Korea Native Plants

About this Exhibition

Korea’s exhibition will be organized by the Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators along with the Korea National Arboretum. A call for entries for the Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition in Korea is now posted on the Korea National Arboretum (KNA) website (www.kna.go.kr). Submission is open to all artists living in Korea, and the deadline is October 13 - 17, 2017, with artists being notified on October 31, 2017. Several awards will be given, including MAFRA Minister’s Award, KFS Minister’s Award, and KNA Director General’s Award. After the exhibition is on view at the Korea National Arboretum from May 18, 2018 - end of June, 2018, it will tour around the country at various botanical gardens.


This delicate slipper orchid is very rare in Korea, amounting to about 200 plants in the wild, and is listed on Appendix II of CITES. The artist, Jee-Yeon Koo, as principal director for the national project to illustrate rare and endangered Korean plants, has painted many rare Korean plants, including this Cypripedium. It appeared in a 1794 engraving in Icones Plantarum Japonicarum, authored by Carl Thunberg.

Cypripedium japonicum, watercolor on paper, ©Jee-Yeon Koo

Cover image of the KSBI 10th Anniversary Catalog


Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators and Korea National Arboretum

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Steering Committee

Jee-Yeon Koo
CSeung-hwan Oh, Ph.D.

exhibition Venue

Korea National Arboretum

Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo

Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo


Korea National Arboretum, 415, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do


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