Weather gets warmer, the sun is shining, people are back on Han river sides and pink lattes are overwhelming all the coffee shops … spring is definitely here, and the cherry blossom season too.
It is your first time in Seoul, and you do not know exactly where to enjoy the full bloom this week? No problem. Take your camera, put your best outfit on, and joyfully head to these famous hot spots :
• Yeouido Hangang Park
Generally speaking, Yeouido is the most popular spot to enjoy the cherry blossom season in Seoul, as people like to celebrate flowers blooming time during the annual Yeouido Cherry blossom festival. Unfortunately, the festival has been canceled this year, and the only thing you can do is taking a quick look at the well-known 1.7 km path of 1600+ trees from Seogang Bridge. Otherwise, bide your time and go further on Yeouidong-ro, where many cherry trees are still blooming along the sidewalk, between the road and the Yeouido Saetgang Eco Park.
Getting there : Subway line 9 to Assembly Station, Dansan Station or Yeouido Station
Address : Gukhoe-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 영등포구 국회대로
• Seokchon Lake
Surrounded by an awesome 1000+ lined trees path, Seokchon Lake is an amazing place if you want to enjoy a walk under the cherry trees in a more peaceful way. But due to CoVid-19 restrictions, be sure to be there between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., as the access is denied for the rest of the day.
Getting there : Subway line 2 or 8 to Jamsil Station, exit 2 or 3
Address : 148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 송파구 잠실로 148
• Seoul Forest
If you prefer to enjoy the flowers blooming season with some food, or even drinks, and a bunch of friends, head to the Seoul Forest on a Sunday afternoon, and make sure to grab all the stuff needed to hold an unforgettable picnic. Sunshine, significant ones, and a comfortable blanket … that is all you will need to feel happy, as you may definitely fall in love with the cherry trees’ petals fluttering around you.
Getting there : Subway Bundang line to Seoul Forest station, exit 3
Address : 273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 성동구 뚝섬로 273
• Seoul Children’s Grand Park
It is cherry blossom season high peak, but you do not know if your kids are able to bear a long walk? Relax and take some time to visit the Seoul Children’s Grand Park. Food vendors, amusement facilities, a zoo and a botanical garden can keep your children busy for all day long, while you can simply wander around the lake and enjoy the magnificent 2 km path of lined cherry trees.
Getting there : Subway line 7 to Children’s Grand Park Station, exit 1
Address : 102 Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / 경기도 과천시 대공원광장로 102 (막계동)
• Cheonggyeonggung, Gyeongbokgung et Changdeokgung palaces
You probably know these famous palaces for their astonishing architecture and historic background, but did you ever really pay attention to the magnificence of their gardens? Head to these must-see spots and pair it with a visit to the Secret Garden, and you will definitely get all the chances to take to the best pictures of your flowers blooming season trip.
Getting there : Subway line 4 to Hyehwa station, exit 4, subway line 3 to Anguk station, or subway line 5 to Gwanghwamun station
• Namsan Seoul Tower
Namsan is not only the name of the hill where the Seoul Tower has been built, but it is also a wide and giant park where you can easily escape from the city for a while. Take the bus from Myeong-dong, the cable car, a taxi, or one of the multiple trail roads, and head to the Namsan ring road to enjoy infinite rows of amazing blooming cherry trees.
• Universities’ Campuses
Ewha, Yonsei and Kyung Hee University campuses are also good places to take a walk and chill under cherry trees. If you are more than a casual flower lover, campuses are quiet areas where you could enjoy plum and pink azaleas blossoms too.
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