Here’s your ultimate guide to spring in Korea! Read on to find out when and where to see the beautiful spring blossoms across Korea.
In Korea, spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Offering gentle breezes and warm weather with the beautiful blossoms, spring is surely the best time to visit Korea. Especially mid-March to early April is the season in which a lot of international visitors, as well as locals, go on a trip to capture the fascinating scenery of spring flowers.
Although their peaks differ depending on each flower, most of the spring blossoms usually last only up to 10 days after the date of the first bloom. For sure, it is wise to see the forecast first before planning your spring blossom trip if you don’t want to miss out on incredible spring colors in Korea.
Spring in Korea – Weather & What to Wear
| Weather: Mostly sunny with warm afternoon highs. Huge difference in day and night temperatures.
- March – Average 6°C (42°F); High 10°C (51°F); Low 2°C (36°F)
- April – Average 13°C (55°F); High 18°C (64°F); Low 8°C (46°F)
- May – Average 18°C (64°F); High 23°C (73°F); Low 13°C (55°F)
※Check the weather forecast here for accurate weather information and an indication of rain.
| What to wear: A warm, lightweight jacket, or winter coat (in March), long-sleeved T-shirts or sweatshirts, cardigans, and an umbrella in case of rain.
※Dress in multiple layers for changing temperatures.
2019 Korea Spring Blossom Map & Forecast
Typically, Korea’s spring blossom season starts from mid-March with Maehwa (plum blossom) and Sansuyu (cornelian cherry) flowers followed by cherry blossoms and other spring flowers. Usually, Korea’s spring blossoms start bursting into bloom from the southern part of Korea and then the peak moves up to the northern region after.
Below is the date of first bloom for Korea’s spring flowers. Please note that plum blossoms, cornelian cherry flowers, and cherry blossoms reach their peaks in a week and last only about 10 days after the first bloom. However, canola flowers in Jeju Island start to bloom in late February and continue to flourish throughout March to April, and azaleas in Goryeosan Mountain in Gangwhado, Incheon remain thriving in the whole month of April.
|Destination||Date of First Bloom|
|Gwangyang Maehwa (plum blossom)||March 8|
|Gurye Sansuyu (cornelian cherry)||March 6|
|Jeju Island Cherry Blossom||March 22|
|Jeju Island Canola Flower||Late February|
|Jinhae Cherry Blossom||March 24|
|Busan Cherry Blossom||March 23|
|Gyeongju Cherry Blossom||March 24|
|Hadong (Hwagae) Cherry Blossom||April 4|
|Ganghwado Azalea||March 28|
|Jeonju Cherry Blossom||March 28|
|Gangneung Cherry Blossom||March 30|
|Seoul Cherry Blossom||April 4|
*Spring blossom forecast information provided by 153 weather.
Best Spring Blossom Destinations in Korea
One of the best ways to experience the spring blossom season in Korea is to visit the spring flower festivals held across the country. Here’s our pick of the top 7 festivals for your spring blossom day out. Take a close look at each destination below and start planning your trip!
1. Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival
▲ Festival period: March 8 – 17
▲ Where: Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province (southwest of Korea)
Gwangyang Maehwa Village, also known as Seomjin Village, is a charming local village tucked in the city of Gwangyang at the downstream of Seomjin River, the cleanest water among Korea’s 5 largest rivers. Every spring, the picturesque view of more than 100,000 plum trees covering the hilly Seomjin Village bursting into bloom fascinates both local and international visitors.
By taking a day trip to Gwangyang Maehwa Village, you can stroll around the huge plum blossom farm where the whole mountain has turned into a vast orchard by the 50-year devotion of a female farmer.
| Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival & Ssanggyesa Temple – from Seoul (Mar 9~17)
| Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival & Jeonju Hanok Village – from Seoul (Mar 8~15)
| Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival & Strawberry Picking – from Busan (Mar 18~27)
2. Gurye Sansuyu Festival
▲ Festival period: March 16 – 24
▲ Where: Gurye, South Jeolla Province (southwest of Korea)
Another popular destination for an early spring flower festival is Gurye Sansuyu Village. As its name gives away, during the spring festival season, the sansuyu (cornelian cherry) trees paint the village with its bright yellow flowers.
Take a trip down south to Gurye Sansuyu Festival and dive into the colorful spring vibes offered by the breathtaking scenery and various activities at the experience booths.
For those who have only one day to spare but wish to visit both spring flower festivals in South Jeolla Province, here is an option for you. With Trazy, you can visit both festivals in one day!
3. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
▲ Festival period: April 1 – 10
▲ Where: Jinhae-gu, Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is by far the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea. From April 1 to 10, you’ll be able to enjoy the very best cherry blossoms in the city of Changwon.
Walking along Yeojwacheon Bridge, widely known as the Romance Bridge, you will admire a view of beautiful cherry blossoms and their reflections on the stream. To take utterly instagrammable photos, head to Gyeonghwa Station. You’ll be in awe of the scenery of the cherry blossom trees endlessly stretched out along the railway.
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour (Mar 27~Apr 7)
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour by KTX Train (Mar 30~Apr 10)
| 2D1N Busan & Jinhae Cherry Blossom Tour (Apr 2 & 6)
4. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival
▲ Festival period: March 29 – 31
▲ Where: Hadong, South Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)
Ever late-March to early-April, the Simni Cherry Blossom Road, the 4 km road that connects Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwagaejangteo Market, is filled with 1,200 cherry blossom trees in full bloom. To capture this scenic view, people from all over Korea take a trip to this small village in Hadong, Gyeongsangnamdo (South Gyeongsang) Province and have an unforgettable moment with their beloved people.
By visiting Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival, you can walk under the dazzling cherry blossom arch alongside the lush green tea fields and murmuring stream. Also, take a chance to peep into the traditional Korean market laid at the end of the cherry blossom road.
While the festival with events and activities is to take place for 3 days from March 29 to 31, the flowers are forecast to fully bloom in early April.
5. Jeju Island Cherry Blossom / Canola Flower
▲ Best time to visit: For Canola flowers March / Cherry blossoms Mid March – April
▲ Where: Jeju Island
While the spring season in Jeju Island spans from March to May in general, the peak season lasts from mid-March until early April where you can fully enjoy the stunning cherry blossoms and canola flowers at the same time!
Visit Mount Sanbansan and Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak to marvel at the natural wonders Jeju Island has to offer in the spring season. Also, don’t forget to take a look at gardens such as Hallim Park and Camellia Hill to see how man-made artifacts and human-grown plants are arranged in harmony with Jeju’s nature.
You can conveniently travel Jeju Island by taxi or tour to visit only the best spring destinations without a hassle.
| Jeju Island Cherry Blossom & Canola Flower 1 Day Tour (Mar 24/27/29/31)
| Jeju Taxi Tour to Spring Flower Destinations (Mar 23~Apr 13)
| One Day Small Group Van Tour
| One Day Bus Tour
| 3D2N/4D3N Hotel + Taxi/Van Tour
6. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
▲ Festival period: April 3 – 7
▲ Where: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)
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. Take a walk or cycle along the 8km-long cherry tree-lined path around the lake. You can also rent out a cute duck boat to paddle on the lake.
Here, you can read Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival.
7. Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival
▲ Festival period: April 7~12
▲ Where: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is the most famous cherry blossom festival in Seoul. It has nice scenery and many cherry blossom trees with lots of people on the street. Since the street lies along the Han River, you can walk under the arch of pinkish white cherry blossoms with the spring breezes from the river.
By Trazy’s Yeouido cherry blossom walking tour, you can visit the best spots of the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival. Plus, you’ll be able to look around popular attractions in Yeouido such as 63 Sky Art, Aqua Planet 63, and Han River Cruise.
Where else to Catch Spring Flowers in Korea?
Goryeosan Azalea Festival
▲ Festival period: Apr 14 – 22
▲ Best time to visit: The whole month of April
▲ Where: Goryeosan Mountain, Incheon
Don’t be disappointed even if you land in Korea after the cherry blossoms are gone. After the cherry blossom season, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea. If you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!
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