Cherry Blossoms: Blossoming Blooms of South Korea

Misha Bharti, New Delhi

Have you ever wished to walk under the illuminated cherry blossom trees? The best time to catch a glimpse of these cherry blossoms that paint Korea in pastel pink shades is between late March and mid-April. As they say ‘Spring is surely the best time to visit Korea.’

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Photo Credits: Wikipedia

Cherry blossoms have been associated with purity and beauty. They also correspond to a time when Korea shrugs off the winter chill and re-emerges from hibernation, bearing lovely colours and scents. However, the literal meaning of these blooms may differ in the language of art, literature, and philosophy but the beauty is transcendent. These blooms are a symbol of spring because it is a time of renewal. But because of the short life span of the blooms, they are also symbolic of the fleeting nature of life.

Generally, spring blossoms in Korea start bursting into bloom from the southern part of the country and then moves up to the northern region. They last only for two weeks after the first bloom, and then the fragile fleeting blossoms start to fall.

In Korea, this time is known as the beot-kkot season, although people also use the borrowed Japanese word sakura (meaning cherry blossom). The activity of viewing the cherry blossoms is referred to as hanami. It is a much-anticipated event where friends and families walk and have a picnic together under the sweet fragrance of the cherry blossoms.

There are many places where the flowers bloom, and you can have a visual feast with your rose-tinted lenses. Jeju Island is the earliest to be visited by pink flowers. Hwagae, Gyeongju, and Seoul are three of the other places.

To celebrate the blossoming of the flowers, many festivals are organised around this time in Korea. One of them is the Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival near Busan which is the biggest cherry blossom festival in the country. Apart from it, there are the Gyeongju Cherry Marathon, the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, and the Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival. These attract a lot of international visitors as well as locals who wish to go on a trip to capture the fascinating scenery of spring flowers.

After making the trees and the country come alive and banishing the winter gloom, the blossoms fall, one petal at a time, like a shower of pink rain. If you are planning a trip to South Korea, make sure to time your visit to coincide with the arrival of cherry blossoms. We bet you won’t regret watching the pink showers. Watch this video to witness the beauty of Cherry Blossoms in Seoul:

Video Credits: Korea Now

Have you ever visited Korea or watched cherry blossoms? Share your thoughts or experiences with us in the comment section.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Smriti. L says:

    Cherry blossoms of Korea is indeed worthy watching!

  2. hallyufan135 says:

    After reading this article. I want to go there more. 가고싶어요. 😍

  3. Meghna Chowdhury says:

    Cherry blossom such a beautiful and marvellous eye-catching period of there. I love this. SOUTH KOREAN- the ultimate place where indeed i want to go and wish to live there forever ….

    1. mehaksharma2803 says:

      Still dreaming about a visit to SK during cherry blossoms 🥺❤️

      1. Jasmine says:

        I would absolutely love to visit Korea during Spring to witness the Cherry Blossom blooms 🌸

      2. Just the beauty of these cherry blossom is luring me . Hopefully, one day we’ll witness this for sure . 🌸

  4. Interesting Article 👍🏻

  5. I have seen cherry blossoms in Kdramas and videos and now i desperately want to witness it live.

  6. Prerna Tiwari says:

    Everything about Korea is so beautiful ❤️ Wish to see this beautiful glimpse one day 😍

  7. ekta1927 says:

    It is one of my favourite place. I want to see cherry blossoms one day. Maybe soon🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

  8. ekta1927 says:

    This is one of my favourite place and i want to see it live maybe soon🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

  9. saumya7897 says:

    This is soooo beautiful…cant wait to go to south korea and be a part of this festival ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  10. anishanath says:

    Beautiful,this is the word that comes out whenever I see the blossoms. Lovely article.❤️❤️

  11. ojashreya27 says:

    Cherry blossom is one of the reasons to visit South Korea. After reading this article the desire to go there and witness the beautiful art of nature has only increased 🌸🌸🌸

  12. Piyush Mandal says:

    Wow…cherry blossom are the best. It gives me pinky vibes as roads and all places are filled with light pink petals.🌸 Hope to see cherry blossom soon.

  13. Haarini Balasubramaniam says:

    I really want to watch the cherry blossoms

  14. sriadita says:

    I hope I got experience cherry blossom in korea atleast once 🤧 beautiful article ♡

  15. Cherry blossoms are a must see when someone visits South Korea… I wonder when I will be able to see these beautiful cherry blossoms🥺 well written❤️

  16. Preeti says:

    its one of my dream to see cherry blossom its so beautiful and calming and this article is so well written, hope i can be able to see these cherry blossoms soon

  17. The beauty of cherry blossoms is just unmatched😍❤️🌸

  18. Anushka Gupta says:

    I seriously love these so much……

  19. Smriti. L says:

    I wish to see these Cheery Blossoms someday!

  20. rupalikujur says:

    Best time to visit South Korea is during the cherry blossom season🌸😍

  21. It’s my dream to see cherry blossoms in South Korea one day. The article is so beautifully written 💜.

  22. I want to experience the cherry blossoms season with my eyes for once in this lifetime😄🌸💗

  23. suhasini17 says:

    thank you making me wanna see the pink seoul even more now!!!! Amazing article!

  24. shwets007 says:

    This article makes me want to go visit Korea as soon as possible, just to see the cherry blossom trees

  25. subumurugan1236264 says:

    Hoping to visit these places 🤍🥺

  26. smitiyer says:

    I always have a dream of visiting cherry blossom one day🥺 Now I really want to go there😭

  27. Riya Rawat says:

    Goddd how I wish for them to exist here ❤️

  28. kylemyoxin78 says:

    A trip to Korea would be empty if we would not be able to embrace this power of nature!!

  29. SHEFALI SINGH says:

    Someday, I’ll visit Korea and witness the beauty of cherry blossom 🌸💮

  30. wanna go there😍 Very well written

  31. Nehal tambe says:

    Woahhhh I really wanna go see cherry blossoms someday.

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