In many parts of the world, there is a certain energy in the air at the end of March. As winter fades, everyone is anticipating the cherry blossoms that will cover the ground in a soft pink shower of petals. The blossoms are often only around for a short time, so get your picnic baskets ready and head to these stunning sites to experience the best cherry blossoms Seoul has to offer!
Yeouido Park is a massive park on the southern shore of the Han River, right in the middle of Seoul. It is a popular spot for festivals, concerts, and picnics all year around. The park hits its peak of beauty in the beginning of April when cherry blossom blooms all around.
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The streets are lined with over a thousand cherry blossom trees along with street vendors, and musicians. The result is absolutely stunning. If you want to visit the park, definitely try to arrive early – thousands of people show up daily to see these flowers when they’re in full bloom!Yeouido Park (여의도공원)
영등포구 여의공원로 120 Yeo ui do dong Seoul Seoul 150-010 South Korea
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Just next to Lotte World and the enormous Lotte Tower sits a peaceful lake in the center of Jamsil. Suddenly, though, in April the shoreline turns bright pink as its hundreds of cherry blossom trees burst into bloom!
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The lake looks incredible and everywhere you look there will be cherry blossoms falling softly. It’s as if you stepped into a fairytale when you walk towards Lotte World and see the Lotte Castle through the pink branches above!Seokchon Lake - East (석촌호수 동호)
송파구 잠실로 180 Jam sil 6 dong Seoul Seoul 05617 South Korea
This forest is worth visiting every season – from the fields of glowing yellow gingko trees in autumn to the bright green lawns of summer. However, spring might be its most magical season.
This forest has something beautiful to see every season, from the fields of glowing yellow gingko trees in autumn, to the bright green lawns of summer. That being said, Spring might be its most magical season. The forest is dotted with cherry blossoms, and offers numerous trails for romantic walks, bike rentals for exploring, and even a petting zoo for all ages! If you want to picnic under the cherry blossoms, this is a great choice. It is much less crowded than Yeoudio, though expect plenty of other people there too!Seoul Forest (서울숲)
성동구 뚝섬로 273 Seong su 1 ga 1 dong Seoul Seoul 133-923 South Korea
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This is one of the largest parks in Seoul, and is a hotspot for nature lovers year-round. From the expansive rose garden to the open picnic meadows, this is a perfect place to view the cherry blossoms and escape the bustling city.
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From the expansive rose garden to the open picnic meadows, this is a perfect place to view the cherry blossoms and escape the bustling city.Olympic Park (올림픽공원)
송파구 올림픽로 424 O ryun dong Song pa gu Seoul 05540 South Korea
Jinhae’s Cherry Blossom Festival
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If you’re ready to adventure outside of Seoul, Korea’s most visited cherry blossom festival takes place at Jinhae where you will be absolutely stunned by your surroundings.
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Jinhae is located near Busan on the southern coast of Korea and the city goes all out this time of year. This year, the festival will be held from April 1 to April 10, during peak cherry blossom season.Jinhae Gunhangje (진해군항제)
진해구 Changwon Gyeongsangnam-do South Korea
If you don’t have enough time to visit all of these spots, don’t worry! You can also find plenty of cherry blossoms trees around Seoul, with streets in nearly every neighborhood having more than a few trees to admire. You will be surprised at just how pink Seoul can get during this time!
Cari Clark is currently based in Seoul, South Korea where she spends most of her time doodling in cafes, taking long bus rides, and eating the spiciest food she can find. She has seen every corgi video on the internet and she is still searching for the perfect burrito outside of her native San Diego, California.