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화수목- Cheonan’s Garden Oasis
Nov 19, 2018

Without a doubt, the pictures speak for themselves. This gorgeous outdoor wonder is a must-see in Cheonan. Whether you’re trying to impress a date, looking for a place to take visiting friends, or even if you just want to switch it up from going to the same old spots, Hwasumok is worth a visit. It’s a great way to escape the rush of the city life and enjoy a relaxing few hours surrounded by the beauties of nature. The garden is filled with a beautiful variety of trees, colorful flower arrangements, a small waterfall, and even some animals. Overlooking much of the garden is a brick building with a cafe on the first floor and a restaurant on the second. The cafe has a nice selection of baked goods, and it is particularly famous for its garlic bread. It’s located on the east part of Cheonan about a 15-20 minute taxi ride from Cheonan Bus Terminal.

Address:

천안시 동남구 목천읍 교천지산길 175 아름다운정원 화수목.

Hours:

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm.

Admission:

5,000₩ for adults and 3,000₩ for children ages 4-12.

However, if you spend at least 10,000₩ anywhere on site, then you are no longer required to pay the admission fee. The fee is meant to be paid as visitors leave.

Transportation:

The best way to get to Hwasumok is by taxi. It’s about a 12 – 20 minute taxi ride from the Cheonan bus terminal, and depending on traffic, the cost can vary between 8,000 – 16,000₩. Many taxi drivers are familiar Hwasumok’s location, so you should only have to say the name. If you run into any problems, feel free to show them the address: 천안시 동남구 목천읍 교천지산길 175 아름다운정원 화수목. For the return trip home, make sure at least one person in your party has Kakao Taxi, as it is nearly impossible to hail a vacant taxi outside of Hwasumok due to its location.

A cheaper, but less convenient alternative to a taxi, is the city bus. Bus 310 is the only bus that stops in front of Hwasumok. It is about a 30 minute bus ride from the bus terminal. Keep in mind that it only runs a few times each day. It leaves from the bus stop in front of H&M (중합터미널) at 6:10, 8:20, 12:10, 14:45, 19:05, and 20:20.

Note: If you do have a car, that would be the ideal way to commute, and there is plenty of parking available on site at Hwasumok.

Menus:

The cafe consists of a bakery selection as well as coffee, lattes, smoothies, teas and ades. The bakery is well-known for its garlic bread. Each of the bread options are quite large and can be shared, with the simpler breads priced at 5,000₩ and 6,000₩ a piece. The more specialized breads are priced at 7,900₩ each.

The restaurant located on the second floor is open for both lunch and dinner. Since this restaurant is more expensive than your average korean restaurant, it is probably a restaurant that you’ll want to save for a special occasion. The meals consists of several courses including a salmon salad, jumbo shrimp marinated in soy sauce, stone pot rice and a range of banchan. The main lunch entree is a spicy squid dish, while the main dinner entree is a big galbi dish and bulgogi stew with plenty of mushrooms. These menus however may change with the seasons. Prices are per head only. 19,000₩ per person for lunch and 25,000₩ per person for dinner. The restaurant strictly enforces that each person present for dining pays the set menu price, so it is not possible to order less and share.

Attractions:

There is more to explore than first meets the eye when entering Hwasumok. There are colorful arrangements of flowers, trees, cute statues and decorations throughout the entire grounds. With a steep, though manageable, uphill climb, there is a small nature path with two animal enclosures: one with peacocks and the other with goats. There are also a few wooden outlook decks that oversee the garden as well as the countryside. At the top, there is a waterfall that runs as a stream all the way down into the pond adjacent to the cafe and restaurant. Down past the restaurant to the right is a large greenhouse with more varieties of plants. It also has a gorgeous courtyard that are perfect for outdoor weddings, and if you’re lucky enough, you may get to witness a gorgeous ceremony during your visit.  

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