My main mission for the recent trip is to experience snowfall (poyo gila!) apart from fulfilling my angan2 to celebrate the New Year somewhere outside hometown. And I purposely chose to visit the places that held winter festivals as well. Killing two birds with one stone they say it is.
I've come to know about this garden from the KTO website. Besides the locals, still not many especially the tourist know about this place. I actually plan to go here during the trip with my girlfriends last June but cancelled it in the last minute due to lack of info. Someday I coaxed myself. But the desire to visit this garden grew stronger upon reading an entry from Suraya's blog. Thanks to her I got to see how the garden looks like during the summer season. Couldn't imagine how lovely it would be during spring/autumn. I could only dream for now...the uni semester break never fall on those two seasons so far. Sob.
Now back to my journey. My last destination on our second day in South Korea before returning 'home'. Yeah, our temporary home in Sangwangsimni that is.
|Taken on our way to the garden.|
|Totally different view from what I saw in Su's blog.|
|The place will definitely crowded with locals I told my cousin prior coming. And boy did I expected right.|
|Wandering the garden, we were guided solely by lights.|
|We went gugugaga almost all the time. The place is too beautiful. Too awesome. Over one million LED lights adorned the trees & garden.|
|Heart-shaped decoration; a must have to every event held in South Korean. I kid u not!|
|This festival has given a new winter trend to those who visited the garden.|
|THIS! Speechless I was! U can't imagined how low my jaw dropped upon seeing this tunnel from afar. Too excited, too much adrenaline rush we BOTH forgot to snap its picture in full frame. Perangai!|
|I personally think the Best Course sign is best followed for day-trip. For the light festival, follow where the light leads u is the best course.|
|To the Moonlight Garden we go where a small cute cathedral is situated.|
|And surrounded with angels.|
|Just like in fairy tales. But please ignore the 'noises' in all my pictures. Sob. I thought my handphone camera does well under the low light setting.|
|The highlight of the light festival; the Sunken Garden.|
|Where my wish was granted by The Almighty! Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah.|
|Regardless the 'macam ndak da cebisan snow pun atas anak tudung kau tu, Bie', apa ku kisah for as long as it's no longer a dream for Yours Truly. Syukran Allah.|
|Dalam happy, I didn't realize the runny nose. Only when we arrived at bus 'shelter' stop that my cousin pointed my reddish nose. No wonder temperature dropped gila2 hence the extreme coldness earlier that day. Now I know, bila sejuk luar biasa maka itu tanda akan ada snowfall. Ngeh.|
|Inside the train. From Seoul we rode the same train with them...and we met again on the way back to Seoul. Timing kami sama, agenda saja yang berbeza. And they smelled Soju. Drinking is a tradition for them; perhaps its their way to celebrate.|
|Dinner on our third night there. My all time favourite Maggi 'goreng' Laksa. Improvised menu adalah best!|
|The next morning, outside the hostel.|
|Highlight of our day! Berusaha sungguh to have this picture! It wasn't that heavy, still kami happy habis meter.|
Light Festival at Garden of Morning Calm:
- Light will be on from 530pm until 830pm. (Garden is open from 9am-9pm)
- Festival started from December to March.
- More info here.