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🌸 Spring Locations to Visit in Korea 🌸

🌸 Spring Locations to Visit in Korea 🌸

Springtime in Korea is often pretty short but sweet, lasting from the months of April to June. During this time, the temperature is considered the most ideal for travel and vacationing (around 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). If I had to describe springtime in Korea in one way, I would most definitely add the most anticipated event and sight: the blooming of cherry blossoms. These light pink cherry blossoms grace the streets of many Korean cities and often give the appearance of light snow because of its fluttering petals. However, that’s not all there is to springtime in Korea. From surfing in Yangyang to taking a relaxing vacation in Jeju Island, South Korea is a diverse, beautiful location for various adventures. Here’s a list of our top 10 locations that we recommend during Korea’s springtime! 

1. Jeju Island


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Of all locations, cherry blossoms first bloom in Jeju Island, the Island of the Gods! Marketed as the “Hawaii” of South Korea, Jeju Island is actually quite different from the tropical island we know and love in the States. Jeju Island is not only South Korea’s largest island, but it’s also a volcanic one, with more than 90% of the island covered in basalt. That’s right. If you’re into skincare, you’re probably familiar with the huge range of skin products made from clay, volcanic ash, and more. You can thank that to the huge, dormant volcanoes. A World Heritage Site, Jeju Island is quite the sight with its beautiful plant life, clear waters, and delicious seafood. It’s also the birthplace of surfing in Korea, which has recently become popular in the last few decades!

2. Yangyang


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Only two hours away from Seoul, Yangyang County has recently been called the “mecca of surfing.” Located on the east coast of South Korea, Yangyang has become so popular for surfing (especially for beginners) that there are now multiple surf villages, filled with cafes, surf schools, dining, bars, and more. The picture above was actually shot at Surfyy Beach, which is a spot reserved for surfers only. Surf culture is quite big here, and it’s incredibly easy to get into it with the shallower waters and manageable waves! To get a deeper look into this new wave of surfing in Korea (no pun intended), check this short documentary out. 

3. Gyeongju


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Moving further South, we get to the coastal city of Gyeongju, located in the southeast region of South Korea. Historically dense, Gyeongju has tons of palaces, temples, villages, and ancient relics to explore. This is because Gyeongju used to be the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. It’s no surprise then that these historical treasures are adorned by Sakura (cherry blossom) trees, which is why the city hosts multiple cherry blossom festivals that are absolutely breathtaking and romantic. 

4. Jinhae


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Similarly famous for its annual cherry blossom festival, Jinhae is a district that is located in a city further South than Gyeongju. It’s quite close to Busan, the busiest port and second most populous city in South Korea. Each spring, over a million people gather in the city to experience the beautiful cherry blossom trees and sights—so much so that the official emblem of Jinhae features a cherry blossom. On another note, Jinhae is the home of many replicas of Admiral Lee Sun Shin’s famous turtle ship (Naval warships), which is appropriate given Jinhae’s military port.

5. Damyang’s Juknokwon Bamboo Forest


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Nothing says serenity quite like a leisurely, peaceful stroll through a bamboo forest. Perfect for healing or reflecting, the Damyang Bamboo Forest is located in the South Jeolla Province at the southwestern tip of South Korea, about 3.5 hours away from Seoul. Because of the massive bamboo shoots, it truly feels insulated, cool, and calm within the forest. Due to the generous size of the forest, there are 8 paths to choose from when you arrive, like the Meditation Road or Philosopher’s Way. There are many pavilions to take a nice rest and soak in the sights, which is refreshing in and of itself. Many people have reported feeling reinvigorated, balanced, and peaceful after this experience, so check it out the next time you’re in South Korea for sure!

6. Seokchon Lake


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You don’t always have to travel far from the city to experience springtime. A good example of this is Seokchon Lake, which is located in Seoul. Made as a location for respite from the busy city life, this artificial lake is easily accessible and features a ring of cherry blossoms in the spring. Similar to other sites, Seokchon Lake also hosts a cherry blossom festival every year for those who don’t want to go through the hassle of travelling far. What’s even better is that this lake is open to all and free of charge! 

7. Cheongsando Island


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An island off the south coast of South Korea, Cheongsando (“Blue Mountain Island”) is the main island of South Jeolla Province. What’s unique to this island that makes it so charming is the purposeful slow pace of life that residents actively pursue. For that reason, there are many hiking trails that are popular on this island. It is encouraged that visitors walk as slowly as possible while drinking in the sights around them. In fact, every springtime, the island hosts a Slow Walking Festival in April. What’s more peaceful and inspiring than taking your time to appreciate the beauty and life around you? It certainly doesn’t hurt to have beautiful, clear, blue waters all around the island as well!

8. Icheon Sansuyu Village


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Similar to Cheongsando Island, Icheon’s Sansuyu Village is also an ideal location to drink in the blossoming spring nature, far away from the city. Named after the bountiful Korean dogwood trees in the region (Sansuyu), Sansuyu Village is a quiet, serene place that really only gets busy in the spring and fall. That’s because the wild Sansuyu trees turn a beautiful yellow in the spring and are adorned with bright red berries in the fall. Like the bamboo forest, this village is also cited as a place of relaxation and tranquility.