When first entering the Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원) you instantly feel as if you have arrived in some magical paradise. Whether you decide to visit this garden for the winter light festival or the spring flower festival, your surroundings will be breathtaking. This garden has an attraction for every season of the year. I was fortunate enough to see the garden during the winter and spring seasons. The pictures really can’t capture how beautiful this garden truly is, but they can give you an idea.
Winter Light Festival:
Spring Flower Festival:
If you want to make the journey to the garden from Seoul, it’s no easy journey. There are several routes that you can take from Seoul, but all involve a subway, buses, and possibly a taxi. Your best bet would be to drive there so if you have a car or are able to rent a car in Korea I would recommend that. Another option would be to stay at a pension overnight. There are dozens of pensions scattered all throughout this area.
Here is some information:
From Cheongpyeong station (Gyeongchun line) you need to walk to the Cheongpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal you can take a 30 minute bus to The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원). You will know you’re getting close when the bus starts driving along hilly dirt roads.
If you are coming from the eastern part of Seoul you might want to go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. (Gangbyeon station line # 2 exit #4) You can take a bus (1 hour ride) to Cheongpyeong bus terminal and then transfer to take the 30 minute bus to The Garden of Morning Calm. This will take approximately 1 1/2 hours.