Early spring flowers such as forsythia and azalea are the surest sign that spring is coming in Korea. Flowers will begin its blooming at different times depending on regions. This year, the flowers are anticipated to bloom 1-3 days faster than the average and 3 days later than the previous year.
Starting with Seogwipo in Jeju isalnd on March 15, forsythia is expected to bloom on March 27 in Seoul, March 30 in Suwon, April 2 in Incheon and any day after April 1 in Gyeonggi-do areas.
Azalea is also expected to bloom in Seogwipo around March 18 and gradually making its way to Seoul on March 28, Suwon on March 31, Incheon on April 4 and any day after April 4 in the northern parts of Gyeonggi-do.
Given that it takes about a week for the flowers to be in full bloom, the peak blooming period is anticipated to be somewhere between April 1 and April 11 in central areas of Korea. The peak blooming period in Seoul is anticipated to be from April 3 to 4, Suwon from April 6 to 7 and Incheon from April 10 to 11.
▼ The forecasted flowering time of forsythia and azalea by regions
|Seogwipo||March 15||March 18|
|Busan||March 16||March 18|
|Tongyeong||March 20||March 19|
|Daegu||March 16||March 24|
|Gwangju||March 21||March 26|
|Yeosu||March 21||March 18|
|Pohang||March 21||March 25|
|Daejeon||March 25||March 28|
|Cheongju||March 26||March 30|
|Seoul||March 27||March 28|
|Gangneung||March 25||March 28|
|Incheon||April 2||April 4|
|Chuncheon||April 4||April 6|
Courtesy of Korea Meteorological Administration