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“Joseon Garden of Exile” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Soswaewon Garden

Soswaewon Garden
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Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Damyang-gun
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“Joseon Garden of Exile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Who knew exile could be so peaceful? This remote location is the real-life place of exile for an important Joseon politician in the early 16th century. The scenery is superb, and one can easily imagine a brilliant (ambitious) politician being sent here for a life of poetry and solitude.

Soswaewon Garden is a classic example of Korean garden design. While many will be familiar with Japanese and Chinese gardens, Korean garden design is still (sadly) unrecognized internationally. Korean garden design is less structured, more natural, and brilliantly colored during spring and fall. Indeed, some have mentioned Korean gardens lack so many artificial features they are difficult to recognize as a designed landscape.

During my visit to Damyang I enjoyed this garden for its bright green foliage, historic location, and quaint stream. Walking to the site you are rewarded with a splendid view of the property.

Visited May 2013
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