Spring is one of our favourite seasons to travel, with beautiful cherry blossoms blooming in many countries, and balanced weather (not too cold and not too hot) for Singaporeans, it is, dare I say, the perfect time to hop onto a plane to somewhere nice and chilly. Of course with the current coronavirus outbreak, we will still need to caution against non-essential travels.
With spring slowly approaching, we’ve compiled 5 spring destinations for you to visit while you’re in Korea, you may not have heard of some of these places, but let us challenge you to take a leap of faith, out of your comfort zone to explore new places!
Located at the eastern shore of Jeju Island, an Island popular for its fresh seafood and beautiful scenery, Seopjikoji is a beautiful place to visit amongst popular spring destinations in Korea. When the gorgeous canola flowers bloom, they brighten up this part of the island with vibrant colours of yellow, making it a popular spot for photos.
The former residential palace of the Queens and Concubines of the Joseon Dynasty is now a popular tourist destination for cherry blossom spotting and is deemed one of the best spots in Seoul to catch the spring blooms. Explore the rich history of Korea while you’re there and soak in the beauty of Korea’s traditional architecture.
Southern Cheongsando Island in Jeollanam Province is well known for its well preserved and unspoiled natural beauty and slow pace of life. With terraced rice paddies, a bountiful field of yellow canola blossoms and a stunning sea view, Cheongsando Island is one of the popular springtime destination among Koreans. They even have an annual slow walking festival where participants are encouraged to take in the stunning scenery by walking as slowly as possible, perfect for the fast-paced and burned out Singaporeans.
This entire city is considered one of the top cherry blossom viewing destinations. Be welcomed by a sweet scent of canola flowers when you stroll along the stream with a 1.5km long section lined with cherry blossoms. Approximately 360,000 cherry trees begin blooming during the Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival.
If you’re looking for something other than cherry blossoms and yellow canola flowers, head over to Yeongchwisan Mountain. Famous for its surrounding blue sea and beautiful islands, this place is another popular destination for spring flower viewing. Pink Azaleas fill the ridges of Yeongchwisan Mountain, painting a beautiful scenery against the deep blue oceans.
Instead of staying in Seoul and visiting the usual cherry blossom viewing destinations, try stepping out of Seoul and heading out to some of these picturesque locations to take a break from all the hustle and bustle within the cities.