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Cherry Blossoms Everywhere:The 5 Best Festival Locations in Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

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!

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Tags: life in Korea, things to do in seoul, cherry blossoms, leisure, nature in Korea, parks, Korean culture, korea spring, Spring, outdoors, outdoor activities

Five Fun Spring Activities To Do In Seoul 

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 05:54 PM

Spring is my absolute favorite season in Korea. What is there not to love about the sweet smell of cherry blossoms and the return of warm weather!   It is during this time that Korea, comes alive and people are able to enjoy festivals like Tulips in Taean, Cherry Blossoms in Yeouido and strawberries in Nonsan. While these are all great festivals I highly recommend attending during your time teaching in Korea, as a current Seoul resident I wanted to provide you with my five favorite Spring activities in Korea's capital city. 

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Tags: Spring, Spring Time, seoul daytrip, things to do in seoul, teaching in seoul, Biking in Seoul, hiking in seoul, Olympic Park, Seokchon Lake, Namsan Mountain

How to Embrace Spring While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Spring is a popular season in Korea. Plenty of tourists travel to North East Asia to view the Cherry Blossoms, which bloom in Korea and Japan during the month of April. The season begins in March and ends around May,  as the temperatures warm up for Summer in June. Spring is also a season for harvesting. It is common to see countryside farmers planting rice and potatoes, as well as sowing seeds and pruning trees.  In this blog I will offer a variety of ways you and your friends can enjoy the comfortable spring weather while living and teaching in Korea.

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Tags: Spring, Spring Time, korea bucket list, korea spring, cherry blossoms, outdoor activities, Recreational activities, outdoors, hiking in korea, Cafes, patbingsu, Festivals in Korea, parks in Korea, picnics in South Korea

Celebrating Spring in Korea: From Strawberry Picking to the Holi Hai Festival

Posted on Sat, Apr 09, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

 

Spring has finally arrived in Korea and with that comes the opportunity to try some fun outdoor activities.  This blog will focus on a recent weekend trip I just had where I got to partake in many popular springtime activities in Korea.  I had a blast doing all these activities and I highly recommend you do them as well during your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: Spring, Spring Time

Top 5 Korean Festivals To Experience in the Spring

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 04:45 PM

Spring is just around the corner! I look forward to the blooming cherry blossoms, blue skies and delicious strawberries everywhere! Korea is a popular travel destination during the months of April and May, because of the great weather and stunning Spring atmosphere. The scenery is magnificent, from the Canola flowers growing inside Mt. Hallasan's crater to the perfectly pictured Yeoido Cherry Blossom trees. Korea really is superb during this season and there are a lot of festivals to celebrate the arrival of Spring in Korea! 

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Tags: Korean countryside, Korean culture, things to do in Korea, festivals, Spring, outdoor activities, cultural activities, teach and travel,, Spring Time, weekend travel, adventure

Travel to 3 secret, beautiful locations in South Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 10:17 PM

If you're just paying attention to American media, you don't hear too much about South Korea beyond conflicts with North Korea, but it's actually a very beautiful country. Interestingly, a few of the most beautiful places I've been in this country haven't gotten much recognition. Why? They probably simply haven't gotten their fifteen minutes of fame YET. So let's get that going. Let the first minute begin!

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Tags: Spring, things to do, Places to go

Korea Must-See: Cherry Blossoms in Springtime

Posted on Tue, Apr 08, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Springtime in Korea is without a doubt my favorite season. It's often far too short for my taste, but while it's here, it's wonderful. Green bits of grass are finally popping up, new leaves are sprouting on the trees, and the cherry blossoms are blooming in full force. To me, the cherry blossoms officially herald the beginning of sunny, warm days, and making time to see them is always on the top of my spring to-do list.

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Tags: parks in Korea, things to do before leaving korea, Spring, cherry blossoms, events in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Spring's Last Hurrah: A Wedding Day in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

While living and teaching in Korea these last three weeks, I've been invited to two Korean weddings. I was first invited as a plus one by a fellow English teacher, and my second invitation came from my Korean friend, but with the request to bring 1-2 other English speakers. This was so I wouldn't be completely without someone to talk to; the other wedding guests did not speak much English. My friend and I were met with open arms regardless of the language barrier however, because for Korean weddings, it's a sort of tradition that the more people who attend your wedding, the better luck you will have in your future.

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Tags: what to do in korea, celebrations in korea, couples, Spring, love, Activities to do in Korea, Weddings in Korea

Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

When I first got to Korea in May 2012, I was told that there were many things to see and do.  Having done many new things in Korea and thoroughly enjoying myself, I was really looking forward to was the Cherry Blossom Festival in Gyeongju, South Korea.  I was told that the Cherry Blossoms would be the thing to see come spring time.  I was so looking forward to this.  Initially, I thought of going with the popular organizers “Adventure Korea” but when I realized that Pohang International Church (PIC) would also be going for the day, I decided that I could wait a week and go with PIC.  I also decided to sign up for a marathon that would take place that weekend as well; a 5K (approximately 3.2 miles).  I was excited!

A friend went with Adventure Korea the weekend before I was set to got with PIC and it looked gorgeous.   Although it rained on that Saturday, the pictures she took on Sunday were incredible.  I was hoping for the same experience; bike riding along the lake with the beautiful scenery of dozens of cherry blossoms in the back drop.  That however, did not happen.

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Tags: Trips in Korea, Exercising in Korea, running in Korea, Spring, cherry blossoms, teaching in Korea

10 Ways to Enjoy Spring on the Han River in Seoul, Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months while teaching English in Korea.

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Tags: seoul, river, Han river, Spring, bike, picnic, relax, sunset, banpo bridge, lights, fountain, Activities to do in Korea

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