Discover spring flowers in Korea - Korea Tourism Organization
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Discover spring flowers in Korea

Flowers in bloom have always been loved by people, because of colorful scenes they offer as well as of that they usher in spring -a rebirth of long awaited, joyous days offered by sunshine.

In Korea it is the same case or actually more. Korea celebrates blossoms with regional festivals that spread through the country, especially for two flowers: of cherry tree and of canola.

Here we offer a quick guide to Korea’s traditional flower fests as spring is about to come.

  Cherry Blossom
Cherry trees blossom between late-March and mid-April, depending on geographical places & traits. Parks, streets, fields are painted completely in white & pink, presenting an incredible scene that you cannot find anywhere else. The joy of blossom does not only in colors, but is accompanied with several events and cultural experiences.

Jeju Island: 23 – 30 March
Korea’s first cherry blossom is celebrated in the most southern point of the country, Jeju Island, by Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival. Jeju's King Cherry Tree blossoms can be seen all over the island. The petals of Jeju’s King Cherry Tree blossoms are the largest and most luxurious among all cherry blossoms. The peak of the King Cherry Trees blossoms lasts for only 2 to 3 days, and can be observed day & night by special lighting setup. Hallim Park and Suweolbong offer excellent spectacular scenes.

Gyeongju: 27 March – 3 April
If you want to see a city covered totally by cherry blossoms, then one of your favorite address would be Gyeongju. In Bulguksa Park and around Bomunho Lake you will enjoy the most colorful scapes. Not only the sight, but also running among the trees would be an unforgettable experience. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon will be held in 6 April 2019. For the details please click here.

Daegu: 31 March – 7 April
Daegu is one of the largest observation regions for cherry blossoms. Wherever you visit, you will be accompanied by flowers: Yongyeonsa Temple Cherry Blossom Street, Duryu Park, Suseong Lake, Jijeo-dong Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Keimyung University – Seongseo Campus are main attraction points.

Jeolla: Late March to Early April
Two main events are prominent here: Seomjingang River Cherry Blossom Festival where visitors can enjoy walking along Seongjingang River decorated with lines of cherry blossom trees. Various events will be held such as traditional drum performances, a paragliding contest, and face painting. Another is Gimje Moaksan Festival which is held in Moaksan Mountain. The districts of Geumpyeong Reservoir and Cheongdo-ri gil Road nearby make for a great drive to see all the cherry blossoms, while Geumsansa Temple, established in the Baekje period (599 AD), offers unforgettable blossom moments.

Busan: 1 April – 10 April
Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival, attracting at least 2 million visitors every year. The festival first began as a memorial service to commemorate Joseon period’s most noteworthy naval admiral Yi Sun-sin and has now grown to become a festival enjoyed by everyone. It is held in the area of Jungwon Rotary and downtown Jinhae with splendid cherry blossoms. Varied programs including a pre-event, cultural performances, a military performance, and others will take place during the festival.

Another fest in Busan is Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival. Hwagae region looks as if it is carpeted in snow. In fact, it is the region's beautiful white cherry blossoms that transform the landscape into a soft, downy wonderland. 

Gwangju: 2 – 8 April
Late March and early April offer very special scenes in Gwangju. If you stroll go around Juknokwon Bamboo Forest, you will witness the splashes of pink cherry blossoms through a frame of bamboo trees. Moreover, outside of Gwangju National Museum and Sajik Park (especially for a night walk) are best spots to stroll down.

Gangwon-do: Early April to mid-April
The annual Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the center of Gyeongpodae Pavilion, the 6th regional tangible cultural treasure of Korea, when cherry blossoms on trees on the 4.3㎞ path around Gyeongpoho Lake are in full bloom. During the festival, various cultural events and flower exhibitions are held against the backdrop of the beautiful cherry blossom-covered Gyeongpodae. For more you may visit Nami Island for breathtaking cherry blossom views.

Seoul: 9– 18 April
There are several festivals and hotspots like Yeouido Hangang Park, Ilsan Lake Park, and Goryeosan Mountain for cherry blossom in Seoul. You may also take special tours. The best known festival in Seoul is Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival. It is an annual event held at Seokchonhosu Lake area, Seoul. The event normally takes place between early to mid-April, when cherry blossoms beautifully embroider the city. In addition, a variety of performances, exhibitions, and hands-on activities also take place during the festival period.

Another one covers not only cherry trees, but also the other flowers. The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is held on Yeouiseo-ro Road (Yunjung-no) in mid-April when the azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers are in full bloom. The celebration is famous for its 1,886 Korean Cherry trees. 

Incheon: 13 – 20 April
Having the most important international airport in Korea, Incheon is very close to Seoul and also a home for cherry blossoms. Incheon Grand Park is an urban nature park surrounded by Gwanmosan Mountain and Sangasan Mountain. Mid-April is the best time to walk through blossoms when the Incheon Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival is held.

  Canola
Canola is also a celebrated flower in Korean culture. It is called “yuchae” and there are several festivals that are held in and around of yellow fields.

Samcheok: Early April – Late April
The Maengbang Flower Festival is one of the landmark spring celebrations in Korea and is held every April near Samcheok in Gangwon-do. The festival boasts a breathtaking view of canola flowers, cherry blossoms and the blue sea of the East Coast. The festival also offers a diverse set of events and programs including a local produce market, fresh strawberry picking, and exhibition on canola flowers and bees. The Samcheok Tourist Center will also be at the festival to help any tourists to the area visit the variety of tourist attractions nearby such as Haesindang Park, New Millennium Ocean Road, Wife of King Suro Park, and the filming place for “One Fine Spring Day.”

Jeju: 4 April – 7 April
The Jeju Canola Flower Festival is one of the most famous festivals in Jeju, signaling the start of spring with fields upon fields of bright yellow flowers. Large numbers of visitors come to the festival every year to take in this beauty. In addition to enjoying the vibrant landscape, visitors can participate in a variety of festival events that showcase the unique spirit of Jeju Island. One of them is Seogwipo Yuchae (Canola) Flower International Walking Festival. Participants can enjoy the picturesque springtime views of Jeju by walking by the deep-blue waters along the Seogwipo coastline and through seas of yellow canola flowers. The festival is open to anyone and there are no time restrictions to completing the course.

Busan: 6 April – 14 April
Busan Nakdong River Yuchae(Canola) Flower Festival is held in Daejeo Ecological Park which is designated natural memorial No. 179. With approximately 0.76 million square meters surface, it is country's largest canola field. You can enjoy strolling down and photographing beautiful walkways, field mazes, windmills. Besides, the festival offers several attractions and hands-on experiences such as an exhibition of farm tools, rice planting, horse riding, and kite flying.

Chagnyeong: Mid-April
The Nakdonggang Yuchae Festival is an annual event held during mid to late April at a field of canola flowers in the Namji-eup area of Changnyeong. The festival offers live performances; an experience hall of insects and birds; agricultural and specialty product exhibition; sale, experience, and event booths; Namji Cheolgyo Gallery; yuchae photo rally; and other events for visitors to enjoy along with the beautiful scenery of yellow canola flower in full bloom and Nakdonggang River.

Seoraeseom: Mid-May
Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival, which takes place on Seoraeseom Island near Banpo Hangang River Park, is a great opportunity for visitors to capture their memory of spring. You can enjoy many photo zones, culture and art performances, and hands-on activities all over Seoraeseom Island.