True to its name, The Garden of Morning Calm slowly leads you into a state of serene hypnosis. It easily became one of my favorite tourist attractions.
Open year-round, it is the oldest private garden in South Korea. The name was inspired by a poem written by Sir Tagore, a great Indian poet, who described Korea during the Joseon Dynasty as “The Land of the Morning Calm.”
It is also the shooting location of various movies and drama series. The palace pond in “Love in the Moonlight”(Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) was filmed here. I love this drama so much that the euphoria of standing in the same site cemented a smile on my face for many days.
The garden is divided into areas with different themes, all connected by panoramic walkways carpeted with flowers and beautifully manicured grasses. Every area was picture-perfect!
STAIRWAY TO THE ROSE OF SHARON GARDEN
KOREAN THEME GARDEN
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Flowers are in bloom from March to November. Every season has its own colorful display.
During winter nights, the Lighting Festival brightens up the garden with over 30,000 led lights. It is the biggest festival of lights in Korea.
Sadly, I needed to leave before nightfall so I wasn’t able to see the lights come on. A good reason to come back!
God’s presence was clearly painted in all corners of this haven. I arrived in the garden with a restless spirit but left with a tank full of peace… and the desire to have more of it.