We ❤️ Seoul: Spring is Coming!
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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.
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?