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Spring Comes Late in Pocheon Pyunggang Land

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

The last time I visited Pyunggang Botanical Garden was in the fall. I think it was early September a couple of years ago. I could enjoy the colors of fall in early autumn.

Spring Comes Late in Pocheon Pyunggang Land

The last time I visited Pyunggang Botanical Garden was in the fall. I think it was early September a couple of years ago. I could enjoy the colors of fall in early autumn.
I thought I would come back when the wildflowers were in full bloom. A couple of years have already passed. Time really flies.
I would have visited this place several times a year if I could. I checked the website and social media to see if the flowers were in bloom.
I knew it was not the right time yet, but decided to go anyway. If I didn't go this time, I might not have seen the flowers at all this spring.
​ Construction commenced on this 0.6-㎢ plot of land in 1999, and Pyunggang Land opened its doors in May of 2006. The Pyunggang Botanical Garden was named using pyung from pyungan (peace) and gang from geongang (health). The botanical garden consists of 12 gardens including the Rock Garden, Alpine Garden, Marsh Garden, Wildflower Garden, Alpenrose Garden, Pond Garden, Moss Garden, Native Plant Garden, Bracken Garden, White Garden, and Lawn Plaza.

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Beautiful flowers in front of the windows caught my eye, so I enjoyed them for a while. The ticket office was inside the building.
I thought it was too early to see flowers, but a lot of people were there. Maybe they had thought the same as me.
Timing is not important to enjoy nature. Just spending time surrounded by flowers and trees makes you happy.

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The sign saying “Spring Loves You” for some reason made me excited. Hydrangea and tulip flowerpots at the entrance made me feel nice.
It felt like the botanical garden might be full of flowers.

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I knew that I could enjoy the botanical garden at a discounted price from winter to March, which is not the flower season.
It was already April, so I thought I was supposed to pay full price. Fortunately, the discount continued until the week I visited.
I was so happy to get a discount.
Although the main photo spots were beautiful, the spring flowers hadn't bloomed yet. It would have been disappointing if I had paid full price :)

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When I thought spring had finally arrived with tidings of flowers from South, the last cold snap suddenly came.
When the weather forecast said there would be rain, it snowed a little bit in Gangwon-do. Snow on the spring flowers created a unique view.
It seemed that the last cold snap didn't just pass over Pocheon. Flowers in the outdoor flowerpots were also exposed to frost, and wilted after freezing and melting.
The flowers must have been caught off guard at the unexpected cold weather.

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It felt like something has changed in Pocheon Pyunggang Land. These days, popular botanical gardens captivate tourists with seasonal flowers or tree festivals and cute photo spots. Pyunggang Botanical Garden seemed to have changed in keeping with the recent trends.
It became younger. I could see more photo spots. The spring sprouts hadn't come out and the flowers hadn't bloomed yet, so it was a bit empty.
However, you can still see flowers everywhere in the botanical garden in April and May.

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After passing the Pond Garden at the entrance, I headed over to the Kkotgaram Greenhouse. The staff members were moving flowerpots.
They brought some flowerpots outside and some inside. They seemed to be preparing for the changing weather.
One of the staff said that it was too early to see the flowers outside. Anemone flowers, corn poppies... There was a variety of flowerpots.
In particular, the double flowers were so adorable. I asked the name of the flowers, and they said they were ranunculus.
The name of ranunculus came from the Latin word rāna, meaning frog, because they generally grow in a pond or marsh.

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You may notice this when you see the information map for the botanical garden. You can see The Forgotten Giants by Thomas Dambo in Pyunggang Land.
Thomas Dambo is an upcycling artist based in Denmark. The Forgotten Giants is a collaborative artwork project with leading global companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Shake Shack.
The artist creates works of art by recycling abandoned materials and waste wood. He made The Forgotten Giants using waste wood.
He conducted this project to raise awareness about environmental protection and to remind people of their old memories and the innocence of childhood in the beautiful nature of Pyunggang Botanical Garden.

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I dropped by the Alpine House on my way down. You can look around at Alpine plants here. The flowers were not diverse just yet.
I saw bell-shaped andromedas and purple flowers resembling Korean rosebays and Korean pasque flowers. I first thought they were Korean pasque flowers. I realized that their colors and leaves were different from Korean pasque flowers when I saw them up close.
There was no name tag, so I don't know the exact name.

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I already knew that it was too early for spring flowers, so I just let it go.
When I was going to go back after seeing the giants and getting a stamp on my ticket, I found the corn poppies.
Corn poppies were on the edge of the trail. There was just a small number of flowers, but I was happy to see them.

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It was early spring for Pocheon Pyunggang Land. I recommend that you visit Pyunggang Land in late April or May when the flowers are in full bloom.
Pyunggang Land is trying to maintain nature intact as much as possible without any artificial elements. You can refresh yourself while walking along the trail listening to the sound of the rustling leaves and looking at the beautiful views of nature.
Plan your tour while anticipating a spring flower festival.

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Opening hours: 9am-6pm year-round
Entry: Adults KRW 7,000; Minors KRW 5,000
Directions: Take bus number 10 from Uncheon Bus Terminal (5 departures a day; ~20-minute ride) / Taxi from Uncheon Bus Terminal: ~ KRW 10,000
171-18, Umulmok-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do // +82-31-532-1779