Spring is a very special time in South Korea because it’s when the cherry blossom trees to burst into bloom. It’s a spectacular sight that you won’t want to miss! So, Here are the best places and time to see cherry blossom in Korea in full bloom and the expected dates of blossoming based on the official forecast.
- Jeju Island
Jeju island is the earliest to be visited by a pink spring as the first bloom is predicted to arrive on March 25. It is also known as a native species of cherry blossom known as the Jeju Flowering Cherry (previously known as King Cherry). With slightly bigger petals than the ubiquitous Yoshino cherry species found in Japan, the Jeju Flowering Cherry was once misidentified as just another Yoshino until the late eighties.
First bloom: March 25
Best Viewing Spots: Downtown area of Seogwipo, Mt. Hallasan, Jeonnong-ro, Hallim Park, Noksan-ro, Jeonnong-ro cherry blossom street
Festivals: The annual Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival (제주 왕벚꽃축제) is held end-March to the first week of April.
There are 2 places for you to watch the cherry blossom near Busan: JinHae and GyeongJu. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is one the biggest cherry blossom festival of the country, pulling in around two million attendees each year and welcome visitors with military band parade, music performances, and the star attraction, cherry blossom trees; the trees that line Yeojwacheon stream particularly look like a scene straight out of K-drama.
Best Viewing Spots: Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Dalmaji-gil Road, Macdo Ecological Park, Samnak Ecological Park, Oncheon-cheon, Yeonji Park, Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Road, Gyeonghwa Station, Yeojwacheon Stream,
Festivals: Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival (1–10 April 2019)
In Gyeongju, the old capital of Silla, you can feast your eyes on cherry blossoms galore. There is even a cherry blossom marathon for those who like to enjoy the beauty of nature whilst experiencing fatigue and physical pain.
Best Viewing Spots: Bomun Complex
Festivals: Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival (early April)
Several locations in Seoul come alive with not only speckles of pink blossoming from cherry trees but also when crowds visit during the months of spring. Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is a popular one that takes place on the island of Yeouido on the Han River. Thousands of cherry blossom trees stand as backdrop for the exhibitions, performances, and fireworks that light up the festive event.
For a quietly dramatic scene, join the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival in Eastern Seoul. Nothing can beat the vision of petals floating on Seokchonhosu lake that wraps around Lotte World.
First bloom: April 8
Festivals: Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (1 – 10 April 2019), Paju Provence Town Light Festival (10 Nov 2018 – 30 April 2019), Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival (6 – 13 April 2019)