When it comes to spring in Korea, we can never leave out the cherry blossoms. But if you don’t know where to go and catch them, here’s the perfect destination for you!

  • Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival Period: March 29th~31st, 2024
  1. About Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
  2. Recommended Routes to Enjoy the Festival
  3. 4 Tips on How to Double Your Joy at the Festival
  4. What to Eat in Gyeongju
  5. Places to Eat in Gyeongju
  6. For the First-timers in Gyeongju
  7. Must-try Activities in Gyeongju
  8. How to Get to Gyeongju from Seoul

About Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival


The picture-perfect Bomun Lake in Gyeongju, a historic city in the southern part of Korea, shows off its best every April when 9,000 cherry trees around the lake burst into bloom.

Bomun Lake is located at the center of Bomun Tourist Complex, a tourist district where you can find hotels, resorts, theme parks, an amusement park, and other various attractions.

If you visit during the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, there are also live music and performances to keep you entertained as well.

To get a better idea of what Gyeongju has to offer, I took a day trip during the festival period via a tour organized by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, which saved my time and made my trip very easy and convenient.

  • Location: Around Daereungwon Tomb Complex
  • Why this festival? Beautiful cherry trees around the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, coupled with a variety of attractions to enjoy

Book one-day tours to the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival!

The festival runs during the peak of cherry blossom season, but you can still visit the lake and admire the cherry blossoms until mid-April.

※Like many other seasonal tours, I strongly advise you to check for weather conditions, and availability of the tour and book your trip ahead of time.

Recommended Routes to Enjoy the Festival


Walking along the 8 km-long cherry tree-lined path around the lake and taking in the beautiful lakeside scenery of Bomun Lake can be the best part of the festival, but there are certainly more options for you to enjoy.


To help you maximize your trip via Trazy’s tour, here I recommend two routes – choose according to your travel style!

※Completing the entire walkway around Bomun Lake can take about 2 hours more or less and completing these recommended routes can take around 3~4 hours.

※See the map below for the location of each spot in the routes.

gyeongju-bomun-lake-map

Route 1. For hardcore travelers

For travelers who want to see a little bit of everything and are comfortable with a tight schedule, follow this route below!

  • Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot – Hwangnyongwon (a 9-story tower) – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Wooden Bridge – Hoban Square – Waterwheel Square – Silla Millennium Park – Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot

Route 2. For slow and easy walkers

For those who want to make the most of their time around the lake and appreciate the scenery, take this route below!

  • Waterwheel Square – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Hoban Square – Wooden Bridge – Mulneoulgyo Bridge – Donggungwon (Gyeongju East Palace Garden) – Waterwheel Square

4 Tips on How to Double Your Joy at the Festival


Tip 1. Snap photos at two iconic spots

Everywhere in Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex is Instagram gold. But here are two of the most popular spots to take incredible photos!

  • Waterwheel Square: This square is one of the most popular photo zones where many visitors take photos in front of this huge waterwheel set against a small waterfall and tree-lined path.

  • Bomun Pavilion (Bomunjeong): Known as one of the “50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea” by CNN Travel, this is a picturesque pavilion that is a must-visit spot for all avid photographers. Takes 5 min from the Waterwheel Square on foot, across from the Hilton Hotel.

Tip 2. Pedal on a cute duck boat

Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex is very famous for its duck boats! So head over to Hoban Square and get yourself one of the duck boats. Paddle around the lake and share the fun experience with your loved ones.

Tip 3. Ride a bike like the wind

Why not try riding a bike instead of walking all the way around the entire lake? Navigate your way around the historical city of Gyeongju!

You can rent a bike or scooter at the bicycle/scooter rental shop near Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal via Trazy without worrying about a language barrier. There is a range of bike and scooter options available, including a standard bike, electric scooter, and 50cc gas scooter.

Tip 4. Drop by other attractions nearby

There are plenty of attractions to enjoy around the lake such as Gyeongju World Amusement Park, Gyeongju Teddy Bear Museum, and Donggungwon, Korea’s first zoo and botanical garden.

If you are looking for a new indoor attraction, check out Zoolung Zoolung Indoor Animal Theme Park, where you can encounter over 50 fascinating species from the Amazon and Africa, including Tokotukans, otters, and capybara.

In my case, I dropped by Silla Millennium Park on my way back to the parking lot where I spent about an hour and a half during the trip.  

The park is quite impressive as it features traditional houses and historical landmarks from the Silla Kingdom and also offers beautiful cherry tree-lined paths. Also, I was lucky enough to watch a horse-riding performance by Hwarang Warriors!

For those who want to see more than just the lake, stop by Silla Millennium Park or any of the other attractions nearby during your visit.

What to Eat in Gyeongju


Here are some of the best of Gyeongju’s local specialty dishes you should try!

Ssambap: Rice wraps served with fresh vegetables, stews, grilled fish, and more

 

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Tteokgalbi: Minced short rib that is grilled in the shape of a round rice cake

 

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Sundubu: Meals made of soft, light tofu

 

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Places to Eat in Gyeongju


  • Bomun Lake Complex (south of Bomun Lake, near Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park)
    • Bomun Hanu: Barbecued beef short ribs
    • Pulipchae: Buffet of traditional Korean dishes
    • Gyeongju Cheonnyeon Hanu Bomun: Barbecued beef short ribs
    • Jinsuseongchan: Marinated fresh crabs
    • Daedokjang: Kimchi Stew
  • Bukgundong Complex (north of Bomun Lake)
    • Nakjimasil: Spicy stir-fried octopus
    • Jeonju Bibimbap: Bibimbap mixed rice bowl
    • Unsudaetong: Barbecued beef short ribs
    • Maetdol Sundubu: Sundubu tofu stew
    • Hobakneongkul Daegejang: Marinated fresh crabs, sundubu tofu stew

For the First-timers in Gyeongju


Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, Gyeongju stands as a city with a rich history of the thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom today. Known as ‘museum without walls‘, the historic city of Gyeongju offers bountiful UNESCO-designated sites and national treasures.

For those traveling on a budget, there is a city tour bus in Gyeongju, which takes you around the major historical destinations on two different courses.

| Gyeongju City Tour Bus Ticket

Also, if it’s your first time traveling to Gyeongju, joining a guided tour is a great way to explore the city without any hassles.

| Gyeongju UNESCO Heritage 1 Day Group Tour from Busan (+ Gyeongju World option)
| Gyeongju 1 Day Tour (+ Busan Sky Capsule option) from Busan

| Gyeongju City 1 Day Private Van Tour from Busan/Daegu/Gyeongju
| Gyeongju Private Taxi Tour
| Busan & Gyeongju 1 Day Tour from Busan
| Gyeongju Instagram Spots 1 Day Tour from Busan

Must-try Activities in Gyeongju


Beyond the iconic historical sites, Gyeongju offers a range of immersive activities that allow visitors to truly connect with Korean traditions. One must-try experience is a traditional soju-making class. Soju, Korea’s national spirit, has been produced in Gyeongju for centuries using time-honored methods.

Another popular activity is renting a hanbok, the traditional Korean dress. Donning the vibrant, elegant garments allows you to step back in time and feel like royalty as you explore Gyeongju’s historic landmarks.

Book these must-try activities in Gyeongju conveniently via Trazy!

| Traditional Soju Making Experience
| Korean Traditional Sauce (Gochujang/Doenjang) Making Experience
| Authentic Korean Traditional Dessert-Making Experience

| Hanbok Rental in Gyeongju
| Make Your Own Wooden Cutting Board
| Paint Traditional Folk Illustrations on Folding Fans 1 Day Class
| Tandem Paragliding (from Gyeongju/Busan)

How to Get to Gyeongju from Seoul


To travel from Seoul to Gyeongju, visitors have several convenient transportation options to choose from. One popular choice is taking the KTX train, offering a fast and scenic journey of just over 2 hours.

Another cost-effective option is the bus, departing from Seoul Express Bus Terminal and arriving at Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal after a 3-hours and 45 minutes journey. Buses in Korea are comfortable and equipped with amenities like USB charging stations, ensuring a pleasant trip for passengers.

Additionally, renting a car or joining group tours are viable alternatives for travelers seeking flexibility or guided experiences.


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2 thoughts on “Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival | Travel Review & Tips

  1. Im interested in cherry blossom festival 1 day tour from seoul to gyeongju. Does same rate apply for children 10 yo, 3yo and 11months old?

    1. Hello Roxanne,
      Children younger than 24 months old are free of charge (no separate seat assigned). Please note that the same price applies to both adults and children (24 mths~) 🙂

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