Watch out Singapore because Korea has recently opened their latest attraction, the Seoul Botanic Park to much fanfare. On October 11, it was announced that the garden would be temporarily opening their doors to welcome the public for a soft launch while preparing for their grand opening in May next year.
Just like Gardens by the Bay, this entire garden has different sections for everyone to enjoy – The Open Forest, Themed Gardens, The Wetlands and The Lakes (Official English names have not been announced yet). Currently, over 3,100 different plant species reside in this attraction but by 2028, the gardens are hoping to accumulate over 8,000.
The main attraction of this park are the themed gardens. Similar to Singapore’s Flower Dome, this attraction is situated in an indoor temperature-controlled conservatory and it boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna, hailing from both tropical and temperate climates.
With species from 12 different countries coming together to form 8 different themed mini-gardens, it is definitely a sight to behold. For the adventurous visitors, try out the skywalk and view the conservatory all in one glance!
The whole indoor park is roughly 100 meters wide and 25 meters high but the entire garden itself is the size of 70 football fields (that comes up to roughly 4,000 square meters!). The gardens are planning to hold regular activities and classes of all shapes and sizes, so that is something visitors can look forward to in the near future. Just last weekend, they’ve invited highly acclaimed pianist Yiruma in for a performance and have organized a fashion runway show!
During the temporary opening period, entry for all is free of charge! While the outdoor gardens are open 24/7, the conservatory is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm). The Seoul Botanic Park is accessible via Line 9 Magongnaru Station (9호선 마곡나루역) and it is very near the Gimpo International Airport.
Address: Seoul Botanic Park 161 Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시강서구마곡동161 서울식물원)
Website: http://botanicpark.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
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