Thank you for visiting Chollipo Arboretum Foundation’s website.

Chollipo Arboretum Foundation is Korea's first private arboretum located on the coast of Chollipo, northwest on the Taean peninsula, Chungcheongnam-do. After the Korean War, Dr. Carl Ferris Miller (Byung Gal Min), the founder of the arboretum purchased 150 acres on the coast of Chollipo and transformed the area into one of the greatest arboretums in Korea with over 16,000 different kinds of plants and trees.

Dr. Miller truly loved Korea and became the first American to become a naturalized citizen. He laid the foundation for on-going academic research, most notably in the gathering of magnolia and native holly trees from not only Korea but throughout the world. His tremendous contribution to botany is universally recognized, applauded and praised on a global scale.

It is our aim to not only preserve the founder's philosophy, but we are asking for your support in maintaining the arboretum's reputation as a "world-class aboretum."

Thank you

John A. Linton, MD, PhD (Yohan Ihn)
Chairman of the Board,
Chollipo Arboretum

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website. Chollipo is Korea’s most scenic arboretum and one of Taean’s top tourist attractions. It has an idyllic location at the tip of Taean Peninsula overlooking Chollipo beach, the Yellow Sea and the picturesque islets of Uldo and Daegadeokdo. Thanks to the temperate climate of the area, Chollipo Arboretum is home to a diverse range of Korean plants as well as species from 60 countries across the world.

Chollipo Arboretum is internationally renowned for its extensive collections of magnolia, holly, camellia, maple, and Rose of Sharon. It was honorably selected as ‘Arboretum Distinguished for Merit’ by the International Dendrology Society in 2000, the first in Asia to be recognized.

Chollipo Arboretum began in 1962 when naturalized Korean, Dr. MIN Pyong-gal (Carl Ferris Miller) from the United States, purchased one hectare of land. From the early 1970s, he began cultivating the Arboretum on the once barren land. Dr. MIN Pyong-gal spent more than half of his life devoted to developing Chollipo Arboretum. Via plant exchanges with 315 botanical institutions from 36 countries and additional land purchases over the years, Chollipo Arboretum underwent a significant expansion. Today, it is 60 hectares in size and home to more than 16,900 different varieties of trees and shrubs, as well as herbaceous species.

We are dedicated to conserving plant diversity and to training people in botanic garden management through the Forest Plant Resources Management Facility, Consortium of Korea Biodiversity and Sustainable Use, Professional Arborist Training Program and Forest Interpreter’s Training Program.

The staff at Chollipo Arboretum will do its best to conserve and improve on the legacy of the late Dr. MIN Pyong-gal. We will follow the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation along with our mission and long-term development plan to be the leader in the field. Please enjoy Chollipo Arboretum and thank you for your interest and support.

KIM Yong-Shik, Ph.D., FLS
Director of Chollipo Arboretum Foundation


  • Awarded the Grand Prize in the Geumgang Environment Prize


  • Garden Tourism of the Year Award from International Garden Tourism Network Korean branch, Designated Science Museum for Natural History


  • - Forestry Ecological Education Center (Glass Greenhouse) opened
  • - Forestry Education and Promotion Center opened
  • - Designated as a biodiversity management organization (by Ministry of Environment)
  • - awarded the 22nd Chosun Ilbo Environmental Award


  • - Designated as Forest Bio-Resource Management Agency
  • - Designated as Forest Expert Training Training Institution
  • - Designated as Forest Education Center


  • - Selected as The Guinness’ 28 tourist attractions of Korea
  • - The 99 Korean Tourist Destination, the Min Pyong-gal Memorial Opening,
  • - Established The Min Pyong-gal Symposium and the Memorial Activity Foundation
  • - Late Min Pyong-gal Bust unveiling ceremony


  • The creation of founder's structure


  • Designated as R-20 Tourist Attraction by Korea Rural Corporation


  • Certified ‘Professional Arborist Training Course’
  • Miller Garden opened to Public


  • Ecology Education Center was opened


  • Designated as "Habitat and Preservation Agency" by Ministry of Environment


  • - Dr Min Pyong-gal, Founder of the Arboretum was awarded "Gold Tower Industrial Order"
  • - Min Pyong-gal deceased


  • Started the Arboretum Experts Training Program


  • Selected as “Arboretum Distinguished for Merit” by International Dendrology Society (IDS)


  • - Host of International Dendrology Society General Assembly
  • - Host of Holly Society of America General Assembly
  • - Chollipo Arboretum Supporters’ Association established


  • Host of International Magnolia Society General Assembly


  • Became a public-service corporation


  • Became a non-profit foundation


  • Construction of the arboretum started


  • 1 hectare of land on the seaside of Chollipo purchased


  • Born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA


  • Arrived to Korea as the U.S. Intelligence Officer of 24th Corps of the US Army


  • The site of Chollipo Arboretum purchased


  • Chollipo Arboretum started


  • Receive a plaque of Appreciation


  • Naturalized as a Korean citizen with a Korean name Min Pyong-gal


  • Ilex x wandoensis C.F. Miller registered


  • Awarded Medal from Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)


  • Achievement Award from International Magnolia Society (MS)


  • Awarded The Ministry of Environment Prize


  • Awarded Korea-US Friendship Association Prize


  • Awarded International Dendrology Society (IDS)


  • Achievement Award from Holly Society of America (HSA)


  • Gold Tower Order of Merit (awarded by the president)


  • Deceased at the age of 81


  • Tribute portrait at the ‘Forestry Hall of Fame’

Chollipo Arboretum, as a legacy of MIN Pyong-gal, seeks to collect and preserve plants from Korea and around the world to create a beautiful garden. By continuing efforts to research plants and educate the public, Chollipo Arboretum aims to teach a love of nature and to provide a place for creative inspiration and happiness.

  • To lead the promotion and expansion of gardening culture in Korea and to improve the image of Chollipo Arboretum as the central place for Korean gardening culture
  • To be the most beautiful arboretum in the world through exhibition techniques that preserve the unique natural beauty of Korea
  • To collect plant species from home and abroad to secure species diversity and expand special genera
  • To develop and promote advanced cultivation technology and improve the research ability of professionals working at Chollipo Arboretum
  • To diversify programs at the MIN Pyong-gal Garden School and to promote the founder’s legacy and values
  • To be self-sufficient through efficient and systematic management
  • To strengthen exchanges with domestic and foreign institutions