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.

Let’s take a look at where to go for your spring day out in Korea.

1. Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival

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 Ssanggyesa Temple.

  • Festival date: March 8-17

Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival & Ssangyesa Temple 

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 (Cornelian Cherry) Festival 

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 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.

  • Festival date: March 17-25

Gurye Sansuyu Festival & Hwaeomsa Temple 

Since Gwangyang and Gurye are located close to each other, you can take a tour to both festivals in one day.

Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu Festival from Seoul / Busan

3. Canola Flowers In Jeju Island

From March to April every year, Jeju Island dresses up in yellow by 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

1 Day Jeju Island Spring Taxi Tour

Jeju Island 3D2N/4D3N Hotel + Taxi/Van Tour
Jeju Island Cherry Blossom & Canola Flower 1 Day Tour (Mar 24/27/29/31)

To read about Korea’s spring festivals in April, click here! 

4. Jindo Sea Parting Festival 2019

Every spring, thousands of visitors flock to Jindo Sea Parting Festival, also known as Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, to see what is referred to as ‘the modern Mose’s miracle’ in Jindo Island. Here, you will be able to witness the astonishing sight of a wondrous sea parting where the sea opens up and reveals a sea road for an hour.

  • Festival Date: March 21 – 24

 Jindo Sea Parting Festival 2019 from Seoul/Busan

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Photo Credits
Gwangyang-si Official Facebook

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