In bloom: 2014 Cherry Blossom Festivals
The following are places to celebrate the bloom.
HWAGAE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): March 29-April 8; Gyeongsangnam-do Hadong-gun Hwagae-myeon Unsu-ri; +82-2-1330; http://bit.ly/xgEvhr and http://toureng.hadong.go.kr/04festival/01_02.asp.
CHINHAE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): April 1-10; celebration started as a memorial in 1952 to remember Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a 16th century Korean military leader, then the community added the cherry blossoms celebration about 10 years later; +82-2-1330.
JEJU CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: April 4-6; Jeju’s king cherry trees bloom in Seogwipo’s downtown area (Jeju Citizen Welfare Town) and surrounding Jeju Sports Complex, take Bus 500 and get off at New Jeju Rotary; free; +82-2-1330.
SEOMJINGANG RIVER CHERRY FLOWER FESTIVAL (Jeollanam-do): April 5 & 6; enjoy viewing cherry trees in full bloom, as well as traditional drum performance, paragliding contest, face painting and more; take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Gurye; +82-2-1330.
SEOKCHON LAKE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Seoul): April 11-13; enjoy cherry blossom night walk along Seokchon Lake, as well as performances, exhibitions and more; Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or 8); +82-2-1330.
YEOUIDO HANGANG SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL (Seoul): April 12-18; Seoul’s best location to see cherry blossoms on Yeouido Island when the road behind the National Assembly buildings is lined with hundreds of cherry trees; five-minute walk from National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9, Exit 1 or 6); tinyurl.com/kpa5pjk.