19 Magical Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Korea in 2022
The annual appearance of cherry blossoms in Korea is the most eagerly anticipated spring event of the year. It’s something you absolutely don’t want to miss.
This wave of fairy tale gorgeousness sweeps its way up the Peninsula, transforming the mundane greys of winter into a silvery pink wonderland, along the way. Cherry blossoms in Korea make the whole season feel fresh, optimistic and ripe with possibility. *Cue romantic sigh of relief.
In this post, you’ll learn:
- when to see Korea’s cherry blossoms at their absolute peak
- where you can see cherry blossoms in Korea
- about different festivals available around the country
Jump to what you want.
- 1 Cherry blossoms in Korea | 벚꽃
- 2 Cherry blossoms in Korea Forecast 2022
- 3 The best time to see cherry blossoms in Korea
- 4 Planning a trip to Korea?
- 5 Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Korea
- 6 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Best Cherry Blossom Festivals
- 7 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Seoul
- 7.1 Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival | 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제
- 7.2 Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival | 석촌호수 벚꽃축제
- 7.3 Other Cherry Blossom Spots in Seoul
- 8 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gyeonggi-do
- 9 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gyeongsang
- 10 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gangwon-do
- 11 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Jeju Island
- 12 Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Chungcheong
Cherry blossoms in Korea | 벚꽃
Seeing the cherry blossoms in Korea is an occasion that absolutely everyone in the country looks forward to. No one can pinpoint exactly what makes this yearly blushing of the trees such a special event, but I’d guess it has something to do with its temporal nature.
After all, what could be more poetic than the falling of an infinite number of frail pink petals, as they drift peacefully to their deaths, just a few days or weeks after flowering?
But when does Korea’s cherry blossom season actually begin? Well, it’s a little complicated…
If spring decides to makes an early appearance in Korea, cherry blossoms in Korea might bless us with their beauty starting at the end of March. And they might stick around until the 3rd week of April. From bud to bloom to dramatic death, the whole season lasts a month at best.
The ephemeral cherry blossoms in Korea usually hang onto their trees for about a week, before starting to drop to the ground. All bets are off though, if it rains or there’s a lot of wind. These factors will shorten their lifespan painfully. They’re fickle like that.
Cherry blossoms in Korea Forecast 2022
It’s impossible to predict EXACTLY when the cherry blossoms will appear in Korea with 100% certainty, but it doesn’t stop people from trying! Here are approximate dates for Korea’s cherry blossoms from first bloom to full bloom.
First Bloom to Full Bloom
Cherry blossoms in Korea first bloom in the warmer southern regions of the country, then work their way up the Peninsula. Keep in mind that cherry blossoms in Korea usually reach full bloom about 1 week after their first flowering date.
Jeju Island & Southern Areas of Korea
First bloom: March 24th – 27th, 2022 | Peak bloom: March 31st – April 3rd, 2022
Central Areas of Korea
First bloom: March 29th – April 4th, 2022 | Peak bloom: 5-11 Apr 2021
Seoul & Gyeonggi-do
First bloom: April 1st to 4th, 2022 | Peak bloom: April 7th – April 12th, 2022
Northern Areas of Korea, Coastal & Mountainous Regions
First bloom: April 5th – April 10th, 2022 | Peak bloom: April 12th~
Northern Gyeonggi, Northern Gangwon & mountainous regions
first bloom: 5 Apr 2021~
The best time to see cherry blossoms in Korea
Cherry blossom forecasting is an inexact science at best. After all, nature doesn’t run on any real schedule and our weather patterns are seeing drastic changes. However, in my personal experience, the best time to see cherry blossoms in Korea at their absolute peak is in the first week to 10 days of April (across most of the country).
I’ve lived in Seoul for the last 12 years, and there hasn’t been a single one, where the first 10 days of April weren’t the peak of cherry blossom season in Korea. At this time, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere in the country to see these blush-y blooms at their best.
If you MUST stand under the cherry blossoms pictured above, and I recommend you do – book a tour to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s my pick for the best place to see cherry blossoms in Korea at their absolute peak. There’s limited space AND limited dates offered for this tour, and it costs almost exactly the same as traveling there independently, so I advise reserving a spot as soon as you can. It WILL sell out.
If you prefer to customize your own itinerary, you can book a private sightseeing tour to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, for a group of 2- 10 people.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Korea
Keep in mind that cherry blossoms in Korea will appear where it’s warmest first, so head to Jeju, Busan, or anywhere on the south end of the Peninsula, if you’re visiting near the end of March or very beginning of April. Any time after that, head north.
If you can’t make it to Korea in the first 10 days of April, head to the northeastern coastal regions, which are usually a lot cooler than the interior of the country. You could also pray, give offerings to the goddess, or bow before Mother Nature to increase your odds of seeing the cherry blossoms in Korea. You never know. It might help.
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Best Cherry Blossom Festivals
Since we’re still in the depths of Korean winter, dates for cherry blossom festivals in Korea have mostly not been finalized. However, in 2022, most, if not all of these festivals will take place in the last days of March, and end by mid-April (corona-willing).
They have for every single year I’ve lived in Korea, so this will not change. They usually run for a 3-10 day span, including at least 1 weekend to accommodate as many visitors as possible.
That doesn’t mean you can’t head to these locations outside of festival dates. Of course you can! It just means there won’t be extra activities on offer, and you’ll have to focus solely on the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Korea themselves… maybe even without the crowds.
I’ve updated dates for 2022 wherever possible. Keep checking back though, as I’ll update this post with cherry blossom in Korea festival dates as soon as they’re released.
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Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Seoul
Seoul will likely be your home base for seeing cherry blossoms in Korea. There are a few major cherry blossom festivals to attend, but it’s easy to see these epic blooms every which way you turn if that’s not your thing.
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival | 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제
Cherry Blossom Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually starts around April 5th
Address: Yeouiseo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 영등포구 여의서로
Yeouido is perhaps the best, albeit most crowded place in Seoul to see not just cherry blossoms in Korea, but also azaleas, forsythia, and other spring flowers in full bloom. With 1,400 to 1,600 trees in the park, you’re guaranteed a stunning and dramatic sight.
An alternative to avoid the crowds is to take a Han River Cruise during Korea’s cherry blossom season. Yeouido is the starting dock for these boat rides, and it’ll take you right past all those gorgeous spring flowers.
Directions: The closest subway station is the National Assembly Station on Line 9. Take Exit 1 or 6 and walk for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can get off at Yeouinaru Station on Line 5, take Exit 1 and walk for 20 minutes.
Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival | 석촌호수 벚꽃축제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually takes place in the middle 2 weeks of April
Address: 47 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 잠실동 47
The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is near and dear to my heart, because it’s the one I never miss. Sure, part of it is because Seokchon Lake is walking distance from my house, but it’s also because it’s incredibly gorgeous.
Directions: Jamsil subway, Exit 1 or 2. Seokchon Lake is directly behind the Lotte World Mall.
TIP | The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, Lotte World Adventure, Lotte World Aquarium AND Korea’s tallest building – the Seoul Sky Observatory are all in the same place! See them all with one super convenient day pass. Score a Songpa L Pass with a huge 50% discount on all 3 attractions (65,000 won vs 112,000 won on site).
Other Cherry Blossom Spots in Seoul
There are a ton of other places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul to see aside from the major cherry blossom festivals. These are my picks for extra special spots to check out more cherry blossoms in Korea.
Yangjaecheon Stream Cherry Blossom Road | 양재천 벚꽃길
Address: 504-11 Daechi 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 강남구 대치1동 504-11
Yangjaecheon Stream is lined with magnificent cherry trees which are backlit by street lamps at night. The atmosphere is wonderfully romantic, and it’s common to see young couples walking hand in hand, admiring the cherry trees by moonlight. A short Yangjaecheon Stream cherry blossom and lantern festival is usually held over the first weekend in April.
Namsan Park | 남산공원
Address: 231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 삼일대로 231
This is the longest cherry blossom trail in Seoul. It winds from the base of the mountain, all the way up to the North Seoul Tower.
TIP | Enjoy panoramic views of Seoul from the top of Namsan Tower. I recommend visiting at sunset, so you can see all the city lights come to life at night.. Get discounted tickets for Namsan Tower here.
Seoul’s 5 Joseon Dynasty Palaces
Address: Jongno area
Seoul’s palaces are lovely under any circumstances, but when they’re blooming with delicate pink petals during cherry blossom season in Korea, they’re beyond magnificent.
Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung and its Secret Garden are the most visited palaces in Seoul, but the other 3 are just as worthy of your attention. If you rent a hanbok in Seoul for a romantic photo shoot under the cherry blossoms, you can enter all the palaces for free!
Bongeunsa Temple | 봉은사
Address: 531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 강남구 봉은사로 531
Bongeunsa is a wonderful place to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. Located in Gangnam, right across the street from Starfield Coex Mall, Bongeunsa Temple is the perfect, peaceful respite from the frenetic pace of life in the big city.
In spring, the temple buildings and surrounding hills are covered in pink beauty. Make sure you see the 23-metre high statue of Buddha that watches over the citizens of Seoul.
Jamsil Jugong 5-Danji | 잠실동 오단지
Address: 567 Songpa-daero, Songpa-gu, Seoul
The Jamsil 5-Danji is an old apartment complex located across the street from the Lotte World Tower and Mall in Jamsil. This eyesore of apartment buildings is set for demolition and major construction, but in the meantime, you can enjoy matured trees that form an incredible canopy of leaves that feels like a cathedral.
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gyeonggi-do
Gyeonggi-do is the region surrounding the capital city of Seoul. And though it’s a separate province, it’s connected to the city by subway and buses and it’s super easy to explore. There are tons of places to see cherry blossoms in Korea in this area.
Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Cherry Blossom Festival | 수원시
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually mid-April
Address: 1, Hyowon-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Near Paldalsan Mountain and the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon, you’ll find a flower tunnel formed by the petals of over 200 cherry trees. The festival is in its 36th year, and includes more than 60 musical shows, street art performances, and a food truck zone of 30 vendors.
Other Cherry Blossom Spots in Gyeonggi-do
Gyeonggi-do is a good choice for day trips if you want to see more cherry blossoms in Korea, outside of Seoul.
Seoul Grand Park | 서울대공원
Address: 102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 과천시 대공원광장로 102
Don’t confuse this with Seoul Children’s Grand Park, which is located north of the Hangang in Gwangjin-gu. THIS Seoul Grand Park has a huge zoo, amusement park, botanical garden, camping AND incredible cherry blossom trees to check out.
TIP | Seoul Grand Park is the perfect family-friendly place to spend a day. It’s also super easy to get to on the Seoul subway. Pre-book discounted tickets to the Seoul Zoo at Seoul Grand Park, including the Sky Lift & Elephant Train here.
Seoul Racing Park | 렛츠런파크 서울
Address: 107, Gyeongmagongwon-daero, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Let’s Run Park or the Seoul Racing Park, is actually located in Gyeonggi-do, just north of Seoul Grand Park. It’s an international-scale horse racing track, and thoroughbred horse races like the Korean Derby and Grand Prix are hosted here. You can also see cherry blossoms!
TIP | Wanna combine stops at popular cherry blossom spots in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi-do on one convenient day trip. Book a guided tour to popular Seoul and Gyeonggi-do area cherry blossom spots here.
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gyeongsang
Gyeongsangnam-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do make up the southeastern part of Korea. It’s famous for gorgeous beaches, fresh seafood, and the biggest cherry blossom festival in Korea. (That’s Jinhae in Changwon City, which hosts 2 million visitors every year!)
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival | 진해군항제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022 but usually April 1st – 10th
Address: Gyeongsangnam-do, Changwon-si, Jinhae-gu, Tongsin-dong | 경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동
This is the largest, most famous cherry blossom festival in Korea. Over 2 million tourists visit every single year. There’s good reason. Jinhae offers scenes of the most impossibly romantic cherry blossoms in Korea.
You can gaze at pale pink petals as they drift sentimentally down onto the train tracks of Gyeonghwa Station, or snap a pic at one of the most iconic spots to see cherry blossoms in Korea – the tunnel of cherry trees atop Jinhae’s Yeojwacheon Stream.
There’s also a military band parade, a multi-media fireworks show, and a commemoration of Admiral Yi-Sun-Shin during the festival.
Directions: Take an intercity bus to Jinhae (진해). You can walk to the festival venue from the bus terminal. Just follow the crowds!
TIP | Make your trip totally hassle-free by booking a guided tour that stops at all the most famous cherry blossom spots in Jinhae and includes a sunrise stop in Busan. The best part? It costs almost exactly the same as travelling to Jinhae and Busan independently. Click here to reserve a hassle-free tour to the Jinhae cherry blossom festival here.
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon | 경주벚꽃마라톤
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually first weekend of April
Address: 593, Gyeonggam-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do | 경상북도 경주시 경감로 593
If you’d like to run under a sea of falling cherry blossom petals in Korea, you can take part in the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon. Beginning at Gyeongju Culture Expo Square, the mostly flat course, can be run in 5km, 10km, half or full marathon distances.
X ran this in 2016, and the course is just as stunningly beautiful as you dream it’ll be.
If you have time, I recommend you stay in Gyeongju for 2 or 3 days. I recently visited, and had a wonderful time exploring Korea’s Silla Dynasty History and eating as much ssambap as I could. This small city is considered Korea’s “museum without walls,” and it’s well worth a visit.
If you do decide to spend a couple of days exploring this chilled out city, I can’t recommend staying at the Apple House enough. I stayed in this little motel on my last visit there, and it’s definitely the best budget accommodation I’ve stayed in the country. Like most Korean motels, the interior design can be called interesting at best, but in terms of value and convenience, it really can’t be beat.
It’s walking distance to a ton of major tourist sites, as well as trendy cafe and restaurant street Hwangnidan-gil, plus you actually get big bath towels there. BIG bath towels. In Korea! Imagine.
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Gyeongju Small Group Day Tour
Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival | 화개장터 벚꽃축제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022 but usually early April
Address: Maekjeon-gil, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do | 경상남도 하동군 화개면 맥전길
The “10ri Cherry Blossom Road’ in Hwagae consists of 200 peach trees and 1,200 cherry blossom trees, which were planted by villagers back in 1931. It’s believed that if you walk down this 4km cherry blossom lined road in Korea, with your partner, while holding hands, you’ll fall madly and deeply in love with each other forever.
At the festival, aside from seeing cherry blossoms in Korea, you can visit the historic Hwagae Market, and dine on traditional foods like Euneo-hoe (sliced raw sweetish) and Chamgetang (king crab broth). Yum!
Directions: Take an intercity bus from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal, to Hadong (하동). Buses run at: 06:30, 08:00, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30 and 22:00.
Nammyeon Coastal Road in Namhae | 남면해안도로
Address: 1486-6, Danghang-ri, Nam-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do | 경남 남해군 남면 당항리1486-6
The Nammyeon Coastal Road in Namhae is what cherry blossom in Korea dreams are made of. This 15-km stretch of road in Namhae, winds right next to the sea, and was designated as one of the most beautiful roads in Korea. It’s easy to see why.
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Gangwon-do
Gangwondo lies to the North and East of the capital region. It’s chockfull of natural beauty. Deep blue seas, sandy white beaches, and majestic mountains all compete for attention here.
Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival | 경포대 벚꽃축제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually 2nd week of April
Address: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
A string of cherry blossom trees line the 4.3 kilometre path that surrounds gorgeous Gyeongpo Lake. Activities and flower exhibitions centre around Gyeongpodae Pavilion, one of Korea’s regional tangible cultural treasures, but there are blooms to be found all around the Lake.
If, for some strange reason, you get overwhelmed by all the effervescent pinkness of cherry blossoms in Korea, you can take the short stroll over to Gyeongpo Beach, one of our very favourite escapes from Seoul. Drink in the view of the 4 kilometre stretch of sandy beach, and indulge in fresher than fresh seafood from one of the restaurants that lines the street facing the sea.
Directions: From Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 202 and get off at Gyeongpodae.
TIP | Visit the Gyeongpo Cherry Blossom Festival, where you can admire thousands of gorgeous trees, then stop at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm to feed the fluffy residents and stroll around the beautiful farm. Book a day tour to Gyeongpo Beach + the Dagwallyeong Sheep Farm here.
Nami Island | 남이섬
Address: 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do | 경기도 가평군 가평읍 북한강변로 1024
Even though Nami Island is technically in Gangwon-do, it’s just on the border, and very close to Seoul..It’s one of the most popular day trips from the city, with good reason. And in spring, this fairytale island in Chuncheon is covered with stunning cherry blossom trees.
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Jeju Island
Jeju Island has a humid subtropical climate, so it’s usually the first place that cherry blossoms appear in Korea. You can also see the huge King Cherry Blossoms on Jeju island, which are totally endemic to Korea.
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival | 제주 왕벚꽃축제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually at the very end of March
Address: 24, Seogwang-ro 2-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Board a flight down to Jeju Island and you might be able to see grandest cherry blossoms in Korea – the King Cherry Tree.. Best seen all over Seogwipo’s downtown and around Jeju Sports Complex, these cherry trees fully blossom for only 2 to 3 days, so they are more fleeting than normal. You’ll have to be perfect with your timing to catch them!
Directions: From the airport, take bus 500 and get off at the New Jeju Rotary stop (신제주로터리). Cross the street, and take bus 20, going in the opposite direction. Get off at Public Health Centre 1 stop.
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Eastern Jeju Discovery
Cherry Blossoms in Korea | Chungcheong
Chungcheongbuk-do and Chungcheongnam-do sit in the middle of Korea, with the coast on its West side. Most travellers rush past this region on their way south to Busan, but a stop in Gongju and Danyang are well worth your time.
Cheongpung Lake Cherry Blossom Festival | 청풍호벚꽃축제
Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually middle 2 weeks of April
Address: 2048, Cheongpungho-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | 충청북도 제천시 청풍면 청풍호로 2048 (청풍면)
Taking place along the 13 kilometre Cheongpong Lake Road, at this festival, you can see thousands of cherry blossoms in Korea on mature trees, a street concert, magic show and parade. Medicinal teas and food made from wild herbs native to the area will be on offer, and if you’re really brave, you can even bunjee jump!
Directions: Take an intercity bus to Jecheon Terminal. From Dong Seoul Terminal, the bus leaves at 10 – 30 minute intervals, starting at 6:30 in the morning. The last bus leaves at 21:00.
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