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Quick Guide on Where to See Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

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 the spring.

If you’re one of them and want to do the same, here’s where you can see the cherry blossoms in South Korea:

 

1. Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

Best time to visit: Early April

Yeouido Park Cherry Blossom

Priding itself as one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing events in Seoul, the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival showcases around 1,400 cherry blossom trees in full bloom 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 bit hungry—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 with the blooms as your background.

  • Location: Yeouiseo-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
  • How to get there: Take Seoul Subway Metro Line 9 to National Assembly Station (국회의사당역). It’s a five-minute walk to get to the festival. If it is too crowded, you can also alight at Dansan Station (당산역) or Yeouido Station (여의도역).

 

2. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival

Best time to visit: Late March to early April

Jeju Island Cherry Blossom

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 two to three days, so make sure to head on over to Seogwipo’s downtown area and Jeju Sports Complex so you don’t miss it!

  • Location: Jeonnong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • How to get there: From Jeju International Airport, take a bus to Seogwipo. It would take you 80 minutes to get here. The bus fare is KRW5,500.

 

3. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Best time to visit: Early to mid-April

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom

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.

  • Location: 148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • How to get there: Alight at Jamsil Station (잠실역) on Seoul Subway Metro Line 2 and walk towards Lake Seokchon. You can also take the subway to Seokchon Park Station.

 

4. Nami Island, Chuncheon

Best time to visit: Early to mid-April

Nami Island Cherry Blossom

Sure, Nami Island is popular because of “Winter Sonata,” but this doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the view of the lovely cherry blossoms when it’s springtime.

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!

  • Location: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
  • How to get there: Take the Metro to Yongsan Station. From Yongsan Station, take the ITX train to Gapyeong Station (60 minutes). From Gapyeong Station, take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to Nami Island Station, where you’ll walk for two minutes to get to Gapyeong Wharf. From Gapyeong Wharf, you can then take the ferry (or zipline!) to Nami Island.

Make the most of your visit to South Korea and explore Nami Island, Petit France, and Garden of Morning Calm in one day. Go the hassle-free route by booking this whole-day tour.

5. Seoul Forest

Best time to visit: Early April

Seoul Forest Public Park Cherry Blossom

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 KRW1,000.

  • Location: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
  • How to get there: To get to Seoul Forest, take the Seoul Subway Line 2, Ttukseom Station, exit 8, or Bundang Line, Seoul Forest Station, exit 3.

If you’re looking to indulge in more of South Korea’s gorgeous outdoors, book a tour from Seoul and take part in the Bucheon Wonmisan Azalea Festival, have a picnic at Ilsan Lake Park, and pick fresh strawberries from a local farm. You’ll feel refreshed after the tour!

6. Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival

Best time to visit: Late March to early April

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom

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 springtime, the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival is also intended to commemorate naval hero Admiral Lee Sun-Shin and celebrate his life and victories.

Watch out for the entertaining parade performed by the Jinhae Military Marching Band.

  • Location: 9 Tongsin-dong, Jinhae, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to get there: Travel time from Seoul to Jinhae is around four to five hours by bus. A one-way ticket for the Intercity bus from Seoul to Busan costs KRW20,900 for a normal bus and KRW30,700 for a premium bus. From the terminal, you can walk or ride a taxi to the festival at the Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection.

7. Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival

Best time to visit: Early to mid-April

Gyeongpodae Pavilion Cherry Blossom

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 along 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!

  • Location: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • How to get there: Take Seoul subway line 2, exit 4 so you can reach the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. From the terminal, take the bus into Gangneung for three hours. The bus fare is KRW17,000.

Want to feel even more in tune with nature? Book this one-day tour of Gyeongpo Lake. After enjoying the breathtaking sights from the cherry blossom festival, get to see and interact with dozens of sheep at Daegwalyeong Sheep Ranch!

8. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival & Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon

Best time to visit: Early to mid-April

Cherry Blossom at Bomun Lake Park Gyeongju City

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 42km 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, too.

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!

  • Location: 593, Gyeonggam-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 경주시 경감로 593)
    Heliport next to Bodeok-dong Community Service Center (starting point).
  • How to get there: From Busan’s Central Bus Terminal, take bus No. 100 or 150 and alight at front of Bomun Maeun-tang Bus Stop. Walk for eight minutes until you reach Bodeok-dong Citizen’s Center.

 

Before you start exploring, fuel up and indulge in some mouth-watering Korean street food

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