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The first public arboretum in Seoul,
Grand Park Botanical Garden

Seoul Grand Park Botanical Garden, which opened in 1985 and has a history of over 30 years this year, is located at the foot of Mt. Cheonggye, surrounded by dense forest, and exhibits 1262 different types of plants.
The greenhouse of the Botanical Garden exhibits various plants from cacti that have a variety of flowers with strange shapes to foliage plants from all over the world that always provide greenery. And the outdoor botanical garden has beautiful hydrangeas and colorful flowering plants, and at the rose garden, beautiful roses from all over the world are on display.
In addition, materials and specimens about plants can be found at the page for the Plant Specimen Exhibition Hall.

Opened in
1,262 kinds of


Registration status of the Arboretum

This facility was registered as the first public arboretum in Seoul on June 10, 2015, in accordance with the Arboretum Creation and Operation Act.

※ Public arboretum: an arboretum operated by a local government
This facility was selected as a forest resource management agency by the Forest Service on August 2, 2016.


Current capacity to accommodate plants

(Jan 31, 2020)

On display: 1,260 out of 42,170 plants

Maple plants

329 Species
(Total 8,846 Species)

Cactus and succulents

491 Species
(Total 9,342 Species)

Tropical orchids and pterosaurs

18 Species
(Total 494 Species)

Insect carnivorousplants

95 Species
(Total 1,810 Species)


327 Species
(Total 21,638 Species)


Botanical Garden Hours of Operation
  • exhibition greenhouse
    Plant specimen exhibition hall
    3 times a day: 140 people on a first-come, first-served basis per session
    10:00~12:00, 12:00~14:00, 14:00~16:00
    ※Last admission at 15:00
    ※ Plant library not in operation
  • botanical garden
    Spring and Autumn (March-April, September-October): 9:00-18:00
    Summer season (May-August): 9:00-19:00
    Winter season (November to February): 9:00-17:00
    ※ Same as zoo operating hours


Botanical garden concept

In the International Botanical Conservation Association (BGCI), a botanical garden is defined as an institution that records and stores living plants as documents and collections for the purpose of scientific research, conservation, exhibition, and education.

There is a difference in that, an arboretum centers on trees while a botanical garden centers on all plants, but there is no difference in function, so the trend is to use the same concept for both.

Unlike similar facilities such as parks and private gardens, botanical gardens collect and display plants with clear sources to discriminate in that they conduct various research and education.


Botanical garden function
Collects and multiplies
Preserves and researches


Seoul Grand Park Botanical Garden History
  • 2010Year~

    Reopening of the Plant Specimen Exhibition Hall


    Selected as a forest life resource management institution


    Public arboretum registration

  • 2000Year~

    Takeover of plants from Namsan Botanical Garden


    Creation of an outdoor botanical garden


    Theme Garden Rose Garden opened

  • 1990Year~

    Establishment of comprehensive development plan for Seoul Grand Park


    Opening of an outdoor botanical garden

  • 1980Year~

    Transfer of plants from Changgyeongwon Botanical Garden
    Plant specimen exhibition room opened


    Botanical garden opened