The cherry blossom season is upon us, and the flowers are starting to bloom. Of course, to catch the beauty, you’ll want to start planning soon to see the cherry blossom festivals in Korea. You’ll have to be quick; they’re only going to last about a week!
For 2017, the cherry blossoms in Korea will start to bloom at the end of March. It’s a perfect place to come out of winter hibernation to revel in the the good weather, food and fun that accompany the beauty. Of course, the best places to enjoy this is at the numerous cherry blossom festivals all over Korea, but there are also some local areas without the big crowds as well. So grab your camera, picnic bag and sneakers and head to these places for the best cherry blossoms in Seoul and outside of Korea!
(For cherry blossom festivals outside of Korea, click here or scroll down)
Seokchon Lake at Jamsil Station has one of the best places to view cherry blossoms in Seoul. The lake itself is definitely beautiful on its own, but with the white cherry blossoms as an added backdrop, it adds to the leisurely romance. Lotte World is right there, so it’s also great for kids and dates.
Festival Dates: April 1 to April 9th
How to get there: Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8), Exit 2 or 3
The most popular cherry blossom festival in Seoul is held at Yeouido, which has a beautiful park sitting right on the side of the Han river. It’s perfectly situated for a day out in the sun and to sit under some beautiful cherry blossoms. Also, since this is a festival, there are street vendors, night lights and lots of people. Avoid this place if you dislike big crowds.
Festival Dates: April 4 to April 10
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station (Line 5), Exit 2 or 3 | Dangsan Station (Line 2, 9), Exit 3, 4
Seoul Grand Park is a huge and spacious space to enjoy the best cherry blossoms Seoul has to offer. And while this place will draw crowds, you can still walk through the park comfortably without being bumped by camera-distracted people every few moments. It’s a great place for families as there’s a zoo and an amusement park as well.
Festival Dates: April 6 – April 12
How to get there: Seoul Grand Park (Line 4)
Seoul’s Royal Palaces (Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung and Jongmyo Shrine) were designed for kings. And no palace would be complete without an annual spring bloom. While not all of the palaces have cherry blossoms, there’s a variety of spring flowers that bloom such as apricot blossom, maehwa, royal azalea, persimmon blossom, and peony.
How to get to Gyeongbokgung: Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3) or Gwanghwamun Station (Line 1, 5) (Google Map)
How to get to Changdeokgung,Changgyeonggung: Anguk Station (Line 3) (Google Map)
How to get to Deoksugung: City Hall Station (Line 1, 2) (Google Map)
How to get to Jongmyo Shrine: Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, 3, 5) (Google Map)
Seoul Forest is situated right in the middle of this hyper urban city, and it doesn’t draw the same crowds as the other cherry blossom festivals in Seoul, making it a perfect place for picnics. Fewer people and tons more space make it easy to sprawl out and maybe even toss a frisbee. Since nature is the theme, there are other spring blooms as well.
How to get there: Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line), Exit 3
Located a stone’s throw away from Gyeongbokgung Palace is Inwang Mountain. It’s a short and easy hike that’ll take less than 2 hours and tickle your cherry blossom fancy as you head up. While it’s not a full blown festival, the mountains side is beautifully accented with cherry blossoms every few feet. Come here for exercise, fresh air and a cherry blossom filled hike.
How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3), Exit 3. Straight 90m to the Gyeongbokgung bus stop and take Jongno Bus 09. Get off at Ogin Apartment.
Geumcheon-gu is a residential area on the outskirts of Seoul, and that means you’ll have the chance to enjoy more cherry blossoms without the crazy crowds. For those in south-western Seoul, hop on over and check out their famous cherry blossom road, a 3km pathway to cherry blossom nirvana.
Festival Dates: April 8 – April 9
How to get there: Geumcheon-gu Office Station (Line 1), Exit 1
Hapjeong is the calmer, more relaxed version of Hongdae. And that means enjoying a tasty and warm latte under a white cherry blossom tree. And while this is not a cherry blossom festival, the street is lined with beautiful cherry blossom trees, making an outdoor afternoon latte perfect for this area.
How to get there: Hapjeong Station (Line 2, Line 6)
(Outside of Seoul)
Jeju Island is the first place in Korea to see the cherry blossoms, so if you can’t wait, check out the Jeju Wangbeot Cherry Blossom Festival. Unlike some of the other festivals, there’s a stage for traditional Korean dance performances, as well as other multi-cultural shows. The flowers bring out peace and love on this island.
Jeju Wangbeot Cherry Blosson Festival
Festival Dates: March 31 – April 9
Jeju City Jeonnong-ro (Google Map)
(제주특별자치도 제주시 전농로)
This festival is one of the most famous in all of Korea. If you’re near Busan, or even in the small city of Changwon, you’ll be lucky to check out this much instagrammed cherry blossom festival. The 2017 Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival has the background for most beautiful Korean drama mama shots, with moats, bridges and trains all backdropped with beautiful and delicate petals.
Festival Dates: April 1 – April 10
Gyeongsangnam-do, Changwon-si Jinhae-gu Tongsin-dong (Google Map)
(경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동)
Of course, the biggest amusement park in Korea has their own cherry blossom festival as well. Come here with loved ones to take roller coasters rides that’ll make you sick, and then see the beautiful cherry blossoms to life your spirits back up.
Festival Dates: April 15 – April 17
Gyeonggi Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Pogokeup Everland 562-gil 38 (Google Map)
(경기 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 562번길 38)
Dagu’s Eworld Cherry Blossom Festival is another one of Korea’s more famous festivals to be sprinkled by white happiness. If you’re a night owl, this is a great one to see with one of the best night views in the country.
Festival Dates: March 29 – April 9
Daegu Dalseo-gu Duryu Gongwon-ro 200 (Google Map)
(대구 달서구 두류공원로 200)
Gangneung is a beautiful coastal city on South Korea’s east coast with fresh breezes, excellent seafood and at this time of year, wonderful cherry blossoms. If you’re looking for a short getaway from Seoul, it only takes about 2 hours by bus, and the cherry blossoms are the perfect reason to go.
Festival Dates: April 6 – April 12
Gangwon-do Gangneung-si Gyeongpo-ro 365 (Google Map)
(강원도 강릉시 경포로 365)