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Address
432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기 가평군 상면 수목원로 432
Type
Botanical Gardens
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-1544-6703 (Korean)
Homepage
www.morningcalm.co.kr
(Korean, English)
VisitKorea does not guarantee the quality of products or services introduced on its site and is not responsible for any direct or indirect losses resulting from use of said products or services.
Introduction
The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원), a 30,000㎡ flower garden, opens year-round for your enjoyment. The moment you enter the garden, you will see that it is a paradise for photographers, tourists, families and couples. The thousands of varieties of flowers coupled with pine trees, release an unforgettable aroma into the air that causes all worries to quickly melt away.

The garden was conceptualized by Professor Han Sang-kyung (Gardening Department, Sahmyook University) while he was serving as an exchange professor in America. His vision was to create a garden that would become world-famous and spread the concept of Korean beauty throughout the world. The inspiration for the garden stemmed from a poem written by Sir Tagore, a great Indian poet, who described Korea, during the Joseon Dynasty, as "The Land of the Morning Calm."

The garden is the oldest among private Korean gardens. It is an artistic space with a beautiful balance between Korean concepts of natural curves and asymmetry, plants and other various materials. It was the first to adopt the concept of a "garden" in Korea, and it is a special place that harmonizes classical grace and modern beauty. As a result, it attracts about 600,000 tourists annually.

Scenic walkways, beautifully manicured grass, and flower beds connect the garden's 20 different theme sections. The Sukgeun Garden is shaped like the Korean Peninsula and is carpeted with so many kinds of beautiful flowers on both sides representing the desire for South and North Korea to be reunited. It is easily one of the most popular and meaningful attractions of the garden.

The garden houses about 5,000 kinds of plants, including 300 varieties native to Baekdusan Mountain, known as spiritual mountain of the Korean people. The flowers are in bloom from March to November, so the garden is usually full during this period. In addition to the beautiful foliage of the garden, there are a variety of festivals and displays held monthly.

* Spring: Spring Garden Festival
* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangea and Roses of Sharon
* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints
* Winter: Lighting Festival
Fax
+82-31-584-9768
Opening date
May, 1996
Closed
N/A (Open all year round)
Duration
1hr 30min-2hrs
Operating Hours
08:30-6:20pm (sunset) (Last admission: 1 hour before closing)

Winter Lighting Festival: open until 9:00pm on weekends
Parking Facilities
Available
Admission Fees
- Adults: Individual 8,000 won / Group 7,000 won
- Students (Middle school - high school): Individual 6,000 won / Group 5,000 won
- Children: Individual 5,000 won / Group 4,000 won
- Seniors and men of merit: Individual 6,000 won / Group 5,000 won
- Disabled (Adults): Individual 6,000 won / Group 5,000 won
- Disabled (Children): Individual 4,000 won / Group 3,500 won
- Residents of Gapyeong County (Adults): Individual 6,000 won / Group 5,000 won
- Residents of Gapyeong County (Children): Individual 4,000 won / Group 3,500 won

※ Free admission: Children under the age of 3 (accompanied by family)
※ Proof of age is required.
※ Group: 30 people or more / applicable only on weekdays
Parking Fees
Free
Available Facilities
Morning Calm Pension, Garden Shop (herbal tea & herbal items), souvenir shop, Haneul Nari (plant sales), coffee shop, Morning Calm (Korean restaurant), Deulggockhyanggi (organic food restaurant), Dowon (traditional tea house)
Facilities for the Handicapped
Free wheelchair rental services (ID required), reserved parking spaces
Interpretation Services Offered
English
Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Reservations required for groups of over 30.
Baby Stroller Rentals
Available (rental fee: 1,000 won / ID required)
Pets
Not permitted
Directions
[Bus]
From Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.

OR

Take bus 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store) and get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal (travel time: 1hr 45min)

From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take Bus 31-7 to The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원).
Travel time: 41min

[Subway]
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line), Exit 1.
Go left until you reach the 3-way intersection and turn right.  Continue straight toward the Cheongpyeong Catholic Church. Pass by Cheongpyeong Elementary School, turn left, and you will see the Cheonpyeong Bus Terminal.
From the terminal, take a bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm.

※ Click here for the bus timetable.

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