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Seoul Searching | Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival.

Although Yue and I have not had the opportunity (at least not yet) to witness cherry blossoms in full bloom or experience Cherry Blossom Festivals in any of our previous trips to Korea, we've been lucky enough to chance upon the Rose Festival in Seoul for two years running.
The 2018 Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival.
Last year, we joined in the revelry of the Rose Festival held in Jungnang-gu. This year, we went all the way to Gwacheon to catch the last few days of the Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival.
The Botanical Garden is at the right side of the Seoul Grand Park. 
Roses in full bloom after the jump! :)
An annual event that usually lasts a fortnight, this year's Rose Festival ran from May 26 until June 10. The festival was held at the botanic garden, located at the right side of the park. The venue is approximately 950 meters away from the park's entrance, and it takes a while to get there by foot. It's a good thing Yue is used to long walks like this - not once did he complain as we made our (very long) way towards the Theme Garden.
Sightseeing as we made our way to the Rose Festival venue.
Apparently, there were other means of getting to the venue - via the skylift, which Yue refused to try; or via the elephant tram, which passed by a few times as we sauntered off to the garden. Had I known that the tram is open to the public (I thought only those entering the amusement park could use it), I would have gladly paid for the ride to save us from all that walking.
The Elephant Tram.
Photo credit: Hello I'm Korean.
Speaking of rates, admission fees for the Rose Festival were 2000 won (around $2 or Php 100) for adults and 1000 won (around $1 or Php 50) for kids. Tickets are sold at the booth beside the garden's entrance, where there was a short queue when we arrived.
The Theme Garden, finally!
As we entered the venue, Yue and I were greeted by the warm smiles of the ushers and the delicate scent of roses. And once inside, we got to marvel at the beautiful garden with rows upon rows of roses - more than 20,000 of them from 290 species.

There were photo zones all over the garden, and everyone had a blast, taking photos with these lovely roses in the background. Even the elders who were visiting the garden that day (think halmonis and ahjummas) were hamming it up for the camera - how cute is that?! :)

A young Korean couple asked us to take a photo of them by the windmill, and they took a photo of us in return.
Waltzing with the roses. :)
I had to have my moment, too. Because you gotta do it for the 'Gram - lol. :) Thankfully, Yue now takes better photos of me. Or it's the (kick-ass Leica) camera, perhaps? :)
Excuse my fat arms, lol.
Special programs were also offered during the festival. On weekends, they have beauty classes in the afternoon (1 pm - 5 pm), as well as a concert and a magic show (1 pm - 6 pm). They also had carpentry activities on certain dates (May 27, June 2, 3, and 10) for the first 50 participants. All of the said programs were open to the public, free of charge.
Smelling the roses? :)
Since we visited on a Thursday, we weren't able to take part in any of the said activities. But we did swing by the Children's Zoo located within the Theme Garden.
Children's Zoo.
Although this zoo is much smaller than the Seoul Zoo, which is the 'main zoo' of the Seoul Grand Park, Yue had fun looking around and watching the animals and their antics.
White foxes (not sure if they're Arctic Foxes, though).
This llama stole the hearts of everyone. :)
Yue with the goats in the background. :)
Entrance to the Children's Zoo is free. If you would like to see more animals such as bears and giraffes and elephants, you can head over to the Seoul Zoo, located right across the Theme Garden. Entrance to the Seoul Zoo is 5000 won (around $5 or Php 250) for adults and 2000 won (around $2 or Php 100) for kids.

Seoul Zoo.
Yue and I skipped the Seoul Zoo, because we still had to go to the nearby Science Museum. Will blog about this experience next. Stay tuned! :)

To get to the Seoul Grand Park, take exit 2 of the Seoul Grand Park Station (Line 4)

13829 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

10 replies:

Juvy Ann Petilla said...

Nice photos, made me miss Seoul. We missed this attraction when we went there just last Spring, would love to go back in an Autumn month. Nicr

Chad said...

This is so cool, i've never been to Seoul, now i wanna go so badly! Awesome pics btw!

berlin said...

Flowers and garden have a certain positive Force talaga that would instantly make you feel relaxed and loved. I love the many colors you've seen there and how the cute little man willingly pose there for some pictures.

Tipid Mommy said...

Wow! Angganda! May ganitong festival pala sila.
Angcute din ng Children Zoo. Reasonable rates na din ang entrance fees ano mommy?

MrsWise said...

will definitely saving this post. Dahil ako ay isang urban gardener, would love to experience the Rose Festival and take a look at all the varieties and species of roses. Gaganda ng mga photos :)

ReigningStill said...

Wow!!! Beautiful roses! Would love to experience it as well.

Mommy Levy said...

Seoul has a lot to offer. I wish my family could visit this country soon.

Richelle Molon said...

That Llama stole my heart, too! Akala ko sa Japan lang may mga fetival na ganyan.

You always take great photos, by the way.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

I've never seen so much roses in person! I hope I can visit Seoul's Rose Festival soon.

Badet Siazon said...

Pag mag-SK talaga ako alam ko na kung kanino ako papagawa ng itinerary :)