I feel like I am probably one of the last people in Korea to go to the Garden of the Morning Calm.

Since early December I have seen friends and fellow Korea bloggers post their pictures of the Garden’s Light Festival. I was told over and over that we should go to see this garden covered with millions of Christmas lights. I thought we had missed our chance, but then a friend invited us to join her family for the outing. The festival ends on March 16, so I knew that this would probably be our only chance to go.

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I was so happy that we went along. The garden opens at sunset for guests to wander through and see the impressive lighting display. Almost every tree and bush in the garden is lit from root to tip with bright, colorful lights. There are huge light sculptures- giant flowers, elephants, and hearts. The path goes through light tunnels and meanders up and down the hills; there are several overlooks that help reinforce just how huge the garden is. There is a little white chapel situated on a hillside with lights all around. It very distinctly reminded me of the WinterFest lights at Dollywood in Tennessee. (Yup, Dolly Parton was my first employer!)

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It was chilly, but not frigid. I think it would have been prettier to see when there was snow on the ground, but I was happy with the visit. We stayed for about two hours and I worked on my night photography skills, something I am still struggling with. The Koreans were not struggling with their photography skills and were happy to stop every few feet for a selfie.

Though it was a bit of a drive to get there, I definitely want to return to the garden in the spring to see the flowers blooming. I looked up pictures, and the spring and fall look absolutely gorgeous! Another outing for my warmer weather list!



  1. Reply
    knitwgrace 13 March, 2014

    Oh bummer. Now I’m the last one…haven’t been.

    • Reply
      Bethany 13 March, 2014

      You have three days! Or just go in the spring with me :)

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    Zayda 13 March, 2014

    I really wanted to take a photo like the one on the top. I couldn’t find the spot to take it from and we were so cold and it was sooo late. Sigh. These are gorgeous, by the way. <3

    • Reply
      Bethany 13 March, 2014

      Thanks, Zayda! It was dark, so I would have no idea how to explain where I was!

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    Donna Perry 13 March, 2014

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing…

    • Reply
      Bethany 14 March, 2014

      Thanks for visiting! Love you!

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    Myriam 14 March, 2014

    I went last October, there was no lights but it was still very pretty, but with the lights it looks stunning and magical!

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      Bethany 14 March, 2014

      I wish I could have gone with you all in the fall; I’d love to see the trees changing colors!

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    Mom 14 March, 2014

    It’s too bad the festival ends so soon, this would have been a biggie in getting me to visit! Love your photos.

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      Bethany 14 March, 2014

      It’s an annual event! I think you’d prefer the spring when tulips covers the garden.

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    japakok 14 March, 2014

    I’ve never been!! Next year will be my year to see the wonder of the lights. I’d love to go in the spring with you though too.

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      Bethany 14 March, 2014

      I think this means that there must definitely be a HWSK garden adventure this spring!

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    Chantal 14 March, 2014

    That’s so fun!! Maybe I’ll go next year!

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