Lesser known yet beautiful spring destinations in Korea
The weather thaws with gentle breezes and it’s time to plan your spring getaway in Korea. With spring flowers in full bloom and forests growing lush and green in the mountains and fields, there is no reason to spend your weekend in the city. You may have already visited or at least heard of the most famous spring destinations such as Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. Here, Trazy introduces those lesser known but absolutely worth-a-visit spring destinations for your perfect spring day out.
Simni cherry blossom road in Hadong county, Gyeongsangnamdo
Every early April, the Simni Cherry Blossom Road, the 4 km road between Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwagaejangteo Market in Hadong County, is awash with pinkish white cherry blossom color. Though not as much known as Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival to international travelers, this small village tucked right in between Gyeongsangnamdo (South Gyeongsang Province) and Jeollanamdo (South Jeolla Province) is adored by the locals.
Set off at Ssanggyesa Temple where the 4 km cherry blossom arch begins and follow the road to Hwagaejanteo Market with a babbling brook and verdant green tea fields next to the line of cherry blossom trees. By the time your legs need a little rest, you’ll encounter food stalls and snack bars. Try the cherry blossom ice cream. Its sweet and flowery flavor will surely help you get to the finish line of the cherry blossom road where another interesting scene of a very traditional local market captures your eyes.
Cherry blossoms in Hadong County this year are expected to start blooming from March 28 and reach the peak in a week.
To book a tour to the Simni Cherry Blossom Road in Hadong, visit: goo.gl/2kaS62.
Goryeosan Mountain azalea in Ganghwa county, Incheon
Even though the short-lived cherry blossoms are gone, don’t be too sad. Vivid pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom for the whole month of April.
If you’ve been thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to watch azaleas in Korea, Goryeosan Mountain in Ganghwa County, Incheon is the right place to be. As Incheon is less than 2 hours away by car from Seoul, it will be an ideal destination for Seoulites who are looking for a short spring excursion.
The azalea habitat in Goryeosan Mountain spreads down from the peak of the mountain, and you’ll need to do some hiking to see the flowers. However, since the hiking trail is overall gently inclined, even non-climbers can enjoy walking the path to the top. Plus, the rippling azaleas that doubles in numbers as you move higher will definitely pay you off.
While azaleas in Incheon are expected to start blooming from April 1, the flowers in Goryeosan Mountain reach the peak season after April 14 as the habitat is located higher in altitude.
To book a tour to Goryeosan Mountain, visit: goo.gl/SGNBvZ.
Taean Tulip Festival in Taean county, Chungcheongnamdo
From late April to mid-May are the time for tulips in Korea, and here is Taean Tulip Festival annually held in Taean County, Chungcheongnamdo (South Chungcheong Province). Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Societ (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far Korea's largest tulip festival.
The huge garden is brimming with 1.5 million tulips of over 200 varieties. The festival this year moved from its previous venue Nature World to Kkotji Beach Park located on the seashore. From this year’s festival, you’ll be able to see millions of bright tulips of different colors against a backdrop of the ocean and sandy beaches.
If you stay at the venue until the dusk settles, you’ll witness a spectacular sight of the vast tulip garden turning into a sea of illuminations - Taean Lighting Festival. Why not immerse yourself in the scent of tulips and dazzling lights with your loved ones for a full day?
Taean Tulip Festival 2018 takes place from April 19 to May 13.
To book a tour to Taean Tulip Festival, visit: goo.gl/8cPLAR.