July photography hotspots: Famous sites for Jeju hydrangeas
Jeju changes color with every season and every new blossoming plant. But in July, the flower to be sure not to miss is the hydrangea. Here are some excellent spots to experience and photograph these lovely regional plants.
July photography hotspotsFamous sites for Jeju hydrangeasJeju changes color with every season and every new blossoming plant. But in July, the flower to be sure not to miss is the hydrangea. It starts out as a white flower, but ever so gradually turns from light blue to a purple-red. The blue color depends a lot on the chemistry of the soil the plant grows in. There are plenty of places to view hydrangea at this time of year, but we have a few spots to recommend to you as you take a pleasant summer drive around the island. Let’s make some cool summer memories — and some great photos — with the Jeju hydrangea as a main character.Like a fairy-tale forest with a secretBoromwatThis site is open all year round and offers visitors the chance to take in the healing embrace of nature. Each season a different plant springs forth naturally, like the buckwheat of spring and the purple carpet of lavender in the early summer. That sweet lavender aroma mixes with the fragrance of the hydrangea blossoms at Boromwat’s hydrangea path. On both sides a dense wall of hydrangeas grow — it’s so lush that it feels like you’ve entered your own personal secret space. Bees and butterflies feast on the sweet nectar of the flowers, and they are a delight to observe and photograph. This place has no admission or parking fees and is a natural treasure of attractive flowers and island vistas.BoromwatAddress2350-104 Beonyeong-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-siPhone010-7362-2345Hours10:00~18:00After camellia season comes the hydrangea!Camellia HillThis is the largest camellia arboretum in Asia and has a 30-year history on Jeju Island. At nearly 200,000 m2, there are some 500 different varieties of camellias from 80 countries that are lovingly grown and cared for here. However, when the camellias are no longer in bloom, the color and fragrance of the park’s hydrangeas take center stage. The arboretum’s “photo zone” is famous for the variety and vivaciousness of its natural backdrop. More recently, Camellia Hill has built a greenhouse behind its hydrangea path, so that exotic species of plants can grow in that more protected and rarified environment. From mid-June is a hydrangea festival that carries through into the month of July, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stroll among these blue flowers with your family or significant other.Camellia HillAddress166 Byeongak-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-siHours08:30~18:00Phone064-792-0088Fees Adults 8,000 won / Youth 6,000 won / Children 5,000 wonThese purple beauties welcome youJeju Hallim ParkHallim Park, which opened in 1971, is the site of pioneer spirit of its founder Song Bong-gyu, who have planted palm trees in 330,578㎡ of wilderness and turned it into haven of green. It has nine fantastic themes attracting more than 1 million domestic and foreign visitors every year. In the summertime, along a winding, exotic, palm-fringed path, over 1,000 blue and purple hydrangeas burst to life. This is the season to take in Hallim Park’s floral fantasy, as well as stepping across the road to Hyeopjae and Geumneung beaches, which you can enjoy with their extended summer hours through August.Hallim ParkAddress300 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-siPhone064-796-0001Hours08:30~19:00FeesAdults 11,000 won, youth 8,000 won, children 7,000 wonFramed by the beauty of Sanbangsan MountainSagye-ri Hydrangea RoadSnaking around Sanbangsan Mountain is a coastal road in Seogwipo that boasts some lovely spots to view and photograph Jeju hydrangea. Against the backdrop of the mountain, the heads of the hydrangea plants look like scoops of brightly colored, delicious pink and blue ice cream floating and bobbing in the wind. It’s a charming scene that will put a smile on a child’s face, or, for that matter, an adult’s face! The drive along this road is very pleasant, but please take care when parking the car on the shoulder of the road — this popular spot can get quite crowded with automobile and foot traffic. Nearby tourist attractions include the Yongmeori coast, Songaksan Dullegil trail, Hyeongjaeseom Islets, and much more. Top-notch cafes and restaurants also line the road, so there’s always something to enjoy by way of a meal or beverage. Give this spot a try!Sagye-ri Hydrangea RoadAddress(Sanbada ATV Entrance) 86 Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-siEnjoy the coastal views and flower huesGimnyeong-ri Hydrangea RoadNear the beach at Gimnyeong, east of Jeju City, is a hydrangea path that is long, lined with traditional Jeju stone fences, and framed with emerald ocean and wind turbines generating clean energy for the island and nation. From mid-June through July, this cheerful spot is a popular “photo zone” for visitors of all ages. The Gimnyeong Geotrail and Olle walking trail No. 20 are big draws, as is the Gimnyeong Wire Art Village. So in addition to the hydrangeas growing in abundance in the area, there’s plenty more to do and see — so put all of the above on your sightseeing itinerary!Gimnyeong-ri Hydrangea RoadAddress(Gimnyeong Church) 41 14-gil Gimnyeong-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
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