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.

| 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.

2020 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.

DestinationDate of First Bloom
Gwangyang Maehwa (plum blossom)March 6
Gurye Sansuyu (cornelian cherry)March 14
Jeju Island Cherry BlossomMarch 22
Jeju Island Canola FlowerLate February
Jinhae Cherry BlossomMarch 27
Busan Cherry BlossomMarch 25
Daegu Cherry BlossomMarch 23
Gyeongju Cherry BlossomApril 1
Hadong (Hwagae) Cherry BlossomMarch 27
Incheon AzaleaMarch 25
Jeonju Cherry BlossomMarch 30
Gangneung Cherry BlossomApril 2
Seoul Cherry BlossomApril 5

*2020 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 6 – 15, 2020
▲ 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.

Take a peep at Trazy Crew’s review & tips on Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival

  • Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival is unfortunately canceled this year, however, Gwnangyang Maehwa Village Tours will be operated. 

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 Village & Jeonju Hanok Village – from Seoul
| Gwangyang Maehwa Village & Gurye Sansuyu Festival – from Seoul/Busan

2. Gurye Sansuyu Festival

▲ Festival period: March 14 – 22, 2020
▲ 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.

| Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu Festival – from Seoul/Busan

3. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

▲ Festival period: March 27 ~ April 6, 2020
▲ Where: Jinhae-gu, Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

  • Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is unfortunately canceled this year, however, tours will still be operated. 

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.

Check out Trazy’s ultimate guide to Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival!

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.

📍From Seoul:
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom One Day Tour
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Private Tour

📍From Busan:
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom One Day Tour
| Busan Daejeo Ecological Park & Jinhae Cherry Blossom 1 Day Tour
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Private Tour

📍From Daegu:
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom One Day Tour

4. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

▲ Festival period: March 27 ~ 29, 2020
▲ 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.

Click to read Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival.

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.

| Ssanggyesa Temple + Hwagaejangteo Market Cherry Blossom 1 Day Tour – from Busan

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
| Taxi/ Van Tour: Jeju Island Cherry Blossom & Canola Flower
| Snap Tour: Jeju East/West Course 1 Day Bus Tour
| Jeju 1 Day Guided Bus Tour Package (East/West/South Course)
| 3D2N/4D3N Hotel + Jeju Taxi/Van Tour

6. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

▲ Festival period: April 1 ~ 5, 2020
▲ Where: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

  • Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is unfortunately canceled this year, however, tours will still be operated. 

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.

📍From Seoul:
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom One Day Tour

📍From Busan:
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom One Day Tour
| Busan & Gyeongju King Cherry Blossom 1 Day Tour

| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Private Tour

📍From Daegu:
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom One Day Tour

7. Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

▲ Festival period: Mid April
▲ 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.

| Seoul Cherry Blossom Private 1 Day Tour
| Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Walking Tour
| Seoul King Cherry Blossom 1 Day Tour

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: Mid April
▲ 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!

Check out Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Goryeosan Azalea Festival

| Mt. Wonmisan Azalea Festival + Ilsan Lake Park Cherry Blossom + Strawberry Picking 1 Day Tour
Hwangmaesan Mountain Royal Azalea Festival 1 Day Tour

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4 thoughts on “Spring in Korea: Cherry Blossom Korea 2020 Forecast

    1. Hi, Jane! Unfortunately, there are no cherry blossom festivals at the end of April. For your info, cherry blossom festivals in Seoul will be held around early April.

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