Where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul
Ah, cherry blossoms! Mesmerizing, magical and just plain gorgeous. With sweet scents and soft pastels, who wouldn’t want to see them up close? While there are countless amazing places to see cherry blossoms in Asia, Seoul has remained a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to witnessing this annual phenomenon. Which is exactly why we put together this quick guide on the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul!
Why you Should Visit Seoul
As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is easy to reach, trendy and an absolute foodies paradise. Added to that, visitors can enjoy ancient architecture nestled among modern skyscrapers. If that hasn’t sparked some interest – how about hiking up one of the many mountains surrounding the city for scenic views? Or shopping to your heart’s content in Myeongdong? Or even giving Noraebang (노래방) a try! Whichever you choose, chances are you will fall in love with this city. Whether it’s Cherry Blossom Season or not.
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Pre-Travel Tips to See Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
In this guide, we highlight essential planning tips and tricks for the perfect trip to see cherry blossoms in Seoul – from booking your flight and visa information to where to stay and where to find the very best cherry blossoms spots in the city.
If you’re planning your first trip to Seoul, make sure to also read my 4 days in Seoul itinerary to find more of the city’s gems and tons of tips.
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Booking your flight to Seoul
Searching for flights can often be painstakingly annoying, especially if you are looking for comfort and pocket-friendly options. Luckily, Seoul is one of Asia’s most popular destinations. Which makes booking the right flight to fit your budget, super easy. Many major airlines fly into Seoul and it’s quite easy to find cheap seats with budget airlines such as Jeju Air or Eastar Jet from elsewhere in Asia.
How to Get from Incheon Airport to Seoul
There are two major airports in Seoul, Incheon International and Gimpo International Airport. However, Incheon Airport is Seoul’s main international gateway and it is highly likely that you will arrive there.
The airport is roughly an hour outside the city, so be sure to work in the extra traveling time into your itinerary. Getting to Seoul from Incheon Airport however, couldn’t be easier. The airport has an impressive transportation system, which easily links travelers to major spots within the city.
The easiest way to get to the city centre is to take the airport bus. The bus ride is about an hour long, depending on where you are going. But after a long flight, it’s an easy way to get to your destination.
There are however a few other ways to get to the city, too. Like for instance, taking the AREX Express train which will get you to the city center in less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can consider grabbing a cab at the taxi pickup area or even getting a private transfer.
South Korea Visa Requirements
Most countries do not need a visa to enter South Korea, 117 to be exact. How great is that? Visitors from the USA, nearly all Western & Asian countries and South Africa can enter South Korea on 30-90 day permits depending on their nationality. Canadians on the other hand, can enter South Korea on a tourist visa for up to 180 days. You can check here to see the country’s visa requirements.
Where to Stay in Seoul
Seoul has a plethora of options when it comes to accommodation. Whether you fancy splurging at a luxury five-star hotel or looking for budget-friendly options, there are plenty of choices. Budget travelers can find affordable accommodation at backpackers, hostels, budget hotels, or even traditional hanoks (which is basically a guesthouse). Of course, there is also the option to stay at an Airbnb in Seoul. Here’s a comprehensive guide on where to stay in Seoul for more inspiration!
Like most tourists however, we like to stay right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Not only does it make getting around easier, but you’ll also get to experience the city’s vibe. If that sounds like you, we highly recommend finding accommodation in one of these areas:
Myeongdong: If you love shopping as much as we do, then Myeongdong is the perfect area to stay for you. This lively area is a shopper’s paradise, chockfull with Korea’s best skincare stores, clothing outlets and bustling markets right at your doorstep. If you can tear yourself away from bargain hunting, several of the city’s top tourist attractions, including the N. Seoul Tower, are not too far away.
Jongno-gu: This is the best place to base yourself if you want to explore the city on foot, as most major tourist spots are close to here.
Itaewon: This area is great for dining and nightlife, but keep in mind that you might be spending more time on transport as most of the main tourist attractions arent nearby.
Gangnam: This area is best for high-end brand lovers and luxury hotel seekers.
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Where to see Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
Usually, the beginning of April marks the start of Cherry Blossom Season in Seoul. For roughly two weeks, the city turns into a wonderland bursting with pink and white flowers. Sadly, the cherry blossom window is quite small, so thoroughly planning your trip is vital. If you are specifically visiting to see the cherry blossoms in Seoul, make sure to keep an eye on the annual cherry blossom forecasts here.
Ready to find the the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul? Here are 4 of the top spots.
Changgyeonggung Palace is a beautiful former royal palace located right in the heart of the city. The palace was originally built during the 15th century by King Sejong as a residence for his father, King Taejong. Despite its fascinating history, Changgyeonggung Palace is a bit of a hidden gem, and not nearly as crowded as other top cultural sites in Seoul.
It’s a great place to see cherry blossoms in Seoul, and the grounds feature quite a few interesting pitstops. Don’t miss the cool greenhouse and strolling over the Okcheongyo Bridge!
Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
(서울시 종로구 창경궁로 185)
Yeouiseo-ro Road is just a stone’s throw from the National Assembly Building and is one of the most popular spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Seoul. Here you can walk along the 1.7km ‘snow-white tunnel’ which is lined with 1,800 cherry blossom trees.
Address: Areas of Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul.
(서울시 영등포구 여의도동 일대(국회의사당 뒷편)
Namsan Park offers spring enthusiasts a beautiful scenic route. Stroll along Namsan Park Road which connects Namsan Library, Namsan Octagonal Pavilion and the National Theater of Korea. Then make your way up (easily walked) Namsan Mountain to reach the Octagonal Pavilion for gorgeous city views.
Address: 109, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
(서울시 용산구 소월로 109)
Head over to Songpanaru Park for a peaceful stroll. Roughly 1,000 cherry blossoms trees line the lake offering visitors mesmerizing views. The park surrounds Lotte World, so it is quite easy to find. If you are looking to add some adventure to your travels, head to the amusement park for some fun rides.
Address: Areas of Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul.
(서울시 송파구 잠실동 일대)
Staying Connected in Seoul
South Korea has a number of cellphone providers and staying connected is relatively easy – especially when you consider how much free WiFi is available in city centers. Call us old school or even over planners, but we like to have full internet access 24/7. Personally, I can’t think of anything worse than being lost or having to make an emergency call without the means to do so. For this reason, we strongly suggest buying a sim card, renting a mobile phone or even a portable WiFi router upon arrival.
Passengers arriving at Incheon International Airport can head to one of the Korea Telecom Centres on the first floor near exit 6 and 10. Whereas Gimpo International Airport passengers may head to the first floor and look out for the KT, T or U+ Roaming signs.
Grabbing a T-Money card is also highly encouraged – especially if you’re going to make good use of the city’s excellent transit network. Not sure if a T-Money card is worth it? See this detailed guide on everything you need to know about the T-Money card.
If you are curious to learn more about what South Korea has on offer, or need a bit more help planning your itinerary, check out this 9 day South Korea itinerary for awesome tips and ideas. Instagrammers and photographers, on the other hand, shouldn’t miss stopping by Gamcheon Culture Village when in Busan.
Where’s your favorite place to see cherry blossoms in Seoul? Feel free to share your top cherry blossom viewing spots and tips in the comments below.
I hope these tips to see cherry blossoms in Seoul will help you plan the perfect trip here during spring!
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