Top places to visit in Seoul during cherry blossom time
In spring time, cherry blossoms are fully blooming throughout the Souther of Korea. If you are planning to Korea but without knowing where to start, simply come over to Seoul, the catch the subway to reach out the following locations.
1. Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
Seokchonhosu Lake is famous thanks to hundreds of blooming cherry trees. There is an annual event held in this area during early to mid-Apri. The festival consists of so many exciting activities such as portraiture, painting, exhibitions, and hands-on activities ...
To reach the Seokchon lake, you can take a subway with about 1.5 KRW of charge
Yeouido Park is a famous recreational area located in the central part of Seoul, where you can admire the beauty of cherry blossoms. During each year's springtime, the Korean people gathered here, watching the flowers, and various theme-based sections such as Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest.
The beauty of cherry blossoms
Gyeongbokgung or the palace of happiness is the most famous palace in Seoul and remains the largest of all five palaces. Built in 1395, suffered from several damaged during the world war and the colonial invasion of Japan, but Gyeongbokgung still endures until today. Here, besides discovering Korean history, the visitor can see beautiful royal gardens, National Palace Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum.
Gyeongbokgung in Seoul
To visit Gyeongbokgung, you must pay an entrance fee of 3,000 KRW for adults, 1,500 KRW for under 18 years old visitor.
Myeongdong is located in Jung-gu area and is considered the largest shopping district in Seoul. Here, you can find any product, ranged from luxury to budget ones. The visitor can fully enjoy shopping at the number of large shopping malls lie along the streets of Myeong-dong. Besides local Korean brand such as THEFACESHOP, Etude House ..., you can easily find those well-known international brands at Myeong-dong market.
One of the premier shopping destinations in Korea and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day.
5. N Seoul Tower
It is also known as Namsan Tower, located on Mount Namsan, is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Seoul. The tower is well known for having various Western-style luxury restaurants and the Sky Restroom, both offering breathtaking views of the cityscape.
Sightseeing here starts from 10 am to 11 pm (from Sunday - Thursday), 10 am to midnight late (Friday - Saturday).
6. Bukchon Hanok Village
This is a traditional Korean village, located among those famous Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine Shinto. It is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanokHere, aging over 600 years, back to the Joseon Dynasty.
The retro scenery really worth your shots, visiting hours are from 9 am to 6 pm every day (Monday - Friday), and from 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday - Sunday).
Changdeokgung is one of the most magnificent palaces in Korea. The architecture here is stunning with the fairytale setting of Hau gardens, was built during the reign of King Taejong (Tong). This used to be called the Secret Garden because it is a place of rest for the kings. The garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, making up the incredibly romantic setting.
From April to October: 9 am to 6:30 pm
From March to November: 9 am to 7:30 pm
From January 12 to January 9 am to 7:00 pm
Surrounded by the Five Grand Palaces of Korea, Insadong is considered as the ancient city of Seoul where filled with the beauty of traditional Korean culture. Within only 700m long, you can discover countless interesting things along the street, such as stores selling antiques, paintings, souvenirs, Hanbok ...
Hongdae is definitely a place for young people. Named as the most youthful street in Seoul, Hongdae has always been covered by the modern, generous and lively ambience. If you love freedom and want to discover something new, come over here to enjoy those unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, live cafés and clubs and art markets.
10. Namiseom Island
Namiseom Island is not so far away from Seoul (around 60 km) in the direction of Chuncheon. Namiseom has a beautiful shape of a half-moon, it is beautiful in every way and every terrain. If you want a romantic trip with someone you love, it is absolutely and highly recommended.
There are many means to get to Nami, such as subways, trains, taxis ... The most convenient way is getting on the subway, Sangbong Station No. 7. Then change from Gyeongchun to Gapyeong. Get off the train, you take a taxi to Namiseom Island.