Finally winter is over and we can all start enjoying the Korean outdoors again. One of the events that marks this changing of the seasons is the spectacular cherry blossoms. There aren’t that many countries in the world where you can see the cherry blossoms, and they only last a few days so if you want to see the cherry blossoms in Korea, you need to plan ahead.
The cherry blossom is usually associated with Japan, where it is known as sakura. In Korea, it is called beot-kkot (벗꽃). In fact most of the cherry trees in Korea are believed to be a slightly different species of tree than those in Japan. The Korean cherry tree, known as the ‘king cherry’ originated from Jeju Island, which is also the first place that the cherry blossom occurs in due to its slightly warmer climate.