11th Yeouido Spring Flower Festival: April 10~15, 2015

Don’t miss the picturesque & family-friendly Yeouido Spring Flowers Festival from April 10th to 15th, 2015. Cherry blossoms will be at their best while you can enjoy many family animations.

11th Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 2015.4.10~15
The Festival runs every year during a short week. Azaleas, forsythia (캐나리), royal azaleas, and other spring flowers are all around. But what is so spectacular is the impressive alleys with 1,500 Korean Cherry trees turning to full bloom in Yeouiseo-ro, the street at the back of the National Parliament. So picturesque… so romantic too!

Yeouido Spring Flower Festival Yeouido Spring Flower FestivalIt may get sometimes overcrowded particularly during weekend days, so try to go relatively early. As a hint, we visited last year on Sunday but got to the place before noon, the Festival was already lively but there was no overcrowding yet.

A few animations for kids can be found at several stands, such as face-painting or getting a picture with Pororo mascot. You will also find many street-food and refreshment stands.

Go quickly while the flowers are at their best. Your kids will surely be amazed by the Spring beauty and you’ll get away with amazingly cute pictures!

Cars have limited access to the road around the National Assembly building during the festival period so that visitors can enjoy the blossoms and festivities freely. At night, the cherry blossoms are lit up with various colored lights and a wide range of street performances and art exhibitions take place.

Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouido-dong 1 Yeouiseo-ro (behind the National Assembly)
영등포구 여의도동 1 여의서로 (국회의사당 뒤)

How to get there: National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 1 or 6. 5 minutes walk.

For directions, go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Secret Incheon… Part 2 – Once upon a time in Fairytale village

This is the second of a 2-part series covering little know secrets about Incheon. If you like this, check out its companion piece: Part 1 – Chasing Dragons in Chinatown

Impressive transformation of an old residential neighbourhood, Songwol-dong Fairytale Village provides a colorful collection of the best fairy tales and comics characters. Great fun with younger kids!

Incheon Songwol-dong Fairytale Village, 인천 송월동 동화마을

Incheon Songwol-dong Fairytale Village occupies a few blocks west of Incheon Chinatown. It is only a short walking distance away and can be easily reached through Jayu park or starting directly from Incheon Station. The Songwol-dong village community approved a striking renovation project to revive the dilapidated district and run-down old houses. This is still a work in progress with some back alleys under development yet the result is already stunning.

There is a rainbow arch-shaped gate with a colourful “송월동 동화마을” (Songwol-dong Fairytale Village) sign marking the entrance to the village. You may navigate along the main street and several back alleys in any order you wish. There are several themes developed by the community when remodelling houses, which makes it fun to explore in each block. You’ll come across Disney-inspired characters, all-time classics like Hansel & Gretel, Red Riding Hood or the Wizard of Oz, traditional Korean stories, animals murals and more.

There is no major landmark there but we definitely had a blast walking around the small streets discovering all the cartoon characters and taking pictures. The tour took us about an hour and is a great addition (especially with young kids) to the more cultural Chinatown visit. You can also find a few coffee shops to take a rest or enjoy the local souvenirs stores.

We love the fact that this is a real village, with real-life residents still using the premises. Buildings were carefully repainted, adding cartoonesque artefacts and colourful murals. This is a fantastic redevelopment project and we wish to see many more similar endeavours to revive local neighbourhoods instead of the usual demolition-high-rise-construction options we see way too often in big cities.

How to get there:
[Subway] Incheon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1).

Admission: Free

Address: Songwol-dong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon / 인천광역시 중구 송월동3가
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Incheon Songwol-dong Fairytale Village, 인천 송월동 동화마을