A Guide To Visiting The Garden Of Morning Calm

With the Christmas period drawing to a close, we decided to get one last festive fix at the lighting festival held at the Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원 오색별빛정원전); a vast botanical garden that’s transformed into a Winter Wonderland after dark

Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm

Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is open to the public throughout the year, housing over 5,000 plants. Between December – March when the flowers are not in bloom, it hosts the biggest festival of lights in Korea.

The grounds are elaborately decorated with over 30,000 lights that are switched on after 18:00pm.

Thousands of blue lights used to replicate the sea

We travelled to the Garden of Morning Calm with low expectations; presuming it was just another ‘romantic’ festival aimed at couples in search of cheesy photo opportunities. This wasn’t the case and to our surprise this festival of light was nothing like we’d ever seen before.

Lights hang from trees throughout the Garden of Morning Calm

One of many light tunnels in the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is located about an hour outside of Seoul via public transport (see full instructions at the bottom of this post) but definitely worth the journey.

We spent around two hours walking around the grounds and admiring the lights. Try to arrive at the festival just before sunset; that way you can see the transition from day to night before the crowds arrive.

A beautiful scene in the Garden of Morning Calm

We were really impressed by the light display and it’s a great way to spend an evening if you’re in Korea during the winter – don’t forget to wrap up warm. Entry into the festival is 8,000 won per person.

We plan on heading back to the Garden of Morning Calm during the Spring when the flowers are in bloom.

Travel Tip: If you’re planning an evening trip to the Garden of Morning Calm, why not make the most of the day and visit nearby Nami Island and/or Petite France. Click here to read about our trip to Nami Island.

Rating 9/10: We thought the lighting festival was beautiful and so different to anything we’d ever seen before, a great way to get you into the Christmas spirit whilst in Korea.

When: Between December – March, click here for more information. Entry into the festival is 8,000 won. You can visit the garden between 11:00am-21:00pm during weekdays and Sunday, 11:00am-23:00pm on Saturdays and national holidays.

How to get there: Catch the subway all the way to Cheongpyong Station. For a quicker route, take the ITX to the same station which takes 35 minutes and costs around 4,000 won. Once you arrive at Cheongpyong Station, expect to pay 15,000 won for a taxi to the gardens or there are frequent shuttle buses available from the station to the festival costing 5,000 won per person.

What’s your favourite festival in Korea? 

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11 Comments

  1. 5th March 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Oh wow! Your photos look incredible! I had no idea something like that even exists. I might be there in a year from now and will definitely plan that one in. Thanks so much for the tip! <3

  2. 17th January 2017 / 1:53 am

    I went to Garden of the Morning Calm in summer and it’s one of my all time favourite places in Korea. It’s so beautiful. ♡ I can’t imagine what it must have been like in winter with all those lights. I’m sure it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

  3. 16th January 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Garden of the Morning Calm is on my Korean bucket list. I’m not sure if I’ll make it there when everything’s in bloom. That’s cool to see there’s something going on there in the winter too.

  4. 16th January 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Whoa! Thats a lot of lights and you guys look so bright and cheery in the middle of it all. If only you had an external light or flash to light up your faces as opposed to the blue hues of the existing ones. I hope to make it out there before March, thanks for the tip.

  5. 16th January 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Really digging the photos…looks like an awesome winter activity. I am also surprised it wasn’t another festival to get cheesy couple photos…very Korean 😛 Sounds like you enjoyed this trip though. Great stuff!

  6. 16th January 2017 / 12:37 pm

    This is so great to read. I’ve always wondered how legit it was. I assumed it’d be a cheesy couples fest as well. I might have to put this on our list of places to go then. dern… always more on that list don’t ya know it!

  7. 16th January 2017 / 1:18 am

    I had no idea they illuminated the Garden of the Morning Calm during the winter months! My hagwon took us there for a company trip but it was a weird time of year right before the blossoms sprung up in early April. It was still beautiful nonetheless but 30,000 lights seems like something you would always remember 🙂

  8. 16th January 2017 / 1:09 am

    This is gorgeous! We went to a light festival while we were in Malaysia just recently, and it’s nothing compared to this. It feels like you could fall in love all over again in this kind of place! I feel that the lighted umbrellas are a unique touch!

  9. 15th January 2017 / 1:38 am

    These are so pretty! I was at Nami some weeks ago but didn’t get to visit this place. When I get back to Korea, I’m gonna hop over and tick it off my list 🙂

  10. 12th January 2017 / 7:40 am

    I love love love this lighting festival! We ended up going both years we lived in Korea! It’s crazy how much this place transforms into a bright color storm! Glad you’re planning on coming back in the spring too! It’s actually gorgeous all year round and an awesome place to hit up on a weekend you’re not so sure what to do! Plus you get to eat dak galbi everytime you go to this area!

  11. 11th January 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Wonderful photos. It must have been a fantastic experience. You definitely captured the festival well. There is a lights festival in Boseong and Jinju . There is a lantern festival in Seoul.

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