Korea National Arboretum and Forest Museum (Gwangneung Forest)

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Advanced reservations required.


415, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

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Recreational Forests/ Arboretums



• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 

(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
• For more info: +82-31-540-2000




(Korean, English) 



The Korea National Arboretum (KNA) is situated in Gwangneung forest and contains the Forest Museum where all the information on forestry is exhibited. The construction of the arboretum and museum took place on October 25, 1985 and opened on April 5, 1987. In order to preserve the forests, weekends and holiday entrance were restricted, reservations were required 5 days in advance, and no more than 5,000 visitors were accepted per day. As diverse plants are gaining recognition worldwide, the research department formed the Office of Forestry on May 24, 1999. 

Korea National Arboretum covers an area of 1,157㏊ and contains 15 specialized forests, including Conifer Garden, the Garden of Ornamental Trees, and the Aroma and Touch Garden. The Forest Museum is the largest in Asia, covering 4628 sq.m² with a traditional Korean design, and the interior and exterior are both constructed of wood and stone. The arboretum facilities consist of 5 exhibition halls (Living Forest, Forest and Man, Forestry of the World, Forestry of Korea, Nature of Korea), a Herbarium, a Special Exhibition Room, and an Audio Visual Hall.





Current Status 

Designated as a biosphere zone by UNESCO (June 2, 2010)


Opening date

May 24, 1999 



Every Sunday & Monday, New Year’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays



Approx. 2 hrs


Tour Course Information   

[Forest Exploration] 

-Schedule: operate between 10:00-16:00 during Apr – Oct. / Program varies by day. (Tue – Fri) 
-Duration: maximum 30 min. 
-Reservation available on-site (Group tour should be consulted with the museum prior to visit.) 
-Fee: Free (nominal charge many apply for some hands-on activity during the program) 

[Guided Lecture] 
-Take a closer look at the wonders of Korea National Arboretum by joining a guided walking tour. 
-Schedule: the tour starts at every hour between 10:00-16:00 (only during Feb-Nov) 

[Audio Tour] 
-Punch in the number and your Audio Tour device tells you the story about the arboretum. In all around 99 signs in the Arboretum now have Audio Tour stories. 
-Schedule: 10:00-16:00 (only during Feb-Nov) 
-30 lots available 


Operating Hours  

April-October: 09:00-18:00 

November-March: 09:00-17:00 
* Last admission: 1 hour before closing.


Maximum Occupancy 

5,000 people 


Parking Facilities

250 parking spaces 


Parking Fees  

* Daily parking
Two-wheeled vehicles: 1,000 won
Campact vehicles: 1,500 won
Small & Mid-sized cars: 3,000 won
Buses: 5,000 won

Admission Fees 
Adults (ages 19 and up): 1,000 won
Youths (ages 13-18): 700 won
Children (ages 7-12): 500 won

Facilities for the Handicapped 
Free wheelchair rental services, (separate) restrooms, (reserved) parking spaces

Reservation Info. for Foreigners 
Online reservation through the website only.

Reservation Info. for Foreigners 
Online reservation through the website only. 


Korean Info. Service 
[Arboretum Explanation]  

– Schedule: operated 09:00-18:00 during summer season / 09:00-17:00 during winter season
– Departure time: Every hour on the hour 
– Duration: Around 1 hour
– Arboretum Explanation: 1 hour / 20 individual visitors (not as a group) per time slot
– Museum Explanation: 30 minutes / 20 individual visitors (not as a group) per time slot

[Audio Guide Rental]
– Rental location: Visitors Center for arboretum audio guide device / Forest Museum Information Desk for forest museum audio guide device

Baby Stroller Rentals  

Not available 



Not permitted