Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea: 2023 Complete Guide

Imagine yourself draped in beautiful Korean hanbok, walking around historic palace grounds whilst cherry blossoms gently fall to your feet. Or strolling along riverside paths, picnicking under the shade of pink blossom clouds. Discover the best ways to see cherry blossoms in Korea this spring.

This complete guide will tell you where to see cherry blossoms in Korea, from Seoul to Jeju Island. You’ll also learn about all the incredible festivals, viewing spots, and unique events across Korea and how to get to them.

Be sure to check out the 2023 Korean cherry blossom forecast, too. It’ll help you plan your trips and get the most out of the short, but stunning cherry blossom season in Korea. There are cherry blossom forecast dates for the whole of Korea.

Besides finding out where to see cherry blossoms in Korea, I’ve packed lots of my own tips, insights, and useful information to help you travel Korea. Have a wonderful cherry blossom experience and, even if you can’t travel now, enjoy the many cherry blossom pictures.

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Why See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

Cherry blossoms in Korea with blue sky

They’re amazing. Simply put, they’re some of the prettiest blossoms you’ll see this spring. They’re also all over the country, from city streets to winding around mountains on long, pink paths. You can’t miss them.

Leaping out in pinky-white waves across Korea, heralding the start of spring, the blossoms are the perfect antidote to the cold, dark winter that grips Korea for several months beforehand, and marks the start of warmer weather and prettier sights all round.

When you visit Korea during cherry blossom season, you will see for yourself why Koreans and tourists alike love celebrating cherry blossom season.

Read on to find out all you need to know about where to see cherry blossoms, when to visit, and my favourite spots you’ll definitely want to check out.


Top 3 Cherry Blossom Sights In Korea

Joel with cherry blossoms in Seokchon Lake, Seoul, Korea

I love to see cherry blossoms in Korea in spring. Each year I try to visit as many of the beautiful Korean cherry blossom spots as possible.

Trying to choose only three to recommend is not easy. Nevertheless, here are my top 3 cherry blossoms spots that I would recommend to anyone visiting Korea in spring.

I’ll provide more details about each of these places later on in the article.


1: Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival

Jinhae goes all out to put on a cherry blossom extravaganza. If you can make the journey down south, you’ll be rewarded with a city dressed up in pink and white blossoms. Has to be seen to be believed.


2: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms stuff the trees and create a magical walkway along the banks of Seokchon Lake. Take a stroll around the lake and get lost in a world of blossoms.


3: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Cherry blossoms at Gyeongbokgung Palace are a unique Korean experience

This is one of the most incredible places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. You can get some amazing shots of the blossoms, with the pristine lake and palace grounds in the background. Even better if you’re wearing traditional Korean hanbok.


I’m sure you’ll find some incredible cherry blossom sights in Korea this spring, no matter which place you go to. Now, here are the best times to see the cherry blossoms this spring.


Korean Cherry Blossom Forecast 2023

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Korea come out from the end of March until early April. The blossoms start in the south on Jeju Island and slowly work their way up towards Seoul by early April. Therefore, you can travel north through the country and see several cherry blossom spots on your way.

The 2023 Korean cherry blossom forecast isn’t ready yet, but the 2022 Korean cherry blossoms forecast below shows when and where to see cherry blossoms in Korea during spring. The dates should only change by a week either side of these dates.

South Korean Cherry Blossom Forecast 2022

Source: Weatheri website

Here’s a quick summary of the Korean cherry blossom forecast dates for 2022. The Korean cherry blossom forecast dates will be added as soon as they’re available, which will probably be in early February.

  • Jeju: March 18 – 24
  • Busan: March 22 – 28
  • Gyeongju: March 21 – 31
  • Daegu: March 23 – 31
  • Gwangju: March 18 – April 2
  • Jeonju: March 18 – April 5
  • Daejeon: March 23 – April 5
  • Gangneung: March 28 – April 5
  • Seoul: March 24 – April 10

Please note: these dates can change due to unforeseen weather conditions. Visiting in the middle of these date ranges will give you the best chance to see cherry blossoms in full bloom.


Cherry Blossom Festivals In Korea

People attending cherry blossom festival in Korea

The best way to see cherry blossoms in Korea is by attending a cherry blossom festival. These festivals go all out and have a lot of other attractions besides the colourful blossoms. You can find food trucks, cultural performances, games, and even live music at these festivals. Read on to find out the best cherry blossom festivals in Korea.


1: Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival River view

When: March 26 – April 13 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

More than 2 million people visit the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival each year, making it the biggest cherry blossom festival in Korea. People flock to Jinhae to see the blossoms create a magnificent painting of colours, with lines of trees painting pinky-white stripes across the city.

Visitors to the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival can also see cultural performances, walk along romantic riverside walkways, try delicious street foods, and take pictures with the colourful street murals.

Address: 1 Jungwon-ro, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

How to get there: Take a bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal directly to Jinhae. The trip takes four hours and costs around W27,000.


2: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival lake view

When: April 6 – April 15 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is a free festival at the butterfly-like lake that sites below Lotte World Tower. The wings of the lake are lined with hundreds of cherry trees that explode with colour at the start of April.

Visit on a sunny day to get views of the angelic blossoms reflected on the lake’s surface and falling from the heavens above. It gets very crowded during cherry blossom season, but fortunately there are many places to take pretty cherry blossom selfies.

Address: 148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

How to get there: Jamsil Subway Station (Lines 2 & 8) – exit 2 or 3.


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3: Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 2023

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

When: April 6 – April 15 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

Yeongdeungpo is where busy Seoulites flock for peace and nature on the weekends, enjoying a Cass or two along the Han River’s grassy banks. During April, locals and tourists alike swarm the scenic streets of Yeouiseo-ro Road to experience the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival.

In this colourful festival you’ll not only find cherry blossoms, but also find azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers all in full bloom. Stay for the night-time light show, where the flowers are all lit up as a backdrop to street performances and art exhibitions.

Address: Yeouiseo-ro Road in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul

How to get there: National Assembly Subway Station (Line 9), or Yeouinaru Subway Station (Line 5)


4: Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – April 8 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

Head to Gyeongpodae Lake in the beautiful coastal city of Gangneung to combine blossoms with beaches. Gaze at the cherry blossoms floating on trees above you and blowing down to the lake’s waters when a sea breeze blows through the trees.

With over 4km of trees to walk through, this is certainly a lovely way to spend a warm spring day. Check out the pavilion for romantic views that are best shared with a loved on. There are lots of fun games and activities to enjoy, as well as unique festival foods, such as flower pancakes.

Address: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do

How to get there: Take a train or bus from Seoul to Gangneung City. From Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 202 and get off at Gyeongpodae.


5: Jeju’s King Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Jeju’s King Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 23 – April 1 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

The King cherry Trees are said to be the original, most authentic Korean cherry trees and the best of all the cherry blossoms in Korea. The blossoms are larger than other types of cherry trees in Korea, and they are bright and luxurious.

Like a big pink sponge, more a full flower than a simple blossom. Stroll along the streets of the Jeju King Cherry Blossom Festival, packed full of cherry blossom goods, curious arts and craft stalls, all shaded by the magnificent king cherry trees themselves.

Address: 2814 Yongdam 1(il)-dong, Jeju City, Jeju Island

How to get there: Take bus 122 from Jeju Airport to Jeju Bus Terminal, then walk north along the river for 10 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi there in less than 10 minutes.


6: Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 24 – April 1 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is your chance to view cherry blossoms growing around ancient Korean architecture in the historic city of Gyeongju. You’ll find the most incredible views of traditional Korea here. Arrive on the weekend and you can watch the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon.

As this is a popular tourist destination, you’ll have the chance to experience various activities, such as face painting, traditional games, live music, a cherry blossom shower, and tours around the city.

Address: Gyeongju Historic Area, Gyeongju

How to get there: Take an intercity bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gyeongju. Tickets are 8,600 KRW one way.


7: Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival 2023

Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 22 – March 9 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

Located near Jirisan National Park in southern Korea is one of the most magical cherry blossom festivals in Korea – the Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival. What makes this so spectacular is the landscape, set in the Korean countryside for a very different view of cherry blossoms surrounded by nature.

The main draw to the area is the ‘marriage road‘, which is rumoured to guarantee a long and happy life together if couples walk down it holding hands. When the sun hits the towering cherry blossoms from above, they cast a romantic pink glow on the road below.

Address: 142, Hwagae-ro, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

How to get there: Take the intercity bus from Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul) to Hwagae City. Get off at Hwagaejangteo Market and walk to the temple from Hwagae following the river.


Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul, Lotte World Tower

Seoul is the most popular tourist destination in Korea and this bustling capital city has so many great sights to offer. There are countless places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul – in parks, along rivers, and amongst historic buildings.

The places I’ve selected below will give you not only an abundance of cherry blossom picture opportunities, but also great backgrounds to go with them. Read on to see my recommendations for where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul.


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1: Seoul’s Royal Palaces & Secret Garden

Women in hanbok with cherry blossoms in Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul’s royal palaces are spread across the heart of central Seoul and provide the perfect traditional Korean backdrop to the natural beauty of cherry blossoms.

The central lake at the heart of Gyeongbokgung in particular has spectacular views with cherry trees running along the edge. Dress up in traditional Korean hanbok and stroll around the palaces in the spring weather, taking unforgettable pictures under the pink blossoms.

Be sure not to miss the Secret Garden located inside Changdeokgung Palace. This hidden garden showcases some of the finest natural sights in Korea and is less packed with photographers due to the limited number of people who can visit each day.

Nearest Subway Stations:
Anguk Station (Line 3)
City Hall Station (Line 1 / 2)

Opening Times:
Gyeongbokgung Palace – closed Tuesday
Other palaces – closed Monday


If you’re going to visit the palaces, I would 100% recommend wearing hanbok as you can get free entry to the palaces. You’ll also create incredible photos to show everyone later. You can rent hanbok for less than $10 with the link below:


2: Seoul Grand Park

Bright cherry blossoms with blue sky

This is a great family spot in Seoul to watch cherry blossoms together. The Seoul Grand Park, located in the southern area of Seoul, is packed with woody hills and nature, making it a great place for views of cherry blossoms.

This huge area spreads out from a central lake and includes Seoul Land amusement park, Seoul Zoo, and Seoul Grand Park. Head down to Seoul Grand Park Subway Station and head for the lake plaza for the best views of the cherry blossoms.

Stroll along the wide lake, join in with various festival activities, enjoy watching cultural activities, and more. Make it into a whole day trip by visiting Seoul Land and Seoul Zoo, or the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nearest Subway Station:
Seoul Grand Park Station (Line 4)


3: Seokchon Lake Area

Cherry blossoms at Seokchon Lake, Seoul

As mentioned previously, the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. There’s a lot to do in this area and plenty of places to see the cherry blossoms.

Head up to the Seoul Sky Observatory in the Lotte World Tower and see the lake from above, or visit Lotte World Adventure’s Magic Island, which looks out over the lake.

After walking around the lake, head east to the nearby Olympic Park for more beautiful nature, cherry blossom views, and lots of other lovely plants.

Nearest Subway Stations:
Jamsil Station (Lines 2, 8)


4: Yeouido Hangang Park (Han River Area)

Korean cherry blossoms

There’s more to the Yeouido Han River area than just the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. Featuring long, green river banks, you have lots of space to explore and enjoy cherry blossoms away from the crowds.

The best views are from Yeouido Hangang Park, which you can find outside Yeouinaru Station. You can rent bikes from here, as well as tents, lawn mats, and buy a range of essential cherry blossom viewing supplies.

What are cherry blossom viewing supplies? Well, in Korea, that’s usually some cup ramyeon and cold beer. Stay after the sun sets to get incredible night views of the city across the river. Book a Han River boat cruise to see more cherry blossom views along the river.

Nearest Subway Station:
Yeouinaru Station


After a pleasant day strolling under cherry blossom trees, why not relax and see the colourful bridges and sights of Seoul from the comfort of a river cruise? You can see many famous sights and watch the city transform from day to night.


5: N Seoul Tower

Cherry Blossoms at N Seoul Tower

The walking path up to the N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) in central Seoul is lined with dozens of cherry blossom trees. Experience the short trek up this traditional road on foot and see cherry blossoms above you. Alternatively, ride the Nasman Cable Car and see them waving at you from below.

This popular tourist destination in Seoul offers incredible views and should be on any travellers South Korea Bucket List. You can see the whole city from here, as well as the towering mountains of Bukhansan National Park in the north.

I’d recommend taking the cable car to the top just before sunrise, checking out the views and other attractions, and then walking down the hill at night when the lights come on.

Nearest Subway Station:
Myeongdong Station


6: Seoul Forest

Large cherry blossom tree in Korea

I love Seoul Forest because it’s an area of Seoul that feels like you’re not in a city any more. Packed full of parks for children of all sizes, petting zoos, deer, and oodles of places to be in nature, this is the perfect place for cherry blossom viewing in Seoul.

Entrance is free and the place is likely to be less busy than some of the other top cherry blossom viewing spots in Seoul. Head to the far side of the park for raised walkways that give you views of the park, walking through the trees, with sights of the Han River in the background.

Nearest Subway Station:
Seoul Forest Station


7: Kyung hee University Campus

Kyunghee University Campus with cherry blossoms

The Kyung Hee University campus provides a peaceful environment for students and visitors and is packed with ponds, parks, and relaxing pathways, as well as millions of cherry blossoms. The impressive neo-classical architecture provides an interesting backdrop to the blossoms, as do the students’ creative works that are on display.

Take a walk through the grounds, along the ponds, and feel at ease in this pleasant surrounding. Once you’ve finished, you’ll find lots of nice cafes and restaurants to eat at outside. The top of the College of Fine Arts building offers 360 degree views of the area.

Nearest Subway Station:
Hoegi Station


8: Seoul National Cemetery

Spring is a symbol of birth and regrowth and what better place to witness this than at a cemetery? Set in beautiful grounds, over slowly sloping hills, and packed with cherry trees, this is a remarkable place to visit any time of year.

The cherry blossoms, perhaps in keeping with the setting, are weeping trees, with thick branches full of cherry blossoms, falling down towards the ground. Learn about Korea’s history in the War History Museum, and enjoy the sights as you walk around this popular attraction in the heart of Seoul.

Nearest Subway Station:
Dongjak Station


A lot of these Seoul cherry blossom spots also offer stunning views of autumn leaves. If you want to see these sights with golds, reds, and oranges, check out the article below:


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Famous Cherry Blossoms Spots In Korea

Large cherry blossoms in Korea

As I always say, there’s a lot more to Korea than just Seoul! There are so many other amazing places where you can see cherry blossoms in Korea.

From Nami Island in the north, to the natural wonders of Jeju Island, get out and see all that Korea has to offer during cherry blossom season.


See Cherry Blossoms In Jinhae

Tide of cherry blossoms in Jinhae, South Korea

Hosting the incredible Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, Jinhae is undoubtedly one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Korea. There’s so much to do and see at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival that it’s definitely worth a day trip.

What I loved the most about visiting Jinhae at this time were the views of Yeojwacheon Stream, which has low hanging cherry blossoms along the wooden walkways. There were more than a few people making cherry blossoms into impromptu hair accessories and brooches.

Cherry blossom mural in Jinhae, South Korea

The food stalls have all my favourite Korean festival snacks and there are loads of interesting murals for more picture ops. The lake area north of the Yeojwacheon Stream is also really lovely. I walked there for an hour or more, taking in the cherry blossoms and natural beauty of the area.

It is a bit more peaceful than the central area, but no less impressive. Perhaps the most spectacular area is the hill in Jehwangsan Park, which offers views across the city and harbour area. You can see just how many trees there are, like streaks of pink and white snaking through the city.

Address: 1 Jungwon-ro, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

How to get there: Take a bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal directly to Jinhae. The trip takes four hours and costs around W27,000.


See Cherry Blossoms On Nami Island

Vivid pink cherry blossoms at Nami Island, South Korea

One of the most popular day trips from Seoul, beautiful Nami Island is incredible any time of year, but most colourful in spring. This is a romantic destination close to Seoul that’s great for couples and families. Walk down long leafy lanes with cherry trees dropping pretty pink petals into your path.

There are plenty of activities and sights to keep you entertained during a visit to Nami Island. Hire a bike and enjoy the gorgeous nature, go zip-lining, walk along the many scenic paths, and immerse yourself in the unique surroundings. Fans of the Korean drama Winter Sonata also flock here to see famous scenes from the TV show.

You’ll find lots of cosy cafes, galleries, and gift shops to check out, too. If you’re visiting Korea in autumn, then be sure to visit Nami Island for the fiery autumn leaves. You can see golden ginkgo and giant Meta-sequoia trees in all their autumnal glory.

Whenever you visit, there’s a lot to explore and enjoy here, as well as lots of other nearby attractions, including the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France.

Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

How to get there: Take the ITX train from Yongsan Station (Seoul) to Gapyeong Station, then take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to Nami Island. For other transport options, check out the guide in the article about how to get to Nami Island From Seoul.


See Cherry Blossoms In Jirisan National Park

Cherry blossoms in Jirisan National Park, South Korea

Jirisan doesn’t just host the aforementioned Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival, it also offers the chance to see a lesser-known type of cherry tree – the cornelian cherry blossom. This tree is yellow and turns Jirisan National Park turns a sunny shade of gold from mid-March. These trees have their own festival, too – the Gurye Sansuyu Festival.

These trees are much brighter and more colourful than regular cherry trees, with sun-yellow blossoms, similar to ginkgo leaves in autumn. Head to Ssanggyesa Temple to see great views of cherry blossoms. Follow the path from Hwagae Market to the temple and witness the beauty of the 600-year old cherry trees.

Yellow Cornelian Cherry Blossoms

Most of the hiking routes in this area will give you breathtaking views of cherry blossoms and other spring flowers. It’s one of my favourite places to hike in Korea and definitely worth visiting if you have the time.

Address: 142, Hwagae-ro, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

How to get there: Take the intercity bus from Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul) to Hwagae City. Get off at Hwagaejangteo Market and walk to the temple from Hwagae following the river.


Jeju Island Cherry Blossom Spots

Large cherry blossoms

Spring comes early to Jeju Island and the King Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the first and most colourful of the season’s events. The big and beautiful blossoms are a splendid sight, but certainly not the only thing to see on Jeju Island.

There’s a reason Jeju Island was listed as one of the New 7 Wonders Of Nature. If you head down to Noksan-ro, you’ll get to see two vibrant displays of spring together – the cherry blossoms and blazing canola flowers.

Noksan-ro Road on Jeju Island with cherry blossoms and canola flowers

Drive or bike around to the south coast and cruise along endless lanes of yellow and pink (pictured above). Hikers should definitely check out all the natural beauty to be on the slopes of Hallasan Mountain. The volcanic mother to Jeju Island has some wonderful trails to explore and you’ll see cherry blossoms along the way.

How to get there: Take bus 122 from Jeju Airport to Jeju Bus Terminal, then walk north along the river for 10 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi there in less than 10 minutes.


Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms Spots

Pink cherry blossoms

In Gyeongju City, witness the cherry blossoms blooming among old hanok buildings and above ancient tombs, the way they would have hundreds of years ago. This is definitely one of the best cities to see cherry blossoms in Korea and a really simple day trip from Busan.

You’ll find the best views in the Gyeongju Historic Area. Highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory (built in 675), Gyochon Traditional Village, and Woljeonggyo Bridge (pictured below), a stunning two floor bridge that looks like it belongs in a palace.

Woljeonggyo Bridge in Gyeongju

Besides the colourful sights at the Gyeongju Historic Area, you can also find cherry blossoms at the Bomun Lake Tourist Complex to the south. One of my favourite sights here is the massive Hwangnyongwon (a 9-story golden tower), as well as the lake itself.

If you’ve an extra day in Gyeongju, then definitely visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto located in the mountains outside the city. Bulguksa is one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Korea and hosts six National treasures of South Korea.

How to get there: Take an intercity bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gyeongju. Tickets are 8,600 KRW one way.


The sights of Gyeongju are quite spread out, with the Bomun Lake Tourist Complex and Bulguksa Temple quite far away from the Gyeongju Historic Area. A private taxi tour is a cost-effective and hassle-free way to see the sights, especially when travelling as a family.


Busan Cherry Blossom Spots

Gamcheon Cultural Village is one of the unique Korean experiences in Busan

Any major city in Korea is going to have parks, rivers, or even mountains that provide great cherry blossom views, and Busan is no exception. There are plenty of places to see cherry blossoms in Busan, here are my top 3.


1: Oncheon Stream Park

With other 1,300 cherry trees lining the banks of the Oncheon Stream, this pleasant location is perfect in spring. A place for local residents to walk, run, and ride, this busy park is a prime location for cherry blossom viewing in Busan.

Not only can you see cherry blossoms along the river, you’ll also find rows of bright yellow canola plants. There are small cafes and restaurants along the river, great for watching the night lights illuminate the delicate blossoms.

Nearest Subway Station:
Dongnae Station


2: Samnak Ecological Park

Cherry blossom path at Samnak Eco Park, Busan

The Samnak Ecological Park walkway, named one of the 100 most beautiful in Korea, hosts an explosion of cherry blossoms in early April each year. With more than 1,200 cherry trees blooming at the same time, creating a tunnel of pinky-white petals, it’s a heavenly site indeed. You’ll also find dozens of other blooming plants, wetland birds, and tall flame grass along the Nakdonggang River banks. Rent a bike and explore this area at your own leisure.

Nearest Subway Station:
Sasang Station


3: Dalmaji Hill Area

The Dalmaji Hill area is perfect for quiet strolls away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Haeundae Beach. You can walk here from the beach, or ride the Haeundae Beach Train or Haeundae Sky Capsule on your way to Songjeong Beach.

In April, the narrow hilly streets are overcrowded with cherry trees, creating an intimate forest of blossoms, adding to the area’s own beauty. From atop the hill enjoy breathtaking views of the coast. The area is a favourite with local artists and there are several galleries in the area. On weekends you’ll also find art markets at the Haeweoljeong Pavilion square.

Nearest Subway Station:
Jungdong Station


Daejeon Cherry Blossom Spots

Cherry blossom festival in Daejeon, South Korea

Daejeon perhaps isn’t on most people’s radar when they travel, but it’s a lovely city and certainly comes to life during cherry blossom season. I know, I’ve lived in Daejeon since 2015. There are several great places to view cherry blossoms in Daejeon.

The most impressive is at Donghaksa Temple in Gyeryongsan National Park, just outside Daejeon. A large cherry blossom festival happens here in early April and features traditional festival events, such as trot singing, performances, and games.

The cherry blossoms are the true stars. Walk along the long street towards Donghaksa Temple and witness their beauty. If you feel like hiking, carry on past the temple and go to the top of the mountain. There are several courses, each taking between 2 – 4 hours.

How to get to Gyeryongsan National Park: Take bus 107 from central Daejeon and get off at the final stop.


Other great places in Daejeon for cherry blossom viewing include KAIST University and the Gapcheon River. Walk from EXPO Park along the river and you’ll see hundreds of trees along the edge, with white herons fishing in the shallow river. Be sure to check out the Hanbat Arboretum near to EXPO Bridge, too.

How to get to Daejeon from Seoul: Take the KTX train to Daejeon Station, then change to the subway. For KAIST University get off at Wolpyeong Station. For EXPO Park get off at Government Complex Station


Korean Cherry Blossom Season Guide

White cherry blossoms against a blue sky

Cherry blossom season in Korea is one of the busiest times to travel as local and tourists alike are eager to get the best views. Here are 5 quick tips to improve your chances of a great day out and reduce problems:

1: Book ahead. If you plan to travel and need a hotel or tour, book ahead and make sure you can get a seat or room. I book cherry blossom trips in January or February.

2: Check the weather. Spring weather in Korea can be unpredictable. Keep an eye on forecasts and be flexible if you can.

3: Wrap up warm. Winter winds and chills can persist during Korean cherry blossom season. Bring a jacket and warm clothes, just in case.

4: Try unique tastes. Cherry blossom season in Korea brings with it some interesting foods and drinks. Give them a try while they’re available.

5: Walk a lot. Put on your walking boots, and explore as much as possible. City streets, riverside pathways, forest trails – experience them all.

Besides these quick tips, here’s a few more useful tips for you this cherry blossom season.


Wear Hanbok & Get Free Entry To Seoul’s Palaces

hanbok rental in Seoul, Korea

The Korean government wants you to experience the charm of wearing Korean traditional clothes – hanbok. To encourage people to try hanbok, entry to all of Seoul’s royal palaces is completely free if you wear hanbok.

Not only will you get free entry to some of the best cherry blossom spots in Seoul, you’ll also have great looking clothes to create memorable photos. I’d highly recommend renting hanbok to see cherry blossoms, even if you don’t go into the royal palaces (but you really should visit them!).

For discounted hanbok rental near Gyeongbokgung Palace, click the link below:


Weather During Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossoms with sun in the background

April is a great time to travel to see cherry blossoms in Korea as the weather isn’t too extreme. Expect temperatures around 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day, possibly warming up to around 15-20 degrees Celsius if it’s a sunny day.

It’s generally quite dry, although there could be a few showers. The worst of the winter weather is gone, but there can still be snow around Seoul in mid-late March.

Unfortunately, spring is the worst time for fine dust and can create hazy skies and problems for some people with breathing issues. Find out more about Korean fine dust in my detailed article.


Should You Book A Cherry Blossom Day Trip?

KTX train in Korea

If you’re in Seoul, there are plenty of cherry blossom sights to check out there. Same for Busan. Therefore, if you plan to stay in the city, you won’t really need a cherry blossom day tour.

However, some of the best cherry blossom spots in Korea are outside of the big cities and to get to the biggest cherry blossom festivals or hotspots, a day trip (or weekend away) is the best option. Indeed, if you want to see the biggest cherry blossom festival in Jinhae, you’ll have to take a day trip.

There are loads of great day trips you can choose from this spring, here are 5 of the best:

1: Jinhae City (Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival)

2: Nami Island

3: Jirisan National Park (Hwagae Festival & Gurye Sansuyu Festival.)

4: Gangneung City (Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival)

5: Gyeongju City

You can visit these places by public transport if you’re comfortable with the Korean public transportation system, or book a day tour from a reputable company.

I’ve added links to tours in previous sections to help you book them more easily. Here are a few of the best tour companies in Korea for cherry blossom tours:

If you want tour recommendations, then please send me a message on my Facebook Page – In My Korea – or ask in the Korea Travel Advice group on Facebook. There are a number of guides in this group who can help you arrange one day tours and private transportation.


Where To Stay To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea

Spring flowers with Korean hanok house

Although some of the best cherry blossom sights in Korea are in the countryside, I’d recommend staying in larger cities like Seoul and Busan and then travelling out for day trips to see cherry blossoms.

Hotels in smaller areas like Jinhae and Gyeongju are likely to be more expensive, as well as booked out in advance. You’ll get better deals and more options staying in Seoul or Busan. However, the prices in these cities can be high during cherry blossom season, too.

Book ahead to avoid disappointment and higher prices.

For Seoul, I’d recommend staying in Myeongdong (N Seoul Tower, palaces), Hongdae (Han River), or Gangnam (Seokchon Lake).

For Busan, hotels in the Haeundae or Seomyeon areas are good options at any time of year.

For Jeju Island, choose Jeju City or Seogwipo as your base and explore the island from there. Car rental is recommended to see more of the island.

If you’re a bargain hunter like me, and want a comfortable night’s sleep in Seoul at a low price, I’d recommend staying in Myeongdong or Hongdae. I’ve put together 10 of the best budget hotels in these areas in the articles below:


Korean Travel Essentials

To save you time and money when you travel to Korea, here are my personal recommended Korea travel essentials.

Korea Electronic Travel Authorisation (K-ETA)

Most countries need a K-ETA to travel to Korea. Apply online before you travel only with the Official K-ETA Site.

Transportation

The best way to get around cheaply and conveniently is with a T-Money Card. No tickets and discounts on every ride.

WiFi & Sim Cards

Pre-order a Korean Sim Card or a Portable WiFi Router and collect when you arrive at Incheon Airport. Collection desks are open 24 hours. Grab & Go.

Incheon Airport Transfer

Don’t want to carry heavy suitcases? Book an Incheon Airport Private Transfer & relax to or from the airport.

Korea Rail Pass

If plan to use Korea’s high speed train network, then save money and get unlimited rides with a Korea Rail Pass.

Hotels In Seoul

Here’s the 10 Best Hotels In Hongdae, Seoul’s coolest district, and 10 Budget Hotels In Myeongdong which are close to Seoul’s sights. I recommend Klook or Agoda for the best deals.

Flights To Korea

Always look around before you book flights. I recommend flight comparison sites such as Expedia and Skyscanner for the best deals to fly to Korea.

Learn Korean

Want to learn Korean before you travel to Korea? I recommend 90 Day Korean as they have well-structured lessons and loads of useful resources.


Wherever you go to see cherry blossoms in Seoul, I hope you have a safe and exciting time! By the way, if you want more ideas for what to do in Seoul, check out some of my articles about Korea’s capital including some amazing Free Things To Do In Seoul and my top 50 Things To Do In Seoul.


Too Early To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

Pink spring flowers in front of traditional Korean palace building

If you’re travelling in Korea before the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, here are a few alternative festivals that you might be interested in:

Garden Of Morning Calm Lighting Festival 2023

When: Nov – Mar 14 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

This winter lights festival provides a romantic, electric wonderland to stroll through in the dark winter days. Best seen at night or early evening. Can visit Nami Island in the same trip.

Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival Info


Gwangyang Maehwa Apricot Blossom Festival 2023

When: Mar 13 – 24 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

Too early for cherry blossoms? Then you should check out this festival dedicated to the similarly beautiful apricot plum blossoms instead.

Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival


Too Late To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

The cherry blossoms are early in spring but they are certainly not the only beautiful sight to behold at this time of year. Check out these festivals below if you’re visiting after mid-April:

Goyang International Flower Festival 2023

When: Mar 12 – May 4 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

This is Korea’s largest flower festival and a charming way to spend a day with spring flowers. Located in outer Seoul, it’s really easy to get to the Goyang International Flower Festival.


Damyang Bamboo Festival 2023

When: Apr 24 – May 7 2022 (2023 dates TBC)

Celebrate the generous bamboo plant at this interesting festival that has a lot of different activities, all centred around bamboo. The bamboo forest is a real breath of fresh air, providing dark and cool pathways to explore and discover.


Visiting Korea In Other Seasons?

N Seoul Tower In Seoul During Autumn

Korea is an amazing country to visit any time of year and undoubtedly has four very distinct seasons with lots of other activities, sights, foods, and festivals waiting for you in each one.

Therefore, don’t forget to check out my other awesome seasonal guides for Korea to make sure you’re getting the most out of your trip to Korea whenever you travel, including a Season Guide To Korea which covers every month of the year. Be sure to check out the Best Korean Festivals, too.

Summer: A hot and rainy time of year, but perfect for getting out to enjoy the best Korean Summer Activities, such as water sports, camping by the beach, summer festivals, eating yummy Korean summer foods, and getting a tan. If the rain is too heavy, there are plenty of Indoor Activities in Seoul where you can stay dry and still have fun.

Autumn: Like spring, autumn is all about nature and the change of seasons represented by the fall foliage. There are many incredible places to see Autumn Leaves In Korea, including golden gingko leaves and multi-coloured maple leaves, which change from green to gold to red.

Winter: After the beauty of the fall foliage and the rains of summer, winter is the complete opposite – snowy white and extremely dry. Winter has very little rain, which makes it perfect for exploring outside and enjoying one of the many Winter Activities In Korea. Just make sure you wrap up warm! If you’re visiting Korea in winter, I highly recommend check out my Jeju Island Winter Itinerary.


Cherry Blossoms In Korea FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Finally, here’s a few FAQs about where to see cherry blossoms in Korea, in case the above information didn’t cover enough for you.

What Month Do Cherry Blossoms Come Out In Korea?

Cherry blossoms in Korea start to appear in late March and finish in early-mid April, depending on where you are in Korea. Jeju Island sees the first cherry blossoms in Korea, and Seoul is one of the last places. If you’re visiting Seoul, then the first two weeks of April is the best time to see cherry blossoms in the capital.

Is April A Good Time To Visit Korea?

April is definitely one of the best times to visit Korea. Not only can you see cherry blossoms in Seoul and across the country, there are many areas of natural beauty alive with spring flowers and blossoms. You’ll also find spring festivals, and the weather is warm after a cold winter.

How Cold Is Korea In April?

The weather in Korea in April is generally warm and sunny. The temperature during the day reaches about 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature drops in the evening and doesn’t get warm again until around lunchtime. Temperatures in the evening and at night range from 0 degrees to 10 degrees. It can still be quite cold during the day, with wind and light rain sometimes.

What To Wear To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

Even though the sun is out a lot, it can still be quite cool in places, especially if you’re going to see cherry blossoms near a river or lake. I’d recommend wearing a light jacket and sweater for the daytime. Consider bringing a scarf and hat for the evenings, too. Most cherry blossom spots in Korea are in well paved areas, so some light, comfortable shoes should be fine for cherry blossoms viewing. However, if you’re going to the mountains, I’d recommend some hiking shoes or trainers.

What Are Cherry Blossoms Called In Korean?

In Korean, cherry blossoms are beot-kkot (벗꽃). This shouldn’t be confused with sakura, which is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms.

What Is The Most Popular Place To See Cherry Blossoms In Korea?

The most popular place to see cherry blossoms in Korea is definitely the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts over 2,000,000 visitors each year. However, areas in Seoul that don’t keep count, such as Seokchon Lake, may be even busier due to Seoul’s large population and many tourists.

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