Best spots to enjoy spring in South Korea

Written by Jennifer Mathieu

Spring is a beautiful season in South Korea and occurs from March to May. It is a time of renewal and growth, as the country transforms from the cold, snowy winter into a vibrant landscape of blossoming flowers and budding trees. The weather during spring is generally mild and perfect for outdoor activities, making it a popular time for locals and tourists alike to get out and explore the country’s natural beauty. Overall, spring in South Korea is a magical time of year, full of beauty, excitement, and new beginnings. So let’s go to some of my favorite spots to take aesthetically pleasing pictures!

1. Taean World : Tulip Festival
Period: April to May
Location: 400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Check the website for more informations: http://en.koreaflowerpark.com/main

Did you know that Taean Tulip Festival is one of the world’s top 5 tulip festival? The Taean Tulip Park hosts the biggest flower festival in South Korea, providing fantastic chances for capturing memories through photographs. The festival grounds are separated into distinct areas, each adorned in a unique manner reflecting the year’s theme, offering visitors an opportunity to bask in the vibrant beauty of tulips against creatively designed and playful backgrounds.

2. Wonmisan Purple Azalea Festival
Period: April
Location: San 21-1, Chunui-dong, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Cherry blossoms are not the only amazing sight that you can find in South Korea, during spring Wonmisan is covered by azaleas making the mountain turn purple! Visitors can also participate in various hands-on activities such as traditional handcrafting, flower pancake cooking, caricaturing, etc. Do not miss the opportunity to take your best pictures!

3. Gwangyang Maehwa Festival
Period: March
Location: 1563-1, Seomjingangmaehwa-ro, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do

Gwangyang Maehwa Festival is known for their plum trees that bloom around March and offer a beautiful view like no other. At this festival you can enjoy a walk in the park while eating a maesil ice cream (plum ice cream). After the walk, you can enjoy maesil bibimbap and the maesil makgeolli which is rice wine made with them plums recolted at the farm!

4. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Period: March to April
Location: Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

Cherry blossom season is one of the most beautiful times of year in Korea; for just one month, the flowers bloom in abundance, filling Korea’s streets and landscapes with pink and white blossoms. This time, let’s go to Jinhae to take your best pictures under the cherry blossom trees!

5. Seoul Children’s Grand Park
Period: April
Location: 216 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Take a break from Seoul’s busy streets and enjoy a walk in Seoul Children’s Grand Park to enjoy the cherry blossom trees. Seoul Children’s Grand Park is more than just a park in the center of Seoul. The place has a lot to offer, such as an amusement park, children’s museum, music fountain, and plenty of space for picnics or leisurely walks. As it is situated in of front of Sejong University, don’t hesitate to take pictures of the campus!

6. Haneul Park
Period: March to April
Location: 482 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Haneul Park is a popular park located in World Cup Park in Seoul, South Korea. It was built to commemorate the 17th FIFA World Cup and is named after the Korean word for “sky.” Haneul Park is situated on the highest point of World Cup Park and offers stunning views of the city. The park was once a landfill, but has undergone ecological and urban regeneration to become a beautiful green space.

7. Jangmi Park
Period: March to June
Location: 100 Bucheon-ro 354beon-gil, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Sick of cherry blossoms, I suggest you to visit the “Million Rose Garden”, which is located in Mt. Dodang, Bucheon. It’s established in 1998 and the nation’s largest rose garden.

8. Daegu e-world blossom picnic
Period: May
Location: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Check their website for more information: www.eworld.kr

Daegu e-World is an amusement park located in the city of Daegu, South Korea. It was built in 2013 with the aim of providing an innovative and interactive experience for visitors, incorporating the latest in digital technology. This unique park features a variety of attractions and experiences, from thrilling rides and interactive games to cultural exhibitions and shopping opportunities.

9. Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival
Period: December to March
Location: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

The Garden of Morning Calm is a botanical garden located in South Korea, famous for its stunning displays of flowers and plants all year round. But, during the winter months, the garden transforms into a magical winter wonderland as the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival takes place.

10. International Horticulture Goyang Korea
Period: April to May
Location: 10400 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

The International Horticulture Goyang Korea is the largest flower festival in the country, taking place annually in the spring at Ilsan Lake Park. The 13th edition of the festival will feature 250 organizations from 35 countries showcasing the major flowers and unique plants of their countries, along with cultural performances and affordable flower sales. The festival will also include indoor and outdoor gardens, seminars, shows, exhibitions, farm visits, and interactive programs.

11. Nonsan Strawberry Festival
Period: March
Location: 319-10 Daegyo-dong, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Check out their websites for more information: https://www.nonsan.go.kr/nsfestival/html/sub02/0201.html

The Nonsan region in South Korea is famous for being the largest producer of strawberries and is known for its delicious strawberries. During the spring season, Nonsan holds a Strawberry Festival to celebrate this tasty fruit. The festival offers visitors hands-on activities such as baking strawberry cakes and the opportunity to try various strawberry products like rice cakes, pancakes and jam at affordable prices.

12. Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival
Period: April to May
Location: Cheonggyecheon , Jogye-sa, Bongeun-sa
Check out their website for more information: http://www.llf.or.kr/eng//info/festival.php?wr_id=9

The last spot is Seoul Lotus Festival, each year the river river Cheonggyecheon is lit up with lanterns. Do not miss this festival as Hanji, the traditional Korean paper, with a variety of colors of light becomes lanterns, illuminating the mind with wisdom and spreading warmth into the world.

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