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Butterflies, cold forests in the sight of animals ~ Seoul forest in midwinter - Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Korea

Seoul Forest Butterfly Ecological Garden

Butterflies, cold forests in the sight of animals ~ Seoul forest in midwinter

Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Korea

Winter cannot be crouched like a pupa in the room. Children's winter vacation has also started, and it is time for a full-fledged play program. When the cold wind blows, it goes to Seoul Forest. The Seoul Forest, which stands for the ecological forest in the city center, is not only the possession of gorgeous green and foliage. When you arrive through the cold, you will encounter a gentle and lively sight. In Seoul Forest, you can meet colorful butterflies, novel insects, and animals even in the middle of winter.

“Is it really cold, but do butterflies fly?”
“Then, you can still see butterflies in winter.”
The conversation between the mother and the child is interesting. Butterfly watching in the cold season is a strange reversal. There's another fun thing about smelting or mullet fishing through the ice.
A space exhibiting specimens of butterflies
In winter, the Seoul forest is thin. Although the river breeze blows from the Han River, the open forest does not stop the bitter wind. Butterflies meet in a warm space with their hands tightly frozen.
Insect plant

In Seoul Forest, the space where you can see butterflies is an insect botanical garden. Butterflies flying in the warm season of the butterfly garden move their nests to the interior of the 2nd floor of the Insect Botanical Garden. When you enter the Butterfly Eco Museum, which is open for free, you can meet the wings of swallowtail butterflies, wild swallowtail butterflies, and yellow butterflies. Butterflies become somewhat sluggish when the weather gets cold. Between 11 am and 2 pm during the day, a good sunshine time is when the butterfly is most active.

Botanical garden walkway
From pupa to butterfly, butterfly ecology
Even if Dongjang-gun tries to ride, it is another spring in Butterfly Ecological Garden. The flowers are in full bloom and the temperature is quite high. If you're wearing a thick coat, sweat is on your forehead. If you look closely, you can observe the butterflies flying on the ceiling or the wall in the corner, in addition to the butterflies flying on the flowers. The process of hanging a rope on a board like a tightrope and turning a pupa into a butterfly is also revealed.
“It's ugly now, but if you take off the pupa as if you wake up from a hibernation, it will become a colorful butterfly.”
If the biological common sense that was usually told to the child is reproduced as it is in front of the eyes, understanding grows in one word. At the Butterfly Ecology Center, various events are held for Christmas lovers, such as flying butterflies and giving a butterfly sample event.
Insect Botanical Garden Insect Exhibition
Even if you go outside the ecological hall, there are plenty of interesting things to see. There is a separate butterfly exhibition hall where you can observe rare butterflies from all over the world, so you can learn the ecology of butterflies. In addition to butterflies, more than 100 species of insects inhabit the Insect Botanical Garden. You will encounter rare insects such as stag beetles, longevity scarabs, and double star crickets and giant spiders that you have only seen in books.
The process of transformation from pupae to butterfly
It is not easy to escape the warm insect garden. Watching interesting animals, such as turtles, salamanders, and tapeworms, hiding amongst tropical plants, you will forget about the winter cold for a while.
Winter forest filled with cute fun

After walking out of the Insect Botanical Garden, we walk to the promenade with flower deer. Seoul Forest provides outdoor spaces where you can meet cute animals even in winter. In the 'House of Small Animals' next to the observation deck, you can see the cute and busy appearance of the guinea pigs. The experience of feeding deer directly from the deer cage is also fresh. There is a time to buy food at the field and feed the deer directly in the snow field. You will experience the fact that Seoul Forest is an ecological space where wild animals such as deer, elk and squirrel play. The experience of feeding deer with winter butterflies is an unforgettable memory for children.

guinea pig
Roads that cross Seoul Forest like a maze are also good for winter walks. Among the 30 experience spaces, giant statues, etc. are transformed into hide-and-seek and slide-riding spaces in winter. The lawn, where cars and bicycles do not go, is filled with laughter from children who make snowmen and fight snow.
Flower Deer Feeding Experience

First of all, it is necessary to recall the colorful modifiers attached to Seoul Forest.

“If you have Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London, there is Seoul Forest in Seoul.”

Even near the place of life on a winter day, these informative and interesting experiences await. Seoul Forest is easily accessible by subway. After the Seoul Forest Station of the Bundang Line, it became possible to connect immediately without having to stay in the cold for a long time.

Seoul Forest Trail
Travel information

Seoul Forest
Address: 273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Contact: 02-460-2905



* Self-driving

Olympic Boulevard → Seongsu Bridge → Turn right toward Seoul Forest

* public transport

5 minutes from Seoul Forest Station on the Bundang Line and 15 minutes from Ttukseom Station on Line 2

2. Restaurants around

Leeds House: Steak / 1, Sangwon 12-gil, Seongdong-gu / 02-6925-6708

Gammyok Seolleongtang: Seolleongtang / 438 Cheonho-daero, Seongdong-gu / 02-2248-0445

Dressed Ribs: Pork Ribs / 292-1, Majang-ro, Seongdong-gu / 02-2292-8588


JJ Hotel: 29, Seongdong-gu Automobile Market 1-gil / 02-2245-3355


Hotel Vision: 277, Gosan-ro, Seongdong-gu / 02-2296-2244

Best Western Premier Guro Hotel: 72, Digital-ro 32-gil, Guro-gu / 02-6905-9500


※ The above information was created in December 2013, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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