The spring flowering season in South Korea spans from mid March to late April with a peak in the early April. April indeed is spring’s true awakening and is a month filled with a series of major festivals and family fun in South Korea. So let’s celebrate the arrival of Spring! Here are South Korea’s 6 best spring destinations for you to catch spring fever and to get into the swing of the new!
Busan, the second largest city in South Korea, is one of the first places where spring reaches Korea and is full of beautiful cherry blossom scenery! Travelers to Busan must not miss a chance to stroll down Dalmajigil Road, a walkway lined with cherry blossomed trees where you can peer down at beautiful Haeundae beach.A short excursion from Busan to its vicinity like Gyeongju and Jinhae is also highly recommended as they boast amazing cherry blossoms. For details and directions, click here.
Boasting over 350,000 cherry blossom trees lining the streets of Jinhae, a city in the southern part of Korea, Jinhae Gunhangje Festival(April 1~10), is by far the most popular and the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea.There are two highlights of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival that you must never miss – a train that moves through a fully bloomed cherry blossom tunnel and the Romance Bridge. Go ahead and walk beneath the cherry trees that create a picturesque view with thousands of pink and white petals dancing in the air as the wind blows! For details and directions, click here.
If you are short of time and lazy to get out of the city, don’t worry. There are great places in Seoul, where you can celebrate spring with beautiful cherry blossoms in Seoul. You can take a stroll along the royal palace walls of Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung while enjoying the lovely spring flowers. ;)
Another fantastic place to spot cherry blossoms is Yeouido Hangang Park, where you can admire fantastic cherry blossoms alongside the Han River. Well known for fabulous cherry blossoms around Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower and the Namsan Park are also where you and your significant ones can spend a great time taking a walk at the park with a beautiful scenery and go up to the observatory and peer down at the entire city of Seoul.Now, if you wish to visit all of these destinations in one day in Seoul, click here.
Jindo Sea Parting Festival 2016, also known as ‘Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival’, is a ten-day long festival that will take place from April 7 to 10 in Jindo Island, in Jeolla province (the southern part of Korea). Here you can witness an astonishing sight of a wondrous sea parting as the sea opens up to reveal a sea road. So do not miss this opportunity to experience this awesome nature’s wonder in Jindo Island! For details and directions, click here.
5. Everland Tulip Festival
Everland Theme Park is one of the most popular places in Korea for families, friends, and couples. As the biggest theme park in Korea, it offers over 40 rides and attractions, one of the most thrilling being T-Express wooden roller coaster.Everland holds big festivals every season including Tulip Festival (March 17 ~ April 24) and Rose Festival in spring.Try a visit to Everland and admire gorgeous flower arrangements and beautiful gardens of colorful tulips! One day pass to Everland and a round-trip shuttle bus ride from Seoul is available here.
6. Canola Flowers in Jeju Island
In this time of year, the golden sea of canola flowers sprawl all over Jeju Island, and you will definitely be fascinated by the beauty of the island!If you want enjoy the canola flowers burst in bloom across Jeju Island, here’s an easy way – hire a driver and enjoy fantastic yellow canola flowers sprawled all over Jeju Island. The tour is available here. If you are planning a spring trip to South Korea, browse through Korea’s #1 travel shop, Trazy.com, where you can find the best hand-picked tours for you to enjoy the spring to the fullest! Photo Credits
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