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Bucheon Wonmi Mountain Azalea Festival

In spring, flower festivals in Korea are well known.  Cherry blossoms, forsythias, camellia, plum and a lot more are surely an eye feasting craze . Azalea festival is one of this famous flower festival around the peninsula.

This small pink flowers when in full bloom are covering an entire mountain in pink and results to jaw dropping wonder of nature. Locals head out of Seoul to witness this breathtaking view and hike to famous pink mountains around the peninsula.

Eventually, there’s this azalea garden, the nearest from city of Seoul and also popular for Koreans and foreigners. For those avoiding the hassle of travelling, this festival will definitely a perfect one.

Wonmi mountain is an oasis of this frail pink flowers. A garden of azaleas, cherry blossoms, forsythias amd other wild flowers. Walking to the top was an easy hike and the view was awesome. It overlooks the entire landscape of Bucheon stadium and the city of Bucheon.

Our Saturday hike, though the festival was held a week ago, was still one of those fun weekened getaways. Still crowded, as expected, but we did took home tons of photos.

Direction: Take Line 7 to Bucheon Stadium station, exit 2. Walk straight about 5 minutes and turn left on the sign of Azalea Garden.

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A Myriad of Pink Azaleas in Korea: Best Three Spots to Wander

Royal azalea is native to the Korean Peninsula. It blooms appealingly late of April up to early summer and really an attraction for nature lovers. Its colors varies from white to pink and obviously the myriad of pink flounder most.

To catch a glimpse of this dainty flower and capture instagrammable photos here are my best spots for you to wander.

Starting out with Wonmi Bucheon Azalea Hill (Wonmisan Azalea Festival), though the festival has ended, azaleas are still on its peak and worth the visit. Located In Bucheon City.  How to go: Take Line 7 to Bucheon Stadium station, exit 2. Walk straight about 5 minutes and turn left on the sign of Azalea Garden.

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The next one is, Gunpo Royal Azalea or the Gunpo Royal Azalea Festival. Lucky you, the festival will be held from April 24-28, 2019. This hill is eventually a sea of flowers.

Direction: Take Line 4 to Surisan Station..exit 3. Walk straight passing the park. You’ll find the entrance after 5 minutes walk.

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And of course my favorite of among these three, the Goryeo Mountain Azaleas or the Goryeosan Jindalle Festival in Gangwha, Incheon. This nature wonder is a spot for hikers usually, but don’t worry even if you’re a first timer you will brave out this one. And yes, the festival was over too yet not to worry the flowers are still in full bloom.

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View for the other mountain.

Here’s how to go: (From Seoul) Take Subway Line 2 to Sinchon station and head to exit. Walk to the nearest bus stop and get on bus 3000 (an express bus) to Gangwha Intercity Bus Terminal (that’s the last stop actually). From the terminal, take bus #1, 23, 25, 27, 30 32 or 70 and get off to Gangwha History Museum.

Enjoy this pretty flower only in Korea.

 

Gunpo Azalea Festival

Flowers are everywhere and flower festivals are in spitting distance. Hence cherry blossoms had long been off, azaleas are slaying the peninsula in vibrant colors.

Azalea flowers lasts for several weeks and fancied by its bright colors, form and foliage. With its varieties it’s popularly known as “The Royalty of Garden”. In Korea, pink mountains are on the spotlight these days. 

Hills and mountains are fully covered with pìnk azaleas that made the scenery pretty awesome from a distance. I’ve been to Azalea garden at Wonmisan and it was certainly stunning. Cherry blossoms and forsythias blended well with the azaleas that time.

Last Saturday when we visited the Gunpo Royal Azalea Hill, it wasn’t full bloom yet and the festival will be held on April 28-30. Eventhough it wasn’t festival time, the hill was eventually a sea of pink and crowd were thick. Programs were held on performance stage.

This royal azalea garden is worth to visit this weekend and if you’re a flower lover it will surely give you a wondrous spring.

Direction: Take Line 4 to Surisan Station..exit 3. Walk straight passing the park. You’ll find a map and the entrance after 5 minutes walk.

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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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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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).