Spring is easily one of the best times to visit Korea. Not only is the weather just about perfect, but all the flowers also start to bloom creating an atmosphere of excitement and energy in Korea. To celebrate the coming of spring many Spring Festivals pop up around April- May, giving families a chance to enjoy the great weather and outdoor activities. One of the biggest highlights of spring in Korea would have to be the cherry blossoms. Although they can only be witnessed for about two or three weeks a year, the magnificent view of the pink blossoms falling against the warm breeze is definitely worth the wait. So for those who have the pleasure of travelling to Korea in spring, here is a roundup of some up and coming festivals that are not to be missed!
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yeouido
Dates: April 5th – 12th, 2019
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is hands down the best place to enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Seoul. Located right next to the Han River the streets are lined with over 1,400 cherry blossom trees that create a picturesque tunnel for you to stroll down. From 6:30 pm onwards, the cherry blossoms are lit up with various illuminations making the scenery that much more spectacular. Here you can also enjoy cultural street performances, a flower decoration exhibit, and a photo exhibit taking place throughout the festival period.
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: Gyeongju City, Gyeongsang-do
Dates: April 1st – 8th, 2019
Gyeongju is a coastal city located in the south-eastern parts of Korea, often called the ‘Museum without walls’, the area has a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sights. These historic sights are beautiful all year round but particularly mesmerising during spring. Bomun Lake takes on a pink hue from all the fallen cherry blossom petals, making it the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll. There are also duck paddle boats you can borrow for an afternoon and relax along the lake. Additionally, there will be many street stalls around the festival where you can try local street food and seasonal delicacies.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Period: April 1st -10th, 2019
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is Korea’s biggest Spring Festivals and attracts over 2 million visitors every year. The Festival boasts a long history and first began as a memorial service to commemorate one of Korea most well-known naval admiral, Yi-Sun-sin. Jinhae is also headquarters to Korea’s naval academy and during the festival, tours inside the Korea Naval Academy Museum and naval vessels available for visitors.
There are plenty of things to enjoy during the festival period, such as the Yeojwacheon Starlight Festival which is a night-time illumination event, Sokcheonhang Port Multimedia Fireworks show, and the highlight of the festival, the air show by the Black Eagles. The flight display will be performed by the Republic of Korea Air Force, and a rare opportunity to see aircrafts performing unison formations above the cherry blossoms.
Jeju Canola Flower Festival
Location: San41, Gasi-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Period: April 4th – 7th, 2019
Cherry Blossoms are not the only flowers you can enjoy in spring. The canola flower is one of the flowers that represent the Island of Jeju. As Jeju is located in the most southern region of Korea, the climate is a lot warmer and the yellow canola flowers start to bloom from the end of winter.
This year marks the 37th Jeju Canola Flower Festival and there will be various activities available at the festival, such as making a canola crown, making pan-fried flower rice cake, horseback riding and more!
Taean International Tulip Festival
Location: 400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Period: April 13th – May 12th, 2019
Last year, Taean Tulip Festival was chosen as one of the top five tulip festivals in the world. The Festival showcases a spectacular array of colours with over 200 types of tulips on display. From Kikomachi to Purple Flags the tulips are carefully arranged into patterns and shapes for the show. The event will also have family-friendly activities such as animal feeding, face painting and a LED Light Festival for all to enjoy.
For more information on spring festivals visit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=1985915
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