South Korea Cherry Blossom 2023 Forecast: When & Where to See

South Korea Cherry Blossom 2023 Forecast: When & Where to See

For that Instagrammable cherry blossom moment you’ve been dreaming of.

As if we need another reason to visit South Korea, cherry blossom season 2023 is fast approaching. As the muted hues of winter make way for the bright colours of spring, the cherry blossoms take centre stage. From Seoul to Jeju Island, nature bursts in pretty shades of pink, painting an enchanting backdrop to your Korean adventures.

Part of the allure of cherry blossoms is their short-lived nature. Soft pink petals appear one day, then fade away within one to two weeks. So, if you want to see the cherry trees in bloom, timing is everything. Here, we gather the best spots to see cherry blossoms in Korea in 2023, and the expected bloom periods based on last year’s schedule.

Note: Keep in mind that flowering dates could still change due to fluctuating weather conditions. Plus, research shows that human-induced climate change has already resulted in extra-early blooms in the past. We will be updating this article as a new South Korea cherry blossom forecast is released.

Also read: Japan Cherry Blossom 2023 Forecast: When & Where to See Sakura

When & where to see cherry blossoms in Korea 2023

Make the most of the South Korea cherry blossom season in 2023 at these famous (and less-famous) destinations for seeing these gorgeous blooms.

1. Jeju Island

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Jeju: Jeonnong-ro Street, Jeju Sports Complex, Jeju National University, Wimi Village, Yerae-ro Road

When to view cherry blossoms in Jeju: 18–24 Mar 2023

Also read: 10 Affordable Airbnb Homes & Vacation Rentals on Jeju Island

2. Jinhae

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Jinhae: Yeojwacheon Stream, Gyeonghwa Station, Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection (Jinhae Gunhanghe Festival), Jehwangsan Park

When to view cherry blossoms in Jinhae: 18–29 Mar 2023

3. Busan

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Busan: Dalmaji-gil Road, Oncheoncheon Stream Park, Samnak Ecological Park, Samik Beach Apartment 

When to view cherry blossoms in Busan: 22–28 Mar 2023

Also read: 21 Things Every Traveller Must Do in and Near Busan

4. Gyeongju

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Gyeongju: Bomun Lake, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyerim Forest, Bomunjeong Pavilion

When to view cherry blossoms in Gyeongju: 21–31 Mar 2023

5. Daegu

Where to view cherry blossoms in Daegu: Chimsanjeong Pavilion, Kkotbora Garden, Ayang Bridge, Suseong Lake, E-World, Yongyeonsa Temple 

When to view cherry blossoms in Daegu: 23–31 Mar 2023

6. Gwangju

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Where to see cherry blossoms in Gwangju: Gwangju National Museum, Sajik Park

When to view cherry blossoms in Gwangju: 18 Mar–2 Apr 2023

7. Jeonju

Where to view cherry blossoms in Jeonju: Wansan Park

When to view cherry blossoms in Jeonju: 18 Mar–5 Apr 2023

Also read: 15 Underrated Places in South Korea That You Should Experience

8. Daejeon

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Daejeon: KAIST University, Temi Park

When to view cherry blossoms in Daejeon: 18 Mar–5 Apr 2023

9. Gangneung

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Gangneung: Gyeongpo Lake

When to view cherry blossoms in Gangneung: 28 Mar–5 Apr 2023

10. Seoul

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Where to view cherry blossoms in Seoul: Yeouido Park, Namsan Seoul Tower, Changgyeonggung Palace, Seoul National Cemetery, Seokchon Lake, Seoul Children’s Grand Park, Seoul Forest

When to view cherry blossoms in Seoul: 24 Mar–10 Apr 2023

Also read: 16 Best Airbnbs & Vacation Rentals in Seoul for Every Budget

Going to South Korea for cherry blossom season in 2023? Although these short-lived blooms are only around for a few weeks each year in Korea, cherry blossoms are definitely one of the spring 2023 highlights we can’t wait to experience. As you can see, you’ve got your pick of destinations for seeing the cherry blossoms in Korea this 2023. Let us know which of these places you’re most excited to visit this season! 


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