Every year foreigners seem to struggle a little bit at Christmas time. They may miss their family and friends from home, traditional western foods, or certain elements of Christmas that just haven’t caught on yet in Korea. However, year after year Christmas in Korea seems to be evolving. There are continually more and more festive activities ranging from markets to light shows.
Actually, looking at Christmas lights is one of my favourite things to do during the holiday season so I was really excited when I learned about the Christmas light show at the Garden of Morning Calm.
The Garden of Morning calm is just slightly north of Seoul near Gapyeong. It is surrounded by mountains and is stunningly beautiful. In the summer there are several flowers and gardens surrounding a lake with a pagoda. At Christmas time it is transformed into a gorgeous winter wonderland.
The garden is very large, covered with white fluffy snow and there are 3000 lights everywhere depicting various scenes of traditional Christmas, and even some depicting not so traditional Christmas scenes (including Dolphins?)
I had decided to do a quick day trip with a local group up to the garden and it was a lovely experience. Many of the people who participated on the trip were solo travelers, so everyone was really friendly and eager to get to know each other.
We arrived at the garden at around 4:30 p.m after visiting Korea’s Petite France. And after having a quick meal at the local restaurant we went out to enjoy the lights. We spent an hour walking through the light tunnels, and various light formations. It was really beautiful and the garden just glowed.
If you have extra time you can climb one of the hills next to the garden and view it from the top. We didn’t have time unfortunately but it was enjoyable anyway.
We all really enjoyed walking through the lights and I think it helped all of us get into the Christmas spirit.
If you were unable to see the lights before Christmas have no fear because the light show actually continues into March.