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 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 different 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,  during the light 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 PeriodDecember 9, 2019 ~ March 31, 2020
Operating HoursSunday ~ FridaySundown ~ 9.00 pm
SaturdaySundown ~ 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. Also, to match the lighting time of Garden of Morning Calm, our tours will begin at a later time, and not at the time specified on our product page.

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

  • Shuttle 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 9, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Click for details about Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival shuttle bus ticket!


For those who are looking for something else rather than a visit to the Garden of Morning Calm, how about an exciting trip to the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival! It’s one of Korea’s favorite winter festivals where you can spend time ice fishing and catching mountain trout, cooking the fish you caught, or generally having a fun time in the frozen lake! The festival kicks off on January 4th ~ January 26th.

Grab your Early Bird tickets to Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival right here!

※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.

| Garden of Morning Calm and Nami Island 1 Day Tour

| Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island, and Petite France 1 Day Tour

| Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island, and Strawberry Picking 1 Day Tour

| Garden of Morning Calm, Nami Island, Petite France and Strawberry Picking 1 Day Tour

If you want to enjoy the Garden of Morning Calm with a ski trip, see blow:

| Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour

| Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Nami Island + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour

| Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Seoraksan National Park + Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour

| Vivaldi Park Snowyland Snow Sled + Strawberry Picking + Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour (Dec 20~Mar 4)


Are you planning a winter holiday to Korea? To find out more winter tours and activities in Korea, visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #Travel Shop!

Photo Credits
Gyeonggi Tourism Organization
Korea Tourism Organization
Garden of Morning Calm Official Website

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