Top 5 Springtime Spots in Seoul

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 07:55 AM

There are a lot of wonderful things that come with the Easter holiday. Aside from the eggs, candies and other goodies, it’s the sure sign that spring is finally here! We’ve been cherry blossom-crazy here at the travel section, and we would be remiss if we missed talking about Seoul! The big, vibrant metropolis of South Korea has quickly become a top destination for tourists worldwide. The youthful and hip culture comes alive in the background of Korea’s traditional temples and history. It's a destination you can’t miss so we’re listing down the top destinations in Seoul that bring you the best of springtime.

1. Yeouido Park

Seoul is calling the cherry blossoms to bloom around April 7, and arguably the best place to see them inside the city is in Yeouido Park, which hosts their yearly Cherry Blossom Festival. Nestled in the heart of the city’s business district, this wide, open space is popular for their white and pale pink blossoms as far as the eye can see. If you’re planning a visit, make sure you go for a quick bike ride around the park. They have couple bikes too!

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2. Changdeokgung Palace

If you’re looking for a smaller, prettier palace to visit for the Spring, we definitely recommend stopping over at Changdeokgung Palace for your viewing. This palace, very near the Insadong traditional shopping street, sprawls with less grandeur than Gyeongbokgung, but has the famous Secret Garden tour that’s unique to it. It’s a lovely place to sit amongst the cherry blossoms. 

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3. Hapjeong Cafe Street

If you wanted to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee in Seoul, make sure you do it at Hapjeong Cafe street, not too far from the uber-popular Hongdae area. The street is lined with cherry blossom trees that make the perfect backdrop for people-watching as you sip your coffee. It sounds Parisian, but Koreans take their quirky cafes seriously, making the cafes themselves fun and cool. 

4. Sinchon/Ewha Womans University Station

Multitasking is the name of the game here, and if you were looking for a place to shop away from the crazy crowds of Myeongdong and Hongdae, then the University areas of Sinchon and Ewha stations are for you. Both subway stations exit to long streets that lead to the universities, and these streets are lined with most of the same shops and food stalls that you would find in Myeongdong. But what’s nice about this more localized area is that the streets are lined with cherry blossom trees too!

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5. The Lotus Lantern Festival

Koreans celebrate the birth of Buddha in the most spectacular way—with a festival of lights and lanterns. The Chonggyecheon Stream lights up with hundreds of giant floats along the river, with some on the Joggyesa Temple complex itself! 

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Any spot you love to visit in Seoul for the springtime?
Let us know in the comments below!
About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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