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We ❤️ Seoul: Spring is Coming!

This post is part of series about all the things, big and small, that we love about living in Seoul. Check the Category archive, We ❤️ Seoul, for more articles.

Fall is arguably Korea’s most brilliant season. With clear, pollution-free blue skies, perpetual sunny days, and the kaleidoscopic changing of the country’s multitude of trees, it’s not hard to see why.

Spring comes a close second, but only because of the frustrating Hwang Sa/Yellow Sand (pollution-laden sand from the Gobi Desert), that blows in from China, and takes residence over Korea’s skies every year. Aside from that annoyance, in springtime, Seoulites can look forward to a city filled with vibrant flowers and the delicate pale green of a million newly budding leaves.

Winter in Seoul is tough, and by the time spring hits, we’re beyond ready to come out of hibernation and spend some time basking in the sun. All over the city, kalbi restaurants start to open their windows, tables are set up outside, and the smell of grilled meat saturates the night. Cafe patios fill with people, and there’s such a feeling of newness and optimism in the air, that we can’t help but get infected by it.

It’s time to dust off our running shoes, tune-up our bicycles and badminton rackets, and head to the Han River to join the hordes of other walkers, cyclists and athletes, who seem to appear out of nowhere at the first signs of spring.

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This year, we were extremely lucky with the mildest winter I can remember having, and what seems like the early onset of spring. Fingers crossed that she chooses to stick around, and that we’ll soon be blessed with flowers, leaves and the warmth of the sun.

What’s your favourite time of the year? What makes it so special?

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
    “Earth laughs in flowers.”
    Good image………

    March 12, 2014
  2. Spring has hinted that it’s on the horizon here in Chicago… I hope it arrives soon! Love the lush greenery in these photos 🙂

    March 14, 2014
    • In Canada, I never believed that spring is actually coming, until at least May. We would get hints of spring, and then get blasted by another snowstorm. Ick. I hope that doesn’t happen to you in Chicago. 😉 But spring is well and truly here in Seoul! It’s almost cherry blossom season. Hooray!!

      March 17, 2014
  3. Unfortunately, it is the same season in Malaysia forever. Haha. So, definitely there is no particular season that I love. Living in a tropical country, I really really really wanted to feel winter in real life. People coming from country with winter always said that winter is harsh and that is why they run away to countries like Malaysia. But, watching the movies, TVs and stuff, it looks fun! Hahaha

    March 23, 2014
    • Lol. You’re like Olaf from Frozen. 😉 I have friends from Thailand that felt the same way about winter… that is, until they experienced a whole season of it. Winter’s fun at first, but believe me, it gets old FAST! But yeah, you should definitely experience snow at least once! 🙂

      March 23, 2014
      • Sure want to! Just waiting for the chance to come. Maybe I should travel to Korea or Japan or northern Vietnam someday. Hehehe.

        And after I have experienced it, maybe then I can ratioanlly decide whether to love or not to love winter ;D

        March 23, 2014
        • Vietnam gets snow!? Well, if you venture over to Korea, let us know. We’ll show you around. 🙂

          March 24, 2014
          • Yeah, the northern most part. Earlier this year the place was on the news because it received the most snow since 20 years back, if I am not mistaken.

            Ah sure will do! So nice of you guys! 🙂

            March 24, 2014
  4. Hi! I’ve been to Seoul last Spring, and planning to go back Winter next year. What do you mean by “tough” when you described the Winter Season? Is it really that cold? 🙂

    June 20, 2015
    • HI Clauii, lol, well, it’s all relative, I think. Temperature wise, it doesn’t really get that cold, usually around -4 or -5 Celsius, but from time to time, we get these winds from Siberia that are really, really strong and freezing cold. For me, that’s the toughest part of winter here. But anyway, I’m sure you’ll be fine. Just make sure you bring the appropriate winter wear!! 😀

      June 20, 2015

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