It’s Spring Time in South Korea! I can still remember my trip last year which was a little late for the spring festivals, but still very much within the season for which I luckily had the chance to catch the spring flowers in full bloom, especially the tulips in Everland.
Seoul is beautiful all year round, and that’s a given. But thanks to spring and its comfortingly cool weather, Seoul becomes a great place for couples, friends, and families, to experience the outdoors. It is also during spring when a wide array of festivals and events celebrating the season happen throughout the country.
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Now, shall we?
Earliest Available Date: April 9, 2018
Klook says: The Cherry Blossom Random Box Tour lets you keep your options open and your guides will choose the best cherry blossom viewing spots the day of the event. This way, you are sure to get not only the best cherry blossom experience, but also have the best photo opportunities. Travel to the beautiful mountainous province of Gangwon, explore the culture of the ancient Chungcheong or visit Gyeonggi-do, the most populous province in South Korea. Your English speaking guide will not only take you to the best places, but also introduce you to the history and main attractions of the area.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (Klook)
Earliest available date: April 1, 2018
Klook says: The sleepy naval town of Jinhae has a surprise in store for you – it’s home to one of the most beautiful and famous festivals in Korea, the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival! Signature pink blossoms fill up the village and you will have a hard time stopping yourself from taking countless pictures of the unique scenery. Depart early in the morning and catch Jinhae at noon, take a break over a relaxing lunch and go on the tour of Yeojwacheon Stream, well-known as the best spot for watching the magical cherry blossoms. It is also the location of the famous bridge that was the meeting place of two main characters in the 2002 TV series “Romance”, hence the name – Romance Bridge. Your next stop is Gyeonghwa Station, another great observation stop where rows of cherry trees go into blossom along the 800 meter long railway.
Take note though that Jinhae is far from Seoul. For the Klook tour, you will need to depart Seoul as early as 5:30am (for Hongdae pick-up), and you will be dropped off back to your pick-up point as late as 10:40pm, traffic permitting.
If you want a more comfortable, easier, and time-saving trip, you may want to check out Trazy’s Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival offer.
In this special Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival Tour from Trazy, you’ll get to ride the KTX to Daegu and from there, transfer to a bus with an English speaking tour. This bus will take you to Jinhae and back to Daegu. The tour includes round-trip KTX tickets so from Daegu, you’ll be taking the KTX back to Seoul.
Earliest available date: April 3, 2018
Klook says: Spend the day outside the hustle and bustle of Seoul in the mountains of east Korea. Make sure to arrive early at the pick up points in the city, since the bus will depart promptly for Gangreung. After a two and half hour bus ride, you will arrive in the coastal city and begin your activities. The first stop will be Gyeongpo Lake, where you can stroll around or ride bicycles depending on your package choice. There will be plenty of food for purchase for lunch around the lakeside. Afterwards, the group will head over to Gyeongmun Beach for some ocean views and local artwork. This is a great spot to take some pictures! You’ll also make a stop at the future Olympic Park that is being set up for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Afterwards, there will time for ziplining at Solbaram Bridge (if booked). Finally, before heading back, make a stop at Youngjin Beach, and re-enact one of the most famous scenes from the KDrama “The Goblin”.
Available on April 6, 9, and 11
Trazy says: See the beautiful cherry blossom flowers surrounding Gyeongpo Lake in Gangneung and head to Seoraksan National Park for stunning views! Located just across Gyeongpo Beach, Gyeongpo Lake is one of the best places to see the beautiful cherry blossom flowers this spring. Walk around Gyeongpo Lake under a canopy of flower petals and head over to Gyeongpo Beach for some fresh sea breeze. End your day at National Seoraksan Park to take in the majestic views. The tour includes transportation, entrance fees, and English-speaking tour guide.
Earliest available date: April 7, 2018
Klook says: Seoul has so many facets, sights and scenes that you can spend all day discovering new ones to enjoy. This tour takes you on an unforgettable trip to the most famous zoo in the country, a thrilling ride over rail, and splendid views of the idyllic cherry blossoms. After being transported from your selected station pick up point, you first arrive in the splendor of Seoul Grand Park. Dotted with endless flowers and manicured foliage, you will head to the Seoul Zoo within the park. Join the many travelers in the world that flock to visit this wonderful park, where 2,700 animals among 332 species are found and studied carefully. After some time at the zoo, you’ll head to the Uiwang Station of the railbike. This 40-minute journey takes you along the shores of WangSong Lake, and through beautiful sights of the landscapes in Seoul. This pedal-powered adventure doesn’t just give you a bit of exercise as a group, but it also gives you the chance to capture beautiful photographs of Seoul’s panoramas. Following this, you’ll arrive at Let’s Run Park in Seoul. Here, lining either side of the wide lanes of this running park, are lines of gorgeous cherry trees. Visiting them in full bloom is a dream: lightly fluttering pale pink petals wave in the breeze, creating a heavenly atmosphere. It’s an absolute sight to behold that no traveler should miss if they’re in season. Your tour ends where it began, and you’ll bring home incredible memories of Seoul’s beauty.
Available from April 1 to 15
Trazy says: See the beautiful cherry blossom flowers surrounding Bomun Lake in Gyeongju. Get to spend a wonderful day in Bomun Tourist Complex in Gyeongju. Among the cherry blossom destinations in Gyeongju, Bomun Tourist Complex is the best as there are cherry blossom trees outlining the lake. This is also where you’ll find the Bomun Pavilion which was named as one of the 50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea by CNN Travel. The tour includes round trip transportation and English-speaking tour staff.
Trazy says: Yunjungno Street, also known as Yeouiseoro Street, is one of the most popular cherry blossom streets in Seoul with its 1.7 kilometer cherry blossom tunnel in spring. You will be walking under a canopy of cherry trees on Yunjungno Street. After enjoying a beautiful view of white and pink cherry blossoms, you can choose to take the Han River Night Ferry Cruise, visit 63 Sky Art (63 Building) for a panoramic view of Seoul, or get to know marine life at Aqua Planet 63 (63 Building). This is a hassle-free, and traffic jam-free tour with a local host.
Available every Saturday and Sunday between April 14-22
Trazy says: Around the end of April, beautiful magenta and purple azalea flowers decorate Goryeosan Mountain in Ganghwado Island. You will first walk an easy hike up the mountain where you will see the breathtaking view of azalea flowers. The large amounts of azalea flowers is a view you don’t want to miss during spring. Included in the tour is a 2-hour bus ride with English-speaking guide.
Available on Saturday and Sunday from March 31 to April 8
Trazy says: Beautiful pink and white cherry blossoms symbolize the start of spring and spending a day in Hwadong at the Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival is the best way to welcome spring. You get to walk a 4 kilometer road filled with cherry blossom trees, and also visit the famous Ssanggyesa Temple with more than 1,300 years of history. You can also buy traditional souvenirs and local products from Hwagaejangteo Market. The tour includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees, and English-speaking tour staff.
Available every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Trazy says: Take in the magnificent views of Seoul at night! Located in the heart of Seoul, Namsan Mountain is one of the best spots to witness the amazing views of Seoul. The views get better at night especially when N Seoul Tower and the city below light up. You will get to visit Namsangol Hanok Village, and enjoy a light hike up to N Seoul Tower. On the way up, you will walking on some parts of the old fortress of Seoul from the 14th century called the Seoul City Wall. The tour is moderated by an English-speaking tour guide who will tell you lots of interesting stories.
Available on May 19
Trazy says: Experience the Boseong Green Tea Festival in this special one day tour without any hassle! Boseong, located in the southern province of Jeolla, accounts for over 40% of the green tea produce in South Korea. The region is known for its vast green tea plantation or field which offers a great view. You will get to experience the Boseong Green Tea Festival held in Boseong during tea picking season, and participate in a variety of events and activities. The Boseong Green Tea Plantation was named as one of the 31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet by CNN Travel. The tour includes round-trip transportation and English-speaking guide.
Trazy says: Located just outside of Seoul, Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm are two perfect destinations to get away from the busy streets, and spend a tranquil day enjoying the spectacular scenery. The tour includes a hassle-free round trip transportation, ferry ride, entrance fees, and English-speaking tour staff.
Available every Wednesday and Friday from December to May
Trazy says: Pick your own delicious strawberries to take home, and take a walk in Nami Island and the Garden of Morning Calm. Winter is the season when the strawberries are most succulent and sweet. The tour includes transportation, ferry, and entrance fees, so that you can get to experience strawberry picking, and at the same time, visit Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm.
Available every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Trazy says: What’s good about this tour is that you can experience both the most iconic island of Seoul, and Korea’s largest theme park in just 1 day. With this packaged Nami Island and Everland day tour, you will start your day in Nami Island, before you hit off the exciting rides in Everland in the afternoon until the evening. You will not only get to see the cherry blossoms in Nami Island. You will also get to experience the tulips and roses in Everland! How’s that for an amazing spring flower experience? The tour includes round trip transportation, ferry ride, entrance tickets, and English speaking tour guide.
And that’s it! I hope you’re able to discover the many flower festivals you can enjoy when you travel to Seoul this spring.
Of course, you can always DIY your trip and buying tour packages is completely optional. But personally, when I travel to attend a festival or an expo, I consider time as the most important factor. And this goes more appropriately for spring festivals that happen within a short period of time, and whose predictability is very season-dependent. And this is why, for me, I prefer booking discounted tours for spring festivals over DIY for a hassle-free and time-efficient experience, i.e., I won’t need to think about how to get a place, or worry about getting lost when time is of the essence, etc.
Until my next post, Annyeong!