Must Visit in Korea The Botanical Garden BCJ in Paju

Hi guys! How're things going on? It’s a little overwhelming on my end with so many planning going on. This will be a really long post so read it while you are not busy peeps. 

Today I want to share the great place that you must visit in Korea which very good for a photoshoot or prewedding photo shoot. 

About 2 months ago I’ve been starving for beautiful natural scenery hence my sudden obsession with visiting beaches, gardens, and theme parks! 

I’m not wasting a moment of my vacation time, so when my husband wanted to sightsee I was quick to say ok, let's go! We ended up choosing a place I’d wanted to go for a while: The Botanical Garden BCJ (벽초지문화수목원) in Paju (파주).

The Botanical Garden BCJ is located in the countryside of Paju City in Gyeonggi Province about an hour drive from downtown Seoul.

The Botanical Garden BCJ was established in 1965 on the belief that nature brings great joy into people's lives. Located in a suburb of the Seoul Metropolitan area, it is a perfect natural getaway for urban residents, as well as an important habitat for the preservation of diverse plant species from home and abroad. Moreover, the BCJ offers exciting hands-on experience programs, and also serves food and drinks made with herbs at its restaurant and cafe.

The first thing to do when you arrive at the Botanical Garden BCJ is to get a guide map to make planning your visit easier. You can get a guide map at the entrance.

Inside the botanical garden, there are herb shop, cafes, bakeries, bathrooms, and place to sell souvenirs.

There is a huge tree which is surrounded by colorful flowers and I found it really beautiful.

When we arrived in The Botanical Garden BCJ we felt thirsty and wanted to drink something fresh, so we decided to go to the GreenB cafe and take a look at what's inside the building. I ordered a ginger Ice Tea and my husband ordered an iced coffee.

Hey, look at these statues! These statues very cute, right?

These statues are surrounded by beautiful trees, plants, and flowers.

It is gorgeous and well worth a visit if you love to photograph unique plants and stunning flowers.

If you cannot decide where to go among the many options on the map, turn right at the Byeokchoji Pond located on the left of the entrance to the European Queen’s Garden.

If you're a fan of Korean drama, this location should be really familiar to you.

Once we enter the garden, we amazed by a meticulously kept array of European art sculptures. The Botanical Garden BCJ, known for its Korean-European theme, has been a popular filming site for many Korean dramas.

The various theme divisions and garden layout give off a European vibe. It took 10 years to create the over 120,000 square meters of gardens that feature a riveting combination of traditional Korean and European style landscaping.

I walked amongst the carefully cultivated gardens and beautiful tulips flowers.

You will find a picturesque central pond with a fountain at a wide grass square surrounded by a lot of trees and flowers.

I first came to know of this place because of Devilish Joy drama (마성의 기쁨). After I watched that drama, I had wanted to visit The Botanical Garden BCJ and save in my travel bucket list.

You can stroll around the European-style garden while admiring the European statues around it. Don't forget to take as much photo as possible when you see the European sculptures in this garden. Trust me, it was totally worth it!

I spent quite some time in the garden taking pictures with the statues with silly poses. Forgive me, guys! (ʃƪ˘⌣˘ )

Water ball fountain in The Botanical Garden BCJ.

This ball fountain is unique as the water allows the ball to be moved and spun by hand. Worth a look, just don't get wet.

This small house should look really pretty at night when it lights up. During the winter The Botanical Garden offers the festival of lights which runs from December to February, the Garden of BCJ remains a “hot” spot even when the temperature drops below freezing.

There are four different festivals (tulip, bulbous, lily, chrysanthemum and lighting) in four different seasons.

This place so interesting and we really enjoyed the serenity of this place. It wasn’t crowded at that time so it was really relaxing.

Let me take a selfie! (ʃ.ƪ )

This Botanical Garden BCJ has a cool and spacious lawn square surrounded by trees, flowers with several types of fountains. This fountain is smaller in size but the shape is very beautiful.

The color of flowers is impressive. There is no information table so you basically don't know what flowers you are watching.

The weather was pleasantly warm and refreshing so making me more excited to explore the whole of this garden.

Many large trees to explore and walk through.

It’s a great place for peaceful walks and relaxation with many different theme corners and walkways.

The waterfall is big and beautiful even at the end of November and the pond was lovely to see.

The Botanical Garden of Byeokchoji has a meaning of the place having harmony with flowers and trees, plants and water.

It has various exotic species, wild plants, endangered plants, aquatic plants, and various foreign origin plants.

Ponds at the base were clear and inviting.

Visitors can enjoy this area which is a famous filming spot. This garden appears as the garden of ‘Healing Village’ in Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨) (MBN/Drama, 2018).

While Joo Gi-bbeum (Song Ha-yoon) sits in a park reading the manuscript of the drama ‘The Man Who Erased Time’, we see Gong Ma-sung (Choi Jin-hyuk) waling through this botanical garden in episode 6 of Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨) (MBN/Drama, 2018).

In episode 8, Ma-sung (while being on a work trip here again) meets Gi-bbeum here by coincidence as she is also here on an MT. After showing her around the garden and explaining her the ‘Fountain of Memories,’ he regains his memories of how he met Gi-bbeum and runs towards her - their ‘reunion’ as lovers ends with a kiss.

List of Korean dramas that use The Botanical Garden location for shooting:
Devilish Joy (2018); A Poem A Day (2018); The Great Seducer (2018); Bride of the Water God 2017 (2017); Second to Last Love (2016), Cinderella and Four Knights (2016), Doctors (2016); Beautiful Gong Shim (2016); Five Children (2016), Descendants of the Sun (2016); She Was Pretty (2015); Mask (2015); Angel Eyes (2014); The Master's Sun (2013), I Need Romance 2 (2012); Arang and the Magistrate (2012); Rooftop Prince (2012); Bridal Mask (2012); City Hunter (2011), 49 Days (2011), Deep Rooted Tree (2011); Playful Kiss (2010); Boys Over Flowers (2009), You're Beautiful (2009).

This garden is nice to walk through and just sit on the wood. They keep it very clean and maintained.

My husband was taking a candid photo of me with his cell phone. Sometimes, the best pictures are the ones that are unplanned.

Too bad many plants have withered, but it's okay I still enjoy the beauty of these plants.

If you're feeling slightly overwhelmed by the rush of the city, then head on over to magnificent The  Botanical Garden BCJ, where you can easily spend a half day or more leisurely exploring and taking in the greenery.

I always kid at heart and love theme park or any sort of activity park.

Came on a sunny autumn day. There are so many varied and themed gardens that the 5 hours we were there was not nearly enough time. If you really like spending time at botanic gardens like me, I would recommend giving yourself at least whole days.

We couldn’t resist taking pictures with the flowers.

This set was made to shoot a drama called Devilish Joy. Whether you're a Devilish Joy drama fan or not, the Devilish Joy drama set is a must-see if you're anywhere nearby. The setting place is very picturesque and magical.

It is more fun when you come here with your friends, family or your partner because there are many spots to take photos.

Overall, entering the Botanical Garden BCJ (벽초지 문화수목원) require tickets which is a little bit expensive however The Botanical Garden is worth a visit, not only because they are the host to many a filming, but also because they are simply beautiful. 

We had a great time out there and were lucky to be blessed with such a fine day. If you are visiting the Paju area, don’t miss this awesome garden! This is going to be a great place for nature lovers.

Homepage (Korean only)

242, Buheung-ro, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
(경기도 파주시 광탄면 부흥로 242)

Take the Seoul Subway Line No. 3 and get off at  Exit No. 8 at Samseong Station.
Cross the large intersection 80m to the bus stop.
Take Bus No. 703, and get off at Gwangtan Samgeori (3-way Intersection) Bus Stop.
Transfer to Bus 15 or 67 and get off at Domasan Elementary School Bus Stop.
The Botanical Garden BCJ is located across the street.

• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-31-957-2004
Admission Fees:
Individuals – Adults 9,000 won
Teenagers 7,000 won
Children & Seniors 6,000 won
Infants (under 3 years) with parent enter free

Groups – Adults 7,000 won
Teenagers 6,000 won
Children & Seniors 5,000 won
Infants (under 3 years) 4,000 won

I shall end this long review post here. I hope you enjoy this review. See you in the next one.

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The Happy Meadow Ranch in Chuncheon, South Korea
Boseong Green Tea Plantation, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

32 Responses to "Must Visit in Korea The Botanical Garden BCJ in Paju"

  1. hi , thanks for sharing your entry.
    this place is worth to visit if come to Korea.
    really love the place, everything so beautiful.

  2. wow a wonderful place :)

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  4. What a beautiful place, I loved to visit.
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  5. The European-themed garden is so so so beautiful~ Magical!

  6. I love how all statues, flowers, trees and plants are combined aesthetically pleasing and seems really good to be there. As an Instagramable-spot-seeker-who-take-pictures-but-actually-never-post-it-on-Instagram, I'll put this place to my bucket list if I visited Korea someday.

    And OMG you are so pretty TT.TT

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  8. It looks like such a beautiful and colourful place to visit! thanks for sharing your pics :)

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  10. Wow, so beautiful :) We don't have anything like that in Italy! You're lucky :))

  11. OMG, this place is a kawaii dream! Beyond gorgeous pics :)

  12. Thanks a lot :D

    amazing place my friend!

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  15. Wowww! Meraviglioso. Buona domenica.

  16. Wow Roseline! That Botanical Garcen is amazing and the photos are beautiful.
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  17. Wow, that is such an amazing garden, it looks so magical. I love your photography too, it is absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing, fab post! <3 xx

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  18. So cute, Korea is beautiful place, i want to visit Korea, dream...

  19. Ohh I would love to visit
    Korea one day.

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  20. Oh it's really interesting! Thank you for such a wonderful post!!

  21. That place looks so beautiful! I would love to visit it when I go to korea!

  22. hi beautiful, ive been to korea before but not enough time to visit this place tho. done follow u, lets follow me back and share each other stories!! :)

  23. will definitely go there when I visit korea, I have seen the places from Devilish Joy drama haha, 💕💕

  24. This place looks amazing! I plan to visit Korea soon (hopefully!) and this place will definitely be on my list. Great post!
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