IT WILL FINALLY BE SPRING SOON!
Spring is so beautiful in Asia so I bring you a list of five things to do in South Korea this upcoming season:
1. See the Cherry Blossoms at the Seoul Palaces or Jinhae
There are hundreds of places to view the cherry blossoms in bloom across the “Land of the Morning Calm.” My top two suggestions are the palaces and Jinhae Cherry Blossom festival. The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival, attracting at least 2 million visitors every year. The website is in Korean only, but it will occur from the first of April to the 10th this year. You can find more info in English here.
As for the palace flower viewing, entrance costs anywhere from ₩2000-₩10,000 for palace entrance which is about $1.80-$9.20USD–this makes for an inexpensive, but beautiful afternoon! The cherry blossoms are around for about ten days, so you have a limited time to go explore, so take advantage.
2. Rent Handbok and walk through Bukchon Hanok Village.
Hanbok is traditional Korean styled attire made of variants of silk, satin and hemp. They come in vibrant colors and are available for rent around Seoul for around ₩10,000 or about $9.20USD. I suggested Bukchon Hanok Village because it is my favorite spot in Seoul and it’s completely 100% freeeeee. I feel as though it is one of the most underrated spots of the city. It has a rich history being the living quarters of high-ranking nobles of the Joseon Dynasty, for it’s convenient location between Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces. To get there, take Seoul Subway Line 3 and get off at Anguk Station. Leave from exit 1 or 2 and go straight for about 300m.
3. Taean Tulip Festival
Every late April, there is a huge festival on the Western coast South Korea that the website claims to be one of the top five Tulip festivals on Earth. I attended the festival last year and was met with performances, market booths of international food & goods and FLOWERS. Tons and tons and tons of stunning flowers.
4. Go for a hike
There are many places to hike in South Korea and it continues to be one the most popular outdoor activities in the country. Bukhansan is one of the most convenient hiking destinations considering it’s only about 50 minutes by subway from South. Just take Seoul Subway Line 3 to Gupabal Station and get off at Exit 1. Take Bus 704 bound for Bukhansanseong Fortress (북한산성) or a taxi which will cost a few thousand Won.
5. Try a Cherry Blossom Latte
At this time, I would like you all to roll your eyes in unison. Okay, so this is extremely “basic,” but I’ve never seen these anywhere except in Asia! The Starbucks here don’t have Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Autumn or Peppermint Mochas in Winter, but they do have these Cherry Blossom Lattes in Spring that come in fun, festive cups. Make sure you take this Latte to go though–the weather outside is too beautiful to stay indoors!
Hope you found something to do on this list & make sure to get out and explore! I only barely scratched the surface for this post. Spring is my favorite season of weather in South Korea and you’ll soon see why. Happy traveling! xoxo