Korea’s Cherry Blossoms 2019 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

Korea’s Cherry Blossoms 2019 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

Here’s a guide of places to view South Korea’s elusive cherry blossoms in 2019!

Don’t we all love the sakura season, when we can flood our social media feeds with endless photos of these pastel pink blooms? The tricky bit though is trying to plan your vacation around the time when these flowers will blossom! Timing is key but lady luck must also be on your side.

In preparation for the new year and new travel plans, we’ve curated a special guide that details places you can find the sakura as well as the most optimal time to visit. You’re now one step closer to those Instagrammable sakura-backdrop photos!

Disclaimer: The time periods stated are rough predictions and actual occurrences may differ. It is highly recommended that you check the dates again closer to your date of travel.

1. Jeju Island (Late March)

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Festivals to catch: Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, Seogwipo

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Just about anywhere on the island!

2. Daegu (Late March)

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Cherry blossom viewing spots: Yongyeonsa Temple Cherry Blossom Street, Duryu Park, Suseong Lake, Jijeo-dong Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Keimyung University – Seongseo Campus

3. Jeolla (Late March to Early April)

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Festivals to catch: Seomjingang River Cherry Blossom Festival, Gimje Moaksan Festival

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Along the banks of the Seomjin River, Boseong Daewonsa Temple, Jeonju Zoo, Jeonju Junghyesa Temple, Seomjingang Cherry Blossom Road

4. Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do (Late March to Early April)

Festivals to catch: Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Gyeonghwa Station, Jungwon Rotary, Ecological park in Naesu-myeon, Jehwangsan Park and Korea Naval Academy

5. Gangwon-do (Early to Mid April)

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Festivals to catch: Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Nami Island

6. Gyeongju (Early April)

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Cherry blossom viewing spots: Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon, Areas of Dongbu Historic Site & Bomun Tourist Complex, Bomun Lakeside Stage

7. Seoul (Mid April)

Festivals to catch: Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Kyunghee University, Seoul Forest, Seoul Grand Park, Seoul Palaces (Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Unhyeongung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Gyeongbokgung Palace)

8. Incheon (Mid April)

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Festivals to catch: Incheon Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossom viewing spots: Jayu Park

There you have it! Plan your trips according to their respective blooming periods so you don’t go posing beside bald trees.

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