Discover Seoul Botanic Park: A Greenhouse in the Middle of the City

Winter in Korea can be particularly cold, with temperatures often dropping below -10 degrees Celsius and frequent snowfalls creating icy roads. If you find yourself in Korea during this season, it’s advisable to opt for warm indoor activities. Among the recommended indoor places in Korea, we introduce spaces with plants that bring a touch of warmth and vitality to your trip.

The Seoul Botanic Garden, located in Magok, Seoul, showcases plants from 12 cities around the world, combining a botanical garden with an accessible park. With greenspace equivalent to 70 soccer fields, the Seoul Botanic Garden is dedicated to creating and preserving habitats for endangered wild plants. It contributes to biodiversity through research on difficult-to-reproduce species and the development of genetic varieties.

Situated in Magok, Gangseo-gu, Seoul Botanic Park is the first facility in Seoul to seamlessly combine a botanical garden and a park in one space. This area features a harmonious blend of a forest, garden, lake, and marsh. The park’s theme zone houses plants representing 12 major cities worldwide. Conveniently located within a short distance from Gimpo Airport (10 minutes) and Incheon Airport (40 minutes), Seoul Botanic Park is directly connected to the subway station, ensuring easy access for visitors. Created to enhance the urban ecology of Seoul, the park not only displays plants from 12 cities globally but also offers educational programs and hosts cultural events, providing a space for city residents to reconnect with nature.

Attractions 

The Seoul Botanical Garden comprises an open forest, a theme garden, a lake garden, and a wetland garden. Noteworthy features include waterfalls, a huge rubber tree, and Indian linden within this unique space filled with exotic plants. The skywalk offers a view of various plants, including floating Victoria water lilies. The Botanical Culture Center, the outdoor theme garden, and the Magok Cultural Center provide a rich array of new experiences.

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Accessibility 

The entryway and main entrance are obstacle-free, with no inclines and ample width. Tactile paving is prominently used. The information desk is accessible for wheelchair users, featuring a braille guide board. The elevator is wheelchair accessible, with braille descriptions on each button. The restroom is accessible, equipped with braille descriptions and an emergency call button. Accessible parking lots are available. Wooden decks make up the pathways inside the park. Diaper-changing stations are present in the restroom, and the infant nursing room is located on the 1st floor of the theme park and the visitor center. 

Conclusion

Now, it’s possible to discover rare plants in the capital while enjoying a large-scale space dedicated to nature. Seoul Botanical Garden boasts four themed areas: Yeollinsup, Jujewon (Theme Park), Hosuwon (Lake Park), and Seubjiwon (Wetland). During temporary openings, the must-visit spot is the big greenhouse of Jujewon, where visitors can enjoy plants from a dozen countries, both tropical and Mediterranean. The greenhouse also features a skywalk for visitors to appreciate the diverse plants on display.

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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