They say Spring is the best time to visit South Korea. The biting cold has gone to be replaced by slightly warmer weather, the frost and ice have melted away, and the barren landscape transforms into a sea of green, with lush foliage and gorgeous flowers blooming into life. One of my lifelong dreams is to see these famous cherry blossoms up close and personal, and now I finally have the chance to do so! I even made a list of the places where I can most likely find those cherry blossoms, which you can find below.
|Children's Grand Park.|
Located in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, the Children's Grand Park is an ultimate leisure facility for families. Aside from the rows of giant cherry blossom trees that make the park vibrant and colorful, the place also boasts of a zoo, a botanical garden, amusement facilities, and even sports facilities.
Another cherry blossom viewing hotspot is the Seoul Forest, located in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. As Seoul's answer to New York City's Central Park, Seoul Forest serves as a pleasant respite from the endless rows of skyscrapers and high-rise apartments. Home to 400,000 trees and more than a hundred animal species, this place is perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls while enjoying the view of gently fluttering cherry blossoms.
One of the city's most visited attractions, Namsan Park is perhaps the best place in Seoul to view the cherry blossoms. The park has a Cherry Blossom Path, which is the longest avenue of cherry trees anywhere in Seoul, and looks spectacular in full bloom. The annual Namsan Cherry Blossom Festival takes place during this time of the year, when more than 2000 cherry trees will be at its pinkest. During the festival, the mountain will be adorned with spectacular lighting, while street performances and various activities will keep tourists and guests entertained.
Seokchon, the artificial lake that surrounds Lotte World, is another great place to enjoy the cherry blossoms. During the spring, the lake boasts of a splendid view of cherry blossoms and about 300,000 wild flowers that bloom altogether. The annual Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival takes place here, and will most likely commence during the first or second week of April. The festival will showcase exhibitions, street performances, and other activities for tourists and locals alike.
Now I'm hoping that the cherry trees will still be in bloom by the time we arrive. They say the cherry blossoms are at its peak during the first and second week of April, but I won't be flying back to Seoul until the end of the month. Fingers crossed that I will get to see these lovelies in bloom!