The Garden of Morning Calm [아침고요수목원]

Alchemy of Souls (2022); Now, We Are Breaking Up (2021-22); Navillera (2021); Missing: The Other Side (2020); Perfume (2019); Your House Helper (2018); Lovely Horribly (2018); Jugglers (2017-18); I'm Not A Robot (2017-18); Black (2017); School 2017 (2017); Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds (2016); She Was Pretty (2015); Discovery of Love (2014); My Princess (2011); Smile Again, Dong Hae (2010-11); Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010); You’re Beautiful (2009); He Who Can't Marry (2009); I Love You (2008); A Love To Kill (2005); Phoenix (2004)

Ha Young-eun (Song Hye-kyo) joins Yoon Jae-gook (Jang Ki-yong) for a photo shoot at this garden in episode 13 of Now, We Are Breaking Up (지금, 헤어지는 중입니다) (SBS, 2021-22) where they cross, for instance, this garden’s Cloud Bridge [구름다리].

This garden appears as the place where Sim Deok-chool’s (Park In-hwan) good friend Gyo-seok (Lee Young-suk) is laid to rest and in episode 2 of Navillera/Like A Butterfly (나빌레라) (tvN, 2021) comes to visit and tells him that he started ballet.

This garden appears in the various dream sequences in Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019). In episode 1, Min Jae-hee (Ha Jae-suk) sees herself in a beautiful, peaceful garden, after applying the mysterious perfume on her body. Not long after, everything turns dark and Jae-hee collapses to the ground. In episode 5, she thinks back to when her husband told her that he’ll never look at another woman. In episode 7, Seo Yi-do (Shin Sung-rok) dreams that he dances in a garden with Jae-hee. In episode 17 (full episode 6), Jae-hee and Yi-do come to this garden in real life and share their first kiss.

Kim JiwWoon (Ha Seok-jin) meets up with Im Da-young (Bona of WJSN) come here on their first date in episode 28 of Your House Helper (당신의 하우스헬퍼) (KBS2, 2018) and she introduces him to her father who is buried here.

Nam Chi-won (Choi Daniel) and Jwa Yun-i (Baek Jin-hee) take a walk here in the last scene of final episode 16 of Jugglers (저글러스) (KBS2, 2017-2018).

Sun-hye (Lee Min-ji) teaches Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) ideas about dating — especially when to know the ‘right’ moment for kissing — in this garden, in episode 12 of I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야) (MBC, 2017-18). Sun-hye decides for Aji3/Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) to be the guinea pig to teach Min-kyu when the right moment comes along.

This is where the old version of Kang Ha-Ram (Go Ara) died while sitting on a bench and holding Joon’s bracelet in episode 18 of Black (블랙) (OCN, 2017). Later on, her soul goes out of her body and sees Grim Reaper No.444/Black (Kim Tae-Woo) waiting for her, asking her if she has lived a happy life and telling her that he is there to get her. This happens close to the J Garden Cottage [J의 오두막 정원].

It is here where Hyun Tae-Woon’s (Kim Jung-Hyun) mother is buried and he brings his just-girlfriend Ra Eun-Ho (Kim Se-Jeong) here on their date in episode 13 of School 2017 (학교 2017) (KBS2, 2017). His father had decided that he’d only visit his mother when he is happy and today he is.

In Moonlight Drawn By Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016) this garden is part of the royal palace. In episode 1, Lee Young (Park Bo-Gum) intercepts a love letter to his sister Princess Myungeun here who is happily eating close to him. And in episode 3 Hong Ra-On (Kim You-Jung) is gardening here with Princess Youngeun (Heo Jung-Eun). Lee Young comes along and Ra-on and him bicker for a while until she addresses him “as a friend”.

Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) and Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) come to this garden for a picnic in final episode 16 of She Was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다) (MBC, 2015).

Jung in (Kim Jae-Wook) takes Mei-ri/Mary (Moon Geun-Young) to this arboretum (because she said she likes these places) in episode 8 of Mary Stayed Out All Night/Marry Me, Mary! (메리는외박중) (KBS2, 2010). He remembers how Mei-Ri got her scar and the meaning of the japanese phrase “Boku ga iru.”

Also seen in Alchemy of Souls/Soul Marriage (Hwanhon/환혼) (tvN, 2022 — Source); in episode 10 of Missing: The Other Side (미씽: 그들이 있었다) (OCN, 2020); Lovely Horribly (러블리호러블리)(KBS2, 2018); Discovery of Love/Discovery of Romance (연애의 발견) (KBS2, 2014); My Princess (마이 프린세스) (MBC, 2011); Smile Again, Dong Hae (웃어라동해야) (KBS1, 2010-11); You’re Beautiful (미남이시네요) (SBS, 2009); He Who Can’t Marry/The Man Who Can’t Get Married (결혼 못하는 남자) (KBS, 2009); I Love You (사랑해) (SBS, 2008); A Love To Kill/Knock Out by Love /This Love I Want to Kill /Detestable Love (이 죽일 놈의 사랑) (KBS2, 2005); Han River Ballad (한강수타령) (MBC, 2004-05); Phoenix/Firebird (불새/Bulsae) (MBC, 2004).

Teaser filmed here

This is where the teaser of Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019) is filmed, featuring Min Jae-hee (Go Won-hee) and Seo E-do (Shin Sung-rok).

Movies filmed here

Almost Love (청춘만화) (2006)
Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀) (2001)
The Letter (편지) (1997)

Variety Shows filmed here

Infinite Challenge (2006)

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The Garden of Morning Calm [아침고요수목원] is a private botanic garden created by Han San-kyung (한상경) in 1996 when he was professor of horticulture at Sahmyook University [삼육대학교]. The design of the garden is based on curves and asymmetric balances. The inspiration for its name stems from the short poem “Lamp of the East” written in 1929 by Bengalian artist and poet Rabindranath Tagore –the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature–, which is understood as one of the possible origins for South Korea’s moniker “Land of the Morning Calm”. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– selected the Garden of Morning Calm as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020. In 2021, it was again selected to figure among the Top 100 Must-Visit locations for the years 2021-22. The garden also takes up place 48 in CNN’s 2019 list of 50 beautiful places to visit in South Korea.

The garden is located in the village of Imcho [Imcho-ri/임초리] in the Sang Township [Sang-myeon/상면] of the Gapyeong County [Gapyeong-gun/가평군]; about two hours east from Seoul.

Please note when visiting: As Toni informs us (many thanks!), most of the dramas were filmed at ‘Pond Garden’. The small bridge can be only seen from afar as it is not open to the public.

427 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기 가평군 상면 수목원로 427
(상면 행현리 산 255)
Geolocation: 37.742485, 127.351727
Facebook: @morningcalmgarden

Getting here
Cheongpyeong Station [청평역], Gyeongchun Line, Exit 1
Best take bus from Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal [청평버스터미널] or taxi (ca. 20 min. / 15’000 Won) from here
(see here for other transport possiblities)

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 01/09/2022
— Photos taken by © sianiam, March 2019 and by © ruffeecola, November 2016.
View more of her photos of the location here.

Mary Stayed Out All Night, Black added by deanekitty29
I’m Not a Robot added by ruffeecola
Jugglers, Perfume, Discovery of Love added by Mich KDL
Missing: The Other Side added by Thom Musni

2 reviews

  1. Missing : The Other Side Episode 10 was filmed here!

  2. A really beautiful place! I went here primarily because it was a filming location for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds but I left feeling happier because the whole place really looks like a painting. Anyway, we went there as part of a tour group which means that we were only given limited time to roam around the huge garden. It was a mistake of ours to walk idly and go to the filming location last that’s why when we remembered that we had only like 10 minutes before departure, we had to run and quickly look for it and it was quite far from the main entrance (from what I can remember). So, if you’re main purpose of going here is for the filming location, go to Pond Garden (the name of this location) first then go see the other parts of the garden after. Also, that small bridge where Lee Yeong stood is not open to the public; you can only take a photo with it from afar. You’ll also know it’s the filming location because there are tarps with Moonlight Drawn by Clouds photos. 🙂

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Open year round 08:30-19:30 (Closing time varies depending on sunset time) Adult entrance fee: 9'500 Won