Bonsai in Korea
Bonsai spread to Korea during the Tang or Song Dynasty (7th - 13th century). Korean Bunjae cultivators tend to focus on using native species namely pines, juniper, hornbeam, zelkova, azaleas and painted maples. Small leafed trees are preferred because leaves stay in proportion to the tree trunk.
The Korea Bonsai Association
The korea Bonsai Association is composed of members of independent co-operative spirit to make a better potted plant business striving for the member's economic success. Moreover, the goal of our association is to spread potted plant production technology to our national agriculture industry to increase farming and fishing communities' income and modernize the growing of potted plants. Much of this site is in Korean and lists Bonsai growers, Pot & tool suppliers all across Korea.
ADDRESS: 84-23, Poongsan-dong, Hanam City, Kyonggi, Korea. TEL: 82-347-794-5082 FAX: 82-347-794-5101
Achim Goyo Arboretum (Morning Calm) - near Seoul
The arboretum is composed of 10 theme-based gardens. The first garden you see when you enter the arboretum is the Korea Garden. Jar stands and greenery fill this area feels like the backyard of someone’s house. The next garden is the Wild Flower Garden, which has a collection of various Korea wild flowers, and then the Bunjae Garden, which has potted plants grown into works of art.
Korean Bunjae Museum - Yangjae neighborhood of Seoul
A place to observe bunjae in its finest display is the Korean Bunjae Museum, located in the Yangjae neighborhood of Seoul. Upon opening the front door, you taste the humid warm air, so rich and sweaty; that green moss grows on the indoor stonework in midwinter, Weathered wood planks and beams support the vinyl rooftop and pebble lined paths weave through the hundreds of Bunjae trees. Some on display are over 200 years old and there are many smaller trees on sale, perfect for the beginner to try the hobby.
Sun You Bonsai Nursery - near Seoul
With more than 24 years experience in the bonsai industry, Sun You Bonsai Nursery has been a reliable source of pre and finished bonsai. We also have a wide variety of ceramic pot, bonsai tools and bonsai accessories for our customers in overseas countries. Sun You Bonsai Nursery last year exported 240,000 dollars worth of Bonsai materials.
ADDRESS: 339-1 Ohkeum-Dong, Deukyang-Ku, Koyang-City, Kyungki-Do.
TEL: 82-2-381-2226 FAX: 82-2-381-7356 Mobile: 011-306-2226
More Information about Bonsai in Korea
additional information, links and experiences, many links in Korean
The Spirited Garden - Jeju Island
also known as Bunjae Artpia (Bonsai Art Park)
The art of Bonsai which is called Bunjae and Punjae in Korean, was introduced to Korea from China over 700 years ago. The Bunjae Artpia is the dream of Mr Bum Young Sung who did the planning and construction. The collection consists of approximately 2,000 Bonsai of about 100 species which are displayed in a beautiful garden and indoor displays. The Spirited Garden is where the finest examples of nature's beauty exists in harmony and offers unsurpassed opportunity to relax and commune with nature.
I am told that there are 2 permanent Bonsai displays on Cheju Is and many Bonsai shops along the road sides selling Bonsai.
Yeomiji Botanical Garden
Chungmun Tourism Complex - Jeju Island
Yeomiji Botanical Garden located in Chungmun Tourist Complex is a spacious greenhouse in which 2,000 varieties of flowering plants and trees as well as over 1,700 kinds of semi-tropical floras are growing.
Suseok, 奇石.水石.수석 , Suiseki, Qishi
Korea is abundant in Suseok resources as it has many mountains, valleys, rivers and streams, long coastlines. Suseok means natural rock of ornamental and antiquarian value which is shaped after being washed by water for a long time. Yongduk Suseok are very famous among stone collectors throughout the country, for they have unusual figures abraded along many streams including Oshipchon, Songchon, and Dokeichon River.
Hee Won Korean Garden, Ho-Am Art Museum
Yongin-si, Kyonggi Province
Korean garden in the grounds of the Ho-Am Art Museum was completed after 4 years of long preparation period and was made to show the elegance of the korean garden's beauty, which is rarely found now days. Through their long history, Korean gardens served the desire of the Koreans to bring into their daily lives the pure beauty of nature, Hee Won revives the unique aestheticism of a traditional Korean garden in its every detail. With various architectural elements such as stone terraces, pleasure pavilions, ponds and enclosures, the garden creates a refreshing space of aesthetic contemplation, a meticulous work of architectural structures blending into the surrounding landscape. The garden is furnished with a number of antique stone objects collected by the Ho-Am Art Museum over many years sculptured by nameless masons of centuries ago, the stone pagodas, Buddhists status, guardian images, lanterns and water basins have been tactfully placed to constitute a fascinating features of the garden. Note Closed Mondays
Korean Folk Village - Su won
The Korean Folk Village just outside Su won offers a unique glimpse into Korea's past. Here in the village you will find farm houses, residences of the nobility and other old-style buildings, a functioning community of potters, millers, weavers, blacksmiths, pipe makers, and other craftsmen continue to work as their ancestors did. You can buy traditional Korean handicrafts, and the restaurants serve regional food and drinks. Folk dances, musical performances, and traditional ceremonies such as weddings are put on in the village's small amphitheater. This is worth visiting of you get time, it will take all day to see it all.
Location: Su won - Buses every 20 minutes from Seoul
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00 (Dec.-Feb.), 09:00-18:00 (Mar.-Nov.); admission fee: W3,600.
Asian Longhorn Beetles
Warning for tree importers
Asian Longhorn Beetles and Larvae have been found on Bonsai trees that were imported from China and shipped to L.A. The native range of these pests include Japan, Korea and China, anyone with a tree imported from China should check it and all yard trees for big exit holes as the beetles are emerging now (April). Trees favored as food by the Long-horned beetle include - poplar, willow, elm, locust, mulberry, orange, tangerine, pear, apple, ficus, sycamore, lychee, Japanese cedar, beech, maple, crepe myrtle, walnut, oak, catalpa and cherry. For further information click on the link
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