Kyung Hee University features one of the most beautiful Campuses in Seoul, with neo-classical architecture and green areas for family walks. Enjoyable all year long, in full splendor during Cherry Blossom season
Alike many of its Korean equivalents, Kyung Hee University‘s architecture and its campus draw a lot of inspiration from its British-American counterparts. Built in 1953, the main buildings are in neo-classical style; the many constructions in this huge 99-hectare campus serve either educational or students-lodging purpose. Amazingly, the University is the home of more than 30,000 students in all disciplines you may think of, from graphical arts to medicine through horticulture, law or business administration.
The main attraction for week-end visitors is to take a gentle stroll in the many alleys, to admire the picturesque architecture, take a cafe latte at one of the available terraces – but over all, the highlight is the beautiful gardens and flowers!
At Cherry Blossom season, the University is often praised as one of the most scenic places in Seoul for its thousands Korean Cherry Trees. When we visited, Cherry flowers were in full bloom and hundreds of families were enjoying Mother Nature’s show taking pictures or just having a picnic on the lawns. If you want to get a 360-degree panoramic view over the campus, the best spot is certainly from the rooftop of the College of Fine Arts building (not always open to visitors).
While strolling around, you can find a beautiful pond (from the main entrance, straight to a small roundabout then turn on twice left), art and sculptures along the path leading to the Fine Arts section, a giant fountain in front of the Main University Administration Building, the impressive Cathedral-looking Grand Peace Hall as well as various outdoor sport facilities.
The nearby area and particularly the streets closest to the main entrance gate offer many small shops, restaurants, coffee-shops if you want to continue your walk.
How to get there:
Hoegi Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 1., then Local Green Bus #1 for 3 stops or just walk ~10 min.
Free for the first 10 min. After 10 min, KRW 500 for every 10 min.
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Watch out for the strikingly beautiful Cherry blossom season (it actually lasts only a few days) when you would not want to miss any opportunity to snap a perfect picture! Here is the blossoming map provided by the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Kyung Hee University campus is a perfect spot to admire the cherry blossom season or just to enjoy a lazy afternoon in its wonderful – and romantic – gardens.
Considered as Seoul’s best location to see cherry blossoms – Yeouido Spring Flower festival (April 10~15, 2015) is the most famous and the most popular for Koreans and international tourists.
Namsan Park is a pleasant place to visit all year around but it is particularly beautiful in late March and beginning of April.
A paradise for photographers and all flowers lovers – The Garden of Morning Calm is definitely one of the most magic places in spring.
A bit less popular, hence less crowded too, Jade Garden – located in Chuncheon area, is another favourite destinations for spring strolls.
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.
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!
It 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.
Address: 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.