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A traditional Korean pavilion offers a peaceful air and an open view on all four sides with a natural landscape in harmony with its surroundings. Such Korean-style gardens can be found not only in Korea but also overseas. Most recently, Seoul Forest opened in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

The newly opened Seoul Forest in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, offers a pavilion and a pond (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).

The newly opened Seoul Forest in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, offers a pavilion and a pond (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).


Seoul Street located in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).

Seoul Street located in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).


Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on September 22 that construction of Seoul Forest has finished in Ulaanbaatar. Seoul City began the construction in April 2012 in order to introduce the beauty of Korean-style gardens and help prevent the desertification of Mongolia.

The city previously built a 2.1 kilometer-long Seoul Street in central Ulaanbaatar in 1996. Seoul Forest is the second project carried out by Seoul in Ulaanbaatar. Located in southeastern Ulaanbaatar, the forest contains a Korean pavilion, a pond, flower gardens, traditional stone walls, and two statues of the symbol of Seoul, Haechi, a legendary creature that prevents fire. About 2,000 trees, including bridal wreath and birch, and more than 2,500 plants can be found inside the forest.

Seoul Garden was built in Cairo, Egypt, in 1998 as part of the sister city exchange project (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).

Seoul Garden was built in Cairo, Egypt, in 1998 as part of the sister city exchange project (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).


Seoul Garden in Paris was built in 2002 to mark the 100th anniversary of Korea-France diplomatic relations (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).

Seoul Garden in Paris was built in 2002 to mark the 100th anniversary of Korea-France diplomatic relations (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).


Seoul Garden opened in 2003 in Berlin, Germany (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).

Seoul Garden opened in 2003 in Berlin, Germany (photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government).


Since 1998, Seoul City has built Seoul Gardens in capital cities of four countries -- Egypt, France, Germany, and Mongolia. The city plans finalize the project by opening its next garden in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer
arete@korea.kr

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