Entrance Garden

Entrance Garden was newly established in 2016 in order to improve the first impression, and clarify its purpose as the entrance to the arboretum. The entrance sign board, and the walls made by piling up stones from Taean’s Palbongsan Mountain make this place feel very natural with rural comfort. The area leading to the ticketing booth is composed of three small gardens that depict a day in mountains and fields of Korea: “Garden of Morning Sun on the stone wall,” “Garden of Sunny Hill at Noon,” and “Garden of Sunset at the Foot of the Mountain” come together to create a simple yet lyrical scenery in this area.

Dry Grass Garden

Dry Grass Garden was built in 2016 at the sand hill in front to the left of the entrance information kiosk. Thin and small stems of perennial herbs and various drought resistant plants swaying in the gentle breeze seem as if they are welcoming visitors. To the left, beyond the black pine trees is the West Sea, and to the right, the big and beautiful Pond Garden is in the view. Warm sunlight shining upon swaying plants in the breeze brings a peace of mind.

Rock Garden

Rock Garden was newly established in 2016 in the process of weeding out bushes located on a barren sand hill to the right of Dry Grass Garden. Around large rocks native to Taean, dwarf trees and other drought-tolerant cold-hardy plants are planted to not block the view. Look down and there three hundred species of flowers blooming lusciously from early spring to late autumn.

Nami Friendship Garden

Nami Friendship Garden is a themed garden established in 2016 between Rock Garden and stone walls. This is a memorial garden to celebrate the long friendship between Min Byeong-gal, the founder of Chollipo Arboretum, and Min Pyong-do, the founder of Nami Island. For this reason, the garden takes the form of Nami Island floating on Bukhangang River, on which a Wando horned holly that symbolizes Min Byeong-gal and a ginkgo tree that represents Min Pyong-do stand side by side.

Camellia Garden

Camellia Garden was established in 2001 in a sunny area on the east side of the foot of Gomsol Hill that looks down to the Big Pond. Camellia is one of the five plant genera Chollipo Arboretum focused on collecting, and small colonies of it extends nearly to the sea pine house. Various flowers in white, pink, and red hiding shyly behind evergreen camellia leaves can be seen from winter to autumn.

Big Pond Garden

Big Pond is a source of water created in 1976, during the early days of the arboretum, and is one of the main gardens located at the center of the arboretum. Around the pond that plays up the natural terrain are hydrophilic forest trees, shrubs, and perennial herbs that generate a wonderful scenery. Water lilies and prickly water lilies on the water, weeping willows, magnolia, and moorwort on the edge of the pond, and daffodils, yellow flag iris, hydrangea, and amarylia under big trees are in harmony, creating a gentle atmosphere of waterside in all seasons.

Small Pond Garden

Unlike the Big Pond, Small Pond was constructed in 1979 for ornamental purposes. This garden shows off leafy shade and beautiful fall colors with its Bola cypress, metasequoia, magnolia, cherry tree, black gum, and other plants in harmony with the pond. At the center of Small Pond is a bola cypress that adds to the atmosphere.

Hydrangea Garden

Hydrangea Garden continues from the edge of Big Pond across from Camellia Garden to Small Pond, and was constructed after the ponds were created. Various kinds of hydrangea in the garden allow visitors to enjoy a rich array of glamorous flowers in the summer.

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden is located on a hill looking down onto Big Pond, and was established in 2011 in order to commemorate the late Min Pyong-gal, the founder of the arboretum. Around the bust of the founder donated by Ham Gi-seon, the president of Hanseo University, a frog statue, and the tree of Min Pyong-gal are located. Following the will of the founder who said not to build a tomb but to plant more trees, he was re-buried under an evergreen magnolia named “Little Gem” in 2012, ten years after he was deceased. To the left and right of the bust are Wando horned holly and “Raspberry Fun” magnolia, which the founder used to love.

Bog Garden

Bog Garden is located right in front of Min Pyong-gal Memorial Hall. It is a rice paddy that already existed before the arboretum was built, which is being kept as is. It is still being cultivated in a traditional method to this day, continuing the farming culture of Confucian tradition. Water plants such as water lilies, lotus, iris, and sweet flag, as well as endangered species such as prickly water lily and Korean water crowfoot grow around the rice paddy. Various insects and amphibian species can be found here as well.

Dwarf Conifer Garden

Dwarf Conifer Garden is located in a sunny spot at the entrance of Winter Garden, to the right side of Memorial Garden. Since the 1970s, various low-growing conifer species were gathered to form this garden. It is interesting to see different textures and colors of various trees in this garden.

Paeonia Garden

Paeonia Garden was formed small in 2015 with various Paeonia species that were collected, and is located where a greenhouse used to be behind Dwarf Conifer Garden. Though it is most splendid in spring when peonies fully blossom, Ulleungdo liverleaf (hepatica maxima) and plantain lilies growing under the peonies provide a view to enjoy in other seasons as well.

Winter Garden

Winter Garden used to be called “seed fields” because seeds were planted here during the early days of the Arboretum, until it was turned into a garden in 2002. The garden is named so because winter flowers and other plants with beautiful tree barks and fruits provide a great scenery in the winter. From October to March, Mahonia japonica, Japanese witch-hazel, plum flower, and sasanqua trees in blossom along with branches and fruits of various colors add beauty to the garden.

Fern Garden

Fern Garden, established in 2011, is located to the left of the path that leads from the back of Yeddo-Hawthorn House to Holly Garden. The location is humid and shaded, with ferns planted at the foot of pre-existing evergreen trees. The plants are not glamourous, but visitors can enjoy the profound and handsome features unique to the fern species.

Climate Change Indicator Garden

Climate Change Indicator Garden was founded in 2014 with support from the Ministry of Environment, in order to research how climate change affects plant ecosystem. Sixty-five species in fifty-seven genera that are sensitive to climate change, such as Geumgang bluebell, nodding lily, silver leaf, and Ulleungdo hare’s ear are planted in the garden.

Holly Garden

Holly Garden, located at the entrance of Woodland past Climate Change Indicator Garden, was used as a nursery field for hollies in the 1970s and 1980s. A garden was formed later as various types of hollies were planted. It is a beautiful place in the snowing winter season, during which the white snow contrasts with the red fruit and glossy green leaves.


Woodland used be called Big Field” because this large land was used as a nursing garden since the 1970s. Trails were rehashed in 2010, and extra bulbs and tubers were planted in 2013 to form this garden. Atmosphere of a forest is created with ornamental trees such as camellia, azalea, and finetooth holly planted in harmony with forest trees such as oak, cherry, and maple that have been growing in the garden for more than three decades. Under the trees are snowdrop, daffodil, lily, and silver leaf that create beautiful scenery every season.

Variegated Garden

Variegated Garden was originally formed in 2003, then reconstructed with relocation of plants and improved soil when Forest Educational Plant Museum was established in 2014. Plants with various patterns on their flowers, leaves, and stems are kept together in this garden, which create a wonderful scenery in spring with new leaves and in summer with vivid patterns.

Grass Garden

Grass Garden is located at the easternmost part of Miller Garden. It was established in 2010 by reconstructing the herb garden located across Forest Educational Plant Museum. In addition to pampas grass, various types of grass and turf species are planted in the garden. In fall, silver flowers of the plants and light leaves sway in the breeze, while bugs chirp in the background, giving visual and auditory joy to the visitors.

Peony Garden

Peony Garden is a small patch located to the northeast of Grass Garden, and was founded in 2012. Approximately thirty types of peonies bloom beautiful and glamorous flowers in purple, yellow, and scarlet from mid may, which make this garden particularly popular to female guests.

Clematis Garden

Clematis Garden, located at the easternmost tip of Woodland, was established in 2014 after planting various clematis species where a greenhouse from 1977 used to be. Even though the space is small, utilizing vine plants’ characteristic, twenty or so supporting structures are installed for them to crawl up vertically and bloom beautiful flowers. Clematis of various colors and sizes blossom in May and June, and brown and furry fruits hang from the fixtures in autumn, creating a curious sight.

Pieris Garden

Pieris Garden is located to the southeast of Woodland. It was established in 1985 under a Japanese black pine forest, considering the pieris’ tendency to like semi-shaded places. Every April to May, small but beautiful bell-shaped flowers in white, pink, and red blossom at every end of the branches. Even in the seasons without flowers, Pieris Garden has a fantastic atmosphere with ivies (hedera rhombea) climbing up the black pines, and wooden stairs cutting through the forest.

Astilbe Garden

Astilbe Garden is located in the wetland to the north of Min Pyong-gal Memorial, and was established in 2013. Atmosphere of neat and clear early summer can be felt here with about eighty types of astilbe planted around finetooth hollies, which harmonize with an iris field nearby.

Children’s Garden

Children’s Garden, located at the beach right before the exit of the arboretum, was established in 2015 to utilize natural terrains like sand hills for children’s education and entertainment. Play spaces for children are arranged in various places in the garden, and various plants that are featured in school textbooks, have interesting scents, or are edible are planted to attract children’s interest in plants.