SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 5, 2019 – For preparations of full-scale opening of the Seoul Botanical Garden, visitors will be restricted by zone starting from the next week until the end of April. The Seoul Botanical Garden temporarily opened in October last year. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will begin to plant and supplement facilities inside the Garden for two months from March, ahead of its official opening in this coming May. Accordingly, the Tropical Zone will be limited from March 12 and the Mediterranean Zone will be from April 1.
Since it temporarily opened the Seoul Botanical Garden on October 11, 2018, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been monitoring the conditions of plants that were brought in from home and abroad for their stable taking root, and constantly checking up things to be supplemented, such as visitors’ paths and facilities. Based on this, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation, a developer of the Garden, decided to limit the citizens’ visit for making adjustments.
During the period, plants suitable for the concept of 12 cities will be added along with plant signages, and visitors’ path will be improved. The supplemental work at the Mediterranean Zone will be completed by April 30 and all the greenhouses will be open normally in May. The official opening date, the paid zone and the fee will be finalized and released within April. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will continue to provide detailed information on the limited zones and supplementation work schedules through the Garden’s Website (botanicpark.seoul.go.kr) and its social network pages.
The number of visitors to the Seoul Botanical Garden has exceeded 1 million as of December 21, 2018, 72 days after the temporary opening in October 2018, and 1.83 million have visited it as of March 3, 2019, 144 days after the temporary opening. The Seoul Botanical Garden is the first urban botanical garden of its kind in Seoul, which covers 504,000 square meters in the middle of the Magok City Development Zone in Gangseo-gu, western Seoul. Its outdoor park including a forest, a lake and wetlands will be accessible 24 hours a day. However, an outdoor theme garden and the Plant Culture Center, a greenhouse that holds various exotic plants from 12 countries, are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.