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Cooperation project between the Korea National Arboretum and the Munich Botanical Garden

The Korea National Arboretum is situated in Gwangneung forest in Gyeonggi province. Gwangneung is an ancient royal forest that surrounds the mausoleum of King Sejo of the Chosun dynasty. The Arboretum has benefited from these beginnings under royal protection as this led to a strict management over the last 500 years.

The Gwangneung Arboretum, which belongs to the Korea Forest Research Institute, was established in 1987 and is open to the public. In 1999, it became the Korea National Arboretum (KNA). The Arboretum comprises 15 specialized garden areas, a forest museum, a forest zoo, a herbarium and a seed bank.

In 2005, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Munich Botanical Garden and the Korea National Arboretum. It comprises the following mutual goals:

Since 2003, Till Hägele from the Munich Botanical Garden has repeatedly visited KNA to give advice on the engineering of new glasshouses that are currently being constructed by the Korea National Arboretum.

In addition, Mrs. Hye-Young Jin, from the Korea National Arboretum, came to Munich in 2005 to improve her knowledge of tropical plant cultivation.

The new greenhouse complex is scheduled to open in September 2008. The following pictures show impressions of the new greenhouse complex.


The beginning of constructing a new greenhouse (2003)

The greenhouse skeleton (2006)

The almost completed new greenhouse (2007)

Inside the new greenhouse (2007)

Inside the new greenhouse (Dec 2012)

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