Spring festivals in Korea
There are many interesting spring festivals in South Korea but the most exciting part about spring in Korea is the cherry blossoms.
We would like to introduce some of those spring festivals for the upcoming spring.
Jinhae Gunhangje Festival
Taking place in April, the cherry blossom trees create a fantastic tunnel to walk through. Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is in the Jinhae area in Changwon city, Gyeongsangnam-do. The cherry blossom petals falling like pink snow will transport you to a dream-like world! You can also enjoy various events, such as the Jinhae International Military Band & Honor Guard Festival and fireworks show.
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
The Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is a representative festival in Seoul, taking place every April. So, even if you are busy during spring semester, you can still enjoy cherry blossoms without going too far. Yeouiseo-ro, the street behind the National Assembly Building, is lined with cherry blossom trees and is the most famous cherry blossom street in Seoul. Visitors can take a stroll along the Hangang River through a tunnel of these majestic trees. Other spring flowers include azaleas and forsythias. There are also cultural street performances, a flower decoration exhibit, and a photo exhibit taking place throughout the festival period.
Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival
Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival is held around Hwagae Market, a traditional open-air market situated on the border between Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do and Gurye in Jeollanam-do. In particular, the cherry blossom trees along the 6-kilometer road from the market to Ssanggyesa Temple are a fantastic sight. It is believed that if a couple walks down this road holding hands, they will grow old together in an everlasting relationship. For this reason, the road is sometimes referred to the “wedding road.”
Jecheon Cheongpungho Cherry Blossom Festival
Jecheon Cheongpungho Cherry Blossom Festival takes place along Cheongpungho lakeside in Jecheon city, Chungcheongbuk-do. Various shows and performances are scheduled, including a cherry blossom street concert and a dance parade.
Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Flower Festival
Home to 100-year-old, wild sansuyu trees, the Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Blossom Festival venue is a leading production area of sansuyu trees in Korea. In spring, the sansuyu flowers are in full bloom to decorate the whole village in yellow. During the festival period, a variety of performances are held.
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
The Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival is where the nation’s first cherry blossoms can be seen. Located in the magnificent Jeju island, you can enjoy unforgettable spring moments during the festival. The festival features a cherry blossom photo zone as well as various programs. During the festival period, Jeonnong-ro Street is closed to all vehicular traffic so everyone can safely enjoy the blossoms.
Gurye Sansuyu Festival
Taking place in the hot springs resort area of Jirisan Mountain, visitors to Gurye Sansuyu Festival can enjoy a vibrant taste of spring with the yellow sansuyu (cornelian cherry) flowers. The festival theme is “Finding Everlasting Love” and the schedule includes performances and fireworks. Do not forget to try the foods and drinks made with sansuyu.
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival is one of the first destinations in Jeollanam-do to greet spring. During this time, the flower-lined lanes throughout Maehwa Village resemble the flow of the Seomjingang River and the apricot blossoms fill the festival grounds with their sweet scent. After crossing the beautiful Maehwagyo Bridge, take a seat in the shade of one of the trees lining the road. The festival also offers a variety of delicious treats, including mussels, chamgetang (spicy mitten crab stew), and dishes made with maesil (green plum).
These spring festivals are a wonderful opportunity to capture some beautiful pictures with your friends or loved ones. So be sure to go outside and take the opportunity to capture and save these beautiful sights in your memories and albums.
Written by: Yomna Mostafa