Sakura season in Korea!
It’s not too late to start planning your cherry blossom pilgrimage in South Korea! This once a year phenomenon will leave the towns painted millennial pink this spring. If you’re lucky enough to be in South Korea this spring, get ready to see everything with rose-tinted glasses as you join in the sakura madness. Read on to find out the best viewing spots as well as their forecasted bloom date!
|Jeju||23 – 30 March|
|Jinhae||26 March – 30 April|
|Seoul||6 – 13 April|
|Gwangju||29 March – 5 April|
Jeju 23-30 March
1. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, Seogwipo
Head to Jeju to experience some of the biggest and most luxurious cherry blossoms! Home to the King Cherry Trees, the petals of these sakura flowers can be seen all over the island. The prime viewing spot is definitely downtown Seogwipo and the Jeju Sports Complex.
Do note that the full bloom only lasts for 2-3 days so be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the forecasts as the date approaches to experience the best of these king blossoms.
Source : Livingnomads
However, if you do happen to miss the full blooms, if you head over in the end of March to early April, the island will not only be painted sakura pink but also covered in yellow canola flowers.
While in Jeju, experience the highlights of Southern Jeju on Tripsle’s Southern Jeju tour! Get in touch with Mother Nature as you trek up the UNESCO world heritage site Mt Hallasan or feel the sea breeze against your face at Junsangeolli Cliff.
Tripsle me to Southern Jeju!
Jinhae – 26 March
2. Jinhae Guhangje Festival (진해군항제)
The port city of Jinhae is the perfect spot for that pastel pink perfect picture! The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is one of Korea’s biggest cherry blossom festivals. Tripsle yourselves a Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival experience and let an experienced guide take you to the BEST cherry blossom viewing spots : Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station.
Tripsle me to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
If you’re looking for the V.I.P treatment, Tripsle yourselves a V.I.P Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival tour instead! Since you’re setting off from Seoul in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll definitely want the comfiest seats to catch a wink or two on the way there. With blankets, fruits, a light breakfast and even USB chargers, your journey will be a breeze.
Apart from the pastel pink covered streets, you’ll even get to visit the Naval Academy Museum to learn a thing or two about the history of the port city. Another perk of the tour is definitely the Cherry Blossom cake – this festival exclusive sweet treat is definitely not to be missed.
|Standard Tour Bus
Admission tickets, Breakfast (bread + water), Jinhae Cherry Blossom Cake, Round trip transportation to/from Seoul in a 45-seater bus, English/Chinese speaking guide
|V.I.P Tour Bus
Admission tickets, Breakfast (bread + fruits + Evian bottled water), Jinhae Cherry Blossom Cake, Blanket, Round trip transportation to/from Seoul in a 20-seater Tripsle-exclusive VIP bus, English/Chinese speaking guide
Seoul 6- 13 April
3. Yeouido – Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
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Located along the Han River, this is one of the best spots for cherry blossom viewing in Seoul. With more than 18,000 cherry blossom trees, you can expect a plethora of sakura flowers here.
The Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival also boasts exciting food booths, performances and events to complete your cherry blossom experience. We’d pack a picnic and spend the whole day there if we were you!
Address: Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Nearest Station: Yeouido Station (Exit 5 or 9) or Yeoinaru Station (Exit 1) or National Assembly Station (Exit 6)
4. Seokcheon Lake
The only time you’ll see the clear blue waters of the Seokcheon Lake pink is during sakura season! The best part – it’s located near Lotte World making it the perfect stop before or after your Lotte World adventure. After all the adrenaline from the rides, strolling along the calming sakura lined lanes will definitely be the perfect ending to your day.
Don’t forget to Tripsle your Lotte World tickets for open-dated mobile e-vouchers to skip the queues! This way, you can even time your Lotte World visit according to the full blooms of the sakuras. Be sure to also check out the Tripsle guide to Lotte World for hacks on conquering the park.
Address: 148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Nearest Station: Jamsil Station Exit 2 or 10
Tripsle me to Lotte World
5. Namsan Park
Standing at 262 meters tall, Namsan Park on the hill is undoubtedly one of the best and most popular places for sakura viewing! With one of the longest stretch of sakura trees, you can be sure to get your picture perfect moment.
Tripsle your N-Seoul tower experience and get unobstructed views of the sakuras from above! Plus, since tickets are open-dated, you can plan your visit to the N-Seoul tower around the full bloom for the best viewing experience.
Tripsle me to N-Seoul tower!
6. Gyeongbukgung Palace
Source : livingnomads
You can’t miss out on the Gyeongbukgung Palace on your Korea cherry blossom pilgrimage. Don’t forget to rent a hanbok on your day of visit! Not only will you get free entry to the palace, you’ll also be able to level up your Instagram game!
Tripsle me a Hanbok!
7. Nami Island
Nami island is turns into a pink paradise during cherry blossom season. Since all the wires are hidden underground, you won’t have lines cutting across your photos, making this the perfect cherry blossom viewing spot!
#Tripsle Tip : Get the best photos along the Cherry Tree lane in front of the Water Stages Swimming Pool.
Be sure to Tripsle your round trip transfer to Nami Island for a hassle-free trip!
8. Seoul Cherry Blossom Chase
If you just want to be brought around and have the cherry blossoms surround you, we’ve got just the thing for you! Tripsle your cherry blossom Seoul chase and have an experienced local guide take you to the country’s most beautiful sakura spots. Depending on the day of the tour, your guide will select the best viewing spots!
All you’ll need to prepare is a fully charged camera and your million dollar smile for all those picture perfect moments that await.
Gyeongju – early April
9. Gyeongju Cherry Marathon – 7 April
Taking the term cherry blossom chase to a whole other level is the Gyeongju Cherry Marathon! While running tires most of us out, we’d definitely fancy running along sakura lined roads. The route also passes through the cherry blossom lined paths of the Bomunho Lake, one of the most picturesque spots in Gyeongju!
Be sure to Tripsle a KR pass for your KTX journey to Gyeongju if you’re heading there from Seoul!
Gwangju – 29 March – 5 April
10. Gwangju Bamboo Forest
The Juknokwon Bamboo Forest comes alive with bursts of pastel pink and white flowers during sakura season! Even if you can’t make it to Japan’s Arashiyama forest, you can enjoy the same experience in South Korea. Stroll along the calming bamboo forest and enjoy the cherry blossoms without breaking a sweat in this spring weather!
You’ll also be needing your KR pass for your visit to Gwangju!
Sakura essentials in Korea
Now that you’ve got your sakura viewing spots all covered, you’ll be needing these essentials to complete your trip. The 4G WiFi device will come in handy for all your Instagram moments and also for navigating the streets of Korea. You’ll also be needing a Korea Railplus transport card to get to those sakura pink spots!
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