Garden of the Morning Calm is the most beautiful place that I’ve been in Korea!

 

The Garden of the Morning Calm has been on my list of places to see for a long time, but I’ve never had a chance to get there because it’s pretty out of the way. Having a car in Korea can be really liberating so when we had a three day weekend we decided to make the most of it and explore some of the northern parts of Korea that we hadn’t previously visited.

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

Because we packed so much into one trip, we only barely made it to the Garden of the Morning Calm before closing time. The man at the ticket booth informed us that we had about 30 minutes before we needed to be out of the park. Since we had driven all that way we went ahead and got our tickets and proceeded to rush through the grounds.

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

I had first read about the Garden in an article by CNN Travel that named it one of the 50 most beautiful places in Korea. I base a lot of our travels off of the same article and have found myself disappointed by many of them. It’s not that I don’t think Korea is beautiful, but it seems like the article was based off of 50 beautiful photos and doesn’t necessarily represent the places I would consider Korea’s most beautiful spots. Based on that and some mixed reviews on the Garden of the Morning Calm, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I wanted to find out for myself.

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

I am so glad we made the trek there because I absolutely fell in love with the place! It’s nestled up in the mountains and the setting is majestic. The entire area is surrounded by mountains and pine trees and carpeted with lush, green grass and flowers of every color.

There’s also a small creek running through the park with hundreds of piles of stacked rocks.

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

And a beautiful Korean garden with a pond and a pavilion.

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

To say that the Garden of the Morning Calm is the most beautiful place I’ve seen in Korea is a bold statement, but it’s one I’ll stand behind. It’s so different from your usual cultural heritage destination in Korea. I can’t speak for what it looks like during the rest of the year, but it’s certainly a great place to visit in summer and I can’t wait to check it out in all four seasons!

Garden of the Morning Calm... the most beautiful place that I've been in Korea!

Hours of Operation

The Garden of the Morning Calm is open year round from 8:30am until sunset. The park is quite large (30,000㎡) so give yourself at least 1.5 – 2 hours to walk around (30 minutes does not do it justice!).

The flowers bloom from March to November and they hold many different festivals during this time: Spring Garden Festival (spring), Festival of Roses, Hydrangea and Roses of Sharon (summer), and Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints (autumn).

The park is also open until 9pm in winter for a Lighting Festival.

Entrance Fees

Free: Children under 3
5,000 – 5,500 won: Children 3-12
6,000 – 6,500 won: Students (Middle School & High School)
8,000 – 9,000 won: Adults

(Prices are higher on weekends and holidays)

Address

255, Henghyung-ri (or 432, Sumogwon-ro), Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기 가평군 상면 수목원로 432

Website

www.morningcalm.co.kr

Did you like this post?

Don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook for more about life and travel in Korea. 

32 thoughts on “Garden of the Morning Calm is the most beautiful place that I’ve been in Korea!

  1. That first HDR image is stunning. Looks like such a beautiful place! I guess this will be one more reason why I’ll need to come back to Korea someday 😛

    I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures when you make it back there. I’m sure it’s absolutely gorgeous in the fall as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, it looks gorgeous!! I think I may put this on our list for Fall, as I’ve heard Gapyeong is a great place to be during that time as well.

    I was thinking you should do a post about the places you’ve been less than thrilled with from that CNN list. I think it’d be really interesting and helpful, since most people don’t know where else to look for advice on where to go. Hearing from someone that doesn’t work for a big company about their honest opinion of those places would be valuable.

    • I think we may go back in fall as well. I’m not sure what the best time for fall colors is in that area. We have Oct 24-26 tentatively planned. I haven’t been to Seoraksan so I thought we’d throw that in that trip too.

      Great idea about that post! I am going to start working through all of the places we have been on that list and write some posts. I’m so behind on editing photos and posting blogs it’s unreal.

  3. Your pictures are stunning. What a beautiful place! I think it would be perfect to bring along a book, find a nice spot and just soak up the beauty along with some good literature. I have another thing to add to my list places to see in Korea.

  4. Gorgeous photos! I wish I had heard about it before the hydrangea festival! You’re so lucky you have a car haha. Looking forward to more pictures of what it’ll look like in other seasons!

  5. I love all things that have to do with nature. So, this place seems absolutely perfect for a day trip.

    Thanks for sharing the information on location and times as well. I’ll be back for that info.

    Cheers!

  6. Pingback: How do I find so many places to visit in Korea? | Life Outside of Texas

  7. This garden in Korea is gorgeous! Hoping to make it to Korea one day, I’ll have to put this on my list 🙂

  8. The Garden is really gorgeous! I had the honour to work at the Garden of Morning Calm as their first non-korean intern! It was quite a cool time their! I miss the Gardeners of Morning Calm!

  9. Omg! It’s beautiful!! I’ll be visiting in a few days time and i can’t wait to see how the place is like in winter… Thanks for the review! Btw how long is the journey to this place?

    • Hi Nura, not sure where you’re coming from. We drove so I probably don’t have the information you’re looking for. BoboandChiChi.com has a great post about the gardens on their blog that you should check out as well. The gardens are amazing and I think you’ll really enjoy your time there!

  10. Pingback: 7 of Our Favorite Places to Visit During the Fall in Korea - Bobo and ChiChi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s