawon Nabi Story provides a strong feeling overall of Korea, something not felt in any other greenhouse throughout the country. Past cabins and streams, guests will walk through a citron orchard, a forest of bamboo and other Korean-style gardens. Outside the greenhouse is the Butterfly Eco Center. Here you can see both framed butterfly specimens and live butterflies, flitting from flower to flower.
☞ Address: 64, Jaraseom-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (more info)
(경기도 가평군 가평읍 자라섬로 64)
Asan Botanical Garden offers a chance to view famous garden species from all over the world blooming year-round. The garden also features hands-on experiences, from designing handkerchiefs with flower petals to repotting a plant to take home.
One of the garden’s most popular attractions is the parrot enclosure, where you can meet dozens of parrots. The souvenir shop sells plants and goods made with herbs that make perfect mementos of your visit.
☞ Address: 37-37, Asanman-ro, Dogo-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (more info)
(충청남도 아산시 도고면 아산만로 37-37)
The National Institute of Ecology’s Ecorium is a mix of a garden and a zoo, exhibiting plants and animals native to the Korean peninsula as well as from the five main climate zones. There are a total of over 1,900 flora representing each zone, and a total of 230 fauna from the regions. Through viewing the plants and animals together, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the relationship among the organisms and their habitat. The addition of the animals from penguins and crocodiles to prairie dogs makes the Ecorium a fun visit for people of all ages.
☞ Address: 1210, Geumgang-ro, Maseo-myeon, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (more info)
(충청남도 서천군 마서면 금강로 1210)
Designed after Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond, the East Palace Garden is located within Bomun Tourist Complex. Emitting a feeling of the Silla Dynasty, the interior is decorated with streamlets, old wells, and Cheonmadosang (Painting of Heavenly Horses), as well as a 7 meter-high path behind a cave waterfall. Located nearby the botanical gardens is Gyeongju Bird Park, where visitors can participate in a variety of experiences and activities with birds.
☞ Address: 74-14, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (more info)
(경상북도 경주시 보문로 74-14)
Yeomiji Botanical Garden is well-known for being a must-visit attraction for all tourists to Jeju Island. It houses many gardens, from a flower and butterfly garden to an aquatic garden, succulent plant garden, tropical garden and more.
In the center of the greenhouse is an observatory tower reaching the ceiling. Ride the elevator up for a bird’s-eye view of the entire botanical garden. On clear days, you can even see as far as the coast and the vast ocean beyond. A bit closer are the gardens surrounding the greenhouse, showcasing garden layouts from various countries, including Korea, Japan, Italy and France.
☞ Address: 93, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (more info)
(제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로 93)
* This column was last updated in February 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.