[Eye Plus] Travel the world at Kyoha Central Park

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

The Korean Garden welcomes visitors from the entrance. The garden has a number of replicas of architecture and historical monuments, such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Gardens. A tiled roof pavilion set in the middle of the garden represents the nation’s unique architectural style.

After passing through the Korean Garden, visitors arrive at the Indian Garden, which is a replica of the Taj Mahal garden. The Indian garden resembles the paradisiacal gardens described in the Koran.

The formal garden reproduces the gardens of Versailles, exhibiting a miniature version of the Latona fountain and Greek sculptures in the palace.

The Italian garden was built with the two emblematic sites of Italy in mind: the garden of Villa d’Este and the garden of Villa Lante. The UNESCO-listed Villa d’Este terraced garden is a 16th-century Italian Renaissance masterpiece. The garden of Villa Lante, famous for its magnificent Kobato fountain, is an exemplary 17th century architecture.

In the British Garden, inspired by 18th-century English landscaped gardens, visitors can also take a look at a scale model of a sanctuary in Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland.

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

Finally, the Chinese garden is designed based on the classical gardens of Suzhou in the eastern province of Jiangsu. It embraces a lake filled with floating lotus leaves that blend beautifully into a unique Chinese pavilion.

In Kyoha Central Park, each garden has its own style, it’s like traveling 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 (kyl8706@heraldcorp.com)

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