If you have plan to enjoying cherry blossom flowers this spring, beside Japan, Korea also has many interesting spots to enjoy the beauty of the sakura when spring arrives.
Typically, cherry blossoms in Korea are marked by the holding of flower festivals in each region of different times. Just like Japan, cherry blossom in Korea usually starts from the south then move to north. The sakura blossom schedule in Korea usually starts from the south (Jeju Island) and then heads to north (Incheon). Well for those of you who want to go to Korea this spring, here’s the estimated time of cherry blossom in Korea 2018 and where the best place to see it based on various sources that could be a reference time for your vacation to Korea.
1. Jeju Island
Jeju Island is the first area in Korea to see blooming Sakura. Every year there is Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival at wangbeotggot (왕 벚꽃) which is a typical sakura type in Jeju. The best time to see sakura on Jeju Island is 23 – 30 March 2018. Besides sakura, canola flowers also popular in Jeju! This flower will bloom and decorate jeju from late March to early April.
The best place to see the blooming Sakura in Jeju:
- Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival (제주 왕 벚꽃 축제)
- Jeju High School (제주 고등학교)
- Halla Arboretum (한라 수목원)
2. Busan And Gyeongsangnam-do
The next area is Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do which are located nearby. In both cities there are many cherry spots and festivals that can be enjoyed. There is even an iconic place to see the beauty of the blossoming sakura at Yeojwacheon Stream located in Jinhae, Gyeongsangnam-do. The best time to see sakura in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do is March 23 – April 2, 2018.
The best place to see the blooming Sakura in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do:
- Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival
- Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival
- Gyeonghwa Station Jungwon Rotary Ecological Park in Naesu-myeon
- Jehwangsan Park
The next area is Daegu which is the fourth largest city in South Korea. There are so many beautiful spots to see the sakura blooms around Daegu. The best time to see sakura in Daegu is March 26 – April 2, 2018.
The best place to see the blooming Sakura in Daegu:
- Yongyeonsa Temple Cherry Blossom Street
- Suseong Lake
- Seongseo Campus of Keimyung University
- Duryu Park
- Jijeo-dong Cherry Blossom Tunnel
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea which also has many interesting spots to see the sakura bloom. The best time estimate to see sakura in Gwangju is 29 March – 5 April 2018.
The best place to see the sakura blossom in Gwangju:
- Bamboo Forest
- Juknokwon Gwangju National Museum
- Sajik Park
- Sangnok Hall
The province that used to be the capital of Gwangju also has many spots to see the blooming sakura that can be visited, such as in Yeosu, Mokpo, Naju, Muan, Gurye. The best time to see sakura at Jeollanam-do is between late March and early April.
The best place to see the sakura blossom in Jeollanam-do:
- Seomjingang Riverside Cherry Flower Festival
- Wolmyeong Dong Park
- Boseong Daewonsa Temple
- Seomjingang Cherry Blossom Road
- Hwagae Market
Want to feel the thrill of marathon under the shade of cherry blossoms? Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon is held annually to celebrate the cherry blossom in this area. The best time to see sakura in Gyeongju is early April and Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon will be held on April 7, 2018. \
The best place to see the sakura blossom in Gyeongju:
- Seokguram Grotto at Bulguksa Temple
- Bomunho Lake
- Bomun Lakeside Stage
- Dongbu Historic Site
Furthermore, there are also Gangwon-do area which also have many hits place to see blooming sakura, such as in Wonju, Chuncheon, Gangneung, Sokcho, Tebaek, Pyeongchang. The best time to see sakura in Gangwon-do is between early – mid April 2018.
The best place to see the sakura blossom in Gangwon-do:
- Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival in
- Gyeongpodae Lake
- Nami Island.
The capital of South Korea also has a lot of cherry festivals and beautiful spots to enjoy the beauty of the blooming cherry blossoms. The best time estimate to see sakura in Seoul is April 6 – 13, 2018.
The best place to see the sakura bloom in Seoul:
- Han River
- Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
- Yeouiseo-ro Street
- Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival / Lotte World Jamsil
- Kyung Hee University
- Seoul Forest
- Seoul Grand Park
- Changdeokgung Palace
- Deoksugung Palace
- Unhyeongung Palace
- Changgyeonggung Palace
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Inwang Mountain
- Samcheong-dong cherry blossoms
- Namsan Park
- Yangjaecheon cherry blossoms
- Seoul National Cemetery
- Geumcheon-gu Cherry Blossom Road
- Hapjeong Cafe Street
- Hongdae Dream Forest
- Seoul Children’s Grand Park 어린이 대공원
Incheon became the last city in Korea to enjoy the cherry blossom. The best time to see sakura in Incheon is April 9 – 153, 2018.
The best place to see the sakura bloom in Incheon:
- Incheon Grand Park
- Jayu Park (Freedom Park)
- Wolmi Park
- Subong Park
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