Seoul Rose Garden Festival

20 Jun

I’m Back!

Yes, it’s me, the Procrastinating writer. Once again I fail to keep this up-to-date with my travels. But today, you are in luck! I come with fresh photos and news about my venture into the Seoul Rose Garden Festival today.  


Seoul Rose Garden Festival!


Rose Garden

To clear up some confusion (I admit to being one of those bewildered), there are two names here to take into account. The Rose Theme Garden is the name of the location/garden. It is open 365 days a year and can be viewed at any time. It boasts of 20,000+ Roses in nearly 300+ varieties, but there are many other kinds of flowers as well.  You can find dozens of little ponds, arboretums, and Grecian statues scattering the garden. In bloom, it is one of the prettiest places in Seoul.  It is the largest rose garden in Korea, and in the spring it is simply stunning.  It takes approximately an hour to go through if you don’t stop, but try to save up time to sit in one of the many shaded areas set up for picnics and sunning naps.  Also located within the garden is the children’s petting zoo, which offers children the opportunity to interact with the sheep, pigs, cows, goats, and other farmyard animals (and some monkeys too!)


The second name is the Seoul Rose Garden Festival, which is (as per the title) an event, not a place.  I kept getting the two confused and thought the garden was only open for a limited time, but rather the festival is only hosted for a limited time. The garden itself is always open.  However, the Rose Themed Garden hosts a festival every year during spring when the flowers are in their peak season, and it makes an excellent time to stop by and check it out. Join the thousands of other visitors (including tons of darling schoolchildren on day trips) for this great afternoon location!  Thanks to the festival, you know when the best time is to see them all in bloom.  


Rose Themed Garden in Seoul Grand Park (서울대공원 장미원).  Technically, it’s located in the Gyeonggi-do area, but few tourists know where that is. So the simpler directions are that it’s south of the Han River but still definitely within Seoul’s city limits. It actually isn’t that far *maybe 30-40 min?) from Seoul Station when you take the subway.


Subway Stop: Seoul Grand Park

Subway Directions: Take Line 4  to the Seoul Grand Park stop (i.e. toward Oido) and follow Exit 2.

 If you look at the subway map here, it is the 7th stop after crossing the river.


When you come up out of exit 2, you will see a long walkway in front of you (The zoo/garden are the only things at this stop so it’s easy to see what you are doing.) Go straight until you come to the big fountain and the building behind it that says zoo.

Go to the ticket booth in the building exterior and buy a shuttle ticket for 1,000 Won.  Go through the gates and get on the shuttle. Get off at the first stop. The zoo will be to your right. The Rose garden to your left. you can’t miss it.  Once you get off the shuttle, the map below can show you directions. Note the garden on the bottom left of the map.


The garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5 or 6:00 p.m. (depending on the season) and it is open all year round.  

The festival is hosted during the month of June (June 1-30).

How Much: ($1 = approx. 1,000 Won)

Shuttle: 1,000 Won

Garden: (price is less if you are part of a group)

  • Adults: 2,000 Won 
  • Youth: 1,500 Won
  • Children: 1,000 Won

You get a 1,000 Won discount on your zoo ticket if you do the garden so make sure you show the zoo ticketers your garden ticket.

2 Responses to “Seoul Rose Garden Festival”

  1. masa vanroo June 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    oh wow! this place looks amazing!! If only I knew about this place when I visited Korea last year!

    • deceptivelyblonde June 21, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      It was awesome! I wish I had known about it my first trip here. I kind of stumbled across it when looking for new things to visit, and I am really glad I went!

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