V.Part 1 - Calming Natural Places in Korea

 

V for Vacation, Part 1

In spite of promoting my creations through handmade fair in Seoul. Here I will be sharing three recommended calming natural places that I went: The Garden of Morning Calm, Million Rose Blossom Garden, and Soyang Dam.

1. The Garden of Morning Calm 아침고요수목원

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This large (read: huge) garden is located in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do, houses about 5,000 kinds of plants. Flowers are in bloom from March to November. In addition to the beautiful foliage of the garden, there are a variety of festivals and displays held throughout the year:

* Spring: Spring Garden Festival 
* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangeas and Roses of Sharon 
* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints 
* Winter: Lighting Festival

To my opinion, it's not hard to reach this place. Travel time takes around 2 hours or so from Seoul.
By subway, go to Cheongpyeong Station, exit 1. Go left until you reach the 3-way intersection and turn right. Continue straight toward the Cheongpyeong Catholic Church. Pass by Cheongpyeong Elementary School, turn left, and you will see Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal. 
From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take Bus 31-7 bound to The Garden of Morning Calm.

If you have hard time looking for the bus terminal (as the sign is written in Korean), just ask the local people and they will gladly point the way. You may check the time table from bus terminal to the garden. If you have plenty of waiting time, you may get some tit-bits in the convenient store at the bus terminal. I had a noodle cup to fill up my belly before departing. XD

I think the garden's view is vary from season to season. As these pictures were taken in October, so there are maple fallen leaves and beautiful dried red autumn foliage. It was a fine breezy sunny day when I went there. 🍃🌷🍁 It is one of Korea's attractions that makes it possible for you to not only appreciate the beauty of flowers and plants, but also enjoy special displays and festivities every month.

Visit this page for complete information about The Garden of Morning Calm. It's sure a recommended healing place to go!

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2. Million Rose Blossom Garden 백만송이 장미공원

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Trust me, when you reach this garden, you'll hear your voice screaming "WHOA"! 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
Located in Dodang Park, Bucheon. Not a very large garden (not small as well), but it holds million roses with variety of colors. There are cotton pink, hot pink, blush pink, red, peach, white and yellow color of roses everywhere. And you just can't take enough pictures of roses here and there!

To reach Million Rose Blossom Garden, you may take subway to either Chunui or Bucheon City Hall station. I arrived at Chunui station and walked for 20-30 minutes to reach this place, but departed from Bucheon City Hall station to go back to Seoul. I couldn't find the official English site for tourist about the direction of getting into Dodang Park, so I turned on my GPS and followed the path. It's kinda far to reach, but it's so worth it!

I will suggest to have full meal before going here, because there is no cafe or restaurant nearby. I was starving for hours but didn't want to leave these beds of roses for food! 😆

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3. Soyang Dam 소양댐

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Soyang Dam is Asia's largest and the world's fourth largest rock-fill dam. Located in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, it holds 29 million ㎥ of water, which has become Soyangho Lake, Korea's largest man-made lake. Spanning a large area that borders the Gangwon-do cities and districts of Chuncheon, Hongcheon, Yanggu and Inje, the lake is often referred to as an "inland sea".

There is long bridge that divides the dam where you can cross over and then take a walk (read: hike) to Octagonal Pavilion (팔각정). Mind you it's tiring, but the view up there is fantastic!
There's also a ferry from Soyang Dam dock to go to Cheongpyeongsa Temple. Such a waste that I couldn't manage to have enough time to go there!

To go to Soyang Dam, take subway to Chuncheon station (final stop), cross the road and take Bus 11 or 12 to Soyanggang River Dam. It's the final destination of the bus route so you can easily recognize the place.

For more information regarding hiking course, walking trails and ferry tour, check out this official page.

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Next, let's dive into historic and culture places to Jeonju and Suwon. :)