March is the month that marks the beginning of spring in Korea. As the warm sunlight thaws the land of morning calm after the freezing winter, early spring flowers start to bloom. Mountains and fields are filled with vivid spring colors. Finally, it is time for us to go on a day trip.

Unfortunately, spring tours in March are canceled this year due to Coronavirus, but you can still enjoy the blooming flowers with Trazy’s spring special tours!

*Please note that most festivals are canceled this year due to the pandemic.
*Covid-19 prevention measures are taken for tours on Trazy.

1. Gwangyang Maehwa Festival

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Located in Korea’s southwestern province Jeollanam-do, Gwangyang Maehwa Village is famous for its beautiful apricot trees. With the white Maehwa (apricot flowers or plum blossoms) all around the village, it looks as though white snow has blanked the whole village on the hillside.

Maehwa, the first spring flower to bloom in Korea, surely will help you quench your thirst for long-awaited spring flowers. Visit the Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival for a nice spring excursion. Stroll beneath Maehwa trees, taste local Gwangyang food, and also take a tour to the nearby Jeonju Hanok Village!

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

Gwangyang Maehwa Village & Jeonju Hanok Village from Seoul (Mar 13~24)

2. Gurye Sansuyu (Cornelian Cherry) Festival 

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From late March, the sansuyu (cornelian cherry) trees start decorating Gurye with its bright yellow flowers.

The Gurye Sansuyu Festival is an annual festival held in the base of Jirisan Mountain, located in the Jeollanam-do Province, where you can see the beautiful bright yellow sansuyu flowers in full bloom.

You can also visit the nearby Hwaeomsa Temple. It is one of the 10 most famous temples in Korea and a must-visit temple for those who want to relax their minds in the quiet temple and learn about the history of Korea’s Buddhism.

  • Gurye Sansuyu Festival is unfortunately canceled this year.

3. Canola Flowers In Jeju Island

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From March to April every year, Jeju Island dresses up in yellow with canola flowers in full bloom. The spring beauty of Jeju Island with these vivid yellow flowers fascinates visitors from all over the world.

By hiring a taxi & a driver, you can visit the best spots to enjoy Jeju’s canola fields as Jeju’s public transportation system isn’t as convenient as the one in the big cities.

  • Peak Season: March~April

Jeju Island Cherry Blossom & Canola Flower Taxi / Van Tour (Mar 21~Apr 10)
All-Inclusive Tour: Jeju Island Flight + Private Flower Tour (N/A)
Jeju City Tour  Bus: Hop On & Hop Off 1 Day Pass
Seoul to Jeju Island Flight + Hotel (Airtel) Package
Jeju Island Mini Bus Custom Private Tour

4. Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

March is the last chance for you to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival! It’s only until March 14th so don’t miss out on the awesome opportunity to join a tour to Garden of Morning Calm. Check out the blog All About the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival for more travel tips!

  • Festival Period: December 2, 2021 ~ March 14, 2022

Nami Island + Petite France + Gapyeong Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm
Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm

5. Nami Island

Nami Island is beautiful all year round and it’s one of the most popular day trip destinations from Seoul. Although it might be too early to see cherry blossoms at Nami Island in March, it’s still worth a visit since you will get to see the fantastic early spring bloomings with your own eyes.

Gangchon Rail Bike & Nami Island Cherry Blossoms Tour (Mar 21~Apr 10)
Nami Island + Petite France + Gapyeong Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm
Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm

6. Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park boasts stunning natural landscapes and it one of the best hiking spots in Korea! March usually has the perfect weather to enjoy hiking at Seoraksan Mountain since it’s too not cold or hot. You can also visit nearby destinations with breathtaking nature, such as Naksansa Temple, Sokcho Beach, or Nami Island, in a day!

Seoraksan & Naksansa Temple + Sokcho Cherry Blossoms Private Tour (Mar 21~Apr 10)

Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm

Sokcho Beach & Seoraksan National Park (N/A)


7. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, also know as Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is the most popular and the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea.

One of the must-sees of the festival is the Yeojwacheon Stream. Over 350,000 Cherry blossoms line both sides of it and form a romantic pinky tunnel. The Romance Bridge will be illuminated in the evening, you will feel a different atmosphere from the daytime.

  • Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is unfortunately canceled this year, but visiting is available and the tour will still be operated. 


Jinhae Cherry Blossom & Busan Tour from Seoul

8. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

Spending a day in Hadong enjoying the pink and white cherry blossom is the best way to welcome the warm spring. You can walk a 4km road filled with marvelous cherry blossom trees and also visit the famous Ssanggyesa Temple. The festival period of Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival hasn’t been announced yet but you can still book a safe private tour via Trazy!

  • Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival is unfortunately canceled this year.

Hwagae & Ssanggyesa Temple Cherry Blossom Tour (N/A)

9. Daegu E-World Cherry Blossom Festival

The best cherry blossom spot in Daegu is definitely Daegu E-World amusement park! Not only you can enjoy the thrilling rides, but also you can appreciate the lovely cherry blossoms from 83 Tower Observatory. You can book your tickets at the best price on Trazy!

Daegu E-World & 83 Tower Observatory Discount Ticket

10. Goryeosan Azalea Festival

Beautiful azalea flowers decorate Goryeosan Mountain in Ganghwa Island every spring! Walk up the mountain where you will witness the breathtaking view of the purple azalea flowers.

  • Goryeosan Azalea Festival is unfortunately canceled this year.

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2 thoughts on “Korea’s Spring Festivals in March 2022

  1. I have been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Yeouido. It was worth it. It was in April, though.
    I love Spring in Korea!

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