The Hongneung Experimental Forest is located at the southwestern foot of Mt. Cheonjang (elevation : 141 m a.s.l.), east of Seoul. In the past, the grave for Empress Myeongseong was located in the forest (The grave was moved to another region in 1919). The name of the Experimental Forest originated from the name of the grave, Hongneung (‘Neung’ means a grave in Korean). In 1922, Korea’s first arboretum was established in the forest with the foundation of the Forestry Experiment Station, the former of NIFoS. Currently, the arboretum holds a total of 2,035 plant species (1,224 woody plant species and 811 herbaceous plant species). During the weekdays, the forest is opened to the students for educational purposes. Since 1993, the forest has been opened to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, to increase people’s understanding of the importance of trees and forests.
01 Performing research projects
02 Providing ecological and environmental education programs
03 Establishing the information system for an efficient management of the forest
04 Maintaining the stabilization of urban environment
05 Establishing the database of trees in the arboretum
06 Monitoring the change of biodiversity in the urban forest