Korea begins to change in color as cherry blossoms, forsythias, and other spring blossoms begin to bloom with spring’s arrival and as a capital city of Korea, Seoul is not an exception. If you are eager to discover a different side of Seoul apart from its cityscape of tall buildings and cutting edge technology, visit Seoul this spring to be greeted by blossoming spring flowers.
Recognized as one of Seoul’s premium city-parks, a magnificent sight of giant cherry blossom trees can be found at Seoul Forest. Visitors to the park are welcome to enjoy a light walk or a picnic under the gently fluttering cherry blossoms. Don’t miss your chance to get to see deer and observe butterflies at the Ecological Forest while at the park.
☞ Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (more info)
Children’s Grand Park is considered to be most stunning during springtime when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In addition, other attractions such as the zoo and the botanical garden found within the park offer more to see, making the park a perfect picnic spot. Snacks for sale can be found at every corner and full meals are also available at the park’s cafeteria.
☞ Address: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (more info)
Every spring, Seokchonhosu Lake boasts a splendid view of approximately 300,000 cherry blossoms and wild flowers in bloom. In particular, the sight of Lotte World nestled in the middle of Seokchonhosu Lake creates a fairy tale-like picture. The annual Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is also held here, offering various events and programs for visitors to enjoy.
☞ Address: 180, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (more info)
Haneul Park (Sky Park), located within the World Cup Park, stands at the highest elevation among the other parks. Colonies of forsythias can be found along both sides of the trekking paths, creating the mood to enjoy spring to its fullest. Man-made structures are rarely found around the area as the park was formed as a restoration project to preserve ecological environment. Visitors are recommended to prepare a few drinks and snacks in advance before visiting.
☞ Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (more info)
Noeul Park offers a pleasant sight of forsythias and royal azaleas in early spring and changes its colors to lovely shades of purple around May to June when the iris are in bloom. In addition, metasequoia trees path is well sought by couples as the trees that stretch down along both sides of the walking path set a romantic mood perfect for a relaxing stroll.
☞ Address: 84, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (more info)
The cherry blossoms cultivated at the Seoul National Cemetery resemble willow trees with their branches hanging down towards the ground as they age, giving one an image of waterfall of flowing flowers. Although Seoul National Cemetery is popular for its fascinating cherry blossoms, other spring blossoms such as forsythias and fringe trees serve as welcoming sights. In addition, the annual Seoul National Cemetery Event with Weeping Cherry Blossoms is held every April, offering various entertainment and experience opportunities.
☞ Address: 210, Hyeonchung-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul (more info)
Located in the center of Seoul, Samcheong Park is well-loved by the local community due to its convenient location and various facilities nearby, including cultural centers and restaurants. Thanks to the scenic view the hiking trail offers, many visitors are drawn to the park to enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms and forsythia flowers, as well as the refreshing spring atmosphere.
☞ Address: 134-3, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (more info)
Located at the center of Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a top tourist attraction that serves as a relaxing space for both nearby office workers and tourists. Sansuyu (cornus fruit) flowers, canola flowers, and plum blossoms welcome spring as they bloom along the 11 kilometer-long stream, while a line of white fringe tree flowers offer an excellent sight by decorating both sides of the nearby walking path.
☞ Address: 530, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (more info)
* This column was last updated in February 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check from the official websites before visiting.