The Garden of Morning Calm is an absolutely beautiful garden to visit, nestled in the valley amongst the mountains.
In each season there is something different to see – cherry blossoms in spring and autumn foliage colours. During winter they put on an amazing illumination show which is well worth seeing.
The gardens are extensive with 27 different themed garden areas to explore. Allow at least 2-3 hours to meander through the gardens and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
We were fortunate to visit The Garden of Morning Calm in Autumn, just as the foliage was starting to change colour.
We started by crossing the suspension bridge, and then headed toward Nymph Valley. We then explored the lovely chapel in the Moonlight Garden, before heading for the Korean Garden, with amazing views over the Sunken Garden along the way. After exploring the teahouse and Pond Garden we walked through the Sunken Garden and visited the Millenium Juniper.
We really enjoyed our walk through the Garden of Morning Calm and could easily have stayed there for another couple of hours to further explore at leisure.
The driving distance from Nami Island to the Garden of Morning Calm is 25km / 15 mi / 36 minutes, or you can catch the Gapyeong City Tour Bus via other attractions.
You can also travel from Seoul to Cheongpyeong Station by ITX train and then catch the Gapyeong City Tour Bus or taxi to The Garden of Morning Calm, a distance of 13km / 8 mi or 18 minutes.
Also check out our detailed lessons on how to get to Gapyeong from Seoul and how to get around the Gapyeong area in the next module.
Alternatively, many Nami Island day tour options include The Garden of Morning Calm. In winter most tour options are set up to visit The Garden of Morning Calm as the final stop to enable you to visit the winter illuminations.
Check out the day tour options below to decide which tour will suit you best, and ensure you book early to get your preferred tour option.