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Seoul capital area dotted with tourist attractions with lights

All Headlines 14:47 November 26, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- As the year draws to a close and the mercury hovers below zero, tourists tend to be drawn to places that are adorned with colorful Christmas trees or that hold light art festivals.

Several such tourist attractions are located in the vicinity of the South Korean capital of Seoul, giving visitors a feeling of warmth and creating a year-end atmosphere.

Cafe street in Yongin

Located in the northwestern part of Yongin, about 50 kilometers south of Seoul, the Bojeongdong Cafe Street attracts much attention from people visiting the southwestern region of Gyeonggi Province surrounding the capital.

The street, which stands in the middle of an apartment complex, is filled with characteristic cafes that make visitors feel as if they are in a foreign country and offer foods from diverse countries.

The cafe street is adorned with a variety of decorations during the Christmas season or on Halloween day.

The Bojeongdong Cafe Street in Yongin (Yonhap)

Christmas festival in Dongducheon

The Dongducheon municipal government sets up mammoth Christmas trees at two major crossroads in the center of the city, about 40 kilometers north of Seoul, during the Christmas season every year.

In addition, hundreds of star-shaped and other light art decorations are hung over a 900-meter-long street in the city center, which serve as a magnet for tourists.

City officials say Dongducheon has held the Christmas festival largely due to the fact that the city was once home to several U.S. military bases.

A Dongducheon street adorned with Christmas lights (Yonhap)

Provence Village in Paju

Provence Village in Paju, some 50 kilometers northwest of Seoul, is a tourist attraction themed according to a southern French lifestyle. The nation's largest light festival takes place there every year, featuring millions of blue LED lamps.

The street, which started to take shape more than 30 years ago, has more than 100 retail and art shops that have a European flavor and promote downshifting, a lifestyle where people take things slow. Visitors can also enjoy foods from various countries.

The community has been attracting an increasing number of not only domestic visitors but also foreign tourists thanks to the growing popularity of South Korean pop culture in China, Japan and Southeast Asian nations.

Provence Village in Paju (Yonhap)

Byeokchoji Botanical Garden

Established in 1965, the Byeokchoji Botanical Garden in Paju is a place where nature brings great joy to people's lives. Home to diverse plant species from home and abroad, it is a perfect natural getaway for visitors.

The arboretum boasts a beautiful lake and a well-manicured, European-style garden, but a light festival is held in winter under the theme of "Romance and Illumination," providing tourists with an opportunity to watch tulips and other beautiful flowers amid a sea of lights and colors.

The European-style garden is lined with tall thuja trees, with a stroll through a forest of birches refreshing visitors and giving them a sense of happiness.

A night view of the Byeokchoji Botanical Garden (Yonhap)

Garden of Morning Calm

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Gapyeong is the Garden of Morning Calm, an arboretum located on the edge of Mount Chungnyeong. Established by a horticulture professor in 1966, the garden's name was inspired by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore's description of Korea as the country of the morning calm.

Built on a 300,000-square-meter plot of land, the arboretum is comprised of 25 theme-oriented gardens, showcasing about 4,500 varieties of flowers and plants, The arboretum provides scenic views and a fantastic atmosphere throughout the year

Every winter, the arboretum hangs more than 1 million colorful LED lights on trees and plants for a starlight festival, attracting a large number of visitors.

Tourists stroll through the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong. (Yonhap)

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