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Konjiam Arboretum (Hwadam Botanical Garden)

Royal azaleas, wild flowers, birch tree forest… Spring’s cherry blossoms may have wilted but there are other types of seasonal flowers at their peak right now. Take a tour in Hwadam forest for a perfect colourful spring scenery!


Located in Konjiam Resort, Hwadam Forest is a less known botanical garden easily accessible from Seoul and one of the perfect destinations for a spring picnic in the nature.

Opened in 2010, Hwadam Forest has been designed by the LG Foundation as a preservation sanctuary for many trees and plants species.

This beautiful 1,350,000-square-meter area is renowned for its pink royal azaleas in May and colourful maple trees in October and November.


Start your tour by the walk across the Bridge of Promise and admire the view of the large pond with its traditional Korean house. You can choose from different hiking courses which take you around the arboretum.
The main 5-kilometer trail has a low slope and is easily accessible for prams.

You can also take a monorail right from the entrance of the arboretum and enjoy the view from above. It takes around two hours to explore the entire area but count more if you want to  picnic or have a drink on the terrace of the coffeeshop by the lake. There is also a small playground at the end of the trail.


How to get there:

278, Docheogwit-Ro, Docheok-Myeon, Gwangju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, Korea

Opening hours:

  • March– May 8:30 – 6:00
  • June – October 8:30 -6:30
  • October – November 8:30 – 5:00

Admission: adults 9,000 KRW, children 6,000 KRW

Information: Tel. 031-8026-6666

For more information, check the Korean website.



Spring family hike in Samseongsan

Head over to the beautiful forested and rocky Samseongsan mountain. There are so many hiking options for the whole family, the views are breathtaking and beautiful nature all around. Just a short ride from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation

Samseongsan hiking

Samseongsan is located approximately 30km South-West of Seoul Station near Gwanaksan mountain. We have visited several times at different seasons and this is clearly at the top of our “favourite hiking” destinations list. Best of all, this is one of the closest options from the urban area. So close, yet so naturally beautiful!

There are many possible hiking routes. We tested one starting from the entrance of the Seoul University Arboretum. From the public parking, the trail starts on the left of the arboretum. It is well marked and prepared, however the ascent uphill can be a bit physical at times. We recommend it with kids from 6-7 year-old and above. The path takes you through pine-trees areas, with fantastic views at the nearby Gwanaksan mountain and its hillside temple(s). In Spring, many trees were in full blossom in the valleys below us.

We just made a hike to the first hilltop (360m high) and came back towards the parking area. However it is also possible to continue your way until connecting with the back entry of the arboretum. The access shall be allowed to transit back to your starting point.

You may find many cafes, shops and restaurants in the village along the Anyang valley where is the start of hike.

How to get there:
Anyang Station (Subway Line 1) Exit 1
Take Bus 2
Get off at Anyang Art Park (안양예술공원)

San 16-1, Annyang2-dong, Manan-gu, Annyang-si, Gyeonggi 
경기도 안양시 만안구 예술공원로 280 (안양동)
tel. 031-473-0071

For localisation, go to Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Cheollipo Arboretum – magnolias, camellias and more in a beautiful garden by the sea

A stretch of pine forest near a sandy beach, blooming magnolias and beautiful pond with lilies – take a walk in Cheollipo Arboretum recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished arboretums

Chollipo Arboretum

Cheollipo Arboretum is mostly famous for a wide variety of Magnolia trees. As they are blooming right now we decided to visit the arboretum last week-end. The temperatures were still a bit chilly and only first trees started to blossom but anyway we had a wonderful time walking around the pond or in the pine tree area and admiring the daffodils, cherry blossoms and beautiful magnolias flowers.

The arboretum is located in Taean Area (approximately 2 hours of drive from Seoul). The garden itself is not very large but its location right on the ocean between Mallipo and Cheollipo beach makes it a perfect one day trip from Seoul.

Meanwhile, a festival of tulips  will take place in Taean from April 13th till May 10th. For more information, call (041) 675-7881 or visit www.ffestival.co.kr.

Opening hours:
April – October 09:00~18:00
November – March 09:00~17:00

December to March: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers 4,000 won / Children 3,000 won / Special discount 4,000 won
– April to November: Adults 9,000 won / Teenagers 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won / Special discount 5,000 won

How to get there:
Take the bus to Taean at Seoul Nambu Terminal – departure every 40 minutes (06:40-20:00), 2 hour and 20 minute ride
– Board the bus to Cheollipo Arboretum at Taean Bus Terminal – Departure 8 times a day (06:40, 07:40, 09:30, 12:10, 13:50, 16:00, 17:35, 19:30), 35 minute ride

천리포수목원 – 충청남도 태안군 소원면 의항리 875
875, Uihang-ri, Sowon-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Tel: 041-672-9982

For more information go to www.chollipo.org (Korean only)

Directions – see Seoul Map for Kids and Families