After 7 long years of waiting, the World DJ Festival is finally returning to Seoul on May 13 & 14! Bringing top-notch EDM artists and DJs including Alan Walker, Brennan Hear, Jauz, Sultan+Shepard, Party Favor, Zeds Dead and many more.
Gangneung Danoje Festivalis one of the biggest folk festivals in Korea that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, you will be able to witness shamanistic ritual of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy folk performances, Korean traditional wrestling called ‘ssireum‘ and many other cultural events.
Date: May 27~June 3
Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Nearby the venue of the rose festival, you can also enjoy a rail bike with your beloved ones while taking in the beautiful scenery along the east coast of Korea.
Date: May 27~June 3
Venue: Samcheok City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
Usually, when the cherry blossoms are gone, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea.Now, if you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!
About Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
Every year from mid-April to the end of April, a fantastic azalea festival takes place in Goryeosan Mountain, or Mount Goryeo, in the heart of Ganghwa Island in Incheon.
As Incheon is a city bordering with Seoul, it only takes 2 hours to get to the festival from Seoul by car, making it an ideal destination for a short excursion.
Festival Date: April 12 – 23
Location: Goryeosan Mountain, Ganghwa Island, Incheon
To witness this otherworldly sight of flaming pink bloom myself, I visited the azalea festival via a shuttle bus package offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop.And it was a fantastic experience, definitely not an ordinary trip that you can take anywhere else except with Trazy. Read on to find out why! 🙂
Top 4 Highlights of Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival Trip
Take a look at the four highlights of my trip to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival, and you will see why this is ‘no ordinary’ trip.
1. Make your way to the top of Goryeosan Mountain to witness the breathtaking azaleas
Since the Azalea Habitat, the main feature of the festival, can be viewed from the peak of Goryeosan Mountain at 436m (1,430 feet), you will have to do some hiking during the trip, which gives you a ‘totally different’ travel experience you can’t get from other spring flower tours. While hiking, you can find gorgeous pink azaleas along the way. So stop for a minute and take up-close photos! Honestly, I must say I am not a mountain person. But other than some relatively steep inclines on the way to the peak, the hiking trail that I took is enjoyable in overall even for non-climbers, like me. Plus, the spectacular views of breathtaking ripples of pink azaleas definitely pay you off when you reach the top of the mountain. The festival also offers a photo zone where you can take pictures against a backdrop of Goryeosan Mountain covered with azaleas, too!
Take a look at the map below if you want to follow in my footsteps from my trip with Trazy!
On the way to the top, you will pass by this beautiful Buddhist temple called Cheongryeonsa Temple, but I recommend you to fully enjoy your time at the top of the mountain and then drop by this temple on your way down.There is a rest area with a benchwhere you can replenish after burning off all your energy on your hike as well as a stunning magnolia tree, which was full in bloom during my visit.
3. Enjoy the tranquility at Gukhwa Reservoir
If you have spare time, take a brief moment at the reservoir where you can soak in the scenery and enjoy the tranquility.A short walk from the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple will have you at this calm and serene reservoir.
4. Travel like a local at Ganghwa Pungmul Market
Before heading back to Seoul, there was a short stop at Ganghwa Pungmul Market during the trip. It was quite an authentic place that gives you a glimpse of a thriving and vibrant local Korean market scene.Check out this cute map of the market!
Checklist for Travelers to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
1. What to bring
Bring a sunscreen, hat, handkerchief, a water bottle and, of course, your camera, hiking poles if you have one. 😉
2. What to wear
Wear casual clothing and comfortable lightweight walking shoes!
3. Where & What to eat
While you can find vendors selling ice creams and cool beverages along the way to the peak, you can find outdoor food stalls around the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple and at the top of Goryeonsan Mountain.These food stalls serve Korean spicy cup noodles and local dishes such as ‘Muk-muchim (seasoned acorn jelly salad)’, ‘Pajeon (green onion pancake)’ and ‘Janchi-guksu (banquet noodles)’. The prices range from 5,000 to 15,000 KRW for the meals.
But bringing your own lunch box and enjoying it during the hike is a great option as well!
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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.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. 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 tourorganized 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
Note that the bus ride takes around 5 hours (more or less depending on weekend or weekday) from Seoul to Bomun Lake.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. 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.
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
Silla Millennium Park
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.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.Also, I was lucky enough to watch a horse-riding performance by Hwarang warriors!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!
Ssambap: Rice wraps served with fresh vegetables, stews, grilled fish and more
Tteokgalbi: Minced short rib that is grilled in the shape of a round rice cake
Sundubu: Meals made of soft, light tofu
Hanjeongsik: Korean traditional meal
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~)
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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.Since 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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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 Festival. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.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.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!
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.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 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.The statue symbolizes a pedlar who used to travel across the country to sell goods in Hwagaejangteo Market.You can find locally cultivated green tea and herbs, pottery, and rice wine in the market. 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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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.
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!
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.
Date: March 16~April 23, 2017 (Four Seasons Garden open until 9:00pm)
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
Only 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
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
The 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
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
Every 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)
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.
The 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.
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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
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If you are planning to travel to Jeju Island in the spring season, make sure you read our ultimate spring travel guide before you go!
Spring in Jeju
Best time to visit
While the spring season in Jeju Island spans from mid-March to May in general, the peak season lasts from mid-March until early April, which is when you can fully enjoy the stunning spring flowers on the island.
Spring weather in Jeju is mild and pleasant. The weather conditions may vary across the island but the weather is gorgeous for outdoor activities during the day, with average high temperatures of 12~14ºC (53.6~57.2ºF). But take note that it can still be chilly at night.
※Make sure you watch the weather forecast for indication of rain before you go!
What to wear & pack
Casual and lightweight clothes that can be layered work best, and wear sunscreen, comfortable shoes and hats.
Where to go in Jeju
During the spring season, much of Jeju Island teems with beautiful yellow canola flowers and stunning cherry blossoms.Those who want to fully enjoy Jeju’s spring, check out the 3 best destinations where you can find the best view of these beautiful spring flowers on the island.
3 Best places to visit during spring
1. Seongsan Sunrise Peak
Located on the eastern coast of Jeju Island, Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Seongsan Sunrise Peak, is a famous volcanic cone designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The peak itself does not offer canola flowers but you can find breathtaking canola fields near the peak, especially along Gwangchigi Beach.
★Tip. If you sign up for Trazy’s Jeju Island Spring Flower Taxi Tour, you will be able to stop by Noksan Road on the way to Seongsan Sunrise Peak, which is a fantastic cherry tree-lined driveway bursting with both canola flowers and cherry blossoms. For more information on the tour, click here.
2. Hallim Park
Hallim Park, located in western Jeju, is a must-visit park with 9 different themed gardens, two lava caves and Jeju folk village.
While Hallim Park holds flower-related events every month, the park will first kick off with colorful tulips in March, followed by cherry blossoms and canola flowers in April.
3. Mount Sanbangsan
Mount Sanbangsan, located in southern Jeju, is another must-see spring destination, which offers an otherworldly landscape. Set against the backdrop of a unique volcanic formation, the carpets of vivid yellow canola flowers are seriously Instagram-worthy!
Set against the backdrop of a unique volcanic formation, the carpets of vivid yellow canola flowers are seriously Instagram-worthy!
★Tip. There are several canola fields around Mount Sanbangsan, all of which are private properties. It is absolutely free to see them, but if you’d like to enter the field and take photos, you will have to pay 1,000 KRW in cash. It doesn’t cost much money, so go inside! 😉
Here are the best places to see canola flowers and cherry blossoms in Jeju Island. Follow our recommended routes for fulfilling springtime in Jeju!
Suggested Itineraries for Jeju Spring Travel
Here are Trazy’s suggested itineraries that will help you take in Jeju Island’s all the most beautiful spring flowers – canola flowers and cherry blossoms.
*Click on each destination for the details and discount tickets.
Book Trazy’s Jeju Island Spring Flower Taxi Tour Now
If you want to conveniently travel on a chartered taxi and tour around Jeju’s best spring destinations, book this tour!With this taxi tour, specially designed for the spring season, you will be able to take in the splendid cherry blossoms and the yellow canola flowers of Jeju Island.
This tour is only available from Mar 31~ Apr 9, so hurry up and book in advance! Booking is available here.
*The driver can speak conversational English so you won’t have to worry about communicating. The driver is very friendly and welcoming so you’ll be able to enjoy a pleasant private trip. 🙂