Winter is finally at an end and spring is just around the corner! April in Korea is famous for the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom all around the country, and thankfully there are many festivities that celebrate blooming season in Korea.
At 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of several cherry blossom festivals around the country where you can see the cherry trees in full bloom! However, please keep in mind that the dates listed in this article are viable to change depending on the bloom forecast.
Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
Dates: April 5-13
While the south is famous for their first signs of foliage, Seoulites don’t necessarily need to leave the city to enjoy cherry blossoms. Enjoy a day out by Seokchon lake, the entire circumference of which is lined by blossoms in full bloom, along with a range of performances, exhibitions and activities during the festival period.
Usually held in mid-April, The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is famous for its 1,886 Korean Cherry Trees that are lit up with colored lights at night. The festival isn’t limited to the famed cherry blossoms either, with azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers also in full bloom. Visitors can enjoy street performances and art exhibitions whilst taking in the beautiful displays right in the heart of Seoul.
Come April spring flowers of all varieties burst into life around the cheonhgpung lake area of jecheon. Along with the beautiful foliage, festival goers can enjoy exhibitions, performances and other activities, like water sports, that make the most of the burgeoning warm weather.
Named one of Korea’s 100 most beautiful roads by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Gurye’s cherry blossom path boasts its beautiful scenery with white cherry blossom trees planted along the banks of the Seomjin River. The festival will hold various performances and events including cherry blossom concerts and walks down the cherry blossom path for tourists.
During the Kimje Moaksan Festival, you can not only enjoy different types of performances but also participate in activities such as making cherry blossom candles, natural dyes, ceramics, quilts, paper art, and face painting. Also, relax your mind and body with a temple stay at the Geumsansa located in Moaksan.
Jeju is famed as the first area where cherry blossoms flower in Korea, marking the beginning of the spring season. Seogwipo is particularly famous for being littered with jeju king cherry trees, renowned as the largest and most impressive among all the cherry blossoms, however the spectacle is short lived with the illustrious foliage peaking for a mere 2 -3 days.
Korea’s most famous cherry blossom festival promises the season’s largest lineup of events, activities, markets and performances. The highlight of cherry blossom season in Jinhae is the famed flower tunnel as well as the 800 meter section of flowers on the railroad by Gyeonghwa Station.
Enjoy Local produce and regional dishes at the Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival and then take a wander through the flower way of Hwagae – a 4km stretch of cherry blossoms also known as “the wedding way” because its said that if a young couple walk down it holding hands they will live together for a long time, so expect to see the walkway chock-a-block with young hopefuls.