Peonies, hydrangeas, lilies and irises.
Naming a few of them makes everyone happy, and makes them forget about their busy daily routine.
Visitors to the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), can fully appreciate the beauty of summer flowers.
Unlike spring flowers such as forsythias or azaleas, which bloom after a long winter, summer flowers display their own vivid beauty contrasting with the deep green of the trees.
In June, the heroine of the Garden of Morning Calm is the iris. During the monthly flower festival that will last until June 30, about 1,000 plants representing 30 different kinds of iris will welcome visitors. Other summer flowers, such as the lily, peony, pansy, and rose of Sharon, will also show off their beauty during monthly flower festivals from June to August this summer. People can appreciate the beauty of the hydrangea, too, as an exhibit on the flower will be held from June 5 to July 17.
The Garden of Moring Calm is made up of more than ten smaller gardens. Each has been designed according to various themes. Among them, the Garden of Eden is known for its beautiful landscape. There, we can see peonies and rambling roses. The garden is home to attractive flowers which come to full bloom in red, pink, purple or white and in a range of sizes.
A small church in the garden is another popular spot. A path toward the small, white church in the forest, with lovely flowers, creates a romantic mood. This place has been featured in many films and soap operas, including “A Promise” (1998) which starred Jeon Do-yeon and Park Shin-yang.
Flower festivals are held at the Garden of Morning Calm each season. From September to November, festivals will be held for autumn flowers such as chrysanthemums and the turning leaves. In the winter, a lights festival will be held from December to February using special lights at night.
More information about the garden is available at the homepage in Korean, English, Japanese and in both simplified and traditional Chinese.
By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer
** How to get there
– By bus:
From Seoul, go to the Sangbong Bus Terminal or the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal. From the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a taxi or bus to the Garden of Morning Calm.
– By subway or train:
Take an ITX train or the Gyeongchun Line subway. Get off at Cheongpyeong Station and head out of exit No. 1.
Walk for about ten minutes to find the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal and take a taxi or bus to the Garden of Morning Calm.