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24 July


South Korea's largest botanical garden opens in Seoul

There are about 3100 plant species in the park

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVl/ The Seoul metropolitan government said Tuesday it will open to the public the country's first botanical park this week after about six months of its pilot operation. This article appeared in the Yonhap News Agency.

The Seoul Botanic Park in the South Korean capital's Gangseo Ward, which has been tentatively accessible since Oct. 11, is set to open Wednesday. During the pilot operation, 2.5 million people visited the park built on a site of 504,000 square meters. Out of the entire space, the botanical garden accounts for 21 percent, with 3,100 species of plants growing.

Adults, youths and children visiting the botanical garden are charged entrance fees of 5,000 won (US$4.31), 3,000 won and 2,000 won, respectively, for the botanical garden. The botanical garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while the other three areas are accessible 24 hours a day with no admission fees charged.

The Seoul Botanic Park aims to collect up to 8,000 plant species by 2028. Lee Won-young, head of the botanical garden, said in a statement, "We hope we will develop the park into a world-renowned botanical park that citizens can take pride in".