Here’s a guide to the Garden of Morning Calm. Visit this 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.

Offering 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,” starring Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung.

  1. Where is the Garden of Morning Calm?
  2. What is the Best Way to Go to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul?
  3. When is the Best Time to Visit the Garden of Morning Calm?
  4. 5 Must-See Spots at the Garden of Morning Calm
  5. Nearby Places You Must Visit While at the Garden of Morning Calm

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.

Around the Garden of Morning Calm, there are many other famous attractions you may want to explore as well, such as Nami Island, Petite France & Italian Village, and Gapyeong Rail Bike.

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 (Train)
  • Tour

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

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.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Garden of Morning Calm?


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.

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1. Spring

During spring, the garden features various spring flowers such as cherry blossom, forsythia, Japanese apricot, azalea, and magnolia.

★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 the iris, hydrangea, and rose of Sharon in June, July, and mid-July to August, respectively.

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★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 of the garden.

★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.

★Winter event: Lighting Festival (December-March)
Weather: The sun sets early and the temperature falls below 0 degrees Celsius in winter. Keep yourself warm with thick clothes, winter boots, and gloves.

5 Must-See Spots at 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.

 

1. Hometown Garden (marked as 5 on the map)

A very typical Korean thatched cottage is surrounded by trees and plants that Korean people love to plant near their houses.

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2. Rose of Sharon Garden (marked as 8 on the map)

This garden is filled with more than 200 kinds of Roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.

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3. Millennium Juniper (marked as 16 on the map)

This elegant juniper has lived for a thousand years.

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4. Pond Garden (marked as 22 on the map)

The pavilion, the pond, and the trees form a scenic view that changes every season.

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5. Conifer Garden (marked as 31 on the map)

The garden is filled with more than 20 kinds of evergreen trees and the miniature rail is loved by children.

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Nearby Places You Must Visit While at Garden of Morning Calm


1. Nami Island

Nami Island is a popular tourist destination in South Korea located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province. The island is known for its beautiful natural scenery, including tree-lined lanes, woodlands, and riverside walks. It has been a filming location for several popular Korean dramas, most notably “Winter Sonata” in 2002, which significantly increased its popularity among foreign tourists.

2. Petite France & Italian Village

 

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Petite France is a French cultural village located in Gapyeong, near Seoul, South Korea. It was opened in 2008 and is designed under the theme of “flowers, stars, and the Little Prince”.  The village features French-style architecture and buildings, transporting visitors to a quaint French countryside setting. It has become a popular tourist destination, especially among K-drama fans as it has been featured in several popular Korean TV shows.

In addition to Petite France, there is also an Italian Village section that opened in 2021. The Italian Village features Pinocchio and Da Vinci-themed attractions and buildings. Visitors can explore both the French and Italian sections of the cultural village.

3. Gangchon Rail Bike or Gapyeong Rail Bike

 

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Gangchon Rail Bike is located in Gangchon, near Chuncheon, about an hour away from Seoul. It’s an 8.5km one-way course that departs from Gimyujeong Station, which offers themed tunnels like the “Bubble Tunnel”, “Party Tunnel”, and “VR Tuneenl” with unique lighting and music.

 

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Gapyeong Rail Bike is located in Gapyeong, closer to Nami Island and it’s an 8km round-trip course that departs from either Gapyeong or Gyeong-gang Station. It provides scenic views of the countryside and Bukhangang River. Both rail bike experiences offer beautiful natural scenery which is worthwhile!

4. Happy Chowon Panorama Field

Happy Chowon Panorama Field is a scenic location that is often included in day tours from Seoul, along with visits to Nami Island and rail bike experiences. The field is known for its picturesque scenery, especially during the spring when the fields are filled with blooming flowers. It is a popular spot for taking photos and enjoying the natural landscape. 

5. Soyanggang Skywalk

The Soyanggang Skywalk is a popular tourist attraction located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It is the longest skywalk in Korea, stretching 174 meters in length, with 156 meters of that having a transparent glass floor. The skywalk is built over the Soyanggang River, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including Uiamho Lake and the mountains in the distance.

6. Seoraksan National Park

 

Seoraksan National Park is one of the most famous and beautiful national parks in South Korea, located in Gangwon-do, the northeastern part of the country. The park is known for its rugged granite peaks, clear mountain streams, waterfalls, and vibrant flora and fauna. The highest peak is Daecheongbong at 1,708 meters.


Last but not least, don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, for all the latest things to do in South Korea!

 

[Photo Credits]
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
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36 thoughts on “An Ultimate Guide to the Garden of Morning Calm

  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.

  2. 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.

    1. Hello erina! The restaurant in the Garden of Morning Calm is open until 6pm but during the light festival season, it may run until 8pm. But please take note that the restaurant’s operation hour is subject to change. 🙂

    1. Hello Winnie 🙂
      You can find various spring flowers such as forsythia, magnolia, royal azalea, apricot flowers and etc.. Highly recommended to visit in April!

  3. Hello, I am visit korea on 13-19/10/2018. I am deciding should I take the Morning Calm or the Rail bike. Is it a best time to visit Morning Calm during that time or if end of Oct, the scenery will better.

    Please advice.
    Thanks

    1. Hello Eileen 🙂
      If you are a flower lover, Garden of Morning Calm is a great place to visit while you’re in Korea. Since the fall foliage starts at the mid~end of October in Garden of Morning Calm, you may be able to catch the scenery with full of autumn breeze.

  4. Hi, thanks for sharing. I plan to take subway from Gangnam. Which one is easier and closer either Cheong Pyeong Stn or Gapyeong Stn?

    1. Hello Nieta 🙂
      The Garden of Morning Calm is located about 20 min. away from Cheongpyeong Station. If you are trying to visit the location via public transportation, please make sure to get off at Cheongpyeong Station instead of Gapyeong Station and take a taxi or a local bus (#31-7, #31-1, #31-17).

  5. Hi, this is a great help! We’ll visit Korea by April 2019 may we know if there are open restaurants in The Graden of Morning Calm by 7PM (19:00). Thanks ahead.

    1. Hi danzyjane,
      There is only one restaurant inside the Garden of Morning Calm which is open from 9:40am and 6:30pm. Since there are a lot of restaurants in Gaypeong area near the Garden of Morning Calm, it is recommended for you to check out the restaurants outside.

    1. Hi munii 🙂
      Both Nami Island and the Garden of Morning Calm is located in Gapyeong area but it is a different place which takes about 40 minutes by car.

  6. We’re planning to go march 25..Is it still winter or already spring? And what is the best time to visit, morning or late afternoon /evening? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Cat,
      Considering your visit date, we recommend you to visit in the morning as there will be various spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm in March 🙂

  7. Hi, may I know if the ride to garden of morning calm by bus is suitable for people with motion sickness? Are the road winding?

    1. Hi, Giselle! You might be uncomfortable if you feel the sickness badly, but if you are not so much, it would be okay for you. It can be a way to bring medication just in case. 🙂

  8. Hi! if we were to go on end apr, can i check if there will still be night lightings available at the garden? Although i know the festival is over

    1. Hi! Thanks for your interest. We are sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately, the lightings were operated by the end of March.

  9. If i visit during winter, what are the best must-see spots if i only have 2 hours to explore and the illumination starts at 5 pm right?

  10. Hello,

    Thank you for all the information.
    I wqs wondering if you could tell me:
    Can the entree ticket be purchased on the same day at the park?
    Is there parking available in the park for people driving their own cars?
    Thank you.

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