The Botanic Garden, inside the grounds of the zoo at Seoul Grand Park, isn’t very large, but it is very well worth a visit if you enjoy plants. They have permanent displays in the large greenhouse as well as an area for changing exhibits. There’s also some small outside gardens as well. Obviously there are seasonal changes with the plants outside.
When you first enter the greenhouse you are directed to follow a one way route through the displays starting with the Desert room which was full of cactus and succulents.
Although not terribly large it was jam packed with a decent selection of plants. With the extreme cold of Korean winters it was nice to see how healthy some of the plants looked. Unfortunately there were some signs of scale on some of the cactus.
The tropical area was next, with all the lush greenery that you would expect.
It also had a few areas where you could just sit and enjoy the atmosphere, and breathe in all that healthy air. Koreans believe in forest ‘bathing’ which is getting out into nature to relieve stress. Usually done in on forest paths, you may even see people walking barefoot on specially created ‘forest bathing’ trails, it also can sometimes be seen wherever there are large collections of plants.
Once through the tropical area we came to the room that holds the somewhat temporary collections. In 2015 when we visited it was an amazing display of orchids.
In 2017 it was a small room full of carnivorous plants which was really interesting.
There were quite a few I hadn’t seen before
Or wouldn’t have recognized as being carnivorous, as well as ones I was familiar with.
And harking back to the ‘forest bathing’ we can only assume someone tried to do that here!
The greenhouse is a pleasant place to stroll around to view a nice variety of plants, so make sure to visit it when you visit Seoul Grand Park.
We do sometimes find it amusing however, that sometimes when we travel we see plants that are weeds where we live, but are treasured collectible specimens in other parts of the world.
Have a great day everyone.
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