Best Places and Festivals to View Cherry Blossoms in Korea: 2019 Edition

Spring is finally back! If you’re travelling to Korea in between end March to early April, it’s your chance to catch the magnificent cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

1. Jeju

Jeju Cherry Blossom
Jeonnong-ro Cherry Blossom Street in Jeju

The entire Jeju island will be engulfed in King Cherry Blossoms from March onwards. The King Cherry Blossom’s petals are known to be the largest and most luxurious among the other species of its kind.

The main highlight of Jeju is located only 5 minutes from Jeju International Airport. The Jeonnong-ro Cherry Blossom Street will be filled with not only a breath-taking view of the spring florals but also food stalls and flea markets. Don’t miss out on Noksan-ro, the one and only place where you can enjoy 10 kilometres of cherry blossoms and canola flowers. It was crowned as one of the top 100 most beautiful roads in Korea.

Jeju King Cherry Blossom Festival (제주왕벚꽃축제)
Date: TBC (previously held from 30/3 – 8/4)
Location: Jeonnong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Website: click here

Getting There

The best way to get around Jeju is to rent a car and self drive around the island. Click here to read our review on our self-driving journey in Jeju last November! The next alternative is a guided taxi tour with an experienced local to bring you around the best spots to see cherry blossoms (and hidden gems for the best food places too). Travelling on budget? We have you covered as well! The spring-only bus tour covers the iconic viewing spots and Jeju’s famous Dongmun Market in a day.

Recommended places to visit in Jeju: Seogwipo Downtown, Jeju Sports Complex, Jeju National University, Gwaneumsa Temple, Wimi-ri Ilju Road.

2. Busan / Jinhae

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, also known as Jinhae Gunhangje, is South Korea’s largest cherry blossom festival held in Jinhae. Covered with pastel hues in the day and illuminated with lights at night, visit the Yeojwacheon Romance Bridge for the best views at any time of the day. Watch out for the One-Year-Steps where you can climb 365 steps to the top to enjoy an unobstructed view of the festival. Don’t forget to drop by Jinhae Jegwa (진해제과) for their famous cherry blossom bread (경남 창원시 진해구 중원로43번길 4).

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (진해군항제)
Date: 1 – 10 April 2019
Location: Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Website: click here
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Getting There

Being the most popular cherry blossom festival in Korea, bus tickets to and fro the Jinhae Gunhangje might be challenging due to its popularity. Getting there from Seoul, take a bus from Nambu Terminal. However, return tickets are only sold over the counter when you arrive in Jinhae. There are possibilities of the bus tickets getting sold out! Hence, it is recommended to book your trip in advance. Opt for a free-and-easy day tour departing from Seoul and Busan, or a longer duration full day trip departing from Busan.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Famous photo spot at Gyeonghwa Station (경화역) in Jinhae.

Recommended places to visit in Jinhae for Cherry Blossoms: Gyeonghwa Train Station, Jangboksan Sculpture Park, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park, Jehwangsan Park, Anmingogae Hill.

Recommended places to visit in Busan for Cherry Blossoms: Dalmaji Hill in Haeundae, Igidae Park, Oryukdo, Cherry Blossom Road at Namcheon-dong, Mt. Hwangnyeongsan Ring Road, Oncheonchon Stream Park, Samnak Ecological Park, Daejeo Ecological Park and Yongdusan Park.

3. Gyeongju

The annual Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the Bomun Lake located in the Bomun Tourist Complex. Home to over 9000 cherry blossom trees, click here to find out more about what’s in it for you at this attraction.

Gyeongju Cherry Marathon (경주 벚꽃 마라톤)
Date: 6 April 2019
Time: 8.00am
Location: Bodeok-dong office next to the heliport
Website: click here
Registration fees: Full 10km (KRW 30,000), Half 5km (KRW 20,000)
*Registration will be opened until 15th March 2019.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival (경주 벚꽃축제)
Date: 6 – 9 April 2019
Location: Bomun Lake in Bomun Tourist Complex (east of downtown Gyeongju)
Website: click here
Getting There: from Seoul, from Busan
*Travelling in a group? Try the 8-hour private tour from Busan with an English-speaking guide!

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon

Recommended Routes
#1. Touch and Go for travellers with limited time!
Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot – Hwangnyongwon (a 9-story tower) – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Wooden Bridge – Hoban Square – Waterwheel Square – Silla Millennium Park – Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot
Estimated time required: 2 hours

#2. A to Z for travellers who want to see everything!
For those who want to make the most of their time around the lake and appreciate the scenery
Waterwheel Square – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Hoban Square – Wooden Bridge – Mulneoulgyo Bridge – Donggungwon (Gyeongju East Palace Garden) – Waterwheel Square
Estimated time required: 3 – 4 hours

Recommended places to visit in Gyeongju for Cherry Blossoms: Gyeongju Expo, Gyeongju downtown, Daereungwon Tomb Park and Cheomseongdae Observatory

4. Gangneung

Gyeongpo Lake is known for being one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics 2018 was hosted. The annual Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival is held at the Gyeongpodae Pavilion in Gyeongpo Lake. Expect entertaining performances, food stalls and various shops set up during the festival. After you are done, don’t forget to check out the Gyeongpo Beach located nearby the area.

Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival (경포대 벚꽃축제)
Date: early April to mid April
Location: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Website: click here

5. Seoul

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival (석촌호수 벚꽃축제)

Date: 5 – 12 April 2019
Location: 136 Samhaksa-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Website: click here

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (영등포 여의도 벚꽃축제)

Date: 5 – 11 April 2019
Location: Yeouido Park
Website: click here

Recommended places to visit in Seoul for Cherry Blossoms: Kyunghee University, Seoul Grand Park, Namsan Tower, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Unhyeongung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

6. Daegu

Take in the best views of the cherry blossoms at E-World with the majestic 83 Tower as the backdrop, or even better – view them from a bird’s eye view by taking the newly opened Sky Drop ride, from 103 metres above! Or take it to the next level and enjoy the cherry blossoms at a higher altitude at Palgongsan, where you can opt to hike up or take a cable car.

E-World Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival (이월드 별빛벚꽃축제)

Date: 23 March – 7 April 2019
Location: E-World
Website: click here

Palgongsan Cherry Blossom Festival (팔공산 벚꽃축제)
Date: mid April
Location: Palgongsan
Website: click here

7. Seoraksan

Cherry Blossom on Seoraksan

While there aren’t any festivals on Seoraksan, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience seeing cherry blossoms on a mountain! While it may be a hassle getting to Seoraksan by public transport, check out the 1-day bus tour taking you from Seoul to Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival in Gangneung and Seoraksan for cherry blossom viewing!

Article by Xuan Lin @

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