Photo: Visitors who came to Children’s Grand Park for cherry blossom (Photo courtesy of Children Grand Park)
Going to the mountains are undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy spring outdoors, but it is not necessary to travel far out to feel the scent of spring. A city filled with skyscrapers and cutting edge technology; there are several places in Seoul where you can enjoy a leisure walk under the beautiful canopies of spring bloom. Read on more to find out the best places to view cherry blossoms in Seoul this spring!
Photo: Cherry blossoms aligned parallel with the walking trails (Photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan)
Recognized as one of Seoul’s premium city-park, a magnificent sight of giant cherry blossom trees can be found at Seoul Forest. Visitors to the park may enjoy a break with a walk or picnic under the gently fluttering cherry blossoms. Also, do not miss out the vibrant flowers of the Gallery Garden and the beauty of the Butterfly Garden located beside Insect Garden. In addition, there is a deer feeding experience corner where visitors may participate in.
Photo: Sitting on a mat on the grass, enjoying spring (Photo courtesy of Children’s Grand Park)
The giant cherry blossom trees are not only considered to one of the most vibrant and colorful sections of the park, there is also a zoo and botanical garden found within the park that are also great for visitors or all ages to enjoy the spring atmosphere. Sale of snacks can be found in almost every other corner for visitors who are hungry while exploring the extensive park. For those who are yearning for more fulfilling portions of food, full meals are also available at cafeterias.
Photo: Magnificent view of cherry blossoms surrounding the lake (Photo courtesy of Songpa-gu Office)
Every spring, the lake is boasts a splendid view of cherry blossoms and about 300,000 wild flowers that bloom altogether during spring. In particular, Lotte World sitting in the middle of Seokchonhosu Lake creates a fairy tale-alike picture. Regardless of the time, there are always numerous people seen enjoying a light walk or exercise along the Dulle-gil. The annual Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is also held here, with a various events and programs offered to all visitors to enjoy.
Photo: Enjoy a cherry blossom road that can be found just nearby Tongin Market
Known for using yeopjeon (brass coins) to purchase dosirak (lunch box) at Tongin Market, the street from the entrance of the market, following Pirundae-ro road, is filled with white canopies of cherry blossoms on both sides, forming an impressive cherry blossom road.
Along with the Tongin Market Cherry Blossom Road, a diversity of galleries can be found. It is highly recommended to take a slow walk while enjoying the beauty of cherry blossom and bask in the spring sunshine simultaneously. Above all, the annual spring festival offering a wide assortment of activities to all visitors will also be conducted here.
Photo: Colonies of forsythia at Haneul Park (Photo courtesy of World Cup Park)
Haneul Park (Sky Park), located within the World Cup Park, stands at the highest elevation among the other parks. Once a landfill site, it was transformed into a green hill and boasts as one of the best walking trails and outdoor venues among local residents. Colonies of forsythia can be found along both sides of the trekking paths for visitors biking or walking to enjoy the scent of spring. As this was a restoration project to preserve the ecological environment, almost no man-made facilities can be found. Henceforth, it is best advised to prepare a few drinks and snacks in advance before visiting.
Photo: Noel Park full of iris flowers (Photo courtesy of World Cup Park)
Noeul Park is a culture and arts park that offers Seoul’s most beautiful sunset glow from its observatory deck, in conjunction with its wide grass fields. Visitors may walk along promenade to appreciate the fields of canola flowers and royal azaleas. In addition, sometime between May and June, iris flowers are also seen blooming in a lovely shade of purple. Besides, metasequoia trees forming a stretch of walking trail, is one of the top dating courses for love birds to enjoy a cooling stroll in a tranquil atmosphere.
Photo: Various attractive spring flowers (Photo courtesy of Seoul National Cemetery)
The cherry blossoms cultivated at the Seoul National Cemetery offer a different feel than the usual ones seen in most parks. Like a willow tree, the branches hung towards the ground as it grows. As such, the cherry blossoms leaves are also seen hanging down that resembles that of a flowing waterfall. Though known for its cherry blossom, forsythia, fringe trees and other plant species also make beautiful sights for a leisurely walk around the Seoul National Cemetery. Moreover, the annual ‘Seoul National Cemetery Event with Weeping Cherry Blossoms’ is held every April with varied sightseeing activities to enjoy the weeping cherry blossoms fully.
Photo: When cherry blossoms and forsythia flowers meet (Photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan City)
Located in the center of Seoul, traffic of Samcheong Park is convenient with various facilities including cultural center and restaurants, making it a well-loved hiking trail by most locals. Thanks to the scenic view that the hiking trail offers, it has drawn many visitors to the park to enjoy both cherry blossoms, forsythia flowers, as well as the refreshing spring atmosphere.
Photo: Plum blossoms along the promenade (Photo courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation)
Located right in the center of Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a top tourist attraction that serves as a relaxing space for both employees in the nearby offices and tourists visiting. Sansuyu, canola flowers, and plum blossoms that are planted within the stream, as well as flowers of the fringe trees that form white canopies on both sides of the stream creates a seemingly flower promenade, about 11km in length. An artificial waterfall can be found close by the plaza, towards the direction of Gwanghwamun Gate, where plenty of open events are often held there.
* This column was last updated in March 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check from the official websites before visiting.
Last updated on March 21, 2016