Korea National Arboretum

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South Korea - Gyeonggi-Do - Pocheon-Si

Institution Code: KNKA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Aerial view of the Korea National Arboretum
Aerial view of the Korea National Arboretum

About the Korea National Arboretum

The Korea National Arboretum (KNA) was originally known as ‘Gwangneung Arboretum’ (1987-1999) and is situated within the pristine Gwangneung Forest (between, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (2010) which has been preserved for more than 540 years since 1468. It was designated as a national arboretum on May 24, 1999 and is the nation’s top forest biology research institute.

Strongly research-oriented, the KNA focuses on the conservation and development of plant biological resources, while aiming to enhance the public’s understanding of forest ecosystems through various educational programs operated at the arboretum. In addition to its 15 thematic gardens and Forest Museum, there are several key research facilities at the KNA such as the Korea National Herbarium, the Seed Bank, and the Tropical Plants Resources Research Center.

Extending over an area of 1,123 ha (Gwangneung Forest - 2,420 ha), the KNA is home to 6,855 plant species and 4,313 insect and animal species.

The KNA aims to conserve and develop plant resources through research, and to enhance the public's understanding of the importance of forests :
- Develop our regional reference collections and increase their accessibility
- Conduct research in systematics, biological interactions,
genetic resource conservation and horticulture
- Support the conservation and sustainable use of plant resources in Korea and other countries
- Raise public awareness of the value of forests and nature
- Conserve biodiversity 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
URL: www.forest.go.kr/kna/
Primary Email: kna1999@korea.kr

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, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 11186
  • Locality: City: Pocheon-si
  • Locality: State: Gyeonggi Province

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.), Conifers (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