2016

A Few Things to do in Springtime in Korea

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Cherry-blossom-petals-pink-spring_1920x1200.jpgIn Northern hemisphere including Canada, Groundhog day is when the groundhog tells if spring is here by whether they can see its shadow or not. In Korea, Gyungchip (경칩) is the day on which insects and animals awake from their long hibernation and begin to come out their homes (holes) to prepare for spring; which also signifies that spring is on the way!

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Spring starts as early as March as warmer weather slowly returns after cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter. From beautiful cherry blossoms to fun activities, wide variety of events are held across the country to celebrate spring’s arrival. This lovely spring atmosphere is even more amazing as it gives you a chance to spend meaningful time with your loved ones!

Let’s count down a few of my suggestions for some fun springtime activities to experience in Korea!

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( Enjoy this song while you read the article! IU & High 4 – 봄, 사랑, 벚꽃 말고 🎧)

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To begin with, hundreds and thousands of people will fill the streets to see the delicate cherry blossoms! It is definitely one of the famous sights to behold in Spring and if you’re thinking of seeing them, be quick; because it only stays for such a short period of time!

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Here are the estimated dates for cherry blossoms all across Korea:

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Jeju Island – March 24th

Busan – March 28th

Daegu – March 31st

Gwangju – April 2nd

Daejeon – April 5th

Incheon – April 13th

Seoul – April 10th

 

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You should also visit Jinhae in Changwon, Geyongsangnam-do to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms at the Korea’s largest cherry blossom festival, Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival (진해군항제). With approximately 2 million visitors annually, the entire city is magnificently covered with cherry blossoms creating a lovely atmosphere that delights the visitors.

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진해군항제 / Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival 2016 (1 April, 2016 – 10 April, 2016)

For more information on Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival, visit http://gunhang.changwon.go.kr

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(The 2nd one on our list is 봄봄봄 by Roy Kim 🎧)

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Secondly, while cherry blossoms and spring festivals are enjoyed by everyone, there is another must-see spring event which everyone should be excited for! Nighttime viewings of the city’s historical sites are available during the month of March to April. Nighttime viewings of the Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) and Changgyeonggung (창경궁) palaces in central Seoul will awe everyone and visitors can enjoy various activities, outdoor concerts and spectacular cultural performances as well! Don’t forget, you must get the tickets in advance for this amazing springtime activity!

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Fore more information, please visit: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr:8080/ and http://cgg.cha.go.kr/n_cgg/index.html

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The Boseong Green Tea Festival also offers its beautiful landscape and spring’s pleasant weather for a bonus! Boseong is the largest producer of tea in all of Korea, so some of the most popular festival events include hands-on activities like making tea and picking tea leaves. Once you visit Boseong’s green tea field, you will be surprised at its picturesque landscape, where the field is filled with the green tea bushes that are separated into very neat, terraced rows. Hiking to the top of the mountain is also an excellent idea to enjoy Korea’s most breathtaking scenery.

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For more information on Boseong Green Tea Festival, visit http://tour.boseong.go.kr/index.boseong

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There are many more places where you can go on a heartwarming trip in Korea in spring! Although it would be awesome to travel around and visit these places, but it would also be really good to enjoy this warmer weather walking around the city. Sightseeing nearby places like Cheonggyechon, Han River, Korean traditional villages or even shopping in Insadong would be great to spend precious time with your loved ones as well!

Be sure to go out and enjoy it, because it doesn’t last long!!

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(The last one on our list is 버스커 버스커 – 벚꽃 엔딩! 🎧)

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4 replies »

  1. I really wish I could experience the cherry blossom season in Korea again! Seeing the festival at Yeoido with my roommate last year was just breathtaking!!! I am pretty sure that Vancouver’s UBC has a nice cherry blossom garden!

  2. Its a great time in Korea, not counting the 황사 of course. I just came across your blog and will be reading it daily. I probably shouldn’t but I just came back to Calgary and miss Korea already. 15 years in Korea does something to you, I guess.

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