SPRING BLOOM: For just two or three weeks each year the magnificent cherry blossoms float in warm Korean breeze.
SPRING BLOOM: For just two or three weeks each year the magnificent cherry blossoms float in warm Korean breeze. Photographer LIM BO HYUK

Take a wander along Korea's spectacular floral footpath

SPRING is one of the best times to visit Korea as the cherry blossoms and flowers bloom, and festivals pop up across the country.

Now is a good time to start planning for a visit next April to enjoy the season of renewal, when just two or three weeks each year the magnificent pink blossoms float in warm breeze.

Here are some of the top spring festival events to experience:

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

Location - Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yeouido in April.

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is the best place to enjoy cherry blossoms in Seoul.

Located right next to the Han River, the streets are lined with over 1400 cherry blossom trees that create a picturesque tunnel for you to stroll down.

From 6.30pm onwards, the cherry blossoms are lit up with various illuminations making the scenery that much more spectacular. Here you can also enjoy cultural street performances, a flower decoration exhibit, and a photo exhibit taking place throughout the festival period.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Location - Gyeongju City, Gyeongsang-do in April.

Gyeongju is a coastal city located in south-eastern Korea. Often called the "museum without walls", the area has a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sights.

These historic sights are beautiful all year round but particularly mesmerising during spring. Bomun Lake takes on a pink hue from all the fallen cherry blossom petals, making it the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll.

There are also duck paddle boats you can borrow for an afternoon and relax along the lake. Additionally, there will be many street stalls around the festival where you can try local street food and seasonal delicacies.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Location - Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, April

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is one of Korea's biggest spring festivals and attracts over two million visitors every year.

The festival boasts a long history and first began as a memorial service to commemorate one of Korea's most well-known naval admirals, Yi-Sun-sin. Jinhae is also headquarters to Korea's naval academy, and during the festival tours inside the Korea Naval Academy Museum and naval vessels are available for visitors.

There are plenty of things to enjoy during the festival period, such as the Yeojwacheon Starlight Festival which is a night-time illumination event, Sokcheonhang Port Multimedia Fireworks show, and the highlight of the festival, the air show by the Black Eagles.

The flight display will be performed by the Republic of Korea Air Force, and a rare opportunity to see aircraft performing unison formations above the cherry blossoms.

Jeju Canola Flower Festival

Location - San41, Gasi-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, April.

Cherry blossoms are not the only flowers you can enjoy in spring. The canola flower is one of the flowers that represent the island of Jeju.

As Jeju is located in the most southern region of Korea, the climate is a lot warmer and the yellow canola flowers start to bloom from the end of winter.

There are various activities available at the festival, such as making a canola crown, making pan-fried flower rice cake, horseback riding and more.

Taean International Tulip Festival

Location - 400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, April-May

In 2018 the Taean Tulip Festival was chosen as one of the top five tulip festivals in the world.

The festival showcases a spectacular array of colours with over 200 types of tulips on display.

From Kikomachi to Purple Flags the tulips are carefully arranged into patterns and shapes for the show.

The event also has family-friendly activities such as animal feeding, face painting and a LED Light Festival for all to enjoy.

 

 

 


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