Located in the southwest corner of Jeju, near the Artists’ Village, is a bonsai garden called the Spirited Garden. This establishment was founded in 1992 and was called the Artistic Bonsai Garden until in 2007, when it was renamed as the Spirited Garden. This tourist attraction’s genesis in 1968 was of agricultural and botanical purposes. Formerly, Chinese political figures including Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao would visit.
The garden is located across from the spacious parking lot.The first impression is of the high stone wall. These stone walls are rather ubiquitous in Jeju, particularly because the significance of the stone is substantial in Jeju.
▲ Main entrance to the Spirited Garden
The ticket booth is near the parking lot. There is a myriad of plants that greet the visitor.
▲ Docent explaining
For those who may want detailed knowledge of the bonsai garden can utilize the docent’s services.
▲ An introductory board
There are a few of these boards explaining the purpose and aim of the garden.
Take it slow and be sure to enjoy a relaxing stroll through the garden.
The efforts invested in maintenance are noticeable especially because there is such a variety of plants that require attention. Bonsai is an art that requires immense efforts and patience.
▲ Stone Hareubang
The significance of establishments like this is all the more substantial
because Jeju supports the coexistence of so many organisms.
▲ Silicified Wood
It is wood that turned stone. Although it appears to be wood, it feels like stone.
Aside from the bonsai are the ponds and CARP to
add to the beautiful scenery of the garden. It was very picturesque.
There is a restaurant in the garden. It serves lunch menus, and costs moderately at around ₩7,500 per item. The Spirited Garden isn’t very expansive, but the coziness is perfect for a serene respite from the outside world. As one of the many museums in Jeoji-ri, like the Artists’ Village, Modern Art Museum, and Bangrimwon, the Spirited Garden complements the artistic nuances of the city comprehensively.
Hours: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (6 pm during winter)
Address: 1534 Jeoji-ri Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Tourism Organization Website: http://jejutour.go.kr/ http://www.ijto.or.kr/