Seongnagwon Garden was originally the villa of Sim Sang-eung, who served as the Minister of Interior during the time of Cheoljong of the Joseon Dynasty. The garden was also the detached palace used by Yi Kang for thirty-five years. Seongnagwon Garden holds a special significance, as it is one of the few villa gardens located within Seoul. Its landscape has been uniquely well-preserved, despite its urban location, and it was designated Historical Site Number 378 in 1992 and then re-designated as Scenic Site Number 35 in 2008.
The name Seongnagwon means, “Garden for the enjoyment of the beauty of nature outside the city.” The natural geographical features, such as the bedrock and stream, were heavily accentuated, while the touch of human was minimized to highlight the essence of this Joseon garden.
Seongnagwon Garden effortlessly incorporates nature and artificiality in each section that is divided by topology. In the inner garden of Seongnagwon Garden is home to Yeongbyeokji, the natural pond with artificial features, while the words of Chusa Gim Jeong-hui are engraved on the rock that sits at the pond.
After being designated a cultural heritage asset in 1992, efforts have been made to restore the original appearance of Seongnagwon Garden through several restoration projects.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Cultural Heritage Administration are in the process of establishing a comprehensive maintenance plan for Seongnagwon Garden, and plan to carry out restoration and maintenance projects in stages according to the results of the comprehensive maintenance plan.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Cultural Heritage Administration, and the Korea Furniture Museum will temporarily open the garden to the public from April 23 to June 11 as an opportunity to promote Seoul’s traditional garden. Reservations are required for viewing, with three sessions per week (Monday, Tuesday, Saturday) that are open to twenty participants per session.
Seongnagwon Garden Viewing and Special Kokdu Exhibition Operation Schedule
|1||11:00 – 12:00||Korean||
· Total seven sessions per day (five in Korean, two in English)
|2||14:00 – 15:00||Korean|
|3||14:30 – 15:30||English|
|4||15:00 – 16:00||Korean|
|5||15:30 – 16:30||Korean|
|6||16:00 – 17:00||English|
|7||16:30 – 17:30||Korean|
– Admission: KRW 10,000 (card payment on-site or advanced deposit)