South Korea‘s capital city is littered with places to see the gorgeous King Cherry blossoms, which differ from the iconic “Yoshino cherry blossoms” that many associate with Japan. The flowers are fuller and bloom at full force for a couple of days, much shorter than those in Japan. Here’s a guide to getting the most out of the cherry blossoms in Korea.
A Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Korea: A 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast & Viewing Spots
Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Korea 2019
Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
2019 Forecast: April 6 – April 13
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For those who love the aesthetic of historical palaces and the willowy pink flowers draped in the backdrop, any one of the 5 grand palaces of Seoul are sure to enchant you. Namely Gyeongbukgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung.
All five palaces have their own history and unique beauty which is sure to complement the cherry blossom blooming spirit. My personal recommendation would be Changgyeonggung since it has more cherry trees. These were planted by the Japanese during their rule in Korea.
If you don’t have much interest in historical sites, you can check out Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, where crowds of cherry trees peer over a blue lake. Food trucks and activities make it a great place for families and fun-loving groups of friends.
Busan’s Cherry Blossoms
2019 Forecast: March 26 – April 2
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Beach-famous Busan makes for a great way to mix sand, ocean and cherry blossoms in Korea into your Instagram pic. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain provides for one of the best vantage points in the city, and you can see vistas and valleys of cherry blossoms leaning into each other with the sea in the backdrop. The perfect place to sit down with a partner and quietly appreciate the view, in my opinion.
Gyeonghwa Station and Yeojwacheon Stream is an hour’s bus ride from Busan to Jinhae, and the trip is definitely worth it. Jinhae is filled with cherry trees and even the sidewalks are beautiful to look at.
Daegu’s Cherry Blossoms
2019 Forecast: March 26 – April 2
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If you’ve missed the Daegu E-World Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival in the previous years, don’t miss it again! The festival takes place for 2 weeks and has been getting more and more robust with each year. Cherry blossoms bloom radiantly under the LED lights and really set you up for the evening of cherry blossom-inspired street food snacks.
The more serene and mellow celebration, Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival, is to be held on April 7th and 8th, and features a 4-kilometre stretch of cherry trees, making it one of the best times to visit Korea. Those on a honeymoon or travelling with your partner can drag them down the ‘Marriage Road’, a popular site to view the flowers.
Gwangju’s Cherry Blossoms
2019 Forecast: April 9 – April 15
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I would fly to South Korea just for this view alone! Gwangju’s Juknokwon Bamboo Forest is a sight to behold, with the polished-green bamboo trunks setting an evergreen backdrop for the delicate cherry blossom trees. Enough said. If this doesn’t convince you to spend spring in Korea, I don’t know what will.
Jeju Island’s Cherry Blossoms
2019 Forecast: March 23 – March 30
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival is held from 6th to 8th April, celebrating when spring seasons in Korea come alive with stunning King Cherry blossom. Jeju cherry blossoms are considered the most magnificent in South Korea, and many take the time to visit early to catch the first blossoms.
During this period, yellow canola flower fields are in full bloom as well, so you’re in for an extra treat!
Ready to start planning your trip to see the cherry blossoms in Korea for yourself?