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Spring Festivals 2014 (March - May)

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Spring Festivals 2014 (March - May)

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The cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter have passed and spring is drawing near. In Korea, spring temperatures range from 5℃ to 20℃, and the return of warm weather brings wild flowers to bloom all over the country. Springtime festivals held throughout the country offer a great way to enjoy the good weather, flowers, food, and culture.

*Schedules and programs are subject to change.

Spring Flower Festivals to Signal the Changing of Seasons

Spring announces its arrival in Korea with a blanket of yellow and white blossoms spreading over the country. Cherry blossoms, apricot flowers, and cornus fruit trees bloom from the beginning of March when the air is still cool. The warmer season sees a host of festivals take place in Korea where visitors can stroll amidst the glorious blossoming flowers and see the country at its best.

Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival

Dates: March 22 – March 30, 2014
Venue: Seomjin Village, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do
Description: The Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival has been a popular spring flower festival destination since 1997. In springtime, Seomjin Village boasts a splendid landscape as the apricot flowers burst into bloom on Baegunsan Mountain near the village.

Gurye Sansuyu Festival

Dates: March 22 – March 30, 2014
Venue: Jirisan Mountain Hot Spring area, Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
Description: Taking place in the hot spring area of Jirisan Mountain, the Gurye Sansuyu Festival features various hands-on programs like cornus fruit liquor making and cornus fruit makgeolli sampling. A number of performances such as pungmulnori (farmers' music performances), Korean traditional music, and fireworks displays are held throughout the festival period.

Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

Dates: April 1 - April 10, 2014
Venue: Jungwon Rotary, Jinhae-gun, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Description: Taking place in early April when the cherry tree flowers are in full bloom, the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival draws more than 2 million tourists every year. Visitors are greeted by showers of cherry flower petals under the tunnel created by cherry trees. There are various events not to miss, such as the military band parade and multi-media fireworks show.

Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates: April 4 – April 6, 2014
Venue: Jeju Sports Complex area, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Description: The Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival is a harmony of cherry trees and music. This year, the festival features a cherry blossom photo zone and exhibitions of indigenous wild flowers and orchids, allowing visitors to appreciate various spring flowers. With the installation of lights, the festival can now be enjoyed fully at night as well.

Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival

Dates: April 5 – April 6, 2014 Venue: Hwagae Market area, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Description: Organized in 1993, the cherry blossom festival is held in Hwagae Market, a traditional open-air market situated in the border between Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do and Gurye in Jeollanam-do. During the festival, the cherry tree blossoms along the six kilometer-long road from the market to Ssanggyesa Temple are a fantastic sight to behold.

Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Blossom Festival

Dates: April 4 – April 6, 2014
Venue: Dorip-ri, Gyeongsa-ri, Songmal-ri and Baeksa-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Description: Home to 100-year-old wild sansuyu trees, the venue of the Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Blossom Festival is a leading producer of sansuyu (cornus fruit) trees in Korea. In spring, the sansuyu flowers are in full bloom to decorate the whole village in yellow; while in autumn, the red fruits signal the changing of the season.

Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

Dates: April 12 – April 20, 2014
Venue: Surrounding areas of Yunjungno & Yeouido (behind the National Assembly Building), Seoul-si
Description: The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival takes place every April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The street behind the National Assembly Building, called Yunjungno, is lined with about 1,400 cherry trees and it is the most famous cherry blossom street in Seoul. Visitors can take a stroll along the Hangang River through a tunnel of these magnificent trees. There are also cultural street performances, a flower decoration exhibition, and a photo exhibition.

Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates: Mid April, 2014 (planned)
Venue: Cheongpungho Lake area, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Description: The Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival takes place along the 13 kilometer-long road by Cheongpungho Lake, where thousands of mature cherry trees stand tall and proud. Various shows and performances are scheduled, including a cherry blossom street concert, a magic show, and a dance parade. Visitors can also sample some herbal medicinal teas and food made of wild herbs. Nearby attractions include the Cheongpung Cultural Property Complex, a TV drama filming location, and bungee jump sites.