What do Korean dramas like “Lie to Me”, “A Gentleman’s Dignity”, and “Orange Marmalade” all have in common? They have beautiful scenes shot with cherry blossoms blooming in the background! This is one of the reasons why K-Drama fans flock to Korea during spring.
If you’re one of them and want to do the same – then here’s where you can see the cherry blossoms in South Korea.
Check out this map guide to the best places to see the cherry blossoms.
Priding itself as one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Seoul, the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival offers around 1,400 cherry blossom trees in full bloom when you visit them on the island of Yeouido on the Han River.
Known as the biggest cherry blossom festival in Korea, you don’t even have to travel outside of Seoul just to get here. The best part? It has several food vendors available, so just grab a bite here when you get a little bit peckish – no need to view those lovely flowers on an empty tummy!
And to make the experience more exciting, rent a hanbok and have awesome selfies and wefies with the blooms as your background.
If you’re going to be in Korea earlier than expected, don’t fret. You can still view cherry blossoms on the country’s island located on the far south: Jeju Island.
Here, you’ll be blessed with the best views of the King Cherry Blossom Trees – a special kind of tree which has the largest petals of all the cherry trees. Its blooming period is only for 2-3 days, so make sure to head on over to Seogwipo’s downtown area and Jeju Sports Complex so you can’t miss it!
For Lotte World fanatics and theme park enthusiasts, here’s good news for you. You can actually head on over to Lotte World and view cherry blossom trees the same day!
Located in Eastern Seoul, the romantic cherry blossom trees together with the theme park’s exciting roller coaster rides in the background make for a romantic shot.
Sure, Nami Island is popular because of the Winter Sonata drama, but this doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the view of the lovely cherry blossoms when it’s spring time.
Once you and your special someone are done with enjoying the view, you can also tour the half-moon-shaped island by visiting the theme park, roller skating rink, and shooting range: there’s an activity for everyone!
The Seoul Forest is one of the lesser known areas when it comes to viewing cherry blossoms. Here, you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy the view, so why not bring a picnic mat and some snacks!
You can also spend a few hours at the Seoul Forest with a book in hand. There’s also an Ecology Forest nearby where you can feed the deer for just 1,000 won.
This 10-day festival attracts over two million visitors per year – making it one of Korea’s most famous festivals where locals and tourists alike can view the beauty of the cherry blossom trees.
Aside from the 300,000 cherry blossom trees expected to bloom every spring time, the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival is also intended to commemorate Admiral Lee Sun-Shin, a naval hero, and to celebrate his life and victories.
Watch out for the entertaining parade performed by the Jinhae Military Marching Band.
If you’re headed to South Korea to check out both the cherry blossoms and their beautiful beaches, then head on over to Gyeongpo in Gangneung, Gangwon.
Located on the country’s east coast, this relaxing oasis allows you to enjoy the sun, the sea, and the spectacular cherry blossom trees at the height of their blossoming season – make sure you’re at the center of the Gyeongpodae Pavilion for the best views!
What if I told you that you can enjoy the cherry blossom trees while running a marathon at the same time? If you can run 42-km and want to take in the flowers, then sign up for the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon! There are half-course and 10-km course runs available.
If you’re not a fan of marathons, you can also use this extra opportunity to explore Gyeongju’s offerings: cherry-lined sidewalks, traditional houses, ancient tombs and the world-famous Seokguram Grotto are waiting for you!
Before you start exploring, fuel up and indulge in some mouth-watering Korean street food!
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