[Korea] Meet the Spring Flowers at Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs

Photo: Changdeokgung Palace Gwanramji Pond (Left) and Nakseonjae Hall (Right)
(Credit: Cultural Heritage Administration)

The warm spring breeze is waking up Seoul’s Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs from the cold winter. The first flower bud of 2018 began to come out on March 15 from ginger plants at Changdeokgung Palace Gwanramji Pond and Changgyeonggung Palace Gyeongchunjeon. Changdeokgung Palace Nakseonjae Hall, Gyeongbokgung Palace Gyeonghoeru, and Deoksugung Palace Jeonggwanheon Hall soon followed with blooming of their own and will spread to across Seoul’s Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs.

Cultural Heritage Administration released the forecast of spring flower blooming period and seven recommended royal  palaces and royal tombs for spring flower viewing. ▲ For cherry tree blossoms, azaleas, and roses, visit Amisan Mountain flower stairs, the backdrop of Gyeongbokgung Palace Gyotaejeon Hall in early April. ▲ For apricot tree blossoms and peony, visit Changdeokgung Palace Nakseonjae Hall in late March. ▲ For apricot tree blossoms, cherry tree blossoms, and plum tree blossoms, visit Changgyeonggung Palace Okcheongyo Bridge and the stream nearby in late March. ▲ For peony, royal azaleas, and azaleas, visit Deoksugung Palace Jeonggwanheon Hall in mid May. ▲ For cherry blossoms, visit around Princess Deokhye’s Grave at Royal Tomb of Hongneung and Yureung in Namyangju during mid April. ▲ For azaleas, visit Royal Tomb of Taereung and Gangneung in Seoul during early April. ▲ For pine trees and azaleas, visit Royal Tomb of Yungneung and Geolleung in Hwaseong during early April.

Take into consideration that spring flowers usually peak around one week after they first bloom when visiting the royal palaces and royal tombs.

▲ Spring flower blooming period forecast for Royal Palaces
Palace Flower Estimated Blooming period
Gyeongbokgung Palace Cherry tree blossoms Apr. 08 - 25
Plum blossoms Mar. 22 - Apr. 12
Apricot tree blossoms Apr. 02 - 15
Cherry blossoms Apr. 02 - 18
Changdeokgung Palace Ginger tree blossoms Mar.15 - 29
Plum blossoms
Cherry blossoms
Mar. 22 - Apr. 10
Cherry tree blossoms Apr. 08 - 23
Royal Azaleas Apr.08 - May. 20
Peonies May 01 - 20
Changgyeonggung Palace Ginger tree blossoms Mar. 15 - 29
Azaleas
Cherry tree blossoms
Mar. 27 - Apr. 23
Royal Azaleas Apr. 08 - May 20
Plum tree blossoms
Apricot tree blossoms
Mar. 22 - Apr. 15
Deoksugung Palace Cherry blossoms Apr. 02 - 15
Apricot tree blossoms Apr. 02 - 15
Royal Azaleas Apr. 08 – May 20
Peonies May 01 - 20
Jongmyo Shrine Azaleas
Royal Azaleas
Mar. 27 – May 23
Apricot tree blossoms Apr. 02 - 15
▲ Spring flower blooming period forecast for Royal Tombs
Royal Tomb Flower Estimated Blooming period
Donggureum, Guri Peach tree blossoms
Crampbark
Apr. 01 - Jun. 15
Gwangneung, Namyangju Sansuyu (cornus fruit) blossoms Mar. 25 – Apr. 15
Azaleas Apr. 02 - 22
Sareung, Namyangju Azaleas Apr. 01 - 4.20
Hongneung & Yureung, Namyangju Cherry blossoms Apr. 23 – May 15
Taereung & Gangneung, Seoul Azaleas
Royal Azaleas
Mar. 27 - May 20
Jeongneung, Seoul Azeleas Mar. 27 – Apr. 28
Uireung, Seoul Royal Azaleas May 02 - 20
Heolleung & Illeung, Seoul Azeleas
Sansuyu (cornus fruit) blossoms
Mar. 27 – Apr. 28
Seolleung & Jeongneung, Seoul Cherry blossoms Apr. 03 - 19
Yeongneung & Nyeongneung, Yeoju Azeleas Mar. 27 – Apr. 30
Seooreung, Goyang Cherry blossoms Apr. 11 - 20
Seosamneung, Goyang Azeleas Apr. 01 - 20
Yungneung & Geolleung, Hwaseong Azeleas Mar. 27 – Apr. 15
Sansuyu (cornus fruit) blossoms Mar. 25 – Apr. 20
Samneung, Paju Cherry blossoms Apr. 11 - 20
Azeleas
White forsythia
Apr. 10 - 20
Jangneung, Gimpo Azeleas
Cherry blossoms
Apr. 10 - 20

※ The above dates include the period of spring flowers in full bloom and may change depending on the weather.

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Meet the Spring Flowers at Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs

☞ Location: Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs around Seoul and Gyeonggi-do
☞ Spring related events at Royal Palaces and Royal Tombs
- Deoksugung Palace spring music recital: Apr. 06 - 27, 2018. Every Friday 12:20 -13:10 / In front of Jeukjodang Hall
- Special opening of Azalea Hill near the Royal Tomb of King Sejong: Apr. 14 - 22, 2018. Open only during operating
   hours  / Walking trail of Yeongneung & Nyeongneung in Yeoju
☞ Cultural Heritage Administration website: www.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Related column
- Korea’s Best Springtime Destinations
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai,
   Malay)

Information courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration

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