Flower Time: The annual bloom of cherry blossoms comes earlier this year
BUSAN, South Korea -- Spring in Busan is a magical time when the entire city transforms into a wonderland of color and scent.
According to the Korean Meteorological Administration, March 23rd is the date when the blooms should make their first appearance in Busan, about eight days earlier than normal.
There are several great spots in Busan to check out the flowers this spring if you can't make it to the hugely popular Chinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. Check out the city government's picks for the best viewing spots in the Busan, as well as a map on the dates where they are expected to bloom as they work their way up the peninsula.
Where to Check them Out in Busan
Haeundae Dalmaji Road
The Haewoljung pavilion and Haemaru lie along Haeundae Dalmaji Road, and if the weather is good passers-by can even catch a glimpse of the Japanese island of Tsushima on the horizon.
As such, this viewing site attracts many tourists throughout the year, but the time when flowers bloom in spring is an obvious highlight. In particular, the road heading to Dalmaji Hill from Haeundae Beach is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms.
It has been described as “Busan’s beautiful road” by many tourists and local citizens.
Not only is it a good driving course, but also a great place to take a stroll. When the sea breezes pick up, the cherry blossoms flutter and create beautiful scenes.
This area is a top tourism spot that pulls in many foreign tourists even outside the cherry blossom season due to its sweeping vistas and views of Japanese territory.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 2 to Jangsan Station, then take either village/neighborhood bus No. 2 or 10.
Oncheon Stream Park
Oncheon Stream winds between Allak-dong in Dongnae District and Yeonsan-dong in Yeonje District. With a town on either side, a beautiful flower road seems to appear. In the spring, it transforms into a splendid walking course due to the cherry blossoms, rape flowers and satuki. During summer, it comes into its own with the aid of a musical fountain and artificial waterfall.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 1 to Dongnae Station and walk for about four minutes.
Igidae Coastal Promenade
At Igidae Park in Yongho-dong, Nam District, visitors can enjoy an unforgettable coastal walk along the cliff. Just as its name, Igidae Coastal Promenade, suggests, this is one of the best coastal walking courses in the country, replete with the sound of waves breaking near the shore and the sight of the sea and sky stretching out into the distance. The combination of the yellow rape flowers and blue sea is truly astounding. This makes for a great course for both drivers and hikers. Adding to the effect, visitors can see famous local tourism spots such as Gwangan Bridge and Haeundae APEC Nurimaru House. In the spring, cherry blossoms line the road, while in the summer, Mexican Rudbeckia, or sun flowers, make an appearance.
The formation of a veritable flower garden comprising rape flowers and royal azaleas creates a premium picnic spot in the city.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 2 to Kyungsung Univ. ㆍ Pukyong Univ. Station and leave by Exit No. 5 → Transfer to a local city bus heading for Yonghobong → Get off at the Igidae entrance. Walk for about 10 minutes past Igidae Catholic Church.
Mt. Hwangnyeong Ring Road
This 3-kilometer stretch ranks as the city’s most famous road in terms of viewing cherry blossoms. The wide road creates a long tunnel of flowers while also bringing into view Gwangan Bridge and the nearby ocean, making for an impressive sight. Other highlights include the Geumnyeonsan Youth Training Institute and the astronomy observatory.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 2 to Mt. Geumnyeon Station and leave by Exit No. 6, then walk for about 30 minutes.
Samnak Park turns into a sea of gold when the rape flowers blossom in April.
Along the 8-kilometer-long riverside, the flowers form a continuous band showing off their natural hues and beauty.
Meanwhile, a massive rape flower garden lies near the Busan Sasang and Gimhae light railway, which has emerged as a popular photo zone for local citizens and visitors to Samnak Park.
The flowers that bud among the Nakdong riverside ecological swamp are particularly exotic and fantastic.
The flowers and sights can be best enjoyed on foot or by bike. Located in Samnak-dong, Sasang District, Samnak Park is 323,966 square meters in size.
The park includes soccer and baseball fields as well as places to play foot volleyball, basketball and tennis, among other facilities.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 2 to Mt. Geumnyeon Station and leave by Exit No. 5, then walk for about 10 minutes towards Gwangalli Beach.
Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Road
The cherry blossom road within Namcheon-dong Samik Apartment is also a famous tourism spot in Busan City.
The brightly colored cherry blossoms that hang between buildings and the fantastic night views of Gwangan Bridge make for a grand sight.
In April, when the flower is fully in bloom, the scenes can be breathtaking.
When the wind blows and the flowers seen to rain from heaven it just adds to the magical effect. As it is close to Gwangalli Beach, this area is a perennial favorite among citizens from other provinces and countries.
Large cherry trees that are more than 30 years old densely populate the area and create a veritable tunnel of cherry blossoms.
This connects directly with the beach nearby so foreign visitors local residents can enjoy both together.
On the other hand, Suyeong District will host the 13th Gwangalli Eobang Festival at Gwangalli Beach from April 26 to 28.
The festival is a regional tradition that takes place on the beach every year during the peak cherry blossom season.
Some 38 events have been scheduled, including Eobang net dragging, Jindu Eowha, tightrope walking and traditional Suyeong performances among others.
* How to get there: Take metro line No. 2 to Mt. Geumnyeon Station and leave by Exit No. 5. Gwangalli Beach is roughly a 10 minute walk.