The Prettiest places to see Around Seoul – Nature and garden Special
Are you after an escape from the busy city and just relax in Nature or calmingly walk around cute villages? Then please continue reading, I have the best list of places to see around/near Seoul!
Jade Garden – Small Europe in the Forest
Jade Garden, created under the theme of “Small Europe in the Forest,” is located in Chuncheon (a bit outside of Seoul) This arboretum presents us with a beautiful mix of green gardens, flowers, and European-style architecture.
You can choose from three different walking courses (each 2 hours in length) around the arboretum and a gardening program is also available for aspiring gardeners.
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Petite France – A colorful Village with a big collection of French items!
Did you watch the Kdrama my love from the star? One kiss scene was filmed in Petite France, a French cultural village located in the Korean countryside. The concept of Petite France are ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, who is the author of the famous French novel, Le Petit Prince! It truly is a fairytale-like village!
You can also enjoy a gallery with sculptures and paintings of “le coq gaulois” (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture.
This is truly a romantic place to be in especially in Winter when all the lights and other x-mas decorations are up!
Le Petite France in Summer
Le Petite France in Winter
A cute small Eiffel tower!
Mt Seorak! (Seoraksan Moutain) – Enjoy a colorful hike this Fall!
Seoraksan is about 3 hours away from Seoul and loved by many for fall foliage views. It is the third highest mountain in Korea, after Mt. Halla and Mt. Jiri. The latter ones are very far away from Seoul, compared to Mount Seorak. Enjoy a hike or cable car and take beautiful fall pictures with colorful trees and the mountain view!
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Nami Island – Romantic forest walk
This beautiful half-moon shaped island is famous for its nature, animals, galleries and being the film set of the famous Kdrama Winter Sonata.
Fun fact: There are no telephone poles! This is because all electric wires were built underground to keep the natural feeling of the landscape.
Nami island’s famous tree-lined road
Nami island during Winter gives you a magical feel!
Garden of Morning Calm – A BIG Garden
The Garden of Morning Calm is open year-round! The Garden has around 5,000 kinds of plants and the flowers are in bloom from March to November, so the garden is usually busy during that period. But whenever you desire to pay a visit, there will be some sort of festival and displays:
* Spring: Spring Garden Festival
* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangeas, and Roses of Sharon
* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints
* Winter: Lighting Festival
During the Winter lights festival
Final words and recommendations
These places are easy to get to if you book a shuttle bus tour but we always recommend a private car tour for those traveling in small groups, it is way more affordable and comfortable! Read more about what really is the big differences between a private car service, guided tour, and shuttle bus tours?