Spirited Garden & O'Sulloc Green Tea Museum
Sightseeing, Nature excursion
The Spirited Garden of Bunjae Arpia, renamed in 2007 to coincide with its opening as a garden of international renown, was first planted in 1963 when Seong Beomyeong came to Jeju and cultivated a rocky wasteland. The garden came into the international spotlight after being developed single-handedly by this humble farmer. It has since been visited by many high-profile public figures, including Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao from China, Nakasone from Japan, Kim Yongsun from North Korea, and others. Currently, about 400 planted trees are on display. Hundreds of potted plants are located in the Nature Garden, whose theme is based around water.
The park is wheelchair accessible but the paths are unpaved. There is a doorstep to negotiate at the restrooms. Wear comfortable walking shoes.Notes:Finally, don't miss the Mystery Road, where an optical illusion created by the angles of the surrounding landscape makes it appear that a car left in neutral rolls uphill -- a fascinating phenomenon indeed.Step inside the O'Sulloc Tea Museum, featuring exhibits of the history and production of tea, a variety of green tea products. An observatory here commands a panoramic view of the largest tea farm in Korea.Take in the various features of the garden, including stone walls and stacked stone towers made with Jeju volcanic stones. You'll see the largest artificial waterfalls in Jeju here, and a pond that is the home of some super-sized koi carp.”.
What we will see
- Spirited Garden: stroll among the bonsai
- O'Sulloc Tea Museum
- Mysterious Road
What we will do
- The first stop on our excursion is the amazing Spirited Garden, a botanical garden created by a single person, Seong Beomyeong, who started it in 1963 by tilling some wasteland.
- We walk along the paths and remain enchanted as we admire the incredible number of bonsai adorning the park among water pools and statues, archways and stone bridges. This is also the location of the largest artificial waterfall on the island of Jeju which gushes from the rocks into a placid lake, home to gigantic examples of Koi carps.
- We then move on to visit the interesting O'Sulloc Tea Museum where we learn more about the history of tea on the island of Jeju, as well as the secrets behind its production. The outdoor viewpoint offers amazing views of the largest tea plantation in Korea extending as far as the eye can see.
- Before returning to the ship, we drive along the so-called ”Mysterious Road” where an optical illusion generates a rather curious phenomenon: when parking downhill, it looks as if the vehicle is actually going uphill!
What you need to know
- The park is accessible to wheelchair users, however, there are dirt paths and a garden to cross to access the toilets.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- English & other European tour guides are subject to availability. ?