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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Korea Botanical Garden, Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province: Plants are standing tall against extreme weather during winter.

Founded in 1999, the 105 square-kilometer Korea Botanical Garden (Hanja: 韓國自生植物園) which is located at 159-4 Bian Drive/Bian-gil, Byeongnae-ri 405-2 beonji, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province grows approximately 1,300 Korean native plants. 

The Garden is composed of the Indoor Exhibition Hall, Herb Garden, Cultivation Area, Ecosystem Garden, Singal Mountain Path, and Theme Garden. On display are potted plants in the Indoor Exhibition Hall, fragrant herbs such as wild chrysanthemum and chamomile in the Herb Garden, gregarious plants like iris and aster koraiensis in the Cultivation Area, naturally mixed plants in the Ecosystem Garden, and plants with human or animal names, such as the pasque flower, in the Theme Garden. 

The two kilometer-long Singal Mountain Path, where Mongolian oak trees mingle with azaleas and rhododendron, is a very popular walking course. The Korea Botanical Garden distributes flower seeds to all visitors when they buy tickets, and all types of native flowers can be purchased at the store. Also in the Garden are convenience facilities such as Cafe Bian, serving tea and ice cream, as well as rest rooms and benches. The best season for visiting Korea Botanical Garden is from June to August.