Spring is here, and as the temperatures rise, flowers continue to bloom all around Seoul. In recent weeks I’ve noticed roses blooming on many street corners. I don’t think anyone can deny the beauty of a rose! Wanting to experience a day surrounded by these beautiful flowers, I headed to Seoul Grand Park.
Seoul Grand Park is located in Gyeonggi-do nestled in front of some of Seoul’s beautiful mountains. The trip takes about 40 minutes, via subway line number 4, south from Seoul center. The entertainment park spreads over 7,000,000 square km and offers a variety of facilities including an amusement park (Seoul Land), zoo, chairlift viewing ride, botanical garden and rose garden. You can have great fun here whether making it a day trip or just going to a specific attraction!
When you arrive at Seoul Grand Park Station the park will be directly outside of exit 2. If you follow the path you will come to a large building. This facility offers a shuttle service that will bring you anywhere in the park for 1,000 won per trip. If you prefer to walk, go around the building to your right and you can follow the path to the main circle route that will bring you to all the attractions. The rose garden is about a 1/2 kilometer walk. You will find it across from the zoo on your left.
There are over 20,000 roses in the garden and 203 species. As of today (May 22, 2014) many roses are in bloom at the park. They are expected to be at their peak the last week in May through the first week in June. A trip to the garden offers beautiful sites and fabulous aromas. The rose garden festival is scheduled this year for May 24th through June 30th.
The Rose garden is set next to Seoul Grand Park’s lake. The park offers pavilions for shade and is a perfect place to pack a picnic and enjoy the day. We had a great time strolling through the park and seeing the many kinds of roses. Each species is labeled in English. It was interesting to see the color variations and smell each species in order to experience each individual aroma.
Seoul Grand Park Rose Garden
Admission: Adult ticket: 2,000 won
*Each attraction at Seoul Grand Park can be purchased a-la-carte or a discounted bundle ticket is available at the main entrance.
Directions: Seoul Grand Park Station (Subway Line 4) Exit 2Rose
Garden Festival: May 24 2014- June 30, 2014