The Garden of Morning Calm is the oldest private garden in Korea, and stretches 30,000 meters. During the daytime, it’s calm alright – scenic walkways, beautifully manicured grass, and 5,000 species of plants make up 20 different themed sections. It’s a peaceful and pretty way to spend a few hours, and large enough not to be to crowded.

But come December, the garden lights bring the place alive at night, making it the biggest light up event in the country, and one of the most popular places to visit at this time of year.

Flower beds are transformed into sparkling starry seas lit with pretty LED lights. Giraffes, deer, bears and other forest animals are recreated in lights, and a starlight tunnel in the Hometown Garden makes for a gorgeous romantic stroll. Visit their official website for more information on the lights.

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If Korea’s largest light up event wasn’t enough for you, there are plenty more to visit during December and January. Try the LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Petite France’s Little Prince Light Up event, or the gorgeous Ansan Starlight Village lights. Check here for more information on the lights.

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