Whether you’re relieved or sad seeing your kids back to school, don’t forget it’s still summer in Seoul until close to end of September! So if your family is not yet ready for summer to end, pick a few items off our Summer List and go have some fun while the air is hot and the sun still shines!
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
Seollal (Lunar New Year) is right around the corner! Are you staying in Seoul for the long weekend and wondering how to keep the whole family entertained? Here are a few good tips for you…
Experience Seollal traditions
To experience Seollal traditions and enjoy the Lunar New Year atmosphere, a visit to Korean Folk Village in Yongin is highly recommended. The great news is that they are just running New Year’s Fortune Party (from January 30 through February 10th, 2016). The program is packed with plenty of interesting traditional events, performances and experiences like burning daljip (traditional moon house), fortune telling, sharing rice cakes, making fortune bags and many others. You can check details here.
Every year the Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul also holds a great variety of events, such as traditional performances, folk games and seasonal festivities. For the detailed program of the Lunar New Year festival (February 8-9, 2016) go here.
In the Kingdom of Lights
During the long winter season many parks and gardens are organising impressive lighting festivals. You can check Garden of Morning Calm and its 9th Garden Lighting Festival running until March 13th, 2016 or Byeokchoji BCJ Botanical garden Lighting Festival until March 6, 2016. Another place holding a light festival is Aiins World Park. They have prepared a special program including a magic show during the whole Seollal weekend.
Even if you didn’t book your overnight stay in advance, Seollal is the best moment to go just for a day trip to one of the many ski resorts around Seoul. Spend a wonderful sunny day on ski, snowboard or just sledding and playing in the snow.
Other winter fun
As you know we love Anseong Farm every season of the year. We just learned that they are running a Winter festival until February 14, 2016. Beside the regular farming activities you can also enjoy snow and ice-sledding!
And if it is not too cold you can always go to the nature for a walk. Isn’t it the best feeling to spend a few hours in the freezing weather enjoying the frosted nature getting slowly ready for spring? The places we particularly enjoy in winter are Namhansanseong or Dasan Earth Park.
Happy Seollal and enjoy this special celebration time with your family and friends!