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Discover the Enchanting Beauty of Cherry Blossoms in Korea's Rich History

The story of cherry blossoms or 'beotkkot' in Korean are believed to have been cherished in Korea for centuries, dating back to the Three Kingdoms period (57 BC – 668 AD). Initially, cherry blossoms were associated with Japanese culture, especially during the Japanese occupation of Korea. However, post-liberation, Korea reclaimed the cherry blossom, integrating it into its own culture and history.

Fast forward to today, and cherry blossoms have become synonymous with the arrival of spring, symbolizing renewal and hope. They're also a reminder of the fleeting nature of beauty and life, echoing the Buddhist influence in Korean culture. The cherry blossom season in Korea typically occurs from late March to mid-April, but it can vary depending on the weather.

Where to Experience the Cherry Blossom Magic in Korea

  1. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival – The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, held in Jinhae, is the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea. Picture yourself walking under a canopy of over 350,000 cherry trees in full bloom.

  2. Yeouido Spring Flower Festival – In the heart of Seoul, the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is a must-visit. The Yeouiseo-ro Road, lined with around 1,400 cherry trees, is transformed into a pedestrian-only pathway during the festival.

  3. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon – How about combining fitness with floral beauty? The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon offers a unique experience to jog or run under the blossoms.

  4. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival – Jeju Island's King Cherry Trees are renowned for their large blossoms. The festival in Jeju offers a different experience with these unique cherry trees, set against the island's stunning backdrop.

  5. Seokchon Lake – For a more serene experience, visit Seokchon Lake in Seoul. The lake, surrounded by cherry trees, offers a tranquil spot to enjoy the blossoms with a view of Lotte World Tower in the background.


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