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Summer View of Yeoju Hwanghaksan Arboretum (Refreshing Free Picnic in Nature)

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Hwanghaksan Arboretum is one of the five hiking routes of Yeoju, called Yeogang-gil. I have visited almost all of the arboretums in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do.
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Hwanghaksan Arboretum is one of the five hiking routes of Yeoju, called Yeogang-gil.
I have visited almost all of the arboretums in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do.
Hwanghaksan Arboretum is a perfect picnic spot for refreshing yourself.

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Yeoju Hwanghaksan Arboretum is a well-decorated, sophisticated arboretum with many different species of plants, but surprisingly, entry is free!

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Check the guide map.
The 272,700-㎡ arboretum consists of 14 themed gardens with 1,826 different species of plants.

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The arboretum has posted the names of the plants and animals that visitors can encounter during their hike on the bulletin board.
It’s fun to find them while walking.

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Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays, January 1st, and for Lunar New Year’s and Chuseok holiday periods)
Summer (March through October) 9am-6pm
Winter (November through February) 9am-5pm
Last admission one hour prior to closing time! Entry fee: Free!

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You can learn the past, present, and future of forests at the Forest Museum.
When I visited, the museum was closed due to a blackout in the entire arboretum, so I just took a picture of the museum building.

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The photo above is of the Subtropical Botanical Garden and Research Greenhouse. ​

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This is the inside of the greenhouse.

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I came across the Maeryongji Pond as soon as I entered the arboretum.
I saw a variety of aquatic plants including water lilies, yellow floating hearts, loosestrife, and bulrushes.

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This is a photo spot near Maeryongji Pond. Panicled hydrangea was in full bloom in the background.

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The Gangdol Garden is decorated with viewing stones and marsh plants from the Namhangang River and restored Danyang aster colonies, which are listed as an endangered species.

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The Seokjeongwon Garden is a rock garden that is popular these days in arboretums.
You can see plants that live in the rough environments of alpine or rocky regions.

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This is the Mountain Fruit Garden. The garden grows a variety of fruit plants. The rowan trees were most beautiful when I visited.

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The Sanya Grassland was growing mushrooms, sedges and other plants, and medicinal plants.

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The Clay Pot Garden is decorated with traditional clay pots and Yeoju ceramics.

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This is the Tree Rings Plaza. The garden was decorated in the shape of tree rings using granite stones, and introduces cultural content and local history such as Yeoju ceramics. It is right next to the Clay Pot Garden.

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In the Lawn Plaza, you can enjoy some snacks and beverages.

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The Mirowon Garden is a maze where northern white cedars are planted in geometric formations.
The northern white cedars were over 2 meters tall. If you go inside the maze, you will feel like you are in the middle of a dense forest. Almost all arboretums have a maze garden. The Mirowon Garden was the most maze-like maze garden I’ve ever seen.​

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Yellow floating heart

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Halla chive

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Yellow filamentous meadow rue

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Amur rose fruits

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Sponge gourd flower

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Korean angelica

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Magic lily

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Whorled tickseed
The seasons are changing.
Field scabious, thistles, Halla chives, loosestrifes, yellow floating hearts, yellow filamentous meadow rue, obedience, gypsophila, whorled tickseed... Summer flowers are still in bloom!

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Fall flowers such as Siberian chrysanthemum and Korean starwort were already blooming amidst the summer flowers.
The arboretum is preserving and restoring the Danyang aster and narrow-leaf Solomon's seal, which are listed as endangered plant species.
I think I'll have to visit the arboretum again to see the Danyang aster flowers in September or October.

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This is the view of the Hwanghaksan Arboretum from the observatory.
There were a lot of places where I couldn't get a proper photo including the Chaewon Garden, Marsh Eco Park, Nature Learning Center,
Forest Experience Center for Children, Pulhyanggi Garden, Yanghwa Sorokwon Garden, Mini Garden, and Ancient Tomb in Maryong-ri.


Address: 73, Hwanghaksansumogwon-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do (+82-31-887-2742~5)
Website: http://www.yeoju.go.kr/main/hhsan