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Korea National Arboretum

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South Korea - Gyeonggi-Do - Pocheon-Si

Institution Code: KNKA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Bird view of Korea National Arboretum
Bird view of Korea National Arboretum

About the Korea National Arboretum

Korea National Arboretum (KNA) is situated in Gwangneung forest, between Namyangju-si and Pocheon-si, in Gyeonggi province. Gwangneung was a royal forest, which surrounded a mausoleum of King Sejo of Chosun dynasty. Thus, over the last 500 years it has been strictly managed in order to minimize human disturbance.

The Gwangneung arboretum, which belongs to the Korea Forest Research Institute, was established in 1987 and has been open to the public since then. In May 24. 1999, it became the Korea National Arboretum. In KNA, there are 15 specilaized plant gardens, forest museum, forest zoo, herbarium and seed bank.

The missions of Arboretum are to conserve and develop plant resources through comprehensive research, and to promote the public's understanding of the forests.

The methods to carry out our missions are as follow:
To develop our regional reference collections and make them more
accessible to a large number of users.
To conduct research in systematics, biological
interactions, conservation gene resource and horticulture.
To support the conservation and sustainable use of plant
resources in Korea and abroad.
To inform the wider public the importance of forest and nature for human being.
To conserve the bio-diversity in Gwangneung forest.

Main Address:
Korea National Arboretum
415 Gwangneungsoomokwon-ro
Gyeonggi-Do 11186 South Korea

Telephone: 82-31-540-2000
Fax: 82-31-540-1088
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Lee, You Mi
    Curator's Name: Oh, Seung Hwan
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Yoon, Jung Won
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 17
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 34
    Administration Staff Number: 24

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1987
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 1124 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 102 Hectares
  • Total Area: 2240 Hectares
    Latitude: 37.7500
    Longitude: 127.1666
    Annual Rainfall: 1245 mm
    Altitude: 100.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: * Useful Plant Resources Center * DMZ Botanic Garden
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Korea National Arboretum
  • Local Address: 415, Gwangneungsoomokkwon-ro, Souheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyenggi-do, Korea
  • Locality: City: Pocheon-si
  • Locality: State: Gyenggi-do

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1300000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 102
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 350000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 200000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 6344
  • Special Collections:16 gardens and collections including 3,344 native and introduced plants : Conifers, deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, aquatics, bog plants, climbers, herbs, ornamentals, alpines, medicinal plants.7 collections, including Paeonia(196 cv.), Hibiscus(120 cv.), Conifer(135 spp. and cv.), Frens(96 taxa), Umbelliferae(67 taxa), Medicinal and Edibl plants.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: Yes
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes