- Cherry Blossoms Overview
- 2016 Blooming Dates
- Seoul Region
- Gyeonggi Region
- Gangwan Region
- Chungcheong Region
- Gyeongsang Region
- Jeolla Region
- Jeju Region
Hooray – winter finally is over and we can all start enjoying the Korean outdoors again!
One of the most popular events that marks this changing of the seasons is the spectacular cherry blossom festival in Korea. In spring, there are many places all over Korea where you can go to see the cherry blossom. That’s great news–no matter where you are in Korea, you’re not too far away from seeing some cherry blossoms!
We’ve updated this page with info about where to see cherry blossoms in Korea in 2016. First we’ll give you a brief overview of the cherry blossom. Then we’ll tell you where you can go to see them. Pack your bags, book your train tickets, and get out your picnic blankets–it’s time to enjoy the festivities!
Cherry Blossoms in Korea Overview
The cherry blossom is usually associated with Japan, where it is known as sakura. In Korea, it is called beot-kkot (벗꽃). In fact most of the cherry trees in Korea are believed to be a slightly different species of tree than those in Japan. The Korean cherry tree, known as the ‘king cherry’ originated from Jeju Island, which is also the first place that the cherry blossom occurs in due to its slightly warmer climate.
The blossoming starts on Jeju Island in late March, but although some die-hard cherry blossom pilgrims might make the trip to Jeju to see the first blossoms of the year, it might be better to save your trip to Jeju for another time and experience one of the many cherry blossom festivals on the mainland instead.
2016 Blooming Dates for Cherry Blossoms in Korea
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Cherry Blossoms in Seoul Region
For those in the capital who wish to see cherry blossoms in Seoul in 2016, there are plenty of options! Here are some popular places and festivals to check out.
1. Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival
Korean: 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제
Dates: April 1 ~ 10, 2016
The most well-known cherry blossom festival in Seoul is the Yeouido Cherry Blossom festival. It is also known as the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. Thanks to the opening of the subway line 9 extension, this festival is more accessible than ever.
During the cherry blossom festival, you can see about 1,400 cherry trees in full bloom. There are street peformers food vendors, and many different exhibits. Enjoy tasty snacks or take a walk at the Han River as you admire the scenic beauty. Grab a date or friend, mark your calendar, and head out for a wonderful day!
To get there, take Seoul Subway Metro Line 9 to National Assembly Station (국회의사당역). If it is too crowded you may be directed to Dansan Station (당산역) or Yeouido Station (여의도역).
Address (English): Gukhoe-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Address (Korean): 서울특별시 영등포구 국회대로
2. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival (Jamsil)
Korean: 석촌호수 벚꽃축제
In the East of Seoul, Seokchon Lake is an easily accessible place to see the Korean cherry blossoms and take pictures of their reflections. As a bonus, the nearby Lotte World Mall can be used as an incentive to bring along any of your friends who are amusement part enthusiasts!
Head over to Jamsil Station (잠실역) on Seoul Subway Metro Line 2 and head over to Lake Seokchon.
Address (English): 148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Address (Korean): 서울특별시 송파구 잠실로 148
3. Cherry Blossoms at Kyunghee University
In the North of Seoul, Kyunghee University’s cherry blossoms are worth the trip. The mock medieval style university halls make a stylish backdrop to the white flower petals.
Take Seoul Subway Metro Line 1 or the Junang Line to Hoegi Station (회기역). This area is famous for it’s ‘Korean Pizza’ (해물파전), so grab a bite if you’re in the mood for a seafood pancake!
Address (English): 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Address (Korean): 서울특별시 동대문구 경희대로 26
4. Cherry Blossoms in Seoul Forest
In Korean: 서울숲
If you’re looking to avoid the busier areas, then Seoul Forest might be the spot for you! There is a good amount of space and you can move around in the park a bit more easily. Bring a mat and some snacks and you could have a lovely picnic under the cherry blossoms.
Address (English): 273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Address (Korean): 서울특별시 성동구 뚝섬로 273
5. Cherry Blossoms at Seoul Grand Park
In Korean: 서울대공원
The large lake in Seoul Grand Park has many cherry blossom trees surrounding it, and the site also has a zoo, an amusement park, and a modern art museum so there is something other than the Cherry Blossoms for you to enjoy after making the trip.
Address (English): 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Address (Korean): 경기도 과천시 대공원광장로 102 (막계동)
6. Cherry Blossoms at the Seoul Palaces
In Korean: 덕수궁, 창덕궁, 경복궁 , 창경궁, 운현궁
There are five grand palaces in Seoul, and they’re all great spots in Korea to see cherry blossoms! The five palace names are Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Unhyeongung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
For the budding photographer, the cherry blossoms are the perfect chance to visit one of Seoul’s palaces. Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung are excellent spots to take amazing photos. The best palace to see the cherry blossoms is the lesser known Changgyeonggung. Hidden away behind Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung palace is best reached by taking a bus or subway to Hyehwa station.
The Japanese planted cherry trees in Changgyeonggung palace during the period of Japanese rule, and as a result this palace has more of the trees than the other palaces in Seoul. The nearby Daehangno area is also a great place to eat or grab a coffee after seeing the cherry blossoms.
Cherry Blossoms in Gyeonggi Region
If you live on the outskirts of Seoul or you want to visit an area of Korea with less people, then check out the cherry blossoms in the Gyeonggi region. Gyeonngi surrounds almost the entire area of Seoul, so you should have plenty of places to see the blossoms. We’ll tell you about one spot you won’t want to miss!
1. Cherry Blossoms at Nami Island
In Korean: 남이섬
If you want a romantic spot to see the cherry blossoms in Korea in 2016, then Nami Island may be your spot! The island is covered by cherry blossoms in the spring, making it a great time to visit.
Nami is a famous attraction in Chuncheon, Gyeonggi that attracts tourists, couples, and Korean drama fans. One of the reasons for its fame is because of a scene from the drama Winter Sonata (겨울 연가 in Korean).
In addition to the cherry blossoms, you can also enjoy a theme park, shooting range, roller skating rink, and various water sports.
Nami fun fact: There are no telephone poles on the island! Instead of having the electrical wires in the air, they were run underground to make the island feel more natural.
Address (English): 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Address (Korean): 강원도 춘천시 남산면 남이섬길 1
Cherry Blossoms in Gangwon Region
The Gangwon province extends from Gyeonggi all the way to the east coast of Korea. It’s a mountainous region known for its ski resorts, hanu (Korean beef), and its beaches.
If you want a scenic and relaxing environment to see the cherry blossoms in Korea, then Gangwon may be the place for you!
1. Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival
In Korean: 경포대 벚꽃축제
Gyeongpo is a famous area of Gangneung, Gangwon. It is well-known for its beaches, lake, and various festivals. In April each year, it’s a great destination in Korea to see the cherry blossoms!
There are many pavilions in the Gyeongpo area, but you’ll want to head to the center of the Gyeongpodae Pavilion to see the blossoms. Check out flower exhibitions and cultural performances while enjoying the rural northeast part of Korea.
Address (English): 365 Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Address (Korean): 강원도 강릉시 경포로 365 (저동)
Cherry Blossoms in Chungcheong Region
Chungcheong is the province in the central part of Korea. Some popular cities you may have heard of are Daejeon, Chungju, and Cheonan.
If you are going to see the cherry blossoms in Chungcheong, then make sure to try some of the local delicacies such as clam shabu shabu, gul bap, and dori baengbaeng.
1. Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival in Jecheon
In Korean: 청풍호 벚꽃축제
Dates: April 8 – 10th, 2016
Swing by the Cheongpung Lake to see a variety of spring flowers. In additional to the cherry blossom, you can also see azalea, forsythia, and white cherry blossoms.
Relax and picnic by the lake, watch performances and exhibitions, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in the middle of the country.
To get here, you can take a bus to the Jecheon Intercity bus terminal. It’s only a hop, skip, and a jump from there! Visit the festival homepage here for more information in Korean.
Cherry Blossoms in Gyeongsang Region
Gyeongsang has some of the most famous cities in Korea, including Busan, Daegu, and Ulsan. The region is in the most southeastern area of Korea, and is famous for its seafood and beaches.
These days, it’s also gaining popularity for having some of the best areas for seeing cherry blossoms in Korea. The cherry trees in this region tend to bloom earlier than in the northern part of the country, so make sure you plan accordingly!
1. Cherry Blossoms at the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival
In Korean: 진해군항제
Dates: April 1 ~ 10, 2016
One of the most famous places to see the cherry blossoms in Korea is the small city of Jinhae on Korea’s south coast. Otherwise known for its Naval Academy, once a year, in the first week of April, Jinhae plays host to thousands of tourists all coming to see the cherry blossoms.
During this time the naval base, usually restricted, is opened to the public and you can learn about Admiral Lee Sun-Shin and see a replica of one of his famous Turtle Ships. The city also puts on many cultural events and opens a special market.
But the main attraction is of course the white and soft pink petals that people have traveled from around the country to see. The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is held at the Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection. In addition to the cherry blossoms, you can also see art and cultural performances or visit the Paldo Pungmul Market.
To get to the festival, from outside of Jinhae, head to Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal. You can walk or taxi from the terminal to the festival at the Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection. Find out detailed information about the festival in Korean here.
Address (English): Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Address (Korean): 경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동
2. Cherry Blossoms in Gyeongju
If you miss your chance in Jinhae, then you could visit Gyeongju on the following weekend. With its traditional buildings and ancient tombs, Gyeongju might well be one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Korea. After-all, you are going to want to take some gorgeous photos, and what better background to have than some old hanok houses or mountainside.
Gyeongju has not one but three cherry blossom festivals around the city. There is even a cherry blossom marathon for those who like to enjoy the beauty of nature whilst experiencing fatigue and physical pain.
For the less enthusiastic cherry blossom observer, why not rent a bike and cycle around the city enjoying its historical sites as well as the cherry blossoms. Bomun lake and Dongbu historical complex, both a short bus ride (or long but scenic cycle ride) from the city center, have festivals with performances and exhibitions to enjoy. If you prefer to stay in the downtown area, you can see the cherry blossoms in Heungmu Park instead.
3. Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival
In Korean: 화개장터 벚꽃축제
Dates: April 1 ~ 3, 2016
Residents and fans of the city of Daegu, you’re in luck: There’s a cherry blossom festival just a stone’s throw away!
Grab a date or some friends and head to ‘Marriage Road’, one of the famous spots for seeing cherry blossoms. Also known as ’10 Ri Cherry Blossom Road’, it has about 4km of cherry trees. After all the sightseeing, take a break and grab some local fresh seafood.
Address (English): Maekjeon-gil, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Address (Korean): 경상남도 하동군 화개면 맥전길
Cherry Blossoms in Jeolla Region
The Jeolla province is the southwestern part of Korea and is home to the famous cities of Gwangju and Jeonju. There are plenty of beaches, rivers, and natural landscapes to admire as you make a trip to see the cherry blossoms in Jeolla.
1. Seomjin River Cherry Blossom Festival
Stop by the Seomjin River area to see 11km of blossoming cherry trees. Thanks to the variety of flowers and the cherry blossoms, you get to see a rainbow of natural colors. Get your camera ready for a beautiful mix of blues, greens, yellows, and whites.
In addition to taking in the scenic landscape, you can experience a cherry blossom concert and various other performances during the festival.
Address (English): Seomjingangbank, Muncheok-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
Cherry Blossoms in Jeju Region
The Jeju province, also known as Jeju Island, is the largest island in the southern part of Korea. It’s a popular spot for vacations, honeymoons, and the famous cherry blossom!
If you’re planning to see the cherry blossoms on Jeju Island, then you might want to add in a few extra days to your trip. There’s plenty to see, and the weather is beautiful, and the food is tasty–so you’ll be happy you did!
1. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
In Korean: 제주 왕벚꽃축제
Dates: April 1 ~ 10, 2016
Seogwipo the second biggest city in Jeju, as well as a major tourist city. It’s also a perfect place for a cherry blossom festival in Jeju!
Head down to the Jeju Sports Complex and Seogwipo downtown area to see Jeju’s King Cherry Tree blossom. You will be in a for a treat–the King Cherry Tree blossoms are the largest cherry blossom petals of all the cherry trees!
The peak of the blossoms last for 2~3 days, so make sure to mark you calendar and make it to this memorable event.
Address (English): Jeonnong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Address (Korean): 제주특별자치도 제주시 전농로
Cherry Blossom in Korea Wrap-up
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