Cherry Blossoms – Seoul Version

In my previous post, I have wrote about places outside of Seoul for Cherry blossom viewing. However, some travelers or students might not be able to visit those places as it might cost a little too much or occupying too much of their time. Therefore, I have put up a list of a few places in Seoul where everyone could enjoy the breathtaking views of these trees, without the need to travel out of Seoul.

1. Yeouido Spring Flower Festival: April, 3rd – 13th

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Located in Seoul, this is perhaps the best, and the most crowded place to see not just the cherry blossoms, but also azaleas, forsythia, and other spring flowers in full bloom. With 1,400 to 1,600 cherry blossom trees, you’re guaranteed a stunning and dramatic sight.

Apart from enjoying the stunning view of trees and flowers, there will also be some events planned throughout the festival period like a mini concert, basketball etc. For more information, do visit their website, however it is a Korean only website.

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photo by subarasekai

To get there: The closest subway station is the National Assembly Station on Line 9. Take Exit 1 or 6 and walk for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can get off at Yeouinaru Station on Line 5, take Exit 1 and walk for 20 minutes.

2. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival: April, TBA

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This man-made lake with walking paths is divided into 2 basins, both of which are bordered by cherry blossom trees.

While you’re there, why not stop by at a café where you can sip a cup of coffee while you watch the petals falling elegantly to the ground.

To get there: Head to Jamsil Station on Line 2, and take Exit 3.

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Lotte World located nearby Seokchon Lake – by elainsapphire

Aside from the festivals above, there are a few popular spots around Seoul where one could see the cherry blossoms during their full bloom, which also contributes their picturesque scenery.

Gyeongbukgung Palace

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by rjkoehler

Another must-see location will be the historical Gyeongbokgung Palace. The beauty of the cherry blossoms accompanied by the traditional palace architectures and stunning scenery as a background will make a great place for photo enthusiasts. From there you can stroll through the streets of Insadong or head to Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong. You can grab a lunch or tea here, wander about the slopes and streets with the blossoms peeking out from every corner.

To get there: Get off Gyeongbokgung station on Line 3, Exit 5.

Seoul Tower, Namsan Park

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picture from flickr

Located 1,574 feet above sea level, Seoul Tower is one of the most popular tourist spot and a landmark of Seoul, this place perhaps has the best panoramic cherry-view of Seoul. One could either take the cable car or take a walk up through Namsan Park. The Cherry Blossom Path in Namsan Park is the longest avenue of cherry trees anywhere in the city and is spectacular in full bloom.

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To get there:

  1. Head on to Myeongdong Station on Line 4, exit 3, walk straight until you see Pacific Hotel and walk for another 10 minutes.
  2. From Hoehyeon Intersection (Myeongdong & Hoehyeon stations, Subway Line 4) walk towards Namsan Tunnel #3 and take the free Namsan Oreumi elevator to the cable car station.

Kyunghee University Cherry Blossom Road

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photo by uncle sam

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Have you ever imagine walking to your class under these rows of sweet and lovely trees? With its charming old buildings and architectures, Kyunghee University is both an educational institution and a popular tourist attraction. In the spring, some 200 cherry trees will be in full bloom, lining the road from the front gate to the main building, creating a perfect atmosphere for family picnics or romantic dates.

To get there: 10-minute walk from Hoegi Station (Subway Line 1)

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I wonder how the student feels inside when walking through them. Are you a studying there? We would like to hear about your thoughts as a student in this beautiful campus!

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