Sakura in Seoul: Where to See the Coming of Spring

Changdeokgung Secret Garden
Changdeokgung Secret Garden | © mill56 / Flickr
Linda Dunsmore

Spring is short in South Korea and you only have a little time to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms. To avoid wasting any time during this magical season, this guide provides the 10 best places to see the pink and white cotton candy trees.

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace


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It is no surprise that Seoul’s main palace is home to a big collection of tall cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossoms are stunning on their own, so if you add traditional palace halls and temples as the backdrop you end up with something very special.

2. Cheonggyecheon Stream

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People walking next to the fountains at Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul
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Cheonggyecheon Stream is a lively urban space that is also used as an open air exhibition venue throughout the year. In spring, there are not only lines of tall cherry blossom trees on each side of the stream but visitors can also see a variety of azaleas, violets, forsythia and apricot blossoms. A visit to Cheonggyecheon stream is a great way to welcome the spring.

3. Seoul Forest


Seoul Forest is among the best places to see cherry blossoms in Seoul in spring. In the past, Seoul Forest was a royal hunting ground for the kings of various dynasties and is home to a variety of historic landmarks and artifacts. If you are a history fan and want to enjoy the cherry blossoms, Seoul Forest is a great choice.

4. Seoul National Cemetery


Cherry Blossoms in Seoul
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While some might find it a bit morbid, Seoul National Cemetery can be a great place to spot beautiful cherry blossom trees in spring. Strictly reserved for veterans who died in the Korean independence movement, Korean War, and Vietnam War, this cemetery is also a historic attraction.

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