The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is near and dear to my heart, because it’s the one I never miss. Sure, it helps that it’s walking distance from my house, but the real draw is undoubtedly the dreamy pink cherry blossoms that transform the lake into a pastel coloured wonderland.
Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival | 석촌호수 벚꽃축제
Seokchon Lake is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul. It’s easily accessible via public transit, and there are a ton of other activities, attractions and things to do in the area at the same time.
Over 1000 stunning cherry blossom trees line the pathways surrounding both lakes. During the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom festival, you can saunter leisurely beneath a gorgeous canopy of pale pink blooms, while admiring Lotte World Magic Island and the massive Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory in the background.
You’ll also find various music performances, a cherry blossom market, artists, and photo zones at the festival. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of the trees reflecting in the water!
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When is the festival?
The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival takes place sometime during spring in Korea – usually in the first 2 weeks of April every year. That doesn’t mean you can’t visit outside of the festival. You totally can, because this is a public lake that’s fully accessible to the public. It’s free to enter at all times.
Tips for Visiting the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
This festival can get very busy because it’s right in the middle of a huge residential area, and easily accessible. If you’d like peace and serenity to admire the blooms, head there on a weekday morning. I’ve found that if you get anywhere in Seoul before 10AM, you can count on quite a bit of solitude.
On the other hand, if you don’t mind some crowds, sunset is an excellent time to see the cherry blossoms at Seokchon Lake. Lotte World Magic Island and the Lotte World Tower are brilliantly lit and the blooms take on an incandescent silvery sheen at night.
In my opinion, the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival dates have been on the back end of the blooming peak in recent years. To see them at their best, I recommend visiting at the beginning of the festival, rather than the end… otherwise you’ll end up seeing some pretty threadbare trees.
How to get to the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
Address: 47 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 잠실동 47
Seokchon Lake is located on the east side of Seoul near Jamsil Station which intersects on Line 2 and Line 8. The lake is directly behind Lotte World, and the Lotte World Mall, so it’s easy to access from the subway station.
Once you reach the station, you can take exits 1 or 2 to reach the East Lake, and exits 3 or 4 to reach the West Lake. Both lakes are connected by pathways in a figure 8 pattern, so don’t stress too much about ending up in the wrong place.
There are also many buses that stop near Seokchon Lake. If you plan to take the bus to the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, it’s best to check apps like Naver Maps for the exact routes and numbers.
Do you plan on visiting the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival during spring?