I’ve talked about the best off the beaten path places, so what about well-known cherry blossom spots? These places are a bit better because festivals rise up and many attend, making it one big cherry blossom party for the weekend. In addition, they’re so famous because there’s an abundance of cherry trees that canopy over their locations making the area look like it’s coated in soft white and pink marshmallows.
Linda from Linda Goes East on Jinhae Cherry Blossoms
I had moved to Korea right after spring, at the beginning of summer and heard great stories about the beauty of the cherry blossoms during spring time here. That’s why I decided to travel to Jinhae to see the local cherry blossom festival, the largest one in the country. The entire city is covered in white and light pink trees that almost look like clouds calmly floating in the air. Literally anywhere in town, you can spot a sakura tree! My personal favorite was the Romance Bridge along Yeojwacheon Stream. This are is not only breathtaking during the day but will leave you standing in awe during night time when it is all lit up in different colors! Be sure to stop by Jinhae Bakery to get your hands on some delicious cherry blossom cookies!
How to get there: Take an express bus to Jinhae or a KTX into Changwon Station, the closest one to Jinhae.
Samantha from Expat and the City on Busan Cherry Blossoms
Spring has arrived in Busan and with warm weather comes beautiful cherry blossoms! Regardless of where you are in the city, you can see these cotton-candy pink trees lining the streets. My friends and I decided to do our own little walk-around in Gwangan Beach rather than go to the (overly crowded) festivals. The cherry blossoms did NOT disappoint! As we walked the streets, gasping at the breath-taking views, we clearly had to stop to do a photo shoot with the trees!
I never really was the type to be ‘one with nature’ but there’s something about cherry blossoms that have me in awe. There’s something calming about walking down the street and having these pretty petals snowing down on you (it really does look like snow when they fall from the trees!). And when you’re coming home from a busy day at work, or you’re feeling a little stressed out, going for a walk and seeing the pretty colours really has a calming effect!
How to get there: Take Line 2 (Green Line) and got off at Namcheon Station, Exit 1.
Gina on Uiwang City Hall
Uiwang’s short festival is only two days, but to go after the festival is the best time. The festival is right outside Uiwang City Hall (의왕시청) so it’s super easy to find. It’s great for a picnic and relaxing excursion. They have musical performances and great food! These fluffy blossoms are absolutely stunning!
While I walked through these amazing blossoms, I felt a calm like no other as I enjoyed the breeze. I love cherry blossoms and since I was young and interested in Japan, I always remembered many heroines in animes saying, “It was the spring of my (insert middle school or high school year here) and as I walked the path of (insert awesome cherry blossom place here) I saw him. Tall, cool, and handsome. I was in love.”
Even though I have a love, the cherry blossoms give me a feeling of love. Does that make sense? Sometimes I would question whether or not the heroines were falling in love with the beautiful flowers and becoming infatuated with the handsome man. 😉
How to get there: Get off at Dangjeong Station (Line 1) walk out Exit 2 and catch Bus 87. Or get off at Sanbon Station (Line 4) and take Bus 87 straight to Uiwang City Hall.
Address: 171 Gocheon-dong, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do