It’s finally that time of year again - spring! The weather is nice out, the sky is clear, and the sun is shining. What marks the beginning of the season the most in Korea is the long awaited and short lived cherry blossoms blooming. I live next to a main street lined with these amazingly beautiful trees. Walking to work these days has been very peaceful and relaxing due to the sight and smell of cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossom forecast date predictions occur about a month before its time for them to bloom. Depending upon which area you are living in, the time frame to enjoy the cherry blossoms is slightly different. Unusually, the time to see cherry blossoms when they are the most enchanting is in early April. Being informed about when the expected cherry blossom season occurs in advance is a must, so that one can plan accordingly considering the experience only last about two weeks. Only two weeks. Sad. I know. Still, these two weeks are when traveling around Korea on fun weekend adventures will result in the best photos that you can show off with.
The following are five locations around Korea that offer the best cherry blossom festival experiences. Enjoy!
Yeouido Hangang Park
The park is located in Yeouido, Seoul and is known for being the most popular cherry blossom festival in Seoul. It’s popularity is due to its location along the Han River and the 1,800+ cherry blossom trees. The festival is held on Yeouiseo-ro Road. Warning. It gets very crowded.
Address: 1-47 Yeoui-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seokchon Lake Park
Seokchon Lake Park is located in Jamsil Songpa, Seoul. The park’s lake is next to Lotte World Amusement park, Lotte Sky Tower, and Lotte department store. There are a lot things to do in this area, so one can easily experience many things in one day in this area. The park surrounds the lake that the outdoor portion of Lotte World Adventures is built on. The festival here as live music, movie screenings and cherry blossom shows.
Address: 05608 136 Samhaksa-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Hwagae Jangteo Market
This cherry blossom festival location in Hadong offers many delicious experiences. Since it is a market it is the perfect place to enjoy many traditional street foods. There are many souvenir shops, too. Moreover, this festival is famous for its ‘10-ri Cherry Blossom Road’, which is also known as the ‘Marriage Road’. There is a legend surrounding this road that states any couple that walks down this road will eventually marry. Do you have anyone in mind that you’d like to walk down the breathtaking, cherry blossom draped Marriage Road with?
Address: 51-1 Tap-ri, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Do you like riding a bike? The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Race is held every April and Bomun Lake has one of the tracks for the event. The lake is a large artificial lake located in Gyeongju. There area was designed to attract tourist. One can rent a bike to enjoy the area. Also, there are duck boat rentals for friends or a date.
Address: 446, Bomun-ro, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
This beautiful mountain is located in Daegu. Palgongsan Mountain is known for ‘Gatbawi’ - a famous statue of Buddha. The Palgongsan Natural Park is an ideal location to enjoy cherry blossoms and a nice hike. The park is carpeted with azaleas.
Address: 3 Dongsan-ri, Bugye-myeon, Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.