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Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, so I was excited to try and track some down in Cheonan during jangma, or the rainy season. There is a lovely spot to enjoy them called Beautiful Garden Hwasoomok, where you’ll find not only hydrangeas but a host of other blooms, too.

I was excited when I saw a sign stating that entry to the gardens was free if you purchased something from the on-site cafe, so I went there first and got a peach smoothie (7000 won). They also have a range of other drinks and baked goods to choose from. The smoothie was delicious, and the decor at the cafe is really stylish – I especially loved the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. If you don’t purchase anything from the cafe, admission to the garden is 5000 won for adults, and 3000 won for children aged between 4 and 12 years.

The hydrangeas seem to be the star of the show at this time of year at Beautiful Garden Hwasoomok – there were a number of signs indicating where to find them. It’s worth noting that if you have mobility issues or if you have a child in a stroller, heading up to see the hydrangeas might be a bit difficult. They are situated on the side of a hill, so you have to navigate some uneven steps and unpaved trails that are quite steep. Keep that in mind if you’re visiting!

For those who climb right to the top, you get rewarded with some amazing views out over the surrounding area.

As well as the large number of hydrangeas at the garden, there are a host of other blooms to enjoy. Be sure to visit the two greenhouses – one has a range of different bonsai trees, and another is filled with tropical plants that typically wouldn’t survive in the normal year-round climate here.

Map Details for Beautiful Garden Hwasoomok are below, and you’ll find free parking on-site if you’re driving. If you opt to take public transport, hop on bus #310 from the Shinsegae Department Store bus stop. Alight at the Gyocheon-ri stop, and the garden is across the street. For more information about the gardens and on-site facilities available, please visit the Beautiful Garden Hwasoomok website here.