Recommended Attractions (2016 Spring)

BLOOMING IN LOVE WITH KOREA’S SPRING

The cool fresh air, refreshing scent, and the scenic breathtaking view. What else could one ask for than being able to stroll through the colourful fresh blooms in the month of spring that is just simply mood lifting. And besides, with the lovely natural fragrance floating in the air, spring in Korea is simply romantic..


  Dalmaji-gil RoadBomunho LakePalgongsan Mountain |E-WorldJeonju Hanok Village 

Suncheonman Bay and Garden | Yeongchwisan MountainJirisan MountainHallasan MountainYeouido Park 

Seokchonhosu Lake (Songpa Naru Park) |Seoul Grand ParkEverland Tulip FestivalGoyang Flower Festival 

 Gyeongpo Cherry blossom festival | Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival 

Seogwipo Rape Flower International Walking Festival

Dalmaji-gil Road

Dalmaji-gil Road is a small walkway on the corner to Songjeong Beach, located just beyond Haeundae Beach. The raod is lined with beautiful cherry blossoms and pine trees, on the slope of Wausan Mountain. The landscape, with the blue sea, sandy seashore, and pine trees, is beautiful enough to be the representative place of this area for a long time to come. 

  • Website: eng.haeundae.go.kr/ 
  • Location: Jwadongsunhwan-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
  • How to go there:

[Bus]
From Busan Station, take city bus No. 139 or 140 / express bus No. 239 or 240 and get off at Mido Apartment bus stop. Walk for about 10-15 min, following the signs.

[Subway + Bus]
Get off at Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2) and take city bus No. 100, get off at Yeongnam Apartment bus stop. Walk for about 10-15 min, following the signs.

Bomunho Lake

Bomun Lake Resort is the international tourist district of Gyeongju. This tourist district is formed featuring Bomunho Lake at its center, located 6km east of downtown Gyeongju. The dimensions of the area are 19.38 square km, and it is designated as a spa and special tourist district. It is a total tourist complex that opened in April 1979. At the entrance the stream from Deokdongho Lake flows in, powering a water mill inside, and flows on to a 12m artificial waterfall.

  • Website: guide.gyeongju.go.kr
  • Location: Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • How to go there:

[Bus]
Across from Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, 
Take Bus 10 or 18 and get off at Bomun Lake Resort (보문관광단지). 

[Taxi]
From Gyeongju Intercity / Express Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Station,
Take a taxi to Bomun Lake Resort (보문관광단지, 20-25min).

Palgongsan Mountain

In the past, Palgongsan Mountain was regarded as a sacred mountain because it resembles the shape of the Three Buddhas. This mountain has magnificent granite formations at higher elevations, and the beautiful valleys, seamlessly interwoven with rock formations and thick forests, make for a spectacular view.  

[Train]
- Seoul Station to Gyeongsan Station (Departure every hour, 4 hour 10 minute ride)
- Seoul Station to Hayang Station (Departure six times a day (05:55 – 22:35), 4 hour ride)

[Bus]
- Dong Seoul Terminal to Daegu (Departure every 30 minutes (06:00 – 23:10), 3 hour 40 minute ride)
- Dong Seoul Terminal to Hayang (Departure every 30 minutes)
- Get on bus no. 311 at Hayang Bus Terminal and get off at Gatbawi Park (Departure every 30 minutes)

E-World

E-World (formerly Wooband Tower Land) is a theme park built around Woobang Tower (Oct. 1987). The area around the tower was remodeled as a European-style park and opened to the public in March 1995. It features a waterfall, fountains, lighting displays, and flowers, as well as rides, exhibition and performance halls, and restaurants. E-World has several plazas characterized by different themes; major plazas include Entry Plaza (at the park entrance), Central Plaza, Children’s Plaza (playground), and Young Town Plaza.

  • Websitehttp://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1266656
  • Location200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200 (두류동))
  • How to go there:

Subway: Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 15. It is located within 5 min walking from the station.

Jeonju Hanok Village

Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju and overlaps Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong. There are over 800 traditional Korean 'hanok' houses. While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Maeul retains its historical charms and traditions.  

  • Website: tour-eng.jeonju.go.kr
  • Location: 29, Eojin-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
  • How to go there:

[Express Intercity Bus] 
Gangnam Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 2 hours 40 minutes) 
Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 2 hours 30 minutes) 
Gwangju Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 1 hour 30 minutes) 

[Train] 
Yongsan Station (KTX, Saemaul, Mugunghwa) ↔ Jeonju Station
* Website: www.korail.com
* Inquiries: +82-1544-7788, +82-1588-7788

[Bus]
1) From Jeonju Station, take Bus No.12, 60 ,79, 109, 119, 142, 508, 513, 536, 542
- Get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok Village) Bus Stop.

2) From Jeonju Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 5-1 or 79.
- Get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok Village) Bus Stop.

Suncheonman Bay and Garden

The fields in Suncheonman Bay are thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The image of the entire field swaying in the wind is as dazzling as waves on the sea. 

The field of reeds is home to many plants that thrive in damp conditions, like the common reed and the starwort. Among the world’s wetlands, Suncheonman Bay is widely known for attracting the largest number of rare birds. Internationally rare birds such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, white stork, black-faced spoonbill, Eurasian Oystercatcher, as well as birds designated as natural treasures, can be spotted here. 

  • Website: www.suncheonbay.go.kr
  • Location: 513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
  • How to go there:

[Subway+Bus]
From Suncheon Train Station, walk to the right along Palmaro st. about 100m and cross the street.
-Take Bus No. 67 and get off at Suncheonman (순천만). 

From Suncheon Bus Terminal, cross Suncheon3-gil street and walk along Palmaro street to bus stop.
- Take Bus No. 67 and get off at Suncheonman (순천만).

Yeongchwisan Mountain

Yeongchwisan Mountain is not very high (510 meters above sea level), but the mountain has long been deemed as a spiritual guardian of the Yeosu peninsula. During the old days, people held rituals for rain or offered wishful prayers. Geumseongdae and Dosolam are two Buddhist places of worship on the mountain. 

Mount Yeongchwisan is widely known as the first place in Korea where azaleas begin to bloom in the spring. The mountain is one of the top three most famous places in Korea for azalea blossoms. 

  • Website: www.ystour.kr 
  • Location: Sangam-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
  • How to go 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).

Jirisan Mountain

Its deep valleys and unique mountain formations are what make Jirisan Mountain truly spectacular. It consists of numerous peaks, and is known to be well-preserved and clean. Its glorious mountain range extends across three provinces and five cities. The magnificent mountains and exceptional scenery make this one of the most famous mountains in Korea. Roughly 1,915 meters above sea level, Cheonwangbong Peak, considered to be the pillar of heaven, is the main peak. Jirisan also features Banyabong and Nogodan, and is home to over 10 famous temples. 

  • Website: english.knps.or.kr
  • Location: Sicheon-myeon & Samjang-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • How to go there:

[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Jinju.
From Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus to Daewonsa Temple (대원사) OR take a bus to Jungsan-ri (중산리)

Hallasan Mountain

Hallasan Mountain rises up proudly from the center of Jeju Island and is perhaps the island’s most memorable landmarks. Also called Mt. Yeongjusan, meaning "mountain high enough to pull the galaxy," Hallasan Mountain is widely known by scientists for its geological value. Hallasan Mountain is famous for its vertical ecosystem of plants that results from the varying temperatures along the mountainside. 

  • Website: www.hallasan.go.kr
  • Location: 2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • How to go there:

[Bus] 
Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal – Eorimok
-Take Bus No. 740 (Jeju, Yeongsil, Jungmun), and get off at Eorimok Trail Entrance Bus Stop.
Travel time: approx. 45 min

Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal - Seongpanak
-Take Bus No. 781 or 781-1 (Jeju, Seongpanak, Seogui), and get off at Seongpanak Bus Stop.
Travel time: approx. 40 min

Yeouido Park

Situated in Yeouido, the heart of politics, media, banking and finance, Yeouido Hangang Park is easily accessible via public transportation. As one of the most popular parks along Hangang River, the park attracts many visitors, residents, and office workers. 

The park offers exciting events year-round: the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, the World Fireworks Festival in the fall, as well as concerts, and marathons. Well-preserved natural areas such as Bamseom and Yeouido Saetgang Tributary provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about nature and ecology. 

Website: parks.seoul.go.kr

Location: 120, Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

How to go there:

1) Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1.
Walk 10 minutes towards SBS TV Station. 

2) Yeouido Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3.
Walk 5 minutes towards the National Assembly building.

 

Seokchonhosu Lake (Songpa Naru Park)

Songpa Naru Park is a citizens’ park in Seoul. It has two lakes with Songpa-daero Boulevard running in between them, and a jogging course and walking trails along the lakes. Originally, a branch of Hangang River ran through the site, forming one large lake, but in 1971 when land was reclaimed from the river, two lakes were formed. The total size of the two lakes is 217,850㎡, and they hold about 737 tons of water. The depth of the lakes is 4-5 meters. The park now serves as a great place for Seoul citizens to relax

Website: parks.seoul.go.kr

Location: 136, Samhaksa-ro / 180, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

How to go there:

[Subway]
Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3.
- Go straight 200m to arrive at the entrance of Songpa Naru Park.

Seoul Grand Park

Covering an area of about 9,157,000 ㎡ (2,770,000 pyeong), Seoul Grand Park consists of themed areas for education, nature, and amusement. The park is known for its various amusement facilities and scenic beauty. Seoul Grand Park’s major attractions include Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Children's Zoo, a rose garden, Seoul Land amusement park, and the Seoul Museum of Modern Art. 

  • Website: grandpark.seoul.go.kr
  • Location: 102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • How to go there:

Get off at Seoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.

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. Over 100 different kinds of flowers including 1.2 million Tulips, Apeldoorn,Synaeda blue and Pink diamond  Garden are waiting for visitors to come at a newly created themed garden and sculpture and roads adorned with beautiful spring flowers.

  • Website: http://www.everland.com
  • Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • How to go there:

[Subway] 
Jeondae. Everland Station (Ever Line), Exit 3. From the station, take the shuttle bus to Everland. (Operating hours 05:30-23:30) 

[Bus] 
1) Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Yangjae Station: Bus 5002 
2) Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo Station, Songpa Station, Jamsil Station, Gangbyeon Station: Bus 5700 
3) Sadang Station, Nambu Terminal (Bundang and Gwangju via): Bus 1500-2 
4) Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station (via Gwangju): Bus 1113

Goyang Flower Festival

First held in 1997, the Goyang International Flower Exhibition has attracted about over 5.7 million visitors thus far, including the 8th Flower Exhibition in 2014. The event is considered to be Korea’s representative international flower exhibition. This year’s festival will be taken place in Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang city from April to May with 320 related organizations, groups, and companies from 35 countries, to showcase flowers and various products made with flowers. Also, unique and rare plants exhibition, indoor garden decorated with flower art pieces, outdoor theme parks, making of flower plant experience, flower arrangement contests, as well as other cultural events and performances will be planned to add more joy to the flower festival.

  • Period: 04.29.2016 ~ 05.15.2016
  • Website: www.flower.or.kr
  • Location: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • How to go there:

[Subway]
Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2
- Pass through Ilsan Cultural Park towards Ilsan Lake Park (500 m).

 

Gyeongpo Cherry blossom festival

Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the center of Gyeongpodae Pavilion, the 6th regional tangible cultural treasure of Korea, when cherry blossoms on trees on the 4.3㎞ path around Gyeongpoho Lake are in full bloom. During the festival, various cultural events and flower exhibitions are held against the backdrop of the beautiful cherry blossom covered Gyeongpodae.

  • Period: April (Date TBA)
  • Website: www.gntour.go.kr
  • Location: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • How to go there: From Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 202 and get off at Gyeongpodae

  

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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

  • Period: 1~10 April 2016
  • Website: http://gunhang.changwon.go.kr/
  • Location: All around Jinhae, including the area around Jungwon Rotary
  • How to go there:

[Bus]
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jinhae (진해). 
- From Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal, go 30m straight and turn right onto Jungwondong-ro (중원동로) Road. 
- Go 350m straight, and stay left at the fork.
- Go 230m to arrive at the festival venue.

[City Bus] 
Jinhae ↔ Changwon: 150, 751, 752 
Jinhae ↔ Masan: 160, 162, 760
Jinhae Line: 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 309, 315

Seogwipo Rape Flower International Walking Festival

The Seogwipo Rape Flower (Canola Blossom) International Walking Festival is held at the Jeju Sculpture Park and surrounding areas of the Seogwipo region. During the walking festival, participants can enjoy the picturesque springtime views of Jeju by walking by the deep-blue waters along the Seogwipo coastline and through seas of yellow canola flowers.
The festival is open to anyone and there are no time restrictions to stay through the course.

  • Period: 19~20 March 2016
  • Location: Jungmun resort area. 1836, Iljuseo-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
  • How to go there:

[Shuttle Bus]
Jeju International Airport ↔ Jeju International Convention Center
Limousine bus stop at the left side of the front gate (Samyoung Traffic No. 600) 

First departure 06:20 at the airport
Last departure: after the arrival of the last airplane. 

Service route 

Airport → T.H.E Hotel and Vegas Casino Jeju → Entrance to the Yeomiji Botanical Garden → Hyatt Hotel → Shilla Hotel → Lotte Hotel → Hankook Condominium → Jeju International Convention Center → New Gyeongnam Hotel → Seogwipo KAL Hotel 

[Taxi]
Jungmun Resort ↔ Jeju International Airport 
Fare (Korean won) : About 30,000 won; Distance: 40km; Duration: 40-45 minute

 

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