Cherry Blossoms in #South Korea

South Korea takes great pride in its Cherry Blossoms.  So much that there is an annual festival held in a few cities with Jinhae being one of the most popular places to go.

A quick word on holidays here.  If you plan on going to another part of the country (particularly heading South from the North), you shall be classified as clinically insane.  A Drive from Seoul to the southern coast is usually around 4-5 hours, depending on stops and breaks that you might take.  The same drive during a major holiday has been known to take 15 hours!  Trains are a much cheaper and quicker way to go but you had damn well better book in advance to get a seat on one.

Ok, back to Cherry blossoms.

Viewing this relatively short blooming event(about a week when it is best to see them), can be challenging.  Weekends, while the most obvious free time, are also the most free time for the 50 Million other people living here.  Last year we tried to go only slightly early but there were very few blooms because we were too early.  Two weekends later we were too late as most were on the ground.

This year, however, we are quite blessed to be in the South and living in a city where the streets are lined with them :)  So we get to see them everyday!  That being said, we still plan on hitting the Jinhae festival, as crazy as it will be, just to experience it once.  After that, we’ll never do it again.  It’s kinda like going to a theme park on the nicest saturday of the year….everyone is there…quite literally, everyone.

Here are a couple of pics taken last week.

Just starting to bloom out.

And here are some pics taken two days ago.

 

 

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Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

23 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms in #South Korea”

    1. I’ll add pics from the festival when we go. Or just create a whole new post from it most likely. And yes, it’s like shopping on Christmas Eve in a big city when you go to these festivals. Koreans don’t get out much but they they do…they ALL do.

      1. Thank you :)
        And no problem, I love trees and cherry blossoms are so pretty! I took a few photos of an almond tree in the garden here in Amman, you can check it out on my blog. When it’s in bloom it looks kind of similar to the cherry blossom actually.

  1. The photos are super with the last being the best…clinically insane gave me a laugh…Wrote a short story about the plum blossoms in Sasabo Japan which are both beautiful and fragrant…”Elmer Shoe and the Akadama wine”…If you have a chance visit my blog and give it a read……….Happy Easter and stay safe…saailer

    1. We live on the Southern Coast of Korea. It will be the only place you’ll be able to see them at that time I think. That means a visit to cities like Busan or Jinju to be able to see them decently then. Feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be glad to help you get around the country :)

    1. This was in late March. Timing is pretty critical and sadly, weekends are crowded with everyone else trying to do the same thing. It really depends because the South gets it quicker than the North but the North goes a little later. So you will have time. There is a link in the post to the official Korean Tourism website on when they happen.

  2. I am dying to see these cherry blossoms cause they are not available in the all-day long hot country like my country. I plan to go South Korea next year, maybe around end of March until early of April. Where will be the best place to spot for these cherry blossoms?

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