While Seoul so much to do and explore, someone who enjoys exploring the countryside and taking the vast, lush and enchanting nature of South Korea, needs the occasional trip away from the hustle and bustle. My most recent adventure lead me to Yangsu in Gyeongi. My objective was to explore Semiwon Garden and Dumulmeori. It was such a rewarding trip. I hope you’ll add it to your list of places to see while you teach in South Korea.
From my knowledge, this botanical garden is the only garden in the world that is solely dedicated to the lotus flower. It is open year around. However, it is most beautiful and worth the trip in the summer when the lotus flowers are in full bloom. There are a total of six ponds in the garden. There are plenty of sculptures and areas to relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere the lotus flower ponds offer. There is a very interesting fountain towards the main entrance of the garden, too. It’s great for photos! Also, for any Avatar: The Last Air Bender fans, if you time the fountain correctly, you can get a fun video of yourself ‘water bending’. Also, there is a green house on the grounds that is worth stopping by if it is too hot outside. Make sure to take a good camera with you. The photoshoots here come out excellent.
Address: 93, Yangsu-ro, Yangseo-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Hours: 9:00-21:00 (may vary by season)
Admission Fee: 10,000 wo
Dumulmeori is an absolutely gorgeous park. The name refers to where two waters meet, which fits it perfectly. It is located where Bukhangang River and Namhangang River meet. There are many spots to take photos at this park. There are beautiful lake views. There is a very large lotus flower pond, too. Many people ride bikes through the park. There are spots to have a picnic. Vendors sell many delicious street foods. Also, you can buy cute animal-shaped cotton candy. It is a great spot for a summer date.
Address: Dumulmeori-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Admission Fee: Free
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.