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Korea Cherry Blossom festivals: Top Famous Festivals You Should Know

Korea cherry blossom festivals are the most desirable ones every spring. Despite it, the Korean usually go traveling according to seasons. For example, in winter, they go skiing. In autumn, they watch the red maple leaves. And in summer, they immerse in streams. Also, in spring, they see cherry blossom blooming. Cherry blossom is the embodiment of spring and the most popular one in Korea, along with other typical flowers. Hence, Korea cherry blossom festivals attract lots of the residents to contemplate their beauty. Therefore, in this article, All Know-How will introduce the most famous Korea cherry blossom festivals as some recommendations for your traveling in Korea.

In Korea, cherry blossom festivals are the most desirable ones in every spring
In Korea, cherry blossom festivals are the most desirable ones in every spring

Introduction About Korean Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is time when buds and fragrant flowers spring, which is the most beautiful season in a year.
Spring is time when buds and fragrant flowers spring, which is the most beautiful season in a year.

In Korean, 봄 (/bom/) means “spring”, originating from보다 (/boda/ ) which means “to see, to watch”. Hence, it means “to admire” or “to watch” hundreds of flowers blooming. In Korea, spring is the time when buds and fragrant flowers spring. And it is also the most beautiful season in a year.

The very Korean cherry blossoms make the spring's atmosphere radiant
The very Korea cherry blossoms make the spring’s atmosphere radiant

Spring often begins in mid-March and lasts until the late April. However, some spring messengers bloom before cherry blossoms. Nevertheless, when the weather becomes a bit warmer, from the mid-March, cherry blossoms will bloom. They spring from the southern warm lands such as Jeju island, to the central provinces and also up to the northern provinces.

Korea cherry blossoms spring simultaneously from the very thin branches in winter. As a result, the very Korea cherry blossoms make the atmosphere radiant. Moreover, as the cherry blossom forest swings, we cannot help admiring and being charmed by its beauty. However, the blooming period is very short, usually about a half month. So, we need to take advantage of the precious periods to admire the beauty of the Korean cherry blooms.

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Korea Cherry Blossom Festivals

1. Korean Cherry Blossom Festival on Jeju island

Jeju is not only a beautiful island in northern Korea but also s a homeland of flowers
Jeju is not only a beautiful island in northern Korea but also s a homeland of flowers

 

 It is also the first place to welcome spring
It is also the first place to welcome spring

Jeju – a beautiful island in northern Korea – is a homeland of flowers and the first place to welcome spring. Hence,  this island is really the realm of cherry blossoms. On this island, the cherry blossoms spring fully with the largest and the most fascinating petals. Besides, these Korea cherry blossom festivals bring a noble beauty different from cherry blossoms in other places. Additionally, taking part in this festival, we can both contemplating the cherry blossoms and enjoy the romantic musical melodies. This year, the festival focuses on the photo-taking areas and orchid and native wildflower exhibitions. This assists us to admire different floras peculiar to this island. Moreover, with the installation of the lighting system, we can participate in the festival both day and night.

 Besides, these Korean cherry blossoms bring a noble beauty different from cherry blossoms in other places
Besides, these Korean cherry blossoms bring a noble beauty different from cherry blossoms in other places

How to get there:

From Jeju International Airport, take bus 95 or 110 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, 11 minutes. Then take a 10-minute walk to the Jeju Stadium as shown below.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/8a6mo

Time: From March 31st to April 9th, 2018

Address: near Jeju Stadium

Phone number: (+82) 064-728-2752~4

Website: http://www.jejutour.go.kr/

2. Korean Cherry Blossom Festival in Eworld, Daegu

 Korean cherry blossom in Eworld park brings a gentle beauty
Korea cherry blossom festivals in Eworld park brings a gentle beauty

 

The road at the bottom of Palgongsan mountain is an ideal place to see cherry blossoms with free of charge
The road at the bottom of Palgongsan mountain is an ideal place to see cherry blossoms with free of charge

Eworld is the largest amusement park in Daegu city, a miniature version of amusement park Everland. But the entrance ticket price is relatively expensive. However, if we only enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms, we can watch at Palgongsan mountain. It is free of charge.

This place is very suitable for spending time on leisure with friends or families. It would be great if we went to Eworld in the Korea cherry blossom festivals. Besides entertaining, we also watch cherry blossoms blooming, take romantic photos with the charming spring here.

How to get there:

From the train station Duryu on the train way No.2, exit No. 15, walk about 340 meters (6 minutes) as shown in the map below.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/8aj5v

Phone number: (+82) 053-620-0001

Opening hours: 10 am – 22 pm

Ticket prices:
20000 KRW: including the entrance ticket, free watching art performances and visiting the zoo
30000 KRW: including the entrance ticket, playing games, and the entrance ticket to Magic Art in the Tower 83.

Website: http://www.eworld.kr/

3. Korean Cherry Blossom Festival at Daejeo Park, Busan

 A corner of cherry blossoms blooming
A corner of cherry blossoms blooming

 

The road full of cherry blossoms brings a peaceful feeling to visitors
The road full of cherry blossoms brings a peaceful feeling to visitors

The ecological park Daejeo besides Nakdonggang river has 3 famous beautiful blossom festivals. They are the cherry blossom festival, the rape flower festival, and cosmos flower festival in autumn.

How to get there:

Gangseo Office station on the train way No.3, exit No.1, walk about 20 minutes as in the map below

Map: http://dmaps.kr/8bj3z.

Phone number: (+82) 051-971-6011

Ticket price: free

Website: http://www.bsgangseo.go.kr/

4. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, Gyeongnam Province

The typical image of Korean cherry blossom festival in Jinhae - a train travels under rows of cherry blossoms
The typical image of Korea cherry blossom festival in Jinhae – a train travels under rows of cherry blossoms

Jinhae Gunhang Festival occurs at Dongsin ward, Jinhae district, Changwon city, Gyeongnam province. On April 13rd, 1952, they made the bronze statue to honor and commemorate the admiral Lee Sun Shin in Jinhae district. The festival took place in 1952 for the first time, when they built his statue at Bokwon intersection in Jinhae city. After that, the ceremony happened. Then, in 1963, the official name of this festival was Jinhae Gunhang Festival, after the name of the military base at Jinhae port. From then, it has become an annual festival.

Besides watching the beauty of cherry blossoms, visitors also take a rest under the canopies
Besides watching the beauty of cherry blossoms, visitors also take a rest under the canopies

The number of people coming here to admire the extreme beauty of the cherry blossoms increases annually. More interestingly, all of the cherry blossom trees were cut down as people thought they were the wreckage of Japanese imperialism. Nevertheless, in 1962, they identified the origin of these cherry blossom trees was on Jeju island, the misunderstanding was removed.

The places with the most fascinating cherry blossoms

1. Korean Naval Academy

Walking along the railway while admiring cherry blossoms is very interesting
Walking along the railway while admiring cherry blossoms is very interesting

Jinhae in Gunhang area – the cradle of navy – is full of color of the cherry blossoms every April. Coming here, we not only see many cherry blossoms springing but also watch military performances. Besides, they help us to explore the history of this land as well as commemorate the admiral Lee Sun Shin. Additionally, we have a chance to participate in lots of plentiful sideline festivals with typical cultures.

Moreover, visiting this place in the time of the festival happening, we also visit the famous Korean turtle ship and the Korean Naval Academy Museum. The base of the Korea Naval Academy is very famous for its ancient and solemn cherry blossom trees. But it just opens for the residents to visit. However, we also can have an opportunity to have a full view of this place by 10-minute bus.

2. Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station

The cherry blossom road besides Yeojwacheon Stream
The cherry blossom road besides Yeojwacheon Stream

 

The Romantic bridge crossing the stream makes the scene more attractive and charming
The Romantic bridge crossing the stream makes the scene more attractive and charming

They are 2 places that are must not be missed if we want to admire the charming beauty of the cherry blossoms in Jinhae. Especially, Gyeonghwa Station has an extremely outstanding landscape once voted to be one of 50 must-visit landscapes in Korea by CNN. Furthermore, Yeojwacheon Stream consists of a 1.5-kilometer cherry blossom road and it is also an ideal spot for taking pictures. Besides, this place is also the setting of several romantic Korean films. More specially, the Romantic bridge is cross the stream, making it more attractive and charming.

Especially, Gyeonghwa Station has an extremely outstanding landscape that we must not miss
Especially, Gyeonghwa Station has an extremely outstanding landscape that we must not miss

3. Jehwangsan Park

The beauty of these cherry blossoms always charms visitors
The beauty of these cherry blossoms always charms visitors

Reaching Jehwangsan Park, we will encounter an area with full of the color of the cherry blossoms mixed with the blue of the gentle sea. In addition, we also have a chance to climb the Ilnyeon Gyedan’s stairs including 365 ones representing one year. This not only trains our health but also helps us admire the beauty of the cherry blossoms and apricot blossoms.

How to get there:

From Masan express bus terminal, crossing the road to catch a bus No. 760. After passing 22 bus terminals (27 minutes), go off. All of Jungwon area is where the festival takes place.

To reach the old Ganghwa station to have beautiful photos, take a 420-meter walk to Jinhae bus terminal. After that, catch a bus No. 307, 315, 315-1 or 315-2 to pass 9 bus terminals (about 10 minutes). Or we can walk along the road, as many exquisite sights are along the road.

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Masan express bus terminal (240 minutes, 21000 KRW). Then catch a bus as the above guideline

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, take a bus to Masan Intercity Bus Terminal (60 minutes, 6000 KRW). From here catch a bus No. 40 to pass 40 bus terminals (52 minutes).

Map: http://dmaps.kr/89xwm

Time: from April 1st to 10th, 2018

Opening hours: 9 am to 21 pm

Ticket price: free

Phone number: (+82) 055-225-2341

Website: http://www.changwon.go.kr/

5. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at the side of Seokchon Lake, Seoul City

Seokchon Lake is really a wonderful place to enjoy completely spring in Korea
Seokchon Lake is really a wonderful place to enjoy completely spring in Korea

 

The beauty is so gentle that it makes anyone attracted
The beauty is so gentle that it makes anyone attracted

Seokchon Lake is really a wonderful place to enjoy completely spring in Korea. Rows of cherry blossom trees are around East Lake and West Lake, which leads this area to become more beautiful. This is also one of the largest-scale artificial lakes in Korea with an area ò 147.400 square meters.

The whole view of cherry blossoms blooming along Seokchon Lake
The whole view of cherry blossoms blooming along Seokchon Lake

During the festival, along the road in Seokchon Lake park are many featured cultural activities and arts.

How to get there:

From Jamsil train station, on the train way No.2 and No. 8, exit No. 3, walk 5 minutes to go to Songpanaru park. All of the areas of East Lake and West Lake behind Lotte World amusement park is where the festival happens.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmn

Time: from April 5th to 13th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 02 -2147-2806-2812

Ticket price: free

Website: http://culture.songpa.go.kr/

6. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Daecheong Park, Daejeon City

Daecheong Park draws attention from many visitors to come here to admire cherry blossoms
Daecheong Park draws attention from many visitors to come here to admire cherry blossoms

The festival occurs at Daecheong park, where Geumgang river and Daejeon dam stand. In addition to the festival, there are several free music performances.

How to get there:

From Daejeon Intercity Bus Terminal, catch a bus No 2 to pass 9 bus terminals (27 minutes) and go off. Then catch a bus No. 72 to cross 11 bus terminals (16 minutes).

Map: http://dmaps.kr/8ccci

Ticket price: free

Website: http://www.daedeok.go.kr/

7. Korea Cherry Blossom in Gyeongju City, Gyeongbuk Province

 Bomun Gazebo is also a good spot to enjoy the beauty of Korean spring and cherry blossoms
Bomun Gazebo is also a good spot to enjoy the beauty of Korean spring and cherry blossoms

 

 Cherry blossoms surrounding Bomun Gazebo
Cherry blossoms surrounding Bomun Gazebo

One of the most favorite places to contemplate the cherry blossoms in Gyeongju is Bomun Gazebo. It is a small wood gazebo next to quiet Bomun Lake – a good spot to enjoy the beauty of Korean spring. Furthermore, we also admire how four seasons in Korea change. In spring, the cherry blossoms spring charmingly.  But in summer, the cool blue color covers the whole area. Then, in autumn, the area wears a yellow-leaf coat. And finally, in winter, snow covers the gazebo’s roof.

How to get there:

From Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, catch a bus No. 10, 150-1, 16 or 100-1 to pass 18 bus terminals (32 minutes) and go off at Hyundai hotel bus terminal

The festival takes place in the whole Gyeongju city; however, Bomun Lake or Cheomseongdae Observatory are the optimal places to see the wonderful spring moments.

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal. Then, follow the above guidelines

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, then follow the above instruction.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/45kuq

Time: April 6th to 15th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 054-779-6078

Ticket price: free

Website: http://www.cherryblossomfestival.kr

8. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Hwagae Market, Gyeongnam Province

 When April comes, Hwagae seems to wear a white snow coat – the white cherry blossoms
When April comes, Hwagae seems to wear a white snow coat – the white cherry blossoms

 

The attractiveness lies in the Hwagae traditional markets which are famous historically and many restaurants serving local traditional dishes
The attractiveness lies in the Hwagae traditional markets which are famous historically and many restaurants serving local traditional dishes

When April comes, Hwagae seems to wear a white snow coat – the white cherry blossoms. Additionally, one of the attractive things in the festival is Ten- Mile Cherry Blossom Road. This road prolongs about 4.5 kilometers, also known as “Wedding path”. In addition, if lovers went along this road hand in hand, they would get married and live happily forever.

 If lovers went along this road hand in hand, they would get married and live happily forever.
If lovers went along this road hand in hand, they would get married and live happily forever.

Besides the fascinating beauty of the cherry blossoms, a series of interesting seasonal shows and cultural activities also happen here. The attractiveness lies in the Hwagae traditional markets which are famous historically and many restaurants serving local traditional dishes. Also, we can taste Euneo-hoe (fresh sliced fish), and Chamgetang (large crabs boiled in soup).

How to get there:

From Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus No. 35-1 to cross 20 bus terminals (1 hour). Then go off at Hwagae bus terminal, and we will see Hwagae market on the roadside.

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, after that follow the above instruction.

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, then follow the above instruction.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovma

Time: April 7th to 8th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 055-883-5715

Ticket price: free

Website: http://tour.hadong.go.kr/

9. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival besides Seomjin River, Jeonnam Province

The cherry blossom road beside Seomjin River
The cherry blossom road beside Seomjin River

 

A corner of cherry blossoms springing along Seomjin River
A corner of cherry blossoms springing along Seomjin River

Seomjin is famous for the cleanest water among 5 Korean largest rivers. Moreover, it also plays a role as a border between 2 provinces including Jeonnam and Gyeognam. In March, Baegun mountain is covered with the white color of lots of white-dotted flowers blooming.

In addition to the white-dotted flowers, a row of cherry blossom trees along Seomjin river, crossing Jukma village, Muncheon commune, Gure district, also creates a mysterious and attractive beauty for this land.

Coming here in spring, we must visit Gokseong district to experience the ancient train which travels along the Seomjin river. Nonetheless, we can also ride a bike on the non-use railway from Chimgok station to Gajeong station. Furthermore, it is a favorite vehicle of many families and couples.

How to get there:

From Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, catch a city bus to cross 8 bus terminals (14 minutes) and go off. Continue to walk 1.2 kilometers (18 minutes) to reach Pyeongsari park. Seomjingang road is the place of festival happening.

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, after that follow the above instruction.

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to Hadong Intercity Bus Terminal, then follow the above instruction.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmh

Time: April 7th to 8th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 061-780-2820

Ticket price: free

Website: http://tour.gurye.go.kr/

10. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Palgongsan Moutain, Daegu City

Briliant cherry blossoms at Palgongsan mountain
Briliant cherry blossoms at Palgongsan mountain

 

The road to Palgonsan mountain becomes brilliant with the white cherry blossoms
The road to Palgonsan mountain becomes brilliant with the white cherry blossoms

Palgongsan mountain stands in north-east Daegu and is about 20 kilometers from the city center. In spring, Palgonsan mountain becomes brilliant with the white cherry blossoms. The festival happens at fountain square in Donghwa at Palgongsan mountain with many art performances. Furthermore, in autumn, Palgongsan mountain is famous for the Red Leaf road and the White nut road lying between Donghwasa and Pagyesa. Hence, this scene is considered as the most charming scene in autumn at the bottom of Palgongsan mountain.

Other places to see the cherry blossoms includes Apsan park, Woobang tower, Daegu nursing home, Mangwoo park, Gyeongsan gamyeong park, and Gukchaebosang memorial park.

How to get there:

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmg

Time: April 11th to 15th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 053-602-5900

Ticket price: free

Website: http://www.palgongsan.org

11. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Cheongpung Lake, Chungbuk Province

Thousands of adult cherry blossoms stand with full of pride
Thousands of adult cherry blossoms stand with full of pride

Jecheon city belongs to Chungbuk province, Korea. This city is well-known for its mountains and beautiful ecological lakes. Moreover, it is also the main railway transport hub with other lines such as Jungang, Chungbuk, and Taebaek. The surroundings and some tourist attractions such as Uirimji Lake, Cheongpung Lake, and Cheongpung cultural area are worth seeing.

Cheongpung Lake brings a mysterious scene for us; hence, we must not miss this spot when visiting Jecheon.  Besides, the cherry blossom festival takes place along the 13-kilometer road next to Cheongpung Lake. Here, thousands of adult cherry blossoms stand with full of pride.

We not only contemplate cherry blossoms but also immerse in the quiet atmosphere
We not only contemplate cherry blossoms but also immerse in the quiet atmosphere

Reaching Jecheon, we both contemplate cherry blossoms and immerse in the quiet atmosphere and enjoy specialties. This place is also famous for its Chinese medicine.  Moreover, Jecheon is also a place to go jogging. Cheongpung bridge with its friendly-environment design helps us see the beautiful scenes as crossing it.

How to get there:

From Jecheon Intercity Bus Terminal, walk 400 meters (7 minutes) to Jungang park. Then catch a bus No. 950, 953, 970, 980 or 982 to cross 38 bus terminals (56 minutes) to Cheongpoong Lake. The whole road is the place of the festival occurring.

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Jecheon Intercity Bus Terminal .After that follow the above instruction.

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to Jecheon Intercity Bus Terminal. Then follow the above instruction.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmf

Time: April 13th to 15th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 043-641-5517

Ticket price: free

Website: http://tour.jecheon.go.kr/

12. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Yeouido, Seoul Capital

Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is an annual festival in Yeouido island
Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is an annual festival in Yeouido island

 

Rows of cherry blossoms along the Han river with full of white color covers the whole area.
Rows of cherry blossoms along the Han river with full of white color covers the whole area.

Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is an annual festival in Yeouido island, and also the most famous one in Korea. Each year, this festival attracts more than 4 million people all over the world to see spring flowers. Especially, rows of cherry blossoms along the Han river with full of white color covers the whole area.

 One of street performances during the festival
One of street performances during the festival

The feature is that over 1400 cherry blossom trees from Jeju island are here. During the festival, cars are restricted around the congressional area so that visitors have space to admire blossoms. At night, the blossoms become more and more fascinating under lots of colorful lights hanging over the trees. Besides, the residents love walking along the Han river, and join street performances and flower exhibitions.

The feature is that over 1400 cherry blossom trees are from Jeju island
The feature is that over 1400 cherry blossom trees are from Jeju island

How to get there:

From Yeouinaru train station on the train way No.5, exit No.2, walk 10 minutes crossing the crossroad at Mapo bridge. The whole Yeouiseo-ro road from Kookmin bank to the congressional area is where the festival happens.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmb

Time: from April 7th to 12th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 02 -2670-3114

Ticket price: free

Website: http://tour.ydp.go.kr

13. Korea Cherry Blossom Festival at Gyeongpodae, Gangwon Province

The charming beauty of cherry blossoms at Gyeongpodae, Gangwon Province
The charming beauty of cherry blossoms at Gyeongpodae, Gangwon Province

 

 The color of cherry blossoms covers the whole area
The color of cherry blossoms covers the whole area

Gyeongpodae beach is the largest one in eastern Korea, just 1 kilometer from Gyeongpodae Pavilion. Furthermore, it attracts lots of visitors in the summer. However, the most typical one is the cherry blossom road along the beach. In addition, the wood road under the bridge helps us take photos, see cherry blossoms and enjoy the beach scene.

How to get there:

From Gangneung Express Bus Terminal, cross the road to catch the city bus No. 202 or 202-1 to pass 9 bus terminals (24 minutes). Go off at Gyeongpodae bus terminal. This is where the festival occurs

In Seoul: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Gangneung Express Bus Terminal, after that follow the above instruction.

In Busan: From Busan Central Bus Terminal, catch a bus to Gangneung Express Bus Terminal, then follow the above instruction.

Map: http://dmaps.kr/ovmj

Time: April 6th to 12th, 2018

Phone number: (+82) 033-640-5807

Ticket price: free

Website: http://www.gntour.go.kr

These above are the most beautiful Korea cherry blossom festivals that we should visit in spring. Coming to these places, we will immerse in the gentle, mysterious and romantic beauty of cherry blossoms, making us much attracted. For other information about different cherry blossom festivals, follow and read other articles at All Know-How.

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