Visit the Garden of Morning Calm in winter and meet the moment where a romantic fantasy world becomes real.
Every winter, the Garden of Morning Calm shines bright with illuminations under the dark skies.
Located only about 2 hours away by car from Seoul, the Garden of Morning Calm and its lighting festival is a perfect day trip destination for visitors to Seoul.
Since this lighting festival only takes place from winter to early spring, do not miss out on this event during your stay in Korea.
Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival at a glance
An ample amount of snowfalls in the area form a thick snow blanket and cover the whole garden in winter.
Surrounded by the snow-covered mountains and valleys, you’d feel as though you were in the middle of the Disney movie “Frozen” at the Garden of Morning Calm during the day.
After the dusk settles, the illuminations decorated all over the garden begin to shimmer and glow, and the snowy world turns completely into a different world.
See more pictures below and admire the beauty of the garden at night.
Every step forward, you’ll see differently colored trees and plants capturing your eye.
There are also artworks that are constructed especially for this festival such as the horse & carriage and illuminated arch tunnels.
*Decorations of the garden may vary every year.
Pose like a princess with glittering illuminations.
Walking in this romantic atmosphere will warm your heart up in the freezing cold weather.
When to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival
The Garden of Morning Calm opens every day all year round between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. However, especially during the lighting festival period, its opening hours are extended.
Take note of the information below if you plan to visit the Garden of Morning Calm for its lighting festival.
|Festival Period||December 8, 2017 ~ March 25, 2018|
|Operating Hours||Sunday ~ Friday||5:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm|
|Saturday||5:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm|
*The garden opens at 8:30 am but the illuminations start from 5:00 pm.
With the garden’s extended opening hours, the Korean restaurant inside the garden is also expected to run until 8 pm. So you can grab some food in the evening, too, but please note that the restaurant’s operation hours are subject to change.
How to go to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul
Public Transportation from Seoul
Bus: Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal near Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) → Arrive at Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal in Gapyeong → Take Gapyeong City Tour Bus or a local bus
Train: Take an ITX train from Yongsan Station or Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul → Arrive at Cheongpyeong Station in Gapyeong → Take Gapyeong City Tour Bus or a local bus
Subway: Take the Subway Gyeongchun Line from Seoul → Arrive at Cheongpyeong Station in Gapyeong → Take Gapyeong City Tour Bus or a local bus
If you’re visiting the lighting festival on weekends, taking a shuttle bus directly to the Garden of Morning Calm is a great option.
The shuttle bus operates on weekends of the festival period from December 8, 2017 to March 25, 2018.
For those who want to have a full day trip including a visit to the lighting festival, a combined tour to Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival & Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is also available.
※Make sure to wear layers of warm clothes and winter boots. Gapyeong County in Gyeonggido is usually colder than Seoul and the area has high snowfalls. More winter items such as a scarf, hat, and gloves are highly advisable.
If you want to visit the Garden of Morning Calm during the daytime along with other nearby destinations, see below.
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