An Ultimate Guide to the Garden of Morning Calm

Visit Korea’s Garden of Morning Calm, popular day-trip destination near Seoul!

For those who love nature and are also fond of botanical gardens, head for the Garden of Morning Calm, one of the best and most beautiful gardens in Korea.

Inspired by Korea’s nickname, ‘The Land of the Morning Calm’, the garden focuses on the country’s natural beauty and showcases floral arrangements and landscaped gardens built in harmony with the surroundings.
아침고요_본문01Offering a picturesque setting, the garden has been used as a filming location for many Korean TV series, including the hit drama, “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” starred by Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung. 아침고요_본문02_드라마

Where is the Garden of Morning Calm?

Located north of Seoul in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, the Garden of Morning Calm can be reached within 2 hours by car.

Since the garden is ideally situated for visiting many other nearby destinations such as Nami Island, Petite France, Gangchon Rail Bike and Strawberry Farm, many travelers join or take organized tours and day trips.

What is the best way to go to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul?

There are two ways you can get to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul:

  • Public transportation
  • Tour

If you can’t decide which one to take, use this chart below to see which is suitable for

If you are a first-time traveler, taking a tour is the best option. It is the most convenient way to visit the garden and other famous tourist destinations nearby.

See the most popular tour to the Garden of Morning Calm here.

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Four Seasons of the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm offers seasonal displays of blooms and festivals every season so it is always worth visiting, even multiple times.아침고요_본문03_헤더축소

1. Spring

During spring, the garden features various spring flowers such as cherry blossom, forsythia, Japanese apricot, azalea, and magnolia.아침고요_본문04★Spring event: Wild Flower Exhibition and Spring Festival
Weather: While it is pleasantly warm during the day, mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Wearing in layers and bringing a lightweight jacket is highly recommended.

2. Summer

In summer, the garden becomes verdant boasting its lush trees with leafy branches. You can see iris, hydrangea, and rose of Sharon in June, July, and mid-July to August, respectively.아침고요_본문05★Summer event: Iris Festival, Hydrangea Festival and Exhibition, Rose of Sharn Festival and Exhibition
Weather: Korea’s summer is humid and you may encounter summer showers. Make sure to check out the weather forecast before you go.

3. Autumn

In autumn, the garden offers breathtaking scenery of fall foliage. The blue sky and yellow and red leaves make a picturesque contrast of autumn colors, and autumn flowers add their fragrance to this scenic view in the garden.아침고요_본문06★Autumn event: Wild chrysanthemum Exhibition, Chrysanthemum Exhibition, and Maple Festival
Weather: Autumn’s gentle breeze with the clear blue sky will make a perfect day for outdoor activities. Bring a jacket for chilly mornings and nights.

4. Winter

The garden is great to explore year-round, but winter is especially popular for the annual display of dazzling lights at night.아침고요_겨울콜라주★Winter event: Lighting Festival (December-March)
Weather: The sun sets early and the temperature falls below 0-degree Celsius in winter. Keep yourself warm with thick clothes, winter boots, and gloves.

5 Must-See Spots in the Garden of Morning Calm

Visitors can quickly look around this seven-acre garden within roughly one or two hours.

But if you have limited time and want to make the most of your time, check out these 5 must-see spots in the Garden of Morning Calm.

As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.

A map of the Garden of Morning Calm (click to enlarge).

1. Hometown Garden (marked as 5 in the map): A very typical Korean thatched cottage is surrounded by trees and plants that Korean people love to plant near their houses.아침고요_본문08_고향집정원2. Rose of Sharon Garden (8): This garden is filled with more than 200 kinds of Roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.아침고요_본문09_무궁화동산3. Millennium Juniper (16): This elegant juniper has lived for a thousand years.아침고요_본문10_천년향4. Pond Garden (22): The pavilion, the pond, and trees form a scenic view that changes every season.아침고요_본문12_서화연25. Conifer Garden (31): The garden is filled with more than 20 kinds of evergreen trees and the miniature rail is loved by children.아침고요_본문11_침엽수정원

Are you interested in visiting the Garden of Morning Calm? See our top-rated tour below!


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Photo Credits
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Facebook


  1. Thank you soo much for posting such a beautiful post. The pics taken are immensely out of world. My mind will always be captivated by the beauty. What part of Korea is it north or south?

    1. Hi Thank you for your interest. The Garden of Morning Calm is located north of Seoul in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province. It’s in the center of the Korean peninsula, which belongs to the northern part of South Korea.

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