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Forsythia Festival at Eungbong Mountain, Seoul

The 20th Eungbongsan Forsythia festival is set to kick off on March 31st to April 2nd 2017. This mountain that’s overlooking the Han river will be once again covered with forsythia, a yellow bell-shaped flowers appearing before the leaves in early spring.

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The brightness of this flower gives the mountain an attractive view from a distance. It also has apricots and cherry blossom trees.

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The entire mountain is perfect for an early spring stroll. The trails and steps are not high (though I suggest you wear your most comfortable sneakers), just perfect for spending your weekend. Follow the trails and steps and enjoy the view and warm weather.

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The Palgakjeong (Octagonal pavilion) on top is the main venue of the festival with a cultural presentation. You can also try some of Korean food in their food court next to the pavilion.

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The view of the Han river is captivating. From the top of the mountain you can see the array of cherry blossom trees form Seoul Forest Park. This is also one of the popular spot of photographers for the sunset view.

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Direction:

Take Jungang Line to Eungbong Station,head to Exit 1. The visitors will walk on the left side of exit 1, just follow them to the end of the road and you’ll see the sign to the venue (approximately 5minutes walk). You won’t get lost as this is a very popular festival and always a lot of visitors visit this place every year.

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or….walk straight for 271 meters, (from exit 1) and take a right at the first-three way intersection. Turn left again at the next three way intersection. Go straight for 274m to arrive the venue.

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Korea’s Spring Flower Festivals

Korea’s spring season is what I am yearning after that forever like winter spell. The weather is getting warmer and flowers will soon start to bloom in the entire peninsula. Soon, those beautiful spring flowers and great weather will be the source of everyone’s smile.

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There are numerous spring flower festivals in Seoul and around Korea. These are in fact the main reason why this season is much awaited. Spring is actually short, so if you want to get the most of what pleasure it can give, be ready and plan out.

Here is my list of Spring Flower Festivals in Seoul and the countryside which I visited.

  1. Yeouido Cherry Blossoms Festival. It will run from April 1-9, 2017. This festival is the most popular in Seoul and has the longest array of cherry blossom trees overlooking the Han river.

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Direction: 1) Dangsan Station (Subway Line 2 or 9), Exit 4. 20 minute walk.
                              2) Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 1. 20 minute walk.
                              3) Yeouido Station (Subway Line 5 or 9), Exit 5. Take Bus 162, 262, or 461 to  National Assembly Bus Stop.
                             4) National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 1 or 6. 5 minute walk

More of Seoul’s Cherry blossoms here.

2. Forsythia Festival or Eungbong Mountain Forsythia Festival. Small yellow flowers covers the entire Eungbong mountain.Runs on first week of April every year.

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Direction: Eungbong Station (Jungang Line), Exit 1. Walk straight for 271 meters, and take a right at the first-three way intersection. Turn left again at the next three way intersection. Go straight for 274m to arrive the venue.

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3. Azalea Festival/Wonmi Mountain Azalea Festival. Mountain covered in soft pink and bright pink azaleas.Festival will run from April from 2nd week of April.

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photo credit: Joe Yoon

Bucheon Sports Complex Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2.
Go straight 500m and then turn left at the end of the Bucheon Sports Complex (부천종합운동장) building and continue 200m to arrive at the venue.

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photo credit: Joe Yoon

4. Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Flower Festival. An hour away from Seoul. Cornus Yellow flowers. Festival will start April 7-9, 2017.

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Direction:  Take a bus bound for Icheon at Seoul (Gangnam) Express Bus Terminal (travel time: 60 minutes / 06:30~22:00, bus services available every 30–40 minutes)

Take a bus bound for Icheon at East Seoul (Gangbyeon) Bus Terminal (travel time: 60 minutes / 6:10~22:40, bus services available every 15-20 minutes)

From Icheon Terminal take the festival shuttle bus in front of Wedding convention, as you exit, walk on your right about 1 minute. Visitors and locals are waiting there in line. (bus services available every 30 minutes) or take a taxi (fare approximately 10,000won)

5. Taean International Tulip Festival.  Million of Tulips in a themed display. Festival will start from April 13 to May 10.

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Direction:From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taean.
                   From Taean Intercity Bus Terminal, take a village bus bound for Gomseom 곰섬  and get off at Morenon Bus Stop. (Estimated travel time: about 1-hour)

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For easy and hassle-free tour, you can book from here..

6. Jinhae Cherry Blossoms Festival. Holds a splendid view of cherry blossoms.

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photo credit: Sheila Belleza

Direction: From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jinhae. From Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal, go 30m straight and turn right onto Jungwondong-ro Road.
Walk  350m straight, and stay left at the fork. Go 230m to arrive at the festival venue.

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For easy and hassle-free tour, you can book from here..

7. Boseong Green Tea Festival.   A green tea plantation.

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Direction: From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Boseong (보성).
Or, from Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gwangju (광주).
From Gwangju U-Square Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Boseong (보성).
From Boseong Bus Terminal, take a Boseong-Gunhak (보성-군학) route bus to Daehan Dawon (대한다원).

Seoul Forest Park: Cherry Blossoms, Deer Farm and Tulips

Located in the heart of Seoul, Seoul Forest is the third largest park in the city, open year round and free admission. With a lot of things to do, my frequent visits here not in any condition had given me a dull moment.

Each and every season the scenery is quiet awesome and daunting. Gardens, butterflies, flowers, eco forest and playgrounds are among those I enjoyed well.

Butterfly Garden is close as to this writing, but I saw a note before posted on the door entrance that it was moved to Insect garden, sitting on the next building.

Cherry blossoms was in full swing when I visited this week, and I do not guarantee if it’s still a good sight this weekend. The long array of this sweet spring flowers are so divine. Walking under its shades is a heavenly sight. 

From the entrance follow the trail to butterfly garden and turn left after the Insect garden. The way to this delightful scenery will lead you to the Deer farm. Moreover, climb up to the bridge and it will give you a more astonishing sight.

Eungbong Mountain with the famous Forsythia festival can be seen from the bridge. And much more the line of cherry blossom trees right next to this bridge and the full view of deer farm.

Sakura flowers are known for its short sparkle, however don’t get upset. If you cannot witness this sight anymore by this weekend..tulips, azaleas and other wild flowers are all around the park.

Biking and picnic are also fun here. Understand avenue will hold its first spring festival starting April 18 to May 12, 2017.

Direction: From Bundang Line (Yellow line) get off at Seoul Forest Station and head to exit 3..take the elevator an it will lead you to the main entrance.