KOREAN TRIP: DAY 10 -GARDEN OF MORNING CALM, GOPYEONG & HAIKU ECHOES 144
The very minute one steps into this Garden, it’s love at first sight. There was this lingering emotion as if your soul mate meet you face to face, after aeons of absence, with euphoric flashbacks. Prof.Han Sang-Kyung planned this horticulture Eden in 1996, and named it, Garden of Morning Calm. He was inspired by reading a poem (“Land of Morning Calm”) by Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate for Literature 1913. I could not find that poem after searching more than 260 of his cited poetry in the web. We arrived there in the cool calm afternoon, with rare regrets in my life. This is the garden, with its inspiring fresh air, connects all visitors together; there’s no religion, politics and the agonies of outside world. One enters an internal peaceful world, where there is balance and harmony.
This is the garden with area of 30,000 sq. m , located in majestic Gapyeong county.
I penned these words for my Haiku/Senryu: Echoes 144:
calm and cool garden
lost in an enchanted world
found enriched fresh souls
It was getting dark; many exit paths were blocked. We managed to find our exit. Our van was waiting outside, but instead of taking us back to hotel, we requested him to drop us a Myun Oak at Sinsa-dong for our delicious beef ribs. The dinner cost us 70,000 KRW.