FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

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FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

I had no idea South Korea is dubbed as the Land of the Morning Calm until the billboards and tourism campaign materials distributed at downtown Seoul say so.

Standing at one corner of the Cheongpyeong Subway Station (Gyeonchon Line-Exit 1), specifically adjacent to the Tourism Office, we noticed an image of a vast garden illuminated.  We asked the tourism officer of where the photo was taken and in a matter of minutes we spontaneously decided to hop on the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.  An hour later, we are now at the Garden of the Morning Clam.


FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM
Making the research after the visit, I learned that the garden is the oldest private garden in Korea.  It is an artistic space with a beautiful balance between the Korean concept of natural curves with asymmetry, and plants with synthetic materials.

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

In addition to the amazing foliage at the Garden of the Morning Calm, there are a variety of festivals and displays held throughout the year. Grand festivals include the Spring Garden Festival (Spring); Festival of Roses; Hydrangeas and Roses of Sharon (Summer); Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints (Autumn) and in time for our visit, the Lighting Festival (Winter).

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

I don’t know if we were underdressed for the winter season but I was literally chilling.  The winter breeze hovers and I could feel the same penetrate my skin to the point of being numb.

We were actually on the mountains, a high elevation where chilling is inevitable, more so that we were there on a winter season.  A coffee shop in the middle of the mountain amidst a vast acre of well-landscaped and fascinating horticultural display became our comfort zone.  The installed heater was such a relief.

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

Gardens and similar landscapes are definitely bland in a winter season.  But the Lighting Festival makes up for it.

The Lighting Festival is the biggest festival of lights in Korea, covering a thousand hectare of land illuminated by 30,000 lights.  The main gardens include the Hakyung Garden, Hometown House Garden, Bonsai Garden, Moonlight Garden, Sky Path and Garden of Eden, with colorful lights adorning the trees.  It was such a good experience to witness the garden lit up notwithstanding the shivers and the threat of cracked lips if we stay longer.

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM


FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

A certain corner also caught our attention where younger generations of Koreans pin down notes or letters (love letters I suppose?) in a heart-shaped installation lit up as well.  The concept is similar to that of the famed love locks.  

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

Though almost frozen at the Garden of the Morning Calm, the backdrop nevertheless helps to reduce the slight discomfort.  Unplanned, it becomes one of the highlights for this South Korean trip.

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM

FROZEN AT THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM
 
HOW TO GET THERE

By Bus:
From Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal. 
Or
Take Bus No. 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store) and get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.

From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take a bus bound for the Garden of the Morning Calm.  Alternatively, take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.

By Subway:
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line), 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 the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.

From the terminal, take a bus bound for the Garden of the Morning Calm.  Alternatively, take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.

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  1. The place looks very beautiful specially the trees with the lights on. nakakamangha! Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you're interested, email is jacarandatravels@gmail.com. Thank you :)

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