We’re a few days into the cherry blossom season, and it’s only going to last a few more days. These beautiful cherry blossoms have pretty short shelf lives, so make sure you get off of your lazy butt and check out these beautiful cherry blossoms in Seoul!
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Get off of Jamsil Station and head over to Seokchon Lake for one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. And although the lake itself is beautiful on its own, now that it’s cherry blossom season in Korea, it just makes the area so much prettier. It has a nice backdrop of the Lotte complex, showing a unique contrast between the simplistic cherry blossom blooms and tall modern buildings. Also, there’s Lotte World for the ultimate in romantic, cliche dates.
How to get there: Jamsil Station (Line 2, 8), Exit 2 or 3
The Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is the most popular and most established in Seoul. That means street vendors, night lights and big crowds. Its central location in Seoul is one of the reasons troves of tourists and locals head to this location for cherry blossom blooming. Also, the Han River right next to it provides a nice breeze on a cool spring day. Warning: avoid this place if you don’t like crowds.
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station (Line 5), Exit 2 or 3 | Dangsan Station (Line 2, 9), Exit 3, 4
If you’re with your family in Seoul (or the surrounding Gyeonggi Province area), you definitely should check out Seoul Grand Park, which houses a zoo, amusement park as well as one of the best cherry blossom festival’s in the Seoul metropolitan area. Here the crowds are dispersed in a larger area, making for a more comfortable walk and stroll.
How to get there: Seoul Grand Park (Line 4)
Right in the middle of ultra urban Seoul is Seoul’s very own forrest, filled with a variety of species of flowers and trees for Seoul’s nature-loving city dwellers. And no collection of trees would be complete without cherry blossom trees. This place doesn’t have the crowds of the other cherry blossom festivals in Seoul, and there’s more nature down this cherry blossom road. Also, there’s really cute deer. Yay 🙂
How to get there: Seoul Forrest Station (Bundang Line), Exit 3
Seoul is a great place for trekkers that love a nice hike with fresh air, along with some beautiful scenes to take in. Inwang Mountain, one of the easier climbs in Seoul, can be hiked in less than 2 hours. On the way up, appreciate the cherry blossoms close up. When you get to the top, take a look see down at the mountain below and get a panoramic view of all the bright white cherry blossoms dotting the mountain side.
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.
Hidden away in a residential corner of Seoul is Geumcheon Cherry Blossom Road. It’s not so close to most of Seoul’s tourists hot spots, but for residents of south western Seoul, Geumcheon Cherry Blossom Road is one of best places for cherry blossom viewing in Seoul. It’s a 3km street lined with more cherry blossoms and less people than some of the other Seoul cherry blossom festivals, making for a romantic and peacefulKorean drama-esque stroll.
How to get there: Geumcheon-gu Office Station (Line 1), Exit 1
Somehow, a warm cafe latte and white cherry blossom petals falling nearby seem to be a match made in heaven. Hapjeong-dong’s cafe street (near Hongdae) is lined with cherry blossom trees, making for images perfect for amateur photographers. The cafes are beautiful, the coffee is delicious, and the cherry blossoms are peaceful. Come here for some urban cherry blossom viewing.
How to get there: Hapjeong Station (Line 2, Line 6), Exit 5 (make the first right).
Do you have your own blog with cherry blossom pics? Share with us in the comments, and we’ll share them too! 😀
Wow! It looks so nice! It looks very muggy here in the UK this time of year. Looks so appealing there though! I can’t wait to one day go to Seoul! The cherry blossoms look amazing! Great pictures!
Thank you for the information above! Will be going to Seoul next week and hoping that we will still get to see cherry blossoms. *cross fingers* Will try to go to all the places above, well maybe 2-3 of the places. 🙂
We have some cherry blossoms here in Skopje, but I haven’t had time with exams to check them out. But, of course, there is only one row of around 10 trees, so it can’t compare to Seoul in the slightest. I can just sigh, enjoy these photos, and wait for the day I will be able to go to Seoul and see these places myself.
Great post, Keith! ^^
Soooo pretty! We’ll be there in 2 weeks and I hope there’ll still be some left T.T
OOOhhhh Nooo… hopefully i there still is some pretty sights left till next weekend before i reach!
My husband and I will be in Seoul on Monday, 14th April. We very much like to see cherry blossom. Could you recommend which area that will still have the blossoms even if its ending . Thank you very much for your help.
Oh, I would love to see cherry blossoms. I’ll be in Seoul on April 25, do you think there are still cherry blossoms on that date? Thanks!
Hi keith, congrats. Really nice blog n help me a lot in viewing korea in advance prior to my departure to south korea.
My friends n I will be in seoul from april 28 – mei 6, 2014. Within this period of time, can u suggest the location that best for us to enjoy to cherry blossom. Kinda afraid that not all locations are still blooming on that particular time. Tq
Gomawo for beautiful pics.
When is the best time if the year to visit ginseng farm in south korea n can u please recommed the farms?
I’m here in Seoul today 19-22 april 2014, can you recommend anywhere I can still see Cherry blossoms within Seoul or a near province PLEASE. THANKS
Hi Keith, am going to Seoul next week (25apr-2may), do you think I can still see this beautiful scenery?
where still can I find it in this period?
thanks in adv..
great blog, btw….
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I have never seen a blossom cherry tree but looking at it on line is not the same as seeing it live in front and center.
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