SPRING: The Season of Budding Flowers

Spring usually spans from late March to early May and temperature are mild and pleasant. Cherry blossoms, forsythias, azaleas, magnolias, lilacs and other spring flowers are in full bloom.

Spring Blossoms Destinations and Festivals | What to Eat in Spring


Spring Blossoms Destinations and Festivals

Yeouido Yunjung-ro Street
Planted along the Hangang River behind the National Assembly Building in Yeouido are 1,600 cherry trees from the Jeju Island. This area hosts a cherry blossom festival when the flowers bloom every spring (around 10 April). This event features a number of fun programs, including promenades under the cherry blossoms, singing contests, street performances and parades.

  • Website : http://tour.ydp.go.kr
  • Location : Guhoe-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
  • How to Get There : Exit 1 or 6 of National Assembly Station, Subway Line 9
  • Flower Type : Cherry Blossom
 

Jeju Canola Blossoms
The southern Jeju Island ― where spring first arrives in Korea ― is covered with yellow canola blossoms from late March to early April. The city of Seogwipo hosts an annual canola blossom walking festival at Jeju Sculpture Park. Areas such as Mt. Sanbangsan, Seopjikoji, and Seongsan Ilchulbong also have plenty of canola blossoms, even thou they do not host organized festivals. The road to Jeongseok Aviation Pavilion in Gasi-ri, Pyoseok-myeon is lined by canola blossoms and has been designated one of Korea’s 100 most beautiful roads.

  • Period : April
  • Location : 1836 Iljuseo-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do
  • How to Get There :Take the bus No.100 from Jeju Int’l Airport and get off at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. From there take the bus to Hwasun and Daejeong and get off at Jeju Sculpture Park.
  • Flower Type : Canola 

Jinhae Gunhangje
Famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms, the southern port of Jinhae hosts the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival when the cherries blossom from mid March to early April. The most famous spot to check out the blossoms is the Romance Bridge over Yeojwacheon Stream, but other good spots to see them are Gyeonghwa Station, the ecological park in Naesu-myeon, Jehwangsan Park and Korea Naval Academy.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon
Bomunho Lake is the best place in Gyeongju to see cherry blossoms. Held during the town’s annul cherry blossom festival, the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon follows a blossom-lined course along the beautiful lake. The 42.195km full course marathon departs from Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park and continues lakeside before returning to the park. Other races include a half-marathon and 10km and 5km runs.

  • Period : April 9, 2016
  • Website : www.cherrymarathon.com
  • Location : Marathon participants gather in the plaza in front of Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park
 

Boseong Green Tea Festival
Boseong’s famous green tea fields were first planted in 1939. Green tea grew popular as a health and beauty product as word spread of its efficacy, and now Boseong accounts for 35% of Korea’s green tea production. The Boseong Green Tea Festival is held every May at Daehan Dawon, the town’s most famous green tea plantation. Visitors can enjoy a variety of programs, including tea-picking, tea-roasting and tea-making.

Bomun Lake Resort
An international tourist district located in Gyeongju, the place is equipped with facilities whereby visitors are able to enjoy cultural and outdoor leisure activities. The architectures here are also traditionally designed and blend in perfectly in the historical Gyeongju. Also along the lake is a long walkway which will be covered with cherry blossoms during spring in the month of April.

  • Period : April
  • Website : http://www.ktd.co.kr/
  • Location : Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • How to Get There : Across from Gyeongju Interrcity Bus Terminal, take Bus 10 or 18 and get off at Bomun Lake Resort
  • Flower Type : Cherry Blossom
 

Gyeonghwa Station
Gyeonghwa Station is a small railway station located in Jinhae-gu, Gyeongsangnam-do. Although the railway services have been discontinued as of 2006, it has then been reborn as a popular tourist attraction. Well known for its breathtaking cherry blossoms during Spring, the area was also being featured in Korean movies and drama such as the film “Boy Goes to Heaven” (2005) and the drama “Spring Waltz” (2006).

  • Website : http://eng.changwon.go.kr/
  • Location: Gyeonghwa-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to Get There : From Jinhae Station, take Bus 307, 315 to Gyeonghwa Station
  • Flower Type : Cherry Blossom
 

Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is the oldest private garden in Korea that houses about 5,000 kinds of plants, including 300 varieties native to Baekdusan Mountain, which is well known as a spiritual mountain to the locals. The garden is beautifully maintained with scenic walkways and flower beds, and was being designed to 20 different themed sections. Flowers are in bloom from March to November so there are a variety of festivals held throughout the year. Several dramas and variety shows were also filmed in this garden.

  • Website : http://morningcalm.co.kr/
  • Location : 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
  • How to Get There : From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take Bus 31-7 to The Garden of Morning Calm
  • Flower Type : Various types
 

Oedo Botania
Located just 4km away from Geojedo Island, Oedo Botania is a marine garden situated in Hallyeo Maritime National Park that overlooks the South Sea. In April, the European setting garden will be vastly covered with blooming flowers. Aside from camellias, there are also other types of rare flowers from all over the world can be found in Oedo.

  • Period : TBC
  • Website : http://www.oedobotania.com/
  • Location : 17, Oedo-gil, Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to Get There : From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Geoje via Jangseungpo. Get off at Jangseungpo Terminal. Take a taxi or a local bus to the ferry dock.
  • Flower Type : Various types
 

Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival
The Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival has been a popular spring flower festival destination since 1997. During the festival period, the Seomjin Village transforms into a gorgeous landscape of apricot flowers that have burst into bloom on Baegunsan Mountain near the village.

  • Period : 18 - 27 March 2016
  • Website : http://www.gwangyang.go.kr/
  • Location : 55, Jimak 1-gil, Daep-myeon, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do
  • How to Get There : From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take and express bus to Gwangyang Terminal. Upon exiting from the terminal, take a taxi to Seomjin Village. During the festival period, shuttle busses run between Gwangyang Terminal and Seomjin Village.
  • Flower Type : Apricot flowers
 

Taean Tulip Festival
The Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival has been a popular spring flower festival destination since 1997. During the festival period, the Seomjin Village transforms into a gorgeous landscape of apricot flowers that have burst into bloom on Baegunsan Mountain near the village. The little ones are sure to enjoy this festival as there are various programs which will be held during the festival including feeding animals, making cookies, making soap bubbles, to name a few.

  • Period : 16 April 2016 – 8 May 2016
  • Website : http://www.ffestival.co.kr/
  • Location : 168-3, Sinon-ri, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
  • How to Get There : From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Central City Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Taean. From Taean Bus Terminal, take a cab or an intra-city bus bound for the festival venue.
  • Flower Type : Tulip
 

Goyang International Flower Foundation
This event has been going on since 1991 and has been exhibiting a range of programs and performances of local and international numbers. It’ll take place every year in April at the Goyang Flower Exhibition Center. Activities during the event comprises of large exhibition, seminars as well as a flower arrangement contest.

  • Period : 29 April 2016 – 15 May 2016
  • Website : http://flower.or.kr/
  • Location : 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsan-Dogu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • How to Get There : Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2. Pass through Ilsan Cultural Park towards Ilsan Lake Park (500m).
  • Flower Type : Various types

Hapcheon Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea Festival
The festival is held every year in May at Hwangmaesan County Park. This festival was initiated by the local and overseas residents as an effort to preserve the azalea fields through hosting cultural events. In 2012, the mountain made it in CNN Travel’s list of “50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea” and also became a filming site for several Korean movies due to its scenic view.

  • Period : TBC
  • Website : http://hmfestival.hc.go.kr/ (Korean only)
  • Location : Hwangmaesan-ro, Gahoe-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to Get There : Take a bus from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal to Hapcheon. At Hapcheon Terminal take a bus bound for Deokman. Get of at Deokman bus station.
  • Flower Type : Azalea

Shinan Tulip Festival
Sinan County, made up of over 1,000 islands off Mokpo on the southwest coast, is an ideal area for growing tulips with an abundance of sunshine and fertile soil. Of those islands, Imja Island boasts the largest tulip-growing area in Korea with a total size of eleven hectares. At this time of year, Imja Island is in bloom with five million tulip bulbs in 43 different tulip species. Programs include making flowerpots, walking through rape flower fields, and riding horses and bicycles.

  • Period : April
  • Website : http://www.shinantulip.co.kr/ (Korean only)
  • Location: Imja-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • How to Get There : 
    • From Gwangju take an intercity bus to Gwangju U-Square Bus Terminal. Transfer to another intercity bus bound for Jido and get off at Jido Jeonam Dock. Take a passenger ferry from Jeonam Dock to Imja Dock. Transfer to a shuttle bus to arrive at the festival venue.
    • From Mokpo take an intercity bus to Mokpo Intercity Bus Terminal. Transfer to another intercity bus bound for Jido and get off at Jido Jeonam Dock. Take a passenger ferry from Jeonam Dock to Imja Dock. Transfer to a shuttle bus to arrive at the festival venue.
  • Flower Type : Tulip

Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival
In spring, the mountainsides will transfer into a sea of pink as the azalea flowers come into full bloom. During then, the annual Yeongchwisan Azalea Flower Festival will be held in April to celebrate the beauty of the mountain flowers. There will be a variety of outdoor performances and programmes held including the Miss Azalea Flower Pageant.

  • Period : Early April
  • Website : http://www.ystour.kr/
  • Location : Yeosu Yeongchwisan Mt. area
  • How to Get There : From Yeosu Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus 52 to Heungguksa Temple, or take local Bus 68, 73 or 76 and get off at Jinbuk Bus Stop (Sangam-dong).
  • Flower Type : Azalea
 

Gurye Sansuyu Festival
Taking place in the hot spring area of Jirisan Mountain, the Gurye Sansuyu Festival features various hands-on programs like cornus fruit liquor making and cornus fruit makgeolli sampling. A number of performances, such as pungmulnori (farmers' music performances), traditional Korean music, and fireworks displays are held throughout the festival period.

  • Period : 19 – 27 March 2016
  • Website : http://sansuyu.gurye.go.kr/ (Korean only)
  • Location : Gurye-gun Sandong-myeon, Jirisan Hot Springs area
  • How to Get There : Take an intercity bus to Gurye. From Gurye Bus Terminal, you can either take the Gurye-Jungdong, Gurye-Wolgye, Gurye-Namwon, or Gurye-Hwaeomsa Temple route bus to Jungdong. The Jirisan Mountain Hot Springs area is located 300m from the Jungdong bus stop.
  • Flower Type : Sansuyu flower
 

Hallim Park Tulip Festival
Hallim Park is a well-known tourist attraction in Jeju and holds monthly flower-related events. One of the highlights during the spring season will be the Hallim Park Tulip festival whereby there will be various species of tulips, such as Apeldoorn, Shirley, Kees Nelis, Barcelona, Pink Diamond and more. Besides, you can also taste bibimbap decorated with the colourful tulips!

  • Period : March
  • Website : http://www.hallimpark.co.kr/
  • Location: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • How to Get There : 
    • Take a westbound express bus from the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Hallim Park. It is a 50-minute bus ride.
    • Take a westbound express bus from the Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Hallim Park. It is a 80-minute bus ride.
    • Take a westbound express bus from the Jungmun Bus Stop and get off at Hallim Park. It is a 60-minute bus ride.
  • Flower Type : Tulip
 

Everland Tulip Festival
Everland will host the Tulip Festival marking the onset of spring at the popular theme park. The best spot for pictures is in front of the Magic Tree and then as you continue walk throughout the park you will be surrounded by beautiful spring flowers in bloom. Visitors also can see a Dungji (a nest) Garden, a newly created sculpture of a bird's nest.

  • Period : 18-24 April
  • Website : http://www.everland.com/
  • Location : Everland
  • How to Get There : Jeondae Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line), Exit 3. From the station, take the shuttle bus to Everland.
  • Flower Type : Tulip

Mt. Maisan Provincial Park
Mt. Maisan Provincial Park is located in Jinan-gun of Jeollabuk-do. It was initially called Seodasan during the Goryo Dynasty, Yongchulsan but changed to its current name, Maisan, during the Joseon Dynasty. However, Maisan is interestingly referred to by different names depending on the seasons. It is called Dotdaebong in spring, Yonggakbong in summer, Maibong in fall, and Munpilbong during the winter. Take a hike up to the mountains if you’re the adventurous one or take a stroll around the park to witness yourself the beauty of Mother Nature!

  • Website : http://www.jinan.go.kr/
  • Location: 255, Dongchon-ri, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
  • How to Get There : 
      • From Jinan Bus Terminal (in Jeollabuk-do Province), take a bus heading North Maisan. Get off at Maisan. 5mins ride by taxi.
      • Take a bus from Jeollabuk-do Jinan Intercity Bus Terminal to South Maisan (toward Maryeong-myeon, Jainan-gun). 15-20mins ride.
  • Flower Type : Various types
 
 

 What to Eat in Spring

Saessak Bibimbap
Saessak bibimbap (rice mixed with seasoned vegetables) includes fresh sprouts full of seed nutrients and added red pepper paste. The most common sprouts used are radish, turnip, Korean cabbage, broccoli, canola, dachae (a green, leafy vegetable) and bok choy.
 

Strawberries

Rich in vitamin C, strawberries are great for reviving your appetite and vigor after the long winter. Strawberries are in season from February to May. The town of Nonsan in Chungcheongnam-do has been raising strawberries for about 40 years. There are a range of strawberry-related programs, including strawberry-picking and making strawberry rice cakes and jam.

Hwajeon

Hwajeon, which literally means "flower cake" is a small, sweet Korean pancake made using glutinuous rice flour, sugar, together with edible flower petals such as azalea and chrysanthemum flowers. This sweet dessert is just nice especially eaten during spring. There's also a tradition that goes along whereby hwajeon was commonly eaten during the hwajeon nori (flower pancake folk game).

 


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