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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

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 2017 spring blossoms forecast from Kweather.

spring-forecast-2017

 

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 planned)  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? 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 🙂

Goryeosan Azalea Festival… Pink, Magenta, Purple Extravaganza until April 30, 2015

Spring’s beauty at its best: end of April, Goryeosan mountain on Ganghwa-do is covered with pink and magenta azaleas (진달래) in full bloom. This year’s festival runs until April 30, 2015 – don’t miss it!

Goryeosan Azalae Festival
Goryeosan is the highest mountain of Ganghwa-do island, near Incheon. It has an elevation of 436 m, high enough to provide spendid panoramas yet still manageable for a family hike. There are five official hiking paths generally in the intermediate difficulty levels.

Each year, a festival is held end of April to celebrate the blooming azaleas which literally cover entirely the highest part of the mountain. Views from the top are breathtaking and make for perfect colourful snapshots! Things can get a bit crowded during the festival’s weekend days so rather come early.

The main draw to the festival is to enjoy the hike, walking on the wooden path at the mountain’s top and to celebrate the beautiful azaleas. Depending on the hiking course, you may also come across nice buddhist temples. Don’t expect many other attractions or activities even though some food stalls are usually available for a light lunch near the top.

How to get there:

  • Bus 3000 from Sinchon Rotary to Gangwha terminal (33 stops, 2h approximately), then local buses available or about 4km to the nearest hiking start (Kukhwari village, 국화리마을)
  • By car: about 60 km away for Seoul centre, expect 1h30. Ganghwa island is connected by bridge.

Hiking paths & address:

Goryeosan hiking courses

#1- North-east: Baekryeonsa, 3.7km, 1h20 – 강화군 하점면 강화대로 994-19 (하점면 부근리 350)

#2- South-east: Cheongryeonsa, 2.9km, 1h – 강화군 강화읍 고비고개로 188  (강화읍 국화리 599-2)

#3- South: Gobigogae, 2.4km, 1h – 강화군 내가면 고천리 산145-1

#4- South-west: Jeokseoksa, 5.2km, 1h50 – 강화군 내가면 연촌길8 (내가면 고천리 251)

#5- West: Mikkujigogae, 5.8km, 2h – 강화군 하점면 강화서로 511 (하점면 망월리 371-1)

For more information, check the official Festival website (in Korean only)

For localisation, go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families