Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival | Travel Review & Tips

When it comes to spring in Korea, we can never leave out the cherry blossoms. But if you don’t know where to go and catch them, here’s the perfect destination for you!

About Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

The picture-perfect Bomun Lake in Gyeongju, a historic city in the southern part of Korea, shows off its best every April when 9,000 cherry trees around the lake burst into bloom.gyeongju-cherryblossoms (17)Bomun Lake is located at the center of Bomun Tourist Complex, a tourist district where you can find hotels, resorts, theme parks, an amusement park and other various attractions. gyeongju-cherryblossoms (10)If you visit during the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, there are also live music and performances to keep you entertained as well.

To get a better idea of what Gyeongju has to offer, I took a day trip during the festival period via a tour organized by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, which saved my time and made my trip very easy and convenient.

  • Festival Date: March 31~April 9, 2017 (10 days)
  • Location: Around Bomun Lake in Bomun Tourist Complex (east of downtown Gyeongju)
  • Why this festival? Beautiful cherry trees around Bomun Lake and across Bomun Tourist Complex, coupled with a variety of attractions to enjoy
  • Book one-day tour to Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Note that the bus ride takes around 5 hours (more or less depending on weekend or weekday) from Seoul to Bomun Lake.gyeongju-cherryblossoms (14)The festival runs during the peak of cherry blossom season, but you can still visit the lake and admire the cherry blossoms until mid-April.

※Like many other seasonal tours, I strongly advise you to check for weather conditions, availability of the tour and book your trip ahead of time.

Enjoy the festival according to your travel style!

Walking along the 8km-long cherry tree-lined path around the lake and taking in the beautiful lakeside scenery of Bomun Lake can be the best part of the festival, but there are certainly more options for you to enjoy.
gyeongju-cherryblossoms (11)To help you maximize your trip via Trazy’s tour, here I recommend two routes – choose according to your travel style!

※Completing the entire walkway around Bomun Lake can take about 2 hours more or less and completing these recommended routes can take around 3~4 hours.

※See the map below for the location of each spot in the routes.

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Click to enlarge the map.

Route 1. For hardcore travelers

For travelers who want to see a little bit of everything and are comfortable with a tight schedule, follow this route below!

  • Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot – Hwangnyongwon (a 9-story tower) – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Wooden Bridge – Hoban Square – Waterwheel Square – Silla Millennium Park – Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot

Route 2. For slow and easy walkers

For those who want to make the most of their time around the lake and appreciate the scenery, take this route below!

  • Waterwheel Square – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Hoban Square – Wooden Bridge – Mulneoulgyo Bridge – Donggungwon (Gyeongju East Palace Garden) – Waterwheel Square

4 Tips on how to double your joy at Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Tip 1. Snap photos at two iconic spots

Everywhere in Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex are Instagram gold. But here are two of the most popular spots to take incredible photos!

  • Waterwheel Square: This square is one of the most popular photo zones where many visitors take photos in front of this huge waterwheel set against a small waterfall and tree-lined path.

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  • Bomun Pavilion (Bomunjeong): Known as one of the “50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea” by CNN Travel, this is a picturesque pavilion that is a must-visit spot for all avid photographers. Takes 5 min from the Waterwheel Square by foot, across from the Hilton Hotel.

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Tip 2. Pedal on a cute duck boat

Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex is very famous for their duck boats! So head over to Hoban Square and get yourself one of the duck boats. Paddle around the lake and share the fun experience with your loved ones.gyeongju-cherryblossoms (19)gyeongju-cherryblossoms (20)

  • Options: 2-seater / 4-seater
  • Duration: 40 mins
  • Price: 20,000 KRW
  • Operation hours: 9am~6pm

Tip 3. Ride a bike like the wind

Why not try riding a bike instead of walking all the way around the entire lake? Feel the cool breeze and take in the view around the lake. gyeongju-cherryblossoms (5)gyeongju-cherryblossoms (13)Drop by the bike rental shop in front of Daemyung Resort in Bomun Tourist Complex. Rental fee costs 5,000 KRW for an hour.

Tip 4. Drop by other attractions nearby

There are plenty of attractions to enjoy around the lake such as Gyeongju World Amusement Park, Gyeongju Teddy Bear Museum and Donggungwon, Korea’s first zoo and botanical garden.

In my case, I dropped by Silla Millennium Park on my way back to the parking lot where I spent about an hour and a half during the trip.  gyeongju-cherryblossoms (4)The park is quite impressive as it features traditional houses and historical landmarks from the Silla Kingdom and also offers beautiful cherry tree-lined paths.gyeongju-cherryblossoms (3)Also, I was lucky enough to watch a horse-riding performance by Hwarang warriors!gyeongju-cherryblossoms (2)For those who want to see more than just the lake, stop by Silla Millennium Park or any of the other attractions nearby during your visit. The admission fee for Silla Millennium Park costs 14,400 KRW for adults.

What to Eat in Gyeongju

Here are some of the best Gyeongju’s local specialty dishes you should try!gyeongju-food.jpg

  1. Ssambap: Rice wraps served with fresh vegetables, stews, grilled fish and more
  2. Tteokgalbi: Minced short rib that is grilled in the shape of a round rice cake
  3. Sundubu: Meals made of soft, light tofu
  4. Hanjeongsik: Korean traditional meal
  5. Hwangnam-ppang: Sticky barley bread

Places to Eat in Gyeongju

  • Bomun Lake Complex (south of Bomun Lake, near Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park)
    • Bomun Hanu: Barbecued beef short ribs (10,000 KRW~)
    • Pulipchae: Buffet of traditional Korean dishes (12,900 KRW~)
    • Gyeongju Cheonnyn Hanu: Barbecued beef short ribs, (7,000 KRW~)
    • Jinsuseongchan: Marinated fresh crabs (8,000 KRW~)
    • Daedokjang: Kimchi Stew, (7,000 KRW~)
  • Bukgundong Complex (north of Bomun Lake)
    • Nakjimasil: Spicy stir-fried octopus (7,000 KRW~)
    • Jeonju Bibimbap: Bibimbap mixed rice bowl (9,000 KRW~)
    • Unsudaetong: Barbecued beef short ribs (20,000 KRW~)
    • Maetdol Sundubu: Sundubu tofu stew (9,000 KRW~)
    • Hobakneongkul Daegejang: Marinated fresh crabs, sundubu tofu stew (8,000 KRW~)

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First time traveling to Gyeongju?

Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, Gyeongju stands as a city with a rich history of the thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom today. Known as ‘museum without walls‘, the history city of Gyeongju offers bountiful UNESCO-designated sites and national treasures.

For those traveling on a budget, there is a city tour bus in Gyeongju, which takes you around the major historical destinations on two different courses. For more information, click here.gyeongju-city-tour-bus-ticketSince Gyeongju is relatively close to the southern port city of Busan, it can be convenient to travel from Busan to Gyeongju.

For those who want to visit Gyeongju from Busan, Trazy offers the following tours.

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Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival | Travel Review & Tips

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About Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

Early April every year, the Simni Cherry Blossom Road, the 4 km road that connects Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwagaejangteo Market, is filled with 1,200 cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  To capture this scenic view, people from all over Korea take a trip to this small village in Hadong, Gyeongsangnamdo Province and have an unforgettable moment with their beloved people.

In the hope that international travelers also get to know about this charming little village, I, a member of Trazy Crew and your best online tour guide for Korea, set off to Hadong to deliver the beautiful scenery of Hwagae Cherry Blossom FestivalHwagae Cherry Blossom (0)Trazy’s Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival tour bus dropped me off at Ssanggyesa Temple. The tour is designed for you to walk about 4 km from Ssanggyesa temple to Hwagaejangteo Market while enjoying the cherry blossom arch over your head.

Ssanggyesa Temple

Ssanggyesa Temple is one of the most popular temples in the Jirisan area and its foundation dates back to the 8th century. The layout of the buildings in the temple compound well harmonizes with the surrounding nature. The colorful, but not necessarily gaudy, paintwork on the wooden buildings doubles aesthetic pleasure in the traditional construction.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (1)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (2)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (3)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (4)

Simni Cherry Blossom Road

The road to Hwagaejangteo Market divides into two at the temple’s entrance by Hwagaecheon Stream. Both roads, laid out side by side with the stream in the middle, are filled with densely planted cherry blossom trees. Whichever side you choose, you’ll walk under the beautiful cherry blossom arch. Also, you can switch the road at the bridges that you will encounter a couple of times on your way to Hawgaegangteo Market.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (5)

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Photo of the other side taken from one side of the stream
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Photo taken on the bridge

Hwagae Cherry Blossom (7)This cherry blossom road has a nickname. Some people call the road “Hollye-gil” which is translated as “Wedding Road” in English. The myth behind it tells that if a couple walks this road together, they come to get married and live happily ever after.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (9)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (10)

Tip 1. Try Cherry Blossom Oyster & Ice Cream!

By the time my legs got tired and I needed something to eat, I came across a few food tents and snack bars. While the food is generally slightly over-priced, it is worth trying this unique local food of the area, Beotgul – the cherry blossom oyster.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (12)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (13)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (11)This oyster is caught from Seomjingang River in the local area. Unlike other oysters, this inhabits fresh water and grows as big as a human hand. I ordered one huge oyster. The server lady cut one of the shells off, took the flesh off from the other shell, chopped the flesh into a mouthful size and topped it with sour and spicy chili sauce. If you feel put off by raw freshwater food, you can also ask to cook it.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (16)I kept walking towards Hwagaejangteo market, the pick-up point for the tour bus to Seoul. This time I came across an ice cream stall famous for the cherry blossom ice cream. They added cherry blossom syrup in the ice cream mix. The ice cream is very sweet and you can taste the flowery flavor in it. I continued to follow the road with the ice cream on one hand, and the camera on the other hand.

Tip2. Walk More for the Greater View!

Hwagae Cherry Blossom (17)As I got closer to the market, the view became even more picturesque because the cherry blossoms begin to bloom near the market and they gradually spread up to the temple, the higher area. My view became brighter and brighter every time I took a step forward. The snow white cherry blossoms absolutely dazzled my eyes.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (18)Hwagae Cherry Blossom (19)The magnificence of the view reaches its peak at the end of the 4-km cherry blossom road and I finally met Hwagaejangteo Market with its signature thatched roof stores.

Hwagaejangteo Market

Hwagaejangteo Market is located where Hawgaecheon Stream joins Seomjingang River that divides Jeollanamdo Province and Gyeongsangnamdo Province. For its geographical feature, the market traditionally served as a meeting point for people from different provinces. People from Gyeongsangdo Province and Jeollado Province would come to Hwagaejangteo Market and exchange their local produce.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (22)The statue symbolizes a pedlar who used to travel across the country to sell goods in Hwagaejangteo Market.Hwagae Cherry Blossom (21)You can find locally cultivated green tea and herbs, pottery, and rice wine in the market. Hwagae Cherry Blossom (23)The beautiful scenery of the surrounding area attracts heaps of tourists all over the country and the market, of course, serves as an agora for people from different regions to meet.

Things to Check before You Visit

  • Wear in Layers!
    Although it is warm during the day in early April, mornings and nights are still chilly and you definitely need a jacket. The tour starts in the early morning and the temperature is highly likely below 10-degree celsius. It would be wise of you to wear thin clothes in layers during this season.
  • Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes!
    The area is not hilly but you’ll have to walk the 4 km cherry blossom road and more. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Remember When to Visit!
    Cherry Blossoms in Hadong, located in the southern part of Korea, bloom earlier than those in Seoul. Make sure you plan the trip for the first week of April if you want to visit Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Why is April the Best Time to Visit Korea?

South Korea is a fascinating country to visit at any time of year, and there’s no better time to do so than in the spring, particularly in April.

Read on to find out why you never really need an excuse to visit Korea in April.

1. Hello, Sunshine!

In Korea, April is the month of spring breeze and warm sunlight and the weather continues to get warmer throughout the month.

While the average April’s high temperatures in Seoul are around 12~18ºC (53.6~64.4ºF), the temperatures in the southern region of Korea, including Busan, Gyeongju and Jeju Island, are 2~3 degrees higher.

※There may be some sporadic cold snaps and big gaps in temperatures at night, so make sure you bring a couple of warm sweaters or a light-weight jacket or coat!

At this time of the year, you will start seeing restaurants and cafes reopen their beautiful terraces and locals going outdoors to enjoy family outing or spring picnic.

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Travelers enjoying the outdoors in ‘Hanbok’

The weather in April also offers travelers and tourists the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors dressed in Korean traditional outfit ‘hanbok‘ as well.

2. Blooms ‘n’ Blossoms

Weather is not the only reason why April is the best time to visit Korea.

It is when travelers and tourists can witness the spring’s splendor and admire the colorful blooming flowers and the vibrant colors on the streets everywhere.

Here are some of the best features of Spring not to be missed in Korea are: cherry blossoms, tulips and spring flower gardens.

1) Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom season reaches its peak in early April and they tend to bloom earlier in the southern parts of Korea. Most of them fall when there is a strong wind or rain, so be sure to catch them before they are gone!

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Breathtaking cherry blossoms at Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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2) Tulips

Don’t be disappointed when the cherry blossoms are gone as there are colorful tulips for you to enjoy.

A. Taean Tulip Festival

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Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in Korea, which features more than 1.5 million of colorful tulips. It is also known as one of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Location: Taean County, Chungcheong-do (mid-west province)
  • Best things to see: Flower gardens (tulips, canola, digitalis, lupine)
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

B. Everland Tulip Festival

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If you want to celebrate spring somewhere closer to Seoul, head out to Korea’s largest theme park, Everland. There is an annual tulip festival and a fantastic garden of spring blooms called Four Seasons Garden for visitors to enjoy.

Browse more deals on Everland here.

3) Azaleas

Azaleas are the late-bloomers of the spring season in Korea. You will be able to see them until late-April, so catch them before they are gone.

Goryeosan Mountain Festival

goryeosan-azaleaOnly a two-hour bus ride from Seoul, you can enjoy a short excursion to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival. Covered with various shades of pink and magenta azaleas, Goyreosan Mountain in April just seems like an otherworldly place!

  • Date: April 12~23, 2017
  • Location: Gangwha County, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
  • Best things to see: azaleas, azalea tea tasting, azalea rice pancake making experience
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

4) Spring Flower Gardens & Parks

This April, visit two of Korea’s best-loved spring flower garden and park: The Garden of Morning Calm and Hallim Park. Featuring from fascinating displays of seasonal flowers, tropical gardens, exotic plants to scenic paths, they are the perfect places to revel in spring.

A. The Garden of Morning Calm

아침고요_본문04The Garden of Morning Calm is a popular tourist destination near Seoul where visitors can admire fantastic botanical gardens and flowers all year round.

Every April, Spring Festival is held from mid-April to the end of May at the Garden of the Morning Calm.

  • Date: Mid-April~Late May
  • Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
  • Best things to see: Wildflower exhibition, cherry blossoms, magnolia, azalea, Japanese apricot, forsythia
  • Book our recommended tour

For more information, click here.

B. Hallim Park

jeju-island-spring (4)Stop and smell the flowers at Hallim Park in northwest Jeju. Unlike other botanical gardens that display flowers, this park is dedicated to different flowers every month.

In April, the cherry blossoms and canola flowers burst into bloom all over the park!

  • Date: Throughout April
  • Location: Hallim-eup, Jeju City, Jeju Island
  • Best things to see: Cherry blossoms, canola flowers, botanical gardens, Ssangyonggul Cave
  • Buy a discount ticket

For more information, click here.

3. It’s a Festival Frenzy!

Throughout April, a series of unique and authentic festivals will be held across Korea. Here are some of the best festivals where you can release all the pent up energy you’ve been storing up during the winter!

1) Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival

jindo-sea-parting-festivalEvery April, thousands of visitors flock to Jindo Sea Parting Festival, a.k.a Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, to see ‘the modern Mose’s miracle’ in Jindo Island and walk on the exposed sea road when the sea opens up!

  • Date: April 26~29, 2017
  • Location: Jindo Island, Jeolla-do (southwest province)
  • Best things to enjoy: Miracle sea road walking experience, hands-on programs including learning Korean folk song ‘Jindo Arirang’ and traditional music ‘Gukak’, Jindo Hongju experience (Jindo traditional alcohol tasting)
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

2) Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal (Tea Bowl) Festival

mungyeong-tea-bowl-festival-2If you still haven’t experienced Korean tea culture, Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival is the perfect place to be.

The festival gives you the chance to spin the potter’s wheel, paint designs and make your own ceramic tea sets for 4,000 won. You can also taste different types of Korean teas, including omija, dandelion and lotus leaf.

  • Date: April 28~30, 2017
  • Location: Mungyeong, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)
  • Best things to enjoy: Hands-on programs for making pottery and teaware, Korean tea tasting
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

3) Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeondeunghoe)

lotus-lantern-festival-bongeunsa-(1).jpgThe annual Lotus Lantern Festival, or Yeondeunghoe, is a major lantern festival in Seoul that is held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. There will be a fascinating lantern parade and traditional cultural events along the Jongno Street and spectacular lantern displays at Jogyesa Temple and Bongeunsa Temple.

  • Date: April 28~30, 2017
  • Location: Jogyesa, Bongeunsa temple, along the Jongno Street (Seoul)
  • Best things & places to see: A lotus lantern parade on April 29 (Sat) (Dongdaemun Gate → Jogyesa Temple 7:00pm-9:30pm), Bongeunsa Temple exhibition, Jogyesa Temple exhibition, Cheonggyecheon Stream exhibition

Now, if you are planning your spring trip to Korea, April is surely the best time to do so.

Check out the best tours and travel deals for April!

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Photo Credits
Taean Tulip Festival Official Homepage
Hallim Park Official Homepage
Jindo Sea Parting Festival Official Homepage
Everland Official Homepage
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Homepage
Bongeunsa Temple Official Homepage
By KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea Korea_YeonDeungHoe_20130511_18 via photopin (license)

Korea’s Best Cherry Blossom Festivals 2017

Cherry blossoms are one of the most popular attractions in Korea during spring, which draw millions of travelers and visitors from all around the world.

For those of you who still haven’t seen the beautiful cherry blossoms in Korea yet, here’s an ultimate list of the best cherry blossom festivals and the best viewing spots where you can take in Korea’s stunning cherry blossoms!

1. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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Where?

Jinhae County

When?

From April 1 to 10

Best Spot?

Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge / Gyeonghwa Station

To experience the ultimate beauty of spring in Korea, Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, or Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, is where you should be. As the largest cherry blossom festival in the country, there are more than 350k of cherry trees and you will be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery of cherry blossoms.

Oh, and don’t forget to cross the Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge, which is one of the most romantic spots to view the cherry blossoms at the festival!

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2. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

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Where?

Across Gyeongju City

When?

Early April

Best Spot?

Bomun Lake / Bulguksa Temple

Not only the historic city of Gyeongju offers numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Seokguram Grotto in Bulguksa Temple, but also one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in the country, the Bomun Lake. There is a cherry tree-lined path around the lake so take a walk with your beloved ones!

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3. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

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Where?

Hadong County

When?

Early April

Best Spot?

10-ri Cherry Blossom Road / Hwagaejangteo Market / Ssangyesa temple

Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival has not received much attention worldwide but it is a well-known cherry blossom festival among the locals. The ’10-ri (Simni) Cherry Blossom Road’, which is a 4 km-long road of cherry trees, and ‘Hwagae Jangteo’ or ‘Hwagae Market’, the famous local market where you can enjoy cultural performances and taste local specialties, are some of the popular attractions not to be missed at the festival.

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4. Cherry Blossoms in Gyeongpo (East Sea)

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Where?

Gyeongpo Lake area

When?

Early April

Best Spot?

Gyeongpo Lake / Gyeongpodae Pavilion / Gyeongpo Beach

Another fascinating cherry blossom destination is Gyeongpo Lake where you can take a stroll along the 4.3-km long path lined with hundreds of cherry trees. Drop by Gyeongpodae Pavilion standing at the end of the lake, which is a great spot to take photos and admire the view of the lake. As Gyeongpo Lake is located just across the street from Gyeongpo Beach, you may want to stop by the beach and enjoy the breathtaking ocean view of the East Sea as well. 

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5. Cherry Blossoms in Busan

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Where?

Across Busan City

When?

Early April

Best Spot?

Dalmaji Hill / Oncheoncheon Cherry Blossom Road

Travelers to Busan must not miss a chance to stroll down Dalmajigil Road, or Dalmaji Hill, a walkway lined with cherry trees where you can peer down at the beautiful Haeundae beach. Taking a short excursion from Busan to its vicinities like Gyeongju and Jinhae is also highly recommended. And for those of you who want to easily navigate the highlights of Busan and its cherry blossom viewing spots, joining one of the tours below can be a great option.

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Check out other famous spring festivals you may be interested!

1. Goryeosan Azalea Festivalspring-goryeosan-azalea-festival

Korea has so much more to offer than cherry blossoms! For instance, there are vivid pink and magenta azaleas that cover the entire Goryeosan Mountain every spring.

The annual Goryeosan Azalea Festival has been gaining more and more popularity every year, so try a visit and see the magnificent sight for yourself!

Sign up for the trip to Goryeosan Azalea Festival here.

2. Taean Tulip Festivalspring-taean-tulip-shuttle

Don’t be disappointed when the cherry blossoms are gone as there are colorful tulips for you to enjoy.

Widely known as one of the top famous tulip festivals in the world, Taean Tulip Festival can be the perfect spring getaway for those who missed out on the cherry blossoms.

Now, if you don’t want to miss out on this awesome tulip festival as well, click here to book your trip.

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Photo Credits
Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival Website
Busan City Official Blog

Korea’s Spring Festivals 2017 in April

The spring flowering season in South Korea generally spans from mid-March to late April, which typically peaks in early April.

During the month of April, Korea offers a vibrant burst of spring blooms and a series of fascinating festivals and family fun, which makes it the best time of year to visit the country.

While cherry blossom festivals are the most well-known main spring events, there are plenty of events dedicated to spring flowers that are absolutely travel-worthy.

Here are South Korea’s 7 best spring festivals in 2017 for you and your beloved ones to enjoy the best of the spring season in Korea!

1. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

jinhae-cherryblossomJinhae Cherry Blossom Festival or Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is by far the most popular and the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea which is held every April in Jinhae.

Boasting over 350,000 cherry trees lining the streets, the picturesque scene of thousands of pink and white petals dancing in the air over the Yeojwacheon Stream is absolutely a must see in your lifetime.

From Seoul to Jinhae, there are no direct train or bus connections and you will have to make several transfers if you travel via train or express bus. So if this is your first time visiting the festival, booking a shuttle bus package is highly recommended.

For more information, click here.

Location: Jinhae County, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)

2. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

gyeongju-bomundanji-cherryblossomGyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is another popular and famous festival that offers breathtaking cherry blossoms where visitors can enjoy walking along the cherry tree-lined path around the serene Bomun Lake.

From Seoul to Gyeongju, visitors will have to take a train or express bus and make several transfers to get to the festival. So booking a shuttle bus is highly recommended if you want to take away the hassle out of your trip.

For more information, click here.

Location: Gyeongju City, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)

3. Taean Tulip Festival

taean-tulip-festival-1Recognized by the World Tulip Summit Society, Taean Tulip Festival is one of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals that takes place every year throughout April and May.

Featuring over 1.5 million of colorful tulips, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the gardens showcasing tulips of every color and size as well as beautiful floral displays of other spring flowers including canola, digitalis and lupine.

For more information, click here.

Location: Taean County, Chungcheong-do (mid-west province)

  • Festival Date: April 13-May 10
  • Book a shuttle bus: April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 & May 2, 7, 9

4. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

hwagae-cherryblossomCompared to the world-famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival has not received much attention worldwide. However, the festival is South Korea’s one of the best-kept secrets among the locals.

Some of the best highlights not to be missed at the festival are the ’10-ri Cherry Blossom Road’, a 4 km-long road of cherry trees in full bloom, and the historic ‘Hwagae Jangteo’, or ‘Hwagae Market’, where you can enjoy cultural performances and taste local specialties.

The easiest way to get to the festival is by booking a shuttle bus as there are no direction train or bus connections from Seoul to the venue.

For more information, click here.

Location: Hadong County, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)

5. Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival

gyeongpo-lake-cherryblossomTake a stroll along the 4.3-km long path lined with hundreds of cherry trees around the serene Gyeongpo Lake and stop by Gyeongpodae Pavilion standing at the end of the lake. Built on a small hill right next to the lake, this traditional wooden pavilion is perfect place take photos and get a view of the whole lake.

As Gyeongpo Lake is located just across the street from Gyeongpo Beach, visitors will be able to and admire the breathtaking ocean view of the East Sea as well. 

For more information, click here.

Location: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do (mid-east province)

6. Goryeosan Azalea Festival

goryeosan-azaleaWhen spring arrives in Korea, Goryeosan Mountain transforms into an out-of-this-world destination as the mountain blazes with vivid pink and magenta azaleas.

The annual Goryeosan Azalea Festival has attracted more than 400,000 people and the popularity is growing every year.

Besides the brilliant burst of azaleas in full bloom, the festival offers its visitors with other attractions including an azalea photograph exhibition and azalea pancakes.

For more information, click here.

Location: Gangwha County, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)

7. Jindo Sea Parting Festival

jindo-sea-parting-festivalEvery April, thousands of visitors flock to Jindo Sea Parting Festival, also known as Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, to see what is referred to as ‘the modern Mose’s miracle’ in Jindo Island.

Here, you will be able to witness the astonishing sight of a wondrous sea parting where the sea opens up and reveals a sea road for an hour and even try walking on the sea road with your friends and family.

For more information, click here.

Location: Jindo Island, Jeolla-do (southwest province)

Choose your 2017 spring getaway in Korea from below!

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Taean Tulip Festival Official Homepage
Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival Official Homepage
Jindo Sea Parting Festival Official Homepage

Korea’s Spring Festivals 2017 in March

March is the month that marks the beginning of spring in Korea. As the warm sunlight thaws the land of morning calm after the freezing winter, early spring flowers finally start to bloom. Mountains and fields are filled with vivid spring colors and it is time to go on a day trip. Let’s take a look at where to go for your spring day out in Korea.

1. Gwangyang Maehwa (Apricot Flowers or Plum Blossoms)

02-body1_gwangyang-maehwa-festival-in-spring02-1Gwangyang Maehwa Village is famous for its beautiful apricot trees. Every March, this small village is covered with white Maehwa (apricot flowers or plum blossoms). As Maehwa is known as the first spring flower to bloom, a nice day out at Gangyang Maehwa Village will quench your thirst for long-awaited spring flowers.

Strolling beneath Maehwa trees, tasting local Gwangyang food and taking a tour to the nearby Ssanggyesa Temple will make a perfect spring excursion.

For more information, click here.

Location: Jeollanam-do (southwest province)

2. Gurye Sansuyu (Cornelian Cherry)

03-body2_gurye-sansuyu03-1As the weather starts to get warmer, the sansuyu (cornelian cherry) trees welcome the new spring season by decorating Gurye with its bright yellow flowers.

The Gurye Sansuyu Festival is an annual festival held in the base of Jirisan Mountain, located in the Jeollanam-do Province, where you can see the beautiful bright yellow sansuyu flowers in full bloom.

You can also visit nearby Hwaeomsa Temple. It is one of the 10 most famous temples in Korea and a must-visit temple for those who want to relax their minds in the quiet temple and learn about the historic national cultural heritages.

For more information click here.

Location: Jeollanam-do (southwest province)

3. Canola Flowers In Jeju Island

04-jeju-canola-flowers_%eb%b3%b4%ec%a0%95-104-1-jeju-spring-taxiFrom March to April every year, Jeju Island dresses up in yellow by canola flowers in full bloom. The spring beauty of Jeju Island with these vivid yellow flowers and cherry blossoms fascinates travelers from all over the world as well as local residents.

The easiest and most convenient way to enjoy these scenic canola fields all over Jeju Island is hiring a private driver and a vehicle.

For more information, click here.

Location: Jeju Island

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Republic of Korea Gwangyang Maehwa Festival in Spring
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