The Many Flowers of Spring to Enjoy in Korea

When the grey slosh begins to melt away from the streets and the temperature remains at a consistent 10°C+, you’ll begin to see spots of pink, yellow, and white around you in Korea. This winter was particularly cold and long. However, with spring just around the corner, we thought it would be a perfect time to write an article to celebrate the flowers that bloom every spring in South Korea.

At 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of the first spring flowers you’ll see bloom in the country in the order of their expected arrival! 

Plum Blossom (Prunus mume ) | 매화

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The Plum Blossom will likely be the first flower you’ll see as an indication of spring’s arrival in Korea. White or pink in color, this flower grows on the branches of plum and apricot trees that first originated in China and then later came to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Green maesil plums, that grow on the branches of this tree, are the main ingredient for Maehwasu (매화수), or Korean plum wine.

Expected Bloom Period: Mid – Late March

Golden bell tree (Forsythia koreana) | 개나리

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The next flower you’ll see in Korea will likely be the yellow blossoms of the Golden bell tree, which grow low to the ground on a deciduous bushes. These flowers seem to bloom in throngs out of nowhere early springtime, creating masses of yellow throughout cities and mountains.

Expected Bloom Period: Late March-Early April

Magnolia | 목련

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The Magnolia is white in color with a yellow center; the flower is said to represent dignity, nobility, and femininity and is planted often across university campuses in Seoul and throughout cities.

Expected Bloom Period: Late March-Early April

Azalea (Korean rhododendron) | 진달래

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The Azalea is a flowering shrub and its blossoms last for several weeks during mid-spring in Korea. With a distinct pink, almost purple, color the azalea is native to Korea, Mongolia, and Russia and grows most commonly on mountains in the country.

Expected Bloom Period: Early April – Mid May

Cherry Blossom (Prunus serrulata) | 벚꽃

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The cherry blossoms in Korea are absolutely gorgeous and the country has several festivals to celebrate the bloom of these flowers every year. You can find the pink hue of cherry blossoms scattered all across the country, but if you want to be completely surrounded by the blossoms, consider visiting one of the many festivals that take place in Seoul, Jeju, Jeolla, and other regions in Korea.

Expected Bloom Period: Early-Mid April

Rapeseed Flower (Brassica napus) | 유채꽃

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The Rapeseed flower is a bright yellow flower that often grows in open fields across Korea. Though the flower is most often sought out for its oil-rich seed, the blossoms themselves are amazing to witness. Every year, a rapeseed flower festival is held in Banpo Hangang Park in Seoul, South Korea mid-May.

Expected Bloom Period: Early-Late April


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