Bucket List: Best Springtime Destinationsin Korea



Yeouido’s Yeouiseo-ro Road
Yeouiseo Road (formerly known as Yunjung Road), located behind the National Assembly Building in Yeouido, is one of the
most popular destinations for viewing cherry blossoms. As cherry blossoms begin to fully bloom in early to mid-April, the
1,800 cherry blossom trees transform the road into a snow-white tunnel, accented by forsythia and other spring blossoms, just
in time for Yeongdeungpo’s Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. Road traffic is restricted in certain areas during the festival period,
allowing visitors to enjoy the cherry blossoms to their hearts’ conten.

Namsan Park Circuit Road
Namsan Park’s circuit road, which connects Namsan Library, Namsan Octagonal
Pavilion and the National Theater of Korea in Jangchung-dong, is a beautiful scenic route
lined with forsythias, azaleas, and cherry blossoms. Although it stands at 262 meters above
sea level, Namsan Mountain is a fairly easy walk and the blossoms make it that much more
enjoyable. The walk begins from Namsan Library and takes about 40 minutes to reach
Namsan Octagonal Pavilion located at the top of the mountain.

Changgyeonggung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace, one of the major royal palaces in Seoul, is a prime spot to view cherry
blossoms. The palace creates a gorgeous backdrop for photos made by an assortment of cherry
blossoms, plum blossoms, Korean bush cherry, sansuyu (cornus fruit) flowers, apricot blossoms
and royal azaleas as they bloom among ancient architecture in the heart of Seoul. From time to
time, visitors can spot a fantastic shower of cherry blossom petals raining over Okcheongyo Bridge.

Seokchon Lake
The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is held every spring at Songpa Naru
Park, a peaceful lake park that surrounds Lotte World. Seokchon Lake boasts
approximately 1,000 mesmerizing cherry blossom trees that form a tunnel of flowers
around the lake, creating a fascinating scene in spring. Lotte World’s Magic Island
appears to float in the middle of the lake. The festival offers events and family-fun
activities for a perfect day out at Seokchon Lake. Nearby attractions include Lotte
World Tower & Mall and Seoul Sky, Korea’s highest observation deck.

Icheon Sansuyu Village
Icheon is home to a huge number of sansuyu trees. These wild trees, many over 100 years old,
are spread all over the city and found most abundantly in the Baeksa-myeon area, which is referred
to as Sansuyu Village. The Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Flower Festival is held there every spring when
the flowers bloom, coloring the village in a vibrant yellow. The village has various walking paths
that showcase the beautiful flowers.

Jinhae – Yeojwacheon Stream
The city of Jinhae comes alive in spring when Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival takes place and
approximately 360,000 cherry blossom trees begin to bloom. Although the entire city is considered
one of the top cherry blossom destinations, the most popular flower viewing areas are Anmingogae
Hill, Jehwangsan Park, and Yeojwacheon Stream. In particular, an approximately 1.5-kilometer-
long section of Yeojwacheon Stream is lined with cherry blossom trees, creating a tunnel of white
petals. The sweet scent of canola flowers under the cherry blossom trees will accompany visitors as
they walk through the floral tunnel

Jeju – Seopjikoji
As Korea’s southernmost land, Jeju Island is the first to see the blooming of spring flowers,
drawing in many tourists with the start of spring. Yellow canola flowers spring up far and wide on
the island, creating picture perfect scenery in places like Seopjikoji. The view of natural fields of
canola flowers set before the deep blue ocean is amazing. Visitors will be pleased to find uniquely
shaped sculptures set in the fields of canola flowers for photos of their trip. Furthermore, pony
rides are also available, an activity especially popular among families with children.

Yeosu – Yeongchwisan Mountain
Famous for the surrounding blue sea and beautiful islands, Yeosu is another popular destination
for viewing spring flowers. Starting in April, pink azaleas color the ridges of Yeongchwisan
Mountain, creating picturesque scenes against the deep blue ocean. The Yeongchwisan Azalea
Festival is held annually in early April to celebrate spring.

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