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Green Retreats to Survive Winter

  • Tag Food Tour Trend
  • Date11/18/2019
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Seoul Botanic Park

In November, cold winds begin to blow and people start to bundle up when heading out. The cold can leave you sluggish and feeling like every step is a Herculean feat. The best way to recharge your batteries and get back your vitality is by surrounding yourself with green plants. This winter, visit a greenhouse or garden-themed restaurant for a quick pick-me-up!

Seoul Botanic Park

Seoul Botanic Park

Calling the Seoul Botanic Park large is an understatement; two times the size of Yeouido, the first city garden in Seoul is gigantic!

The park comprises Yeollinsup, an open forest; Jujewon, a theme garden; Hosuwon, a lake park; and Seubjiwon, a marsh eco park. The most popular attraction is the greenhouse in the theme garden, which is filled with plants from twelve countries in the Mediterranean and tropics regions. Be sure to head up to the skywalk for a bird’s-eye-view of the entire layout.

Seoul Botanic Park

  • ☞ Address: 161, Magokdong-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강서구 마곡동로 161)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Magoknaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 9, Airport Railroad), Exit 3
  • ☞ Operating hours: March-October 09:30-18:00 / November-February 09:30-17:00
    * Last admission 1 hr before closing
    * Jujewon closed on Mondays
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 & older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 6-12)
  • ☞ Website: botanicpark.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)

All the Morning

All the Morning

Yeouido is one of busiest areas of Seoul, being the center of the commercial industry. Perhaps this non-stop rush was the driving force behind the opening of All the Morning, a beautiful restaurant perfect for taking things slow. The restaurant is located on the 50th floor of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) building, providing views of the surrounding city through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It is popular for taking in the nightscape, as well as for hosting wedding ceremonies due to the all-white interior design.

As the name implies, All the Morning serves brunch menus from various countries including France, England, and Greece. Additional menus include desserts, coffees, and wines. No matter what time you visit, you can enjoy a delicious meal in an interior that is equally scrumptious.

All the Morning

  • ☞ Address: FKI Building 50F, 24, Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의대로 24 전경련 빌딩 50층)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5, 9), Exit 2
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-22:00
    * Break time: Weekdays 16:00-17:00 / Weekends 15:30-17:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Steak Risotto 29,000 won / Avocado Salad 19,000 won
  • ☞ Website: www.theskyfarm.co.kr (Korean only)

Grand Greenhouse of Changgyeonggung Palace

Grand Greenhouse of Changgyeonggung Palace

The Grand Greenhouse of Changgyeonggung Palace was the first greenhouse in Korea. Built in 1909 just before the Japanese colonial era, the greenhouse was designed after the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Although rather small in size, the greenhouse is filled with over 70 different types of plants. There is no separate fee charged, but visitors must pay admission to Changgyeonggung Palace to access the greenhouse.

Changgyeonggung Palace

  • ☞ Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 20 min from Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 4
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-21:00 / Closed Mondays
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers & Children 500 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers & Children (ages 7-18)
    * Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 & younger), senior citizens (ages 65 & older), visitors wearing hanbok
  • ☞ Website: cgg.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Urban Plant

Urban Plant

Urban Plant is a café filled with greenery! The tasty brunch menus are a perfect match to the cozy interior. The signature Urban Omelet is stuffed with avocado, tomato, and bacon for a filling meal. To go with this, we recommend the sweet and sour fresh grapefruit juice to quench your thirst.

With various potted plants creating a cozy atmosphere, dining at Urban Plant will give you some time to relax and enjoy a meal. The café has plenty of seating, taking up three floors, with terrace space as well. The home-like interior will have you wanting to never leave.

Urban Plant

  • ☞ Address: 3, Dongmak-ro 4-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 독막로 4길 3)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Hapjeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 7
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-23:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Urban Omelet 14,000 won / Americano 5,000 won / Grapefruit Juice 7,500 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-70-4192-0378 (Korean only)

Alex the Coffee

Alex the Coffee

Alex the Coffee is located in the quiet neighborhood of Seongbuk-dong in Seoul. One wall of the café is entirely made up of windows overlooking the garden, while the café interior is filled with various potted plants. All the coffee beans used are directly purchased and roasted for a high-quality flavor. To satisfy a sweet tooth, we recommend Charlie Choco, served with ice cream and chocolate cake topped with marshmallow.

Alex the Coffee

  • ☞ Address: 9, Seongbuk-ro 28-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 성북구 성북로28길 9)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 1111 or 2112 from Samseonggyo (Seongbuk Cultural Center) Bus Stop in front of Hansung Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6 and get off at Dongbang Culture University Bus Stop and walk for approx. 1 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-22:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Flat white 5,500 won / Charlie Choco 7,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-70-7520-7714 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.alexthecoffee.com (Korean only)

More info

  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in October 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.