It is almost indescribable how beautiful this city is in late March and early April. These short 2 weekends are devoted to travelling to Cherry Blossom Festivals in and around Seoul. These areas are packed with tourists and locals enjoying the thousands of blooming trees. Areas with large amounts of trees are shut down and used for outdoor concerts, food vendors, jewelry stands and so much more.
Alex and I headed to Yeouido Island on Sunday, April 5th for our first Cherry Blossom Festival. When we arrived at our subway destination we were surprised to find yet another huge Korean mall. As we followed the (only English) signs we realized they were providing free bus shuttles to and from the island. After a short wait we were on our way! When we arrived we saw thousands of people walking along a 5 km street with what is said to be, 1,700 King Cherry trees. For 13 days in April these streets are shut down for everyone in Seoul to enjoy. This area alone sees 4 million visitors during this Spring Flower Festival.
This park was located along the Han River, which made for an even more amazing experience. The weather was +18 (-10 in Canada) and the sky was a perfect blue. I could have stayed and admired the clouds of pink for days. The music, entertainment, and food were an additional bonus.
These festivals showcase large clusters of King Cherries in certain parts of the city, however most streets are lined with cherry blossoms during this time. Our neighbourhood was no exception. Daily walks to and from work became more scenic and enjoyable when they were out. I found myself wishing that it wouldn’t rain or be windy so I would have more time to enjoy these absolutely stunning trees.
As the blossoms fell they left the busy streets white with pedals as if it had just snowed. Although I was sad to see them go, they are now growing leaves and offering this concrete jungle some much needed greenery! As the cherry blossoms disappear the city still offers so many beautiful flowers! (pictured below).