Spring is in the air! Here is our top-ranking list for gardens and parks we love to visit particularly in spring.
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.
Perfect tip for family hiking – forest, mountain, waterfalls and 24 metres high golden statue of Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple
Last week-end we returned to Bukhansan National Park and explored another part of this hikers paradise.
We started from the Bukhansanseong Information Center, one of the park’s main entrances. After about 200 meters, we had to choose between the forest trail or the paved road (actually both trails are going the same way so it’s completely up to you). We picked up the easiest paved road which is even strollers friendly – at least at the beginning ;-). Past the Daeseomun Gate, we continued in the direction of Daenammun Gate and Bukhansan Shelter. When the pavement road finishes and you continue on the hiking trail just don’t miss the intersection after a small bridge. The main hike continues straight but as the sign for 국녕사 indicates, you have to turn right pass through a small house and continue up the hill until the Guknyeongsa temple.
Arriving up the hill, we’ve been just amazed by this monumental statue and the beauty of all this magic site.
After spending some time to contemplate and take plenty of pictures we decided to continue up to the peak of the Mountain. This section is a much more demanding hike so we don’t really recommend it with little kids.
On the other hand if you can make it, it is really worth all the efforts. The views over the temple and the city from the top are very impressive.
How to get there:
Gupabal station, Exit 1. Take bus #34, #704 or #8772 to Bukhansanseong Information Centre.
For localisation go to Seoul Map for kids and families