Category Archives: nature walks

Seoul’s Top Spring destinations: where to go when flowers are blooming

We can’t wait for spring! To get ready for one of the most beautiful seasons in Korea we wanted to share our top ranking list of gardens and parks we love to visit particularly in spring

17436053_10208941090986939_3092280998526016002_oWatch 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 2017 spring blossoms forecast from Kweather.

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Kyunghee University Campus at Cherry Blossom time

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.

Yeouido Cherry Blossom

Considered as Seoul’s best location to see cherry blossoms  – Yeouido Spring Flower festival (April 1~9, 2017)  is the most famous and the most popular for Koreans and international tourists.

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Hwadam Botanical Garden is one of the best spots for royal azaleas, birch trees and all kind of wild flowers.

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How about a one day trip to Cheollipo arboretum to admire magnolia trees by the sea? The 2nd Magnolia festival is running from April 9 to 30, 2017. In the same area you can visit the Tean Tulip Festival scheduled for April 13th ~ May 10th, 2017.

Namsan Park

Namsan Park is a pleasant place to visit all year around but it is particularly beautiful in late March and beginning of April.

Garden of Morning Calm
Garden of Morning Calm

A paradise for photographers and all flowers lovers – The Garden of Morning Calm is definitely one of the most magic places in spring.

Flower Bibimbap In the Garden Restaurant Jade Garden Korea

A little bit less famous, hence maybe less crowded Jade Garden – located in Chuncheon area, is another favourite destinations for spring strolls.

Byeokchoji BCJ Botanical Garden

Byeokchoji BCJ Botanical Garden in Paju area was featured in many Korean dramas and is particularly beautiful in spring time.

Herb Village Korea

Another peaceful place to admire blooming flowers is Herb Village located close to the DMZ

Seoul Iris Garden

During the iris blooming season (May ~June), don’t miss the small-yet-beautiful Seoul Iris Garden.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and have wonderful time outdoor! We’ll keep you posted about all the Spring Flowers Festivals coming on 🙂

Seoul’s Top Spring destinations: where to go when flowers are blooming

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.

Cherry blossom Korea map 2015

Kyunghee University Campus at Cherry Blossom time

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.

Yeouido Cherry Blossom

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

Namsan Park is a pleasant place to visit all year around but it is particularly beautiful in late March and beginning of April.

Garden of Morning Calm
Garden of Morning Calm

A paradise for photographers and all flowers lovers – The Garden of Morning Calm is definitely one of the most magic places in spring.

Flower Bibimbap In the Garden Restaurant Jade Garden Korea

A bit less popular, hence less crowded too, Jade Garden – located in Chuncheon area, is another favourite destinations for spring strolls.

Byeokchoji BCJ Botanical Garden

Byeokchoji BCJ Botanical Garden in Paju area was featured in many Korean dramas and is particularly beautiful in spring time.

Herb Village Korea

Another peaceful place to admire blooming flowers is Herb Village located close to the DMZ

Seoul Iris Garden

During the iris blooming season (May ~June), don’t miss the small-yet-beautiful Seoul Iris Garden.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and have wonderful time outdoor! We’ll keep you posted about all the Spring Flowers Festivals as soon as we have the information 😉

Guknyeongsa Temple – The golden Buddha in Bukhansan Park

Perfect tip for family hiking  – forest, mountain, waterfalls and 24 metres high golden statue of Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple

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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

Address:

서울특별시 은평구 진관동 산3도로명주소 서울특별시 은평구 대서문길 42-3

Tel: 02-359-9824