Located within Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA, I found this representation of Korean culture so beautiful and interesting on my recent visit that I decided to highlight it in a separate post.
Representing Korean culture and history, there’s no place else like it in the Western Hemisphere.
The bell depicts the Rose of Sharon (the national flower of Korea) and the Dogwood (the state flower of Virginia). It also contains images of the ten symbols of longevity; sun, mountain, water, cloud, stone, pine tree, white crane, turtle, mushroom of immortality and deer.
The Grand Pavilion, which supports the three ton bell, is made in the traditional way, without using nails, each piece fitting perfectly and snugly together.
Four jangseung, Korean totem poles, watch over the garden.
My children, studying the Korean and English alphabets.
You can learn a lot more about the garden from the Korean American Cultural Committee Website and Fairfax County, VA. This garden is included in admission to Meadowlark, and is well worth a visit if you’re in the Washington, D.C. area.