Cherry Blossoms, Korea 2019: A Forescast + Festival Guide

I thought I’d write a quick post about the 2019 forecast for cherry blossoms in Korea. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and I’m pretty happy to be back here to enjoy them. I’m also not so patiently waiting for them to appear now that I’ve gotten a small taste of them in Taiwan.

This is just a very short guide. If you want to know where the best places in Korea for cherry blossoms are, check out this collaboration post.

I should also note that I’m using cherry blossoms as a catch-all for the little pink flowers that bloom on trees here. If you get down to specifics, there are a few different types. These are the 3 I know of:

  • 진다래 – Korean Rhododendron
  • 매화 – Plum Blossoms
  • 벗꽃– Cherry Blossoms

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Forecast Guide: Cherry Blossoms

Of course, they bloom earlier in the slightly warmer south than they do in the northern regions, though it might be different for some of the middle areas.

You usually have about two, maybe two and a half, weeks where they’ll reach their peak and then get washed away. If the weather is rainier, though, it could be less!

Forecast Guide: The Korean Rhododendron & Forsythia

My information is coming from Kweather. This is their original map for the Korean Rhododendron 2019 here

Festival Dates

I’m basing these off of the dates Trazy lists for their tours at the moment. Not all are officially up yet:

Gwangyang Maehwa (Plum Blossom) Festival

 

Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival

Jeju’s cherry blossom festival is unique in that it’s king cherry blossoms, not regular. The main area to see them is by the University, but you can see them and the canola fields in different areas on the island.

Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

Hwagae is in Hadong county down in the southern Gyeongsangnam province. I’ve been here once before, so here’s a full post with details on visiting and what to expect. Just know — four stunning kilometers of blossoms.

Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’re only planning on staying in Seoul on your visit, then you’ll want to check out Yeouido. It’s about 1.7 km stretch of blossoms! I’m hoping to make it up to see them for myself, but it depends on what dates work best!

  • Korean Name: 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제
  • Dates: April 8th – 14th, 2019
  • DIY: There are a few different subway stops that go to Yeouido:
    • Dangsan (당산역), Exit 4, 20 min. walk
    • National Assembly (국회의사당역), Exit 1/6, 5-minute walk
    • Yeouinaru Station (여의나루역), Exit 1, 20-minute walk
  • Check tour availability here*

Gyeongpo Cherry Blossoms Festival

This is probably the most farthest north of the festivals as it’s in Gangwon-do (the same province they held the Olympics in).

  • Korean Name: 경포대 벚꽃축제
  • Dates: April 8th-14th, 2019
  • DIY: Go to the either the Gangneung Intercity or Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 202 and get off at Gyeongpodae (경포대)
  • Check tour availability here*

Photo by Nicole Palafox, @wandrfoxarchives

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Jinhae is by far the most famous of all the festivals. I’ve never been, but my friend has and said it’s absolutely nuts!

  • Korean Name: 광양 매화마을
  • Dates: April 1 – 8th, 2019
  • DIY: Go to Hadong Bus Terminal, then Buses 35-1 or 35-2 and get off at the Seomjin (섬진) stop
  • Check tour availability here*

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Gyeongju is also a great city if you’re interested in Korean history as it’s the best place to learn about the Silla dynasty.

  • Korean Name: 광양 매화마을
  • Dates: Mar 30rh – April 8th, 2019
  • DIY: Go to either Gyeongju Intercity or Express Bus Terminal, walk to nearby bus stop and take Bus 10, 11, 100-1, 150, 154, or 600 to Wolseong-dong Citizen’s Center Stop (월성동주민센타)
  • Check tour availability here*
And there you have it! Happy (Almost) Cherry Blossom Season!
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12 Comments

  1. Christina
    March 1, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Is booking a tour necessary to visit the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival or is it fairly easy to check out without a tour guide? I’ll be visiting until April 20th and would love to see the blossoms.

    • Samantha
      Author
      March 1, 2019 / 10:39 pm

      Hi Christina! You can definitely do it on your own if you’re comfortable with Seoul and the area :) If I make it up in time, I’m just planning on hopping on the subway and going over one morning!

      • Christina
        March 4, 2019 / 1:46 pm

        That’s great, thanks so much! Your blog has been so helpful in trying to plan our trip :)

        • Samantha
          Author
          March 5, 2019 / 1:48 am

          Aw, thank you so much, Christina! Hope you enjoy the blossoms :)

  2. Riska Tiofani
    March 17, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Hi Samantha! Can i have your suggestion ?

    If I only have 2 time options to visit Jinhae ( 30 March OR 4 April 2018 ). Which date should i pick for best cherry blossom view ? I mean, the best approximate peak time for its bloom :) can you give me an advice ?

    If i go on 30 march, will it too early to come? im worry if the cherry blossom haven’t reach its peak.
    Thankyou!

    • Samantha
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 3:48 am

      Hi Riska, thanks for asking!

      Hmm Jinhae is near Busan, and it says it starts blossoming around March 28th. I don’t think it’ll be near its peak on the 30th, so you might be disappointed! I’d go with the 4th to be on the safeside.

  3. Kinnan
    March 17, 2018 / 12:01 am

    Hai Samantha, Can I ask you if i go to seoul like April 29 can I still see the cherry blossoms? Thanks

    • Samantha
      Author
      March 17, 2018 / 3:35 am

      Hi Kinnan, if you read the post I list all the dates for the forecast :) April 29th will be way too late, unfortunately!

  4. Chels
    March 6, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Samantha, thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

    • Samantha
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Of course! Glad you found it useful :)

  5. February 27, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    This is so useful! I think we’re going to miss the blossoms this year which is sad. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see some of your photos from this years blooms instead!

    • Samantha
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 2:21 am

      Thanks! Aw that’s a shame, but you should still be able to catch other flower festivals in Korea!