Three Things to Do in Seoul in Spring
While Rhode Island seemed to transition from winter to summer, South Korea definitely has four distinct seasons, so we’ve been in a true spring for longer than a month now. There are still so many things we’ve yet to do (we’re taking our time since we also have next year) but here are three things we’ve done and loved in Seoul this spring.
follow the flowers
As spring progresses, it seems as though all the blooms in Seoul are competing for our attention—I feel like Alice when the flowers sing “All In the Golden Afternoon.” First there were the cherry blossoms at the start of April, and with them, these small white buds. Those were replaced by brighter pink blossoms. Then there were the lilacs that made you wish for a breeze so that it’d waft their sweet scent. Finally, there were the bushes bursting with blooms in vibrant red-pinks, purples, and yellows. Unexpectedly, we found this field of yellow buds along the Han River (otherwise, I would have worn a more photogenic outfit) and I all but died. I had never seen anything like it! You can follow the flowers all throughout Seoul, but the best areas to enjoy their full effect are in the forests (Seoul Forest is the one to visit) and parks (Yeouido) and along the water (SeokChon Lake, Cheonggyecheon, and the Han).
bike along the hangang
While you’re by the Han, or in any of the aforementioned areas, why not rent a bike? At 3,000 KRW per hour (or ~$2.81 USD), it’s a fun, active, and inexpensive way to pass time. Plus, you can see more of the forests, parks, or water. Andrew and I rented a tandem last Friday and rode along the river in Banpo before having dinner at several food trucks.
explore the night markets
Which brings me to the third to-do. Street food is not a new concept in Seoul, but in the spring, specific night markets pop up in the popular areas, filled with food and entertainment. We went to the Bamdokkaebi Night Market in Banpo Hangang Park (one of six locations) after cycling, which featured Korean and international foods, live entertainment, and a fountain show off the bridge. View all the locations, days, and times here.
I can’t imagine what the rest of South Korea looks like this time of year, especially south of us in the countryside, and can’t wait for my dad to get here this summer to do these together!