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Discovering the Charms of Seowoon's Garden and Forest

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

237 Naejin-ro 9beon-gil, Naechon-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

I went to the park in October so it was decorated for Halloween.

Picnic tables for family to gather and share a meal.

This was just a fraction of the food my aunties prepared.

Seeing the pink muhly grass was a bucket list item for me! The best time to see this is from mid October to early November. I was lucky enough to catch it.

Pink muhly grass is known for its delicate, feathery, and cloud-like pink inflorescences. The intense pink hue is a result of pigments called anthocyanins, which are responsible for many red and purple colors in plants. These pigments become more concentrated as the plant matures and the temperatures drop, giving the grass its distinct pink color.

In Korea, it's become a symbol of the changing seasons, particularly the arrival of autumn. People often visit parks, gardens, and natural reserves to witness the breathtaking spectacle of vast pink muhly grass fields swaying in the autumn breeze. The sight of these fields has become a cherished tradition for both locals and tourists.

The park is decorated with traditional buildings and relics. The jars seen here are fermentation crocks, often referred to as "onggi" (옹기) in Korean and have been an essential part of traditional Korean culture for centuries. These clay vessels are designed for the fermentation and storage of various foods and condiments, and they play a crucial role in the preservation and development of unique Korean flavors.

Fermentation crocks are used for the preparation and storage of a wide range of fermented foods and condiments in Korea. Some of the most well-known fermented Korean dishes include kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage or vegetables), gochujang (fermented red chili paste), and doenjang (fermented soybean paste). Onggi are also used for other fermented foods like jeotgal (fermented seafood) and soy sauce.

Fermentation crocks hold deep cultural significance in Korea. They are often handed down through generations as family heirlooms and are cherished for their role in preserving traditional recipes and flavors. The process of making and using onggi has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, highlighting its importance in Korean culture.

The park according to their website also has a "garden restaurant, out-door concert area, children’s water garden, children’s fishing experience area, play garden, large lawn, children’s zoo, and etc. That is located in our garden, which makes our garden very particular. It is a perfect place, where you can feel the well harmonization of the nature, the animals, and insects.

In addition, we have a well-maintained garden where children can experience a variety of experiences, as well as children can enjoy amenities and recreational facilities. Finally, in our garden, we have a good accommodation remodeled recently, which has diversity of amenities; Self-BBQ, camp-fire, Hiking trails, Promenades and etc. You can enjoy relaxation and leisure."

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