Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan

Cherry blossom season is one of the most beautiful time of the year in Korea, the street is covered with the charming and romantic scenes like dramas thanks to the pink petals of cherry blossoms.

sakuraHowever, the cherry blossoms are not in full bloom for so long, it might take only from one to two weeks, so making a plan is everything to make sure you don’t miss out on such an amazing time of the year. Check out on 2017 cherry forecast for South Korea to know the best time to visit South Korea for sakura season.

Best time to see cherry blossoms in South Korea

Cherry trees burst into bloom at different times at different region, but it usually blooms between late March to mid-April, take a look at the expected forecast will help you have an idea about your itinerary.

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Region Expected Cherry Blossom Dates
Jeju Island Late March
Busan Late March – early April
Gwangju Early April
Daegu Late March – early April
Seoul Mid-April
Incheon Mid-April
Jeolla Province Late March – early April
Gyeongsang Province Early April
North Chungcheong Province Early to mid-April
South Chungcheong Province Early to mid-April

Here are the 5 best cherry blossom festivals that will take place in Korea in 2017 you should not be missed!

1. Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival, Seoul

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival, SeoulYeouido Island is located right on the Han River is one of the most popular places to see sakura flower in Korea. With more than 1,600 cherry trees, this festival attracts hundreds of tourists and local alike each year.

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Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival, Seoul

Especially, cars are restricted during the festival so you can take a stroll under romantic canopies of pink cherry trees. Besides, you can also get a chance to taste the yummy street food or join unique street performances.

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival, SeoulLocation: Yeouido Han River Park
When: April 1st to April 8th
How to get: Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Yeouinaru Station (Exit 1), or Subway Line 9 to National Assembly Station (Exit 6). Basic fare is $1.50 (KRW 1,350) for adults and $0.50 (KRW 450) for children.
Website: http://tour.ydp.go.kr/

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2. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival As one of the largest artificial lake of South Korea with the area of 147.400m², Seokchon Lake is the ideal place to fully enjoy the atmosphere of South Korean spring with rows of cherry blossom trees.

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival During the Seokchon Lake cherry blossom festival, there are many cultural activities, performances and exhibitions will take place along the roads.

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival Don’t miss a chance to visit Seokchon Lake to have a deeper insight into South Korean’s culture. What is more, Lotte World amusement park is located right next to the lake for entertainment or sightseeing.

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival Location: Seokchon Lake Park
When: April 10 to April 12
How to get: Take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Jamsil Station (Exit 2). Basic fare is $1.50 (KRW 1,350) for adults and $0.50 (KRW 450) for children.
Website: http://english.songpa.go.kr/eng/

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3. Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan Only an hour drive from Busan, Jinhae is home to the largest cherry blossom festivals of South Korea, attracts millions of people each year. The festival lasts for 10 days from April 1st to 10th with many exciting activities such as art performances, street parade.

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan Don’t miss the Romance Bridge here as this bridge is well known as the shooting location for the Korean drama named “Romance”. Gyeonghwa train station is also a perfect spot to take stunning photos. The train runs only during the 10-day festival, take a train here to see cherry blossoms is definitely a must-do in South Korea.

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan The most wonderful spots to catch the beautiful cherry flowers in Jinhae are Gyeonghwa train station, Yeojwa streams, Jehwangsan Park, …

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan Location: Jinhae Gunhangje
When: April 1st to 10th
How to get: Take a bus from Seobu Terminal in Busan. The bus ride from Busan to Jinhae is 45 min to 1 hour and costs $6 (KRW 5,100) for a one-way trip.
Best spots: Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge, Nesumyeon eco park, Gyeonghwa station
Website: http://gunhang.changwon.go.kr/

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Flower Festival, Busan

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4. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan Gyeongju is favored by many foreigners as there are so many historical sites and stunning natural landscapes in Gyeongju. In cherry flowers season, Gyeongju is even more attractive with white and pink petals fill the air, especially Cheomseongdae observatory area to the Heungmu Park.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan One of the peach blossom viewing sites in Gyeongju favored by tourists and photographers is Bomun gazebo – a small wooden gazebo by the peaceful lake Bomun.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan Seokguram Grotto in Bulguksa Temple Anapji is recommended to be visited at night because of the breathtaking view.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, Busan Location: all over Gyeongju
When: April 5th to 13th
How to get: Take an express bus from Busan Central Bus Terminal. It takes about 50 minutes Busan to Gyeongju by bus and costs $5.50 (KRW 4,800) for a one-way trip.
Best spots: Bomun lake, Bulguksa, Anapji

5. Cherry blossom festival on Jeju Island

Cherry blossom festival on Jeju IslandJeju island is always a peaceful and fascinating place in springtime, especially when the cherry flowers burst into gorgeous bloom. Jeju cherry blossoms are also regarded as the most magnificent flowers in South Korea thanks to its large and beautiful petals, giving a noble beauty as the King of cherry blossom.

Cherry blossom festival on Jeju IslandDuring the festival, you have a chance to immerse yourself into the romance just like dramas, watching outdoor music concerts and flower exhibition are also very appealing and worthy your time. Remember to bring your cameras to take postcards-like photos with your lovers and friends.

Cherry blossom festival on Jeju IslandNote that the cherry flowers are only in full bloom about 3 days, you should check the official forecast and keep update with the festival.

Cherry blossom festival on Jeju Island

Cherry blossom festival on Jeju IslandLocation: Jeju Island
When: March 23th to 30th
How to get: From Jeju International Airport, take the Airport Limousine bus (route 600) to Seogwipo. Journey time is around 1 hour and costs $5.80 (KRW 5,000) for a one-way trip.
Website: http://www.jejutour.go.kr/

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Seeing cherry blossom is absolutely a dream of many people, especially girls. Don’t just dream about this, plan your journey, book a flight and head to South Korea to fulfill your sense of adventure.

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