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.

Check out Korea’s must-go spring festivals in March 2024 and book spring special tours in advance via Trazy!

  1. Gwangyang Maehwa Festival
  2. Gurye Sansuyu Festival
  3. Canola Flowers in Jeju Island
  4. Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival
  5. Nami Island Cherry Blossoms
  6. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
  7. Daegu E-World Cherry Blossom Festival
  8. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
  9. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival
  10. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
  11. Andong Cherry Blossom Festival
  12. Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival 

1. Gwangyang Maehwa Festival

  • Festival Period: March 8~17, 2024

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!

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2. Gurye Sansuyu Festival 

  • Festival Period: March 9~17, 2024

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 at 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.

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3. Canola Flowers in Jeju Island

  • Peak Season: March~April

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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. The famous canola flower spots include Sanbangsan Mountain and Seojikoji Hills.

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.

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4. Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

  • Festival Period: December 1, 2023 ~ March 17, 2024

March is your last chance to visit the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival! The Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival, also known as the Light Festival, is an annual winter event held at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong. The festival transforms the expansive garden into a mesmerizing winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights and artistic displays.

It’s only until March 17th so don’t miss out on the awesome opportunity to join a tour to the Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival!

If you visit the Garden of Morning Calm during the daytime, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful spring flowers with a warm spring breeze. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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5. Nami Island Cherry Blossoms

Nami Island is beautiful all year round and 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.

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Also, don’t forget to visit Gapyeong Eden Cherry Blossom Road, the latest spring hot spot near Seoul! Walk beneath the delicate pink canopy along the cherry blossom tree-lined road and enjoy the spring festival featuring live performances, a charming flea market, and delicious street foods.

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6. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 23~April 1, 2024

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, also known as Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is the most popular and 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 and you will feel a different atmosphere from the daytime.

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7. Daegu E-World Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 16~April 17, 2024

The best cherry blossom spot in Daegu is definitely Daegu E-World, the second-largest theme park and filming location of many K-dramas and Korean TV shows. 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!

The cherry blossoms at Daegu E-World take on an even more enchanting beauty in the evening, illuminated by dazzling lights.

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8. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 22~24, 2024

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is usually held at the end of March. See the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming across the landmarks of Gyeongju, such as Bulguksa Temple, Bomun Lake, Hwang Ryong Won, and Cheomseongdae Observatory. You’ll get to explore the rich history of Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty, and be surrounded by a romantic sea of cherry blossoms along the way.

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9. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 22~24, 2024

 

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Compared to the world-famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival has not received much attention worldwide. However, the festival is South Korea’s one of the best-kept secrets among the locals.

One of the best highlights not to be missed at the festival is the ’10-RI Cherry Blossom Road’, a 4 km-long road of cherry trees in full bloom. Also, the historic Hwagae Market, where you can enjoy cultural performances and taste local specialties, is a must-go.


10. Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 27~31, 2024

The Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event held in Seoul, South Korea, typically in early April when the cherry blossom trees around Seokchon Lake are in full bloom. This festival is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to enjoy the beautiful scenery and festivities.

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11. Andong Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Festival Period: March 27~31, 2024

 

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Andong is famous for its picturesque landscapes, and during the festival, visitors can enjoy the stunning sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom. The cherry blossoms typically adorn the streets, parks, and riversides, creating a mesmerizing pink canopy. The festival takes place at Talchum Park and it often incorporates various cultural events and activities that showcase the rich heritage of the region. These may include traditional music and dance performances, art exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and folk games.

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12. Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival

  • Festival Period: March 30~31, 2024

Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival is an annual festival that takes place on Azalea Hill. You can walk up the mountain and enjoy an amazing view of a mountain covered with 150,000 trees of Azalea flowers. If you are interested in this festival, you can consider joining a hassle-free tour. The tour will offer you not only the festival but also gorgeously bloomed cherry blossoms at Ilsan Lake Park and Dodangsan.

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BONUS: Music Festivals & Events in March

1) 2024 AWA Seoul Vol. 2 – EDM DJ Party (Mar 30)

Prepare for a groundbreaking series of EDM extravaganzas at AWA (Advanced We Are) Seoul Vol.2 on March 30th! Immerse yourself in the pulsating beats and electrifying tunes produced by Korea’s top mainstage music producers and DJs. Get ready to be swept away by the beats, lights, and energy of the EDM scene like never before!

  • Date: March 30th (Sat), 2024
  • Time: Ticket booth (5pm~10:30pm) / Door open (6pm~6:30pm) / Party (6:30pm~11pm)
  • Venue: Club US Seoul in Hakdong
  • Line-up: ADVANCED, Oing, PLAYMODE, Vandal Rock, JEONGHYEON

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2 thoughts on “Korea’s Spring Festivals in March 2024

  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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