Cherry Blossoms In Korea & Seoul: All The Best Blossoms

If you’re travelling to Korea during early springtime, you’ll definitely want to know where to see cherry blossoms in Korea. The most magnificent time of year, spring is a season of rebirth and growth, bringing forth splendour and renewed vigour for the year ahead.

The definitive symbol of this season is the humble cherry blossom. It explodes across Korea in early spring, blessing everyone with its fleeting beauty. Make your trip to Korea even more magical with incredible pictures of yourself, dressed up in traditional Korean hanbok, basking in the snowy, pink cherry blossoms.

You can’t go anywhere in Korea without seeing cherry blossoms strutting their stuff along rivers, outside traditional houses, or crowning otherwise dull streets. Don’t miss your chance to join in with millions of Koreans across the country who emerge from the long winter to embrace the spring.

Cherry blossoms are a fleeting sensation that only last around 10 days each year. Be sure to plan ahead and work out where to see cherry blossoms in Korea when you visit.

If you’re interested in other festivals in Korea, be sure to check out these articles:

The 40 Best Festivals In Korea

Spring Festivals In Korea

Winter Festivals In Korea

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Joel with cherry blossoms at Seokcheon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

My Top Places For Cherry Blossoms In Korea

I love seeing cherry blossoms in Korea during springtime. Leaping out in a pinky-white wave across Korea, heralding the start of spring. The blossoms are the perfect antidote to the cold, dark winter that grips Korea for several months beforehand, and marks the start of warmer weather and prettier sights all round. Here’s 3 of my favourite places to see cherry blossoms in Korea.

1: Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival – Jinhae goes all out to put on a cherry blossom extravaganza. If you can make the journey down south, you’ll be rewarded with a city dressed up in pink and white blossoms. Has to be seen to be believed.

2: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival – Cherry blossoms stuff the trees and create a magical walkway along the banks of the Seokchon Lake. Take a stroll around the lake and get lost in a world of blossoms.

3: Gyeongbokgung Palace – This is one of the most incredible places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. You can get some amazing shots of the blossoms, with the pristine lake and palace grounds in the background. Even better if you’re wearing traditional Korean hanbok.

Cherry blossoms in Korea

When To Visit Korea For Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Korea come out from the end of March until early April. The blossoms start in the south on Jeju Island and slowly work their way up towards Seoul in early April.

The first place to see cherry blossoms in Korea is down in Jeju Island at the end of March. Seoul, however, is one of the last areas where the cherry blossoms bloom. Therefore, you can travel north through the country and see several cherry blossom spots on your way.

Cherry Blossom Forecast For Korea In 2021

The picture below shows you when to see cherry blossoms in Korea for each major city or area. Cities in between (such as Daejeon), should blossom some time between late March and early April.

Please note: the cherry blossom forecasts for 2021 are not available yet. I’ll update them as soon as they are ready. You can use the dates below to get a rough idea of when to travel to see the blossoms.

Cherry Blossom In Korea Forecast 2020

Here’s a quick summary of the Korean cherry blossom forecast dates for 2021:

Jeju Island 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: March 23rd
Full Bloom: March 23rd
End: March 30th

Busan 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: March 26th
Full Bloom: March 26th
End: April 2nd

Daegu 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: March 26th
Full Bloom: March 26th
End: April 2nd

Gwangju 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: March 29th
Full Bloom: March 29th
End: April 5th

Seoul 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: April 6th
Full Bloom: April 6th
End: April 13th

Incheon 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast:

Start: April 9th
Full Bloom: April 9th
End: April 15th

The cherry blossoms in Korea show themselves for about 7 days, with many still on the trees by mid-April in Seoul. I took many pictures of the beautiful blossoms in Seoul around April 11th, 2019. You can find several included in this post.

Too Early To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

If you’re travelling in Korea before the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, here are a few alternative festivals that you might be interested in:

Garden Of Morning Calm Lighting Festival – This winter lights festival provides a romantic, electric wonderland to stroll through in the dark winter days.
Runs until March 5th, 2021

Gwangyang Maehwa Apricot Blossom Festival – Too early for cherry blossoms? Then you should check out this festival dedicated to the similarly beautiful apricot plum blossoms instead.
Runs from 18th – 27th March, 2021.

Too Late To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

The cherry blossoms are early in spring but they are certainly not the only beautiful sight to behold at this time of year. Check out these festivals below as great alternative:

Goyang International Flower Festival 2020 – This is Korea’s largest flower festival and a charming way to spend a day with spring flowers. Located in outer Seoul, it’s really easy to get to the Goyang International Flower Festival.
Runs from 25th April – 11th May, 2021.

Damyang Bamboo Festival 2020 – Celebrate the generous bamboo plant at this interesting festival that has a lot of different activities, all centred around bamboo. The bamboo forest is a real breath of fresh air, providing dark and cool pathways to explore and discover.
Runs during the first week of May, 2021.

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The Best Cherry Blossom Festivals In Korea

The best way to see cherry blossoms in Korea is by attending a cherry blossom festival. These festivals go all out and have a lot of other attractions besides the colourful blossoms. You can find food trucks, cultural performances, games, and even live music at these festivals. Read on to find out the best cherry blossom festivals in Korea.

A train at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea

1: Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

The biggest and best of all of the festivals for cherry blossoms in Korea is found in Jinhae in Changwon City. More than 2 million people visit the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival each year to see the city alive with blossoms.

The trees are spread across the city, including along the banks of the beautiful Yeojwacheon Stream. You can find food and market stalls along the edge of the stream, tucked away behind the cherry trees. Head up to the top of the central hill and marvel at the waves of cherry blossoms that snake out over the city.

This is a full day out with a lot more to do than just seeing the cherry blossoms. There are also lots of cultural performances, romantic walkways, street murals for funny pictures, and delicious local foods to try out. The best way to see this festival is by booking a day tour from Seoul or Busan.

When: March 30th – April 6th, 2020

Where: Jinhae in Changwon City

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Klook and Trazy

Seokchon Lake is a great place where to see cherry blossoms in Korea

2: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

The butterfly-shaped Seokchon Lake spreads its wings most splendidly in April as it shows off these incredible cherry blossoms. The entire lake is lined with hundreds of cherry trees that explode with colour at the start of April. Visit on a sunny day to get views of the angelic blossoms reflected on the lake’s surface and falling from the heavens above.

This is a free festival that many people flock to each day. Head there early to avoid the crowds and be prepared to fight for the best spots. Fortunately, there are many great places to take those wonderful cherry blossom selfies.

You’ll also find some cultural performances near Lotte World Adventure Theme Park and food trucks near the main entrances to the lake. The nearby Seoul Sky Observatory at Lotte World Tower is also definitely worth a visit.

You can’t miss it, just look up!

When: April 6th to April 15th, 2020

Where: Seokchon Lake, Jamsil, Seoul

More Information: Visit the website for more information

A night view of cherry blossoms in Korea

3: Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 2021

Strolling along the banks of the Han River in Yeongdeungpo is a great free activity in Seoul any time of year. During cherry blossom season, it becomes even better. This is where busy Seoulites flock for some peace on the weekends, grabbing a spot on the grass to sit and enjoy the views.

I’d recommend grabbing a beer and some cup ramyeon and joining them to find out why this is a hot-spot to see cherry blossoms in Seoul.

The festival itself is located along the Yeouiseo-ro Road, home to a lot more than just cherry blossoms. In this colourful festival you’ll also find azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers all in full bloom. Stay for the night-time light show, where the flowers are all lit up as a backdrop to street performances and art exhibitions.

When: April 6th to April 15th, 2020

Where: Yeouiseo-ro Road in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

4: Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

Head to the beautiful coastal city of Gangneung to combine the blossoms with beaches. Gangneung is a wonderful city to visit any time of year, especially on New Year’s Day when people flock here to watch the first sunrise of the year. During spring, it’s the cherry blossoms that are the main draw.

Head to Gyeongpo Provincial Park and take your time wandering along the banks of the flawless lake. Cherry blossoms line the streets and the petals fall delicately along the path as you walk when the sea breeze blows through the trees. Head to the pavilion for romantic views with a loved one. With over 4km of trees to walk through, this is certainly a lovely way to spend a warm spring day away from the big cities in Korea.

You can also take part in lots of fun games and activities. For example, try your hand at natural dyeing, traditional knot tying, and traditional Korean games. Be sure to sample some of the wondrous foods on offer, including the unique flower pancakes.

When: April 6th to April 15th, 2020

Where: Gyeongpo Provincial Park, Gangneung City

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

Jeju's giant King cherry blossoms in Korea

5: Jeju’s King Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

The King cherry Trees are said to be the original, most authentic Korean cherry trees and the best of all the cherry blossoms in Korea. The blossoms are larger than other types of cherry trees in Korea, and they are bright and luxurious. Like a big pink sponge, more a full flower than a simple blossom.

Stroll along the streets of the festival, packed full of cherry blossom goods, curious arts and craft stalls, all shaded by the magnificent King cherry trees themselves. Lots of picture zones, colourful wall paintings, live performances, and delicious treats to eat.

The Jeju King Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the first to start each year, beginning in late March and lasting for a couple of weeks until the 2nd week of April.

When: March 24th to April 12th, 2020

Where: Jeju City, Jeju Island

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

Gyeongju, where you can see cherry blossoms and runners at the same time.

6: Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

A pretty festival where cherry blossoms grow around ancient Korean architecture in the historic city of Gyeongju. You’ll certainly find some of the most incredible views of traditional Korea at the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival. Not only that, you’ll have the chance to join in various activities, such as face painting, traditional games, a cherry blossom shower, and tours around the city.

Arrive on the weekend and you can watch the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon while you’re there. Runners will compete along cherry blossom-lined streets around the city. Also features live music and dance performances.

When: March 30th to April 8th, 2020

Where: Gyeongju Historic Area, Gyeongju

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

Hwagae Market, where to see cherry blossoms in Korea near Jirisan

7: Hwagae Market Cherry Blossoms Festival 2021

Located far down south in the rugged mountain areas is one of the most magical cherry blossom festivals in Korea – the Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival. What makes this so spectacular is the landscape, set out in the Korean countryside for a very different view of cherry blossoms surrounded by nature. The whole area becomes blanketed in soft, fluffy cherry blossoms, like a woollen rug laid on the hills and valleys.

The main draw to the area is the ‘marriage road‘, which is rumoured to guarantee a long and happy life together if couples walk down it holding hands. This path (pictured above) is covered by the towering cherry blossoms overhead. When the sun hits them from above, they can cast a romantic pink glow on the road below.

Besides the cherry blossoms, you can also find a range of other festival events and cultural activities to enjoy. Access is best from Gwangju, or by tour from cities like Seoul or Busan.

When: Late March – early April – dates to be confirmed

Where: Yeonghoham Hwahap Multipurpose Plaza, Hadong City

More Information: Visit the website for more information

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

Map Of Cherry Blossom Festivals In Korea

Use the map below to help you plan where to see cherry blossom festivals in Korea.

Map of Cherry Blossom Festivals In Korea

Please note: you’ll need to use Google Maps to open this map.

Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Seoul is the most popular tourist destination in Korea and this bustling capital city has so many great sights to offer. There are countless places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul – in parks, along rivers, and amongst historic buildings.

The places I’ve selected below will give you not only an abundance of cherry blossom picture opportunities, but also great backgrounds to go with them. Read on to see my recommendations for where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul.

Women wearing hanbok under cherry blossoms in Seoul

1: Seoul’s Incredible Royal Palaces

The four main palaces in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, and Deoksugung – truly come alive during cherry blossom season. The central lake at the heart of Gyeongbokgung in particular has spectacular views with cherry trees running along the edge.

Dress up in traditional Korean hanbok and stroll around the palaces in the spring weather, taking unforgettable pictures under the pink blossoms. It’s a world apart from what you can experience during a normal vacation! There’s a good reason why this is one of my top 3 places to see cherry blossoms in Korea. Find out why for yourself.

Subway Station: Anguk Station (Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung) or City Hall Station (Deoksugung).

When To Visit: Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday

Hanbok Rental Near Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

2: Seoul Grand Park

This is a great family spot in Seoul to watch cherry blossoms together. The Seoul Grand Park area is a natural wonderland located in the southern area of Seoul and a great place for views of cherry blossoms. This huge area spreads out from a central lake and includes Seoul Land amusement park, Seoul Zoo, and Seoul Grand Park.

Head down to Seoul Grand Park Subway Station and head for the lake plaza for the best views of the cherry blossoms. Stroll along the wide lake, join in with various festival activities, enjoy watching cultural activities, and more. Make it into a whole day trip by visiting Seoul Land and Seoul Zoo, or the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Subway Station: Seoul Grand Park Station

When To Visit: Any time

Seokchon Lake cherry blossom festival

3: Seokchon Lake Area

As mentioned previously, the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. There’s a lot to do in this area and plenty of places to see the cherry blossoms.

Head up to the Seoul Sky Observatory in the Lotte World Tower and see the lake from above, or visit Lotte World Adventure’s Magic Island, which looks out over the lake.

After walking around the lake, head east to the nearby Olympic Park for more beautiful nature, cherry blossom views, and lots of other lovely plants. South of the lake, towards Seokchon Station, you’ll find lots of little side streets with some interesting restaurants.

Subway Station: Jamsil Station

When To Visit: Any time

4: Yeouido Hangang Park (Han River Area)

There’s more to the Yeouido Han River area than just the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. Featuring long, green river banks, you have lots of space to explore and enjoy cherry blossoms away from the crowds.

The best views are from Yeouido Hangang Park, which you can find outside Yeouinaru Station. You can rent bikes from here, as well as tents, lawn mats, and buy a range of essential cherry blossom viewing supplies. What are cherry blossom viewing supplies? Well, in Korea, that’s usually some cup ramyeon and cold beer.

Stay after the sun sets to get incredible night views of the city across the river. Book a Han River boat cruise to see more cherry blossom views along the river.

Subway Station: Yeouinaru Station

When To Visit: Any time

5: Seoul Forest

I love Seoul Forest because it’s an area of Seoul that feels like you’re not in a city any more. Packed full of parks for children of all sizes, petting zoos, deer, and oodles of places to be in nature, this is the perfect place in Seoul for cherry blossom viewing.

Entrance is completely free and the place is likely to be less busy than some of the other top cherry blossom viewing spots in Seoul. Head to the far side of the park for raised walkways that give you views of the whole park, walking through the tree tops, with sights of the Han River in the background.

Head to Seoul Forest for a great day out in nature. When you’re done, also check out the Under Stand Avenue for some unique galleries, shops, and cafes in re-purposed shipping containers. You’ll also find one of my favourite cafes there – Blue Bottle Coffee.

Subway Station: Seoul Forest Station

When To Visit: Any time

Kyunghee University is a lovely place where to see cherry blossoms in Korea

6: Kyunghee University Campus

Kyunghee University has a truly impressive campus with an eclectic mix of buildings. There has been a lot of attention paid to creating a peaceful environment for students, with gorgeous grounds, statues, and pathways. And, of course, a whole load of pretty pink cherry blossoms that explode to life every April.

The impressive neo-classical architecture makes for some really interesting backdrops to the cherry blossoms, as well as the creative work on display by students. Take a walk through the grounds, along the ponds, and feel at ease in this pleasant surrounding.

Once you’ve finished, you’ll find lots of nice cafes and restaurants to eat at outside. The top of the College of Fine Arts building offers 360 degree views of the area.

I’ve found that universities across Korea are a great place for seeing nature and if you’re in a big city in Korea, definitely check them out. KAIST University in Daejeon is another great place to see cherry blossoms outside of Seoul.

Subway Station: Hoegi Station. 10 minutes walk to the campus or green #1 bus

When To Visit: Best on weekends

7: Seoul National Cemetery

Spring is a symbol of birth and regrowth and what better place to witness this than at a cemetery? Seoul National Cemetery isn’t a dreary place, but is alive with nature, especially in spring.

Set in beautiful grounds, over slowly sloping hills, and packed with cherry trees, this is a remarkable place to visit any time of year. The cherry blossoms, perhaps in keeping with the setting, are weeping trees, with thick branches full of cherry blossoms, falling down towards the ground.

Korea’s National Cemeteries (the other is in Daejeon) were built to commemorate Korea’s war dead from the fight for independence before 1945, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Learn about Korea’s history in the War History Museum, and enjoy the sights as you walk around this popular attraction in the heart of Seoul.

Subway Station: Dongjak Station

When To Visit: Any time

Map Of Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Use the map below to help you plan where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul.

Map of Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Please note: you’ll need to use Google Maps to open this map.

Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea

As I always say, there’s a lot more to Korea than just Seoul! There are so many other amazing places where you can see cherry blossoms in Korea. From Nami Island in the north, to the natural wonders of Jeju Island, get out and see all that Korea has to offer during cherry blossom season.

Cherry blossoms at Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival

1: Jinhae Area In Changwon City

Hosting the incredible Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, Jinhae is undoubtedly one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Korea. So good, in fact, that I had to mention it again! There’s so much to do and see at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival that it’s definitely worth a day trip.

What I loved the most about visiting Jinhae at this time were the views of Yeojwacheon Stream, which has low hanging cherry blossoms along the wooden walkways. There were more than a few people making cherry blossoms into impromptu hair accessories and as living brooches. The food stalls have all my favourite Korean festival snacks and there are loads of interesting murals for more picture ops.

The lake area north of the Yeojwacheon Stream is also really lovely. I walked there for an hour or more, taking in the cherry blossoms and general natural beauty of the area. It is a bit more peaceful than the central area, but no less impressive.

Perhaps the most spectacular area is the hill in Jehwangsan Park, which offers views across the city and harbour area. You can see just how many trees there are, like streaks of pink and white snaking through the city.

How to get to Jinhae from Seoul: Take the intercity bus from Nambu Bus Terminal to Jinhae (takes about 4 hours but can be very busy during festival time)

Tour Options: Book with Klook or Trazy

Nami Island, South Korea

2: Nami Island

One of the most popular day trips from Seoul, beautiful Nami Island is incredible any time of year, as you can see from the picture above. In spring, walk down long lanes with cherry trees towering overhead. This is a romantic destination close to Seoul that’s great for couples and families.

A hot spot for cherry blossoms in Korea, and so much more. Fans of the Korean drama Winter Sonata also flock here to see famous scenes from the TV show.

There are plenty of activities and sights to keep you entertained during a visit to Nami Island. Hire a bike and enjoy the gorgeous nature, go zip-lining, walk along the many scenic paths, and immerse yourself in the unique surroundings. You’ll find lots of cosy cafes, galleries, and gift shops to check out, too.

If you’re visiting Korea in autumn, then be sure to visit Nami Island for the stunning autumn leaves. You can see golden gingko and giant Meta-sequoia trees in all their autumnal glory. Whenever you visit, there’s a lot to explore and enjoy here, as well as lots of other nearby attractions, including the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France.

How to get to Nami Island from Seoul: Take the ITX train from Yongsan Station (Seoul) to Gapyeong Station, then take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to Nami Island

Tour Options: Book with Klook or Trazy

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea

3: Gyeongju Historic Area

Gyeongju City is the perfect spot to see cherry blossoms in aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Witness the cherry blossoms blooming among old hanok buildings and above ancient tombs, the way they would have hundreds of years ago. If you’re staying in Busan, then this makes for a perfect day trip. This is definitely one of the best cities to see cherry blossoms in Korea.

You’ll find the most picture perfect views in the historic area of the city – the places tourists flock to all year round. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with ancient buildings to explore whilst you hunt for the best cherry blossom pictures.

There are cherry blossom festivals around the city, as well as the Cherry Blossom Marathon. Besides the festival at the Gyeongju Historic Area, you can also find cherry blossoms at the Bomun Lake Area. Therefore, you’re not likely to have problems finding a great place for a cherry blossom photo shoot.

How to get to Gyeongju from Busan: Take the KTX train from Busan Station to Shin-Gyeongju Station, then take a bus to the Gyeongju downtown area (50-2, 51, 60, 60-1, 61, 61-1, 50, 70, 203, 332, or 700).

Alternatively, take the intercity bus from Busan Bus Terminal to Gyeongju Bus Terminal, then take the 600 bus to the Gyeongju downtown area.

Tour Options: Book with Klook or Trazy

4: Busan’s Cherry Blossom Hot-Spots

Any major city in Korea is going to have parks, rivers, or even mountains that provide great cherry blossom views, and Busan is no exception. Whilst you can see cherry blossoms across the city, the three best places are the Oncheon Stream Park, Sannak Ecological Park, and Dalmaji-gil Road in Haeundae.

4.1: Oncheon Stream Park

With other 1,300 cherry trees lining the banks of the Oncheon Stream, this pleasant location is perfect in spring. A place for local residents to walk, run, and ride, this busy park is a prime location for cherry blossom viewing in Busan.

Not only are there cherry blossoms along the river, you’ll also find rows of bright yellow canola plants. This makes a wonderful scene, full of vibrant colours. There are lots of small cafes and restaurants along the river, great for watching the night lights illuminate the delicate blossoms.

Subway Station: Dongnae Station (exit 2 or 4)

4.2: Samnak Ecological Park

The Samnak Ecological Park walkway, named one of the 100 most beautiful in Korea, hosts an explosion of cherry blossoms in early April each year. With more than 1,200 cherry trees blooming at the same time, creating a tunnel of pinky-white petals, it’s a heavenly site indeed.

You’ll also find dozens of other blooming plants, wetland birds, and tall flame grass along the Nakdonggang River banks. Rent a bike and explore this area at your own leisure.

Subway Station: Sasang Station (exit 3), walk for 15 minutes towards Nakdonggang River

4.3: Dalmaji Hill Area In Haeundae

The Dalmaji Hill area near Haeundae Beach is a great place for quiet strolls away from the hustle and bustle. Make your way east from Haeundae Beach to Songjeong Beach, a lesser known, but more spectacular coastline, passing through the Dalmaji Hill area on your way. In April, the narrow hilly streets are overcrowded with cherry trees, creating an intimate forest of blossoms, adding to the area’s own beauty.

From atop the hill you can get breathtaking views of the coast and surrounding beaches. Whilst at the top, be sure to check out the clock tower, a symbol of Busan’s proud marine past. The area is a favourite with local artists and there are several galleries in the area. On weekends you’ll also find art markets at the Haeweoljeong Pavilion square.

Subway Station: Jungdong Station (exit 7), walk south-east for 10 minutes towards the coast

Donghaksa Cherry Blossom Festival in Daejeon

5: Daejeon City

Daejeon perhaps isn’t on most people’s radar when they travel, but it’s a lovely city and certainly comes to life during cherry blossom season. I know, I’ve lived in Daejeon for more than 4 years. There are several great places to view cherry blossoms in Daejeon.

The most impressive is at Donghaksa Temple in Gyeryongsan National Park, just outside of Daejeon. There is a large cherry blossom festival that runs for a week in early April and features a lot of traditional festival events, such as trot singing, games, performances, and games. And also lots of great Korean snacks and foods.

The cherry blossoms are the stars. Walk along the long street towards Donghaksa Temple and witness their beauty. If you feel like hiking, carry on past the temple and go to the top of the mountain. There are several courses, each taking between 2 – 4 hours.

Other great places in Daejeon for cherry blossom viewing include KAIST University and the Gapcheon River. Walk from EXPO Park along the river and you’ll see hundreds of trees along the edge, with white herons fishing in the shallow river. Be sure to check out the Hanbat Arboretum near to EXPO Bridge, too.

How to get to Daejeon from Seoul: Take the KTX train to Daejeon Station, then change to the subway. For KAIST University get off at Wolpyeong Station. For EXPO Park get off at Government Complex Station

6: Gyeongpo, Gangneung City

Hosting the Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival, Gangneung is a wonderful place to see cherry blossoms in Korea. This beautiful coastal city, known for its beaches, cafes, and chilled lifestyle, is a great day trip from Seoul, or even a weekend stop. There are plenty of hotels and guesthouses along the shore.

The Gyeongpodae Pavilion, overlooking the lake, is the best place for cherry blossom viewing in the area. After the festival, also check out the beaches. It might be a bit too cold for sunbathing and swimming, but they’re still nice for night time celebrations and watching the sunrise in the morning. You’ll probably see a lot of Koreans setting off fireworks on the beach at night, too.

Spend some time walking around the city and head to nearby Odaesan National Park for some more natural beauty and hiking opportunities. Further up the coast is Sokcho, another interesting coastal city, which is close to Seoraksan National Park. If you like hiking and nature, these places are certainly worth checking out.

How to get to Gyeongpo from Seoul: Take the KTX train to Gangneung Station. Take the 202 or 202-1 bus to Gyeongpo Beach

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

7: Jirisan National Park

Jirisan doesn’t just host the Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival, it’s also an incredible spot to see a lesser-known type of cherry tree. Jirisan National Park turns a sunny yellow in early April thanks to the cornelian cherry blossoms. These trees are much brighter and more colourful than regular cherry trees, with shining golden yellow blossoms, similar to gingko leaves in autumn.

Head to Ssanggyesa Temple to see the best views of cherry blossoms. Follow the path from Hwagae Market to the temple and witness the beauty of the 600-year old cherry trees. Most of the hiking routes in this area will give you stunning views, of cherry blossoms and many other spring flowers. It’s one of my favourite places to hike in Korea and definitely worth visiting if you have the time.

How to get to Jirisan from Seoul: Take the intercity bus from Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul) to Hwagae City. Walk to the temple from Hwagae.

Tour Options: Book with Trazy

Beautiful roads on Jeju Island

8: Jeju Island

Spring comes early to Jeju Island and the King Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the first and most colourful of the season’s events. The big and beautiful blossoms are a splendid sight, but certainly not the only thing to see on Jeju Island.

There’s a reason Jeju Island was listed as one of the New 7 Wonders Of Nature. If you head down to Noksan-ro, you’ll get to see two vibrant displays of spring together – the cherry blossoms and blazing yellow canola flowers. Drive or bike around to the south coast and cruise along endless lanes of yellow and pink (pictured above).

Hikers should definitely check out all the natural beauty to be on the slopes of Hallasan Mountain. The volcanic mother to Jeju Island has some wonderful trails to explore and you’re likely to see more cherry blossoms along the way.

How to get around Jeju Island: Fly to Jeju Airport from airports across Korea, then rent a car or bike and explore on your own.

Tour Options: Book with Klook or Trazy

Map Of Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea

Use the map below to help you plan where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul.

Map of Cherry Blossom Locations In Korea

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Guide To Seeing Cherry Blossoms

I want to provide more than just a guide to where to see cherry blossoms in Korea. I want to explain why you should see these magnificent works of nature, how to enjoy your time there, and when you can get the most out of seeing them.

Where to see Cherry Blossoms in Korea - see beautiful cherry blossoms

Why Should You See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

Cherry blossoms in Korea are just one of 100s of types of plants or trees that show their goods in spring. So why should you spend your time visiting them? Well, the answers are simple.

Firstly, they look beautiful, with delicate white and pink petals on buds spreading up and down and all over the cherry trees that make for an incredible sight.

Secondly, they are symbolic of the new season and, despite a contentious past, they have become embraced by Koreans as a symbols of purity and beauty. As such, Korea has gone all out to provide a wonderful experience to see these cherry blossoms. Indeed, some towns dedicate key areas in parks and along roads just for these trees.

When you visit Korea during cherry blossom season, you will see for yourself why Koreans and tourists alike love celebrating cherry blossom season in Korea.

Beer and ramyeon - how to enjoy spring in Korea by the Han River

How To Enjoy Seeing Cherry Blossoms

There are many ways to enjoy seeing cherry blossoms in Korea. Walk along the tree-lined streets and take dozens of selfies under the snowy blossoms. You’ll find lots of picturesque spots to take photos along the way. There are usually food trucks and street food in the popular areas. The royal palaces have lots of great areas to find that perfect picture, too.

My personal favourite way to celebrate is how a lot of Koreans also celebrate, with a cold beer and a cup of hot ramyeon (instant noodles), as you can see from the picture above. If you’re in Seoul, head down to the Han River near Yeouinaru Station. You’ll see thousands of Seoulites celebrating like this. You can buy beer and ramyeon from the convenience stores along the street or in the park. Rent a tent and spend the day in the sun, staring idly at the river and the blossoms, and dreaming the day away.

Weather During Cherry Blossom Season

April is a great time to travel to see cherry blossoms in Korea as the weather isn’t too extreme. Expect temperatures around 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day, possibly warming up to around 15-20 degrees Celsius if it’s a sunny day. It’s generally quite dry, although there could be a few showers here and there.

The worst of the winter weather is gone, but there can still be snow in mid-March around Seoul. Furthermore, it is worth being prepared for fine dust pollution, as this can be an issue on some days during spring.

Where To Stay In Seoul and Korea

Where To Stay To See Cherry Blossoms

If you want to know where to see cherry blossoms in Korea, the answer is simple – everywhere. Where to stay to see them, however, is a bit more difficult. I wouldn’t base my stay in Korea around the festival locations. You’ll probably be doing a lot more than just seeing the cherry blossoms in Korea, so central locations for other sights are best.

Therefore, here are some of my recommendations for great places to stay in Seoul and Busan. These areas are great for getting around, and as starting places for tours to other parts of the country.

Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul, South Korea

Places To Stay In Seoul

Myeongdong – this is a great location in the heart of Seoul that has many markets, shops, restaurants, and fun places to check out. It’s also close to some of Seoul’s best attractions, including N Seoul Tower and the royal palaces. The palaces have spectacular views of the cherry blossoms.

Gangnam – the luxurious district you probably know thanks to PSY’s Gangnam Style. There’s plenty to see and do in Gangnam, including the COEX Mall & Aquarium, SM Town, Bongeunsa Temple, and lots of shopping. Only a short ride from the incredible Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival in Jamsil.

View of Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea

Places To Stay In Busan

Haeundae – the hot place to go in Busan. Gorgeous beaches and great bars and nightlife, as well as traditional markets and cosy cafes. Dalmaji-gil Road in Haeundae has some great cherry blossom views.

Busanjin – the heart of inner Busan. Away from the coast, but conveniently located with access to two of the main subway lines. No shortage of good bars, restaurants, and places to shop here. Good for getting almost anywhere else in the city.

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Cherry Blossoms In Korea FAQs

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What month do cherry blossoms come out in Korea?

Cherry blossoms in Korea start to appear in late March and finish in early-mid April, depending on where you are in Korea. Jeju Island sees the first cherry blossoms in Korea, and Seoul is one of the last places. If you’re visiting Seoul, then the first two weeks of April is the best time to see cherry blossoms in the capital.

Is April a good time to visit Korea?

April is definitely one of the best times to visit Korea. Not only can you see the beautiful cherry blossoms in Seoul and across the country, there are so many incredible areas of natural beauty alive with spring flowers and blossoms. You’ll also find many amazing spring festivals, and the weather is warm after a cold winter.

How cold is Korea in April?

The weather in Korea in April is great. There are many sunny days and the temperature during the day reaches about 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature drops in the evening and doesn’t get warm again until around lunchtime. Temperatures in the evening and at night range from 0 degrees to 10 degrees. It can still be quite chilly during the day, with wind and light rain sometimes, so be sure to dress appropriately.

What should I wear to see cherry blossoms in Korea?

Even though the sun is out a lot, it can still be quite cool in places, especially if you’re going to see cherry blossoms near a river or lake. I’d recommend wearing a light jacket and sweater for the daytime. Consider bringing a scarf and hat for the evenings, too. Most cherry blossom spots in Korea are in well paved areas, so some light, comfortable shoes should be fine for cherry blossoms viewing. However, if you’re going to the mountains, I’d recommend some hiking shoes or trainers.

What are cherry blossoms called in Korean?

In Korea, cherry blossoms are called beot-kkot (벗꽃). This shouldn’t be confused with sakura, which is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms. If you’re interested in learning more Korean, then check out my article about some essential Korean phrases.

What is the most popular place to see cherry blossoms in Korea?

The most popular place to see cherry blossoms in Korea is definitely the Jinhae Gunjangje Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts over 2,000,000 visitors each year. However, areas in Seoul that don’t keep count, such as Seokchon Lake, may be even busier due to Seoul’s large population and many tourists.

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