While South Korea is a fascinating country to visit at any time of year, there’s no better time to do so than in the spring, particularly in April. Read on to find out why you never really need an excuse to visit Korea in April.
1. Hello, Sunshine!
In Korea, April is the month of spring breeze and warm sunlight. The weather continues to get warmer throughout the month.
While the average April’s high temperatures in Seoul are around 12~18ºC (53.6~64.4ºF), the temperatures in the southern region of Korea, including Busan, Gyeongju, and Jeju Island, are 2~3 degrees higher.
※There may be some sporadic cold snaps and big gaps in temperatures at night, so make sure you bring a couple of warm sweaters or a light-weight jacket or coat!
At this time of the year, you will start seeing restaurants and cafes reopen their beautiful terraces and locals going outdoors to enjoy family outing or spring picnic.
The weather in April also offers travelers and tourists the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors dressed in Korean traditional outfit ‘hanbok‘ as well.
2. Blooms ‘n’ Blossoms
Weather is not the only reason why April is the best time to visit Korea. It is when you can admire the colorful blooming flowers on the streets everywhere. Here are some of the best features of spring not to be missed in Korea.
1) Cherry Blossoms
Korea’s cherry blossom season reaches its peak in early April. The flowers tend to bloom earlier in the southern parts of Korea. Since most of them fall when there is a strong wind or rain, be sure to check the weather forecast before you plan a cherry blossom trip!
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Don’t be disappointed when the cherry blossoms are gone as there are colorful tulips for you to enjoy.
A. Taean Tulip Festival
Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in Korea, which features more than 1.5 million of colorful tulips. It is also known as one of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals!
Date: April 19~May 13
Location: Taean County, Chungcheong-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: Flower gardens (tulips, canola, digitalis, lupine)
B. Everland Tulip Festival
If you want to celebrate spring with tulips in full bloom somewhere closer to Seoul, head out to Korea’s largest theme park, Everland. Everland’s annually held tulip festival at the Four Seasons Garden awaits you!
Date: From mid-March to late April
Location: Everland, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: Tulip Festival, Four Seasons Garden (tulips, grape hyacinths, daisies)
Azaleas are the late-bloomers of the spring season in Korea. You will be able to see them until late-April, so catch them before they are gone.
Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
Only a two-hour bus ride from Seoul, you can enjoy a short excursion to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival. Covered with various shades of pink and magenta azaleas, Goyreosan Mountain in April just seems like an otherworldly place!
Date: Mid April to Late April
Location: Gangwha County, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: azaleas, azalea tea tasting, azalea rice pancake making experience
4) Spring Flower Gardens & Parks
This April, visit two of Korea’s best-loved spring flower garden and park: The Garden of Morning Calm and Hallim Park. Featuring from fascinating displays of seasonal flowers, tropical gardens, exotic plants to scenic paths, they are the perfect places to revel in spring.
A. The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is a popular tourist destination near Seoul where visitors can admire fantastic botanical gardens and flowers all year round. Every year the garden’s spring flower festival is held from mid-April to the end of May.
Date: Mid-April~Late May
Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: Wildflower exhibition, cherry blossoms, magnolia, azalea, Japanese apricot, forsythia
B. Hallim Park
Stop and smell the flowers at Hallim Park in northwest Jeju. In April, the cherry blossoms and canola flowers burst into bloom all over the park!
Date: Throughout April
Location: Hallim-eup, Jeju City, Jeju Island
Best things to see: Cherry blossoms, canola flowers, botanical gardens, Ssangyonggul Cave
3. It’s a Festival Frenzy!
Throughout April, a series of unique and authentic festivals will be held across Korea. While other festivals held in Seoul are easily accessible by public transport, you may need to take a tour to the ones in the countryside. Here we introduce a festival that takes place in the southeastern part of Korea.
Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal (Tea Bowl) Festival
If you still haven’t experienced Korean tea culture, Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival is the perfect place to be.
The festival gives you a chance to spin the potter’s wheel, paint designs and make your own ceramic tea. You can also taste different types of Korean teas, including omija, dandelion and lotus leaf.
Date: April 28 ~ May 7, 2018
Location: Mungyeong, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)
Best things to enjoy: Hands-on programs for making pottery and teaware, Korean tea tasting
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