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[Eye Plus] Travel the world in Kyoha Central Park

Kyoha Central Park is one of the most scenic places to enjoy the autumn breeze in Gyeonggi Province. Visitors can walk along beautiful gardens with different themes. Each garden features traditional styles of seven countries: Korea, India, France, Italy, England, Japan, and China. 

Greeting visitors from the entrance is the Korean garden. The garden has a number of replicas of historical architecture and landmarks, such as the gardens of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. A pavilion with a tiled roof installed in the middle of the garden represents the nation’s unique architectural style. 

After passing by the Korean garden, visitors arrive at the Indian garden, which is a replica of the garden in the Taj Mahal. The Indian garden resembles the paradise gardens described in the Quran. 

The French garden replicates the Gardens of Versailles, exhibiting a miniature version of the Latona Fountain and Greek sculptures in the palace.

The Italian garden was constructed with Italy’s two iconic sites in mind: the garden in Villa d’Este and the garden in Villa Lante. The terrace garden in Villa d’Este, listed as a UNESCO world heritage, is a 16th century masterpiece of Italian Renaissance. The garden in Villa Lante, well-known for its beautiful Kobato Fountain, is an exemplary architecture of the 17th century.

In the British garden, modeled after 18th-century English landscape gardens, visitors can also take a look at a mock-up of a shrine in Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. 

The Japanese garden resembles the dry landscape garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. The dry landscape garden refers to those that emphasize the beauty of negative space through a random composition of rocks. 

Last but not least, the Chinese garden is designed based on the classical gardens of Suzhou in the eastern Jiangsu province. It embraces a lake full of floating lotus leaves that blends in beautifully with a unique Chinese pavilion. 

In Kyoha Central Park, every garden has its own distinct style that is like walking through seven different countries without traveling abroad. The park would be the perfect place for a brief getaway from everyday life.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Written by Kim Ye-rin (

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