South Korea: The Suncheonman International Garden Expo to be held on April 1

The Suncheonman International Garden Expo, which kicked off on April 1, will show off its fall flowers over the Chuseok holiday.

After first launching in 2013, the Suncheonman International Garden Expo in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, has returned for the first time in 10 years. The expo organizers said while the first edition focused on preventing urban expansion, this year's expo builds on it to include landscape gardens in wetland and urban areas, stretching across 545 hectares.

The expo, which will come to a close on October 31, has shown off a variety of spring, summer, and fall flowers. Among the autumnal highlights are the more than 100 million chrysanthemums that are in full bloom during the fall season. At the Sunset Garden, visitors can see yellow, pink, and red varieties of the common East Asian flower planted to resemble the sunset, flanked by red and green poinsettias. For an even more stunning view, catch the chrysanthemums at golden hour, when you can watch the actual sunset as well.

At the Narsha Garden, chrysanthemums are arranged in flower beds to resemble hooded cranes, which are birds that are native to East Asia. Fall flowers in various colors, including chrysanthemums, are also planted in various patterns around Ocheon Green Square.

The expo also includes several gardens carrying landmarks from different countries around the world. The Dutch Garden has chrysanthemums and chrysanthemum sculptures that circle around a windmill. The French Garden was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France, and the American Garden was inspired by the botanical gardens in Virginia.


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