Where to See Cherry Blossoms in South Korea
One of the things I looked forward to most about moving abroad to South Korea was having four distinct seasons, particularly spring for its blooms. Most travelers associate spring cherry blossoms with Japan; I even dreamt of jet-setting one weekend in search of sakura. Little did we know how ubiquitous they are in Seoul, so much so that they're beginning to creep me out a bit (controversial). They don't let you take them for granted, though, as they go as quickly as they came.
I dragged poor Andrew out of bed early yesterday morning to sightsee at sunrise, and besides a few joggers, we were able to enjoy the blossoms in only each other's company from the comfort of our almost backyard.
where to see cherry blossoms in south korea
The time to see cherry blossoms in South Korea is between the end of March and early to mid-April. This year in Seoul, they began to bloom en masse last week (April 2-6), and by yesterday, the ground was littered with pink petals. We're expecting rain tonight, otherwise known as cherry blossom massacre, but I'm hoping they'll hang on for the few days of sunshine coming up.
Five Grand Palaces
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The most popular places to see the cherry blossoms in Seoul are Yeouido and Seokchon Lake, where you can attend festivals and enjoy the reflection of the blossoms in the water. Seokchon Lake in Jamsil is also by Lotte World, a Disney-esque amusement park, and Lotte Tower. Less crowded and beautiful season to season is Seoul Forest. To kill two birds with one sightseeing stone, visit any of the Five Grand Palaces, particularly the lesser-known Changgyeonggung. For a more local experience, visit *Yangjaecheon (where I snapped these photos), where you can follow the flowers along the stream and into Yangjae Citizen's Forest.
Outside of Seoul, on the islands and in the countryside, the most popular places include Jeju, where you can see the King Cherry Tree (where it originates), and Jinhae with its Gunhangje Festival. Other places include the historical Gyeongju, Daegu, and Nami Island, famous for its scene in a Korean drama.
Even if you're not searching for them, though, the cherry blossoms in South Korea are hard to miss!