A Cherry Blossoms Guidebook from
Foreign Seoul Veterans
Whenever April comes around, the pink tinge of the cherry blossom flowers proclaim Spring’s arrival. As the current circumstances have it, we may not be able to fully enjoy the cherry blossoms this year, but we can at least appreciate their beauty in full bloom indifferent areas around the city as captured below. May next year offer the chance to get outside and take in the cherry blossoms to our hearts’ content! This month our team of non-Korean, Seoul-based editors introduce you to unique hot spots where you can embrace the cherry blossoms to welcome in the Spring! You can think of it as a chance to discover something new from your friendly foreign neighbors in Seoul!
#1 Seoul National Cemetery
- Editor: Chen (Taiwan / 5th year in Seoul)
Located in Dongjak-gu of Seoul, the Seoul National Cemetery serves as the grounds for the brave souls that sacrificed their lives for their country and its people. Every Spring, the scenery of the grounds convey a sense of nobility that only the Seoul National Cemetery encapsulates amid the weeping cheery blossoms with draping branches that dip gracefully back toward the earth. This location offers some respite from typically crowded areas so that visitors can enjoy a quiet stroll alongside breathtakingly striking cherry blossoms!
Address: 271-78, Dongjak-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Subway: Lines 4 & 9, Dongjak Station, Exits 2 & 4
Hours: Daily 06:00 - 18:00
#2 Yanghwa-ro 6-gil
- Editor: Olga (Russia / 7th year in Seoul)
Nested in the nook of Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, the street, Yanghwa-ro 6-gil, offers an extravagant view hidden away that captures beautiful Seoul cherry blossoms at peak bloom, emanating a soft pink vibrancy. Ongoers can enjoy the scenery while taking snapshots at their leisure without all the bustling crowds, while perhaps strolling over to the picturesque cafes and eateries nearby!
Address: Yanghwa-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Subway: Lines 2 & 6, Hapjeong Station, Exit 5
#3 Children’s Grand Park
- Editor: Ariel (China / 10th year in Seoul)
Home to Gwangjin-gu while carrying with it a long history that lives in memory, the Children’s Grand Park is a go-to course among Seoulites, not just on Children’s Day, but on any day of the week, bringing in a number of couples and families alike. In fact,didyou know that the park has actually been long known for its cherry blossoms? With its widely-admired cherry blossoms since days of old, seasoned cherry trees uniformly line the Children’s Grand Park. Come on by and enjoy a stroll through the cherry blossom road running through the park’s entirety while taking in the colorful forsythias and various flowers tucked between the cherry trees. Feel free to let yourself be transported back to your childhood amid the wonder of the park zoo and botanical garden!
#4 Donggyo-ro 41-gil
- Editor: Rocky (U.S. / 15th year in Seoul)
Upon sight, these rapturous flowers are sure to win your heart over after the long, cold Winter. It may commonplace to associate cherry blossoms with Yeouido, but we all know that when it comes down to it, after a visit to Yeouido, the only thing we get ourfill of are the massive crowds. That is why I am here to let you in on a little secret where you can be whisked away from all the noise to bask in the blooming cherry blossoms in peace! Yeonnam-dong is primarily known for being home to “Yeontral Park” (coined from New York’s “Central Park”), but tucked away within the cozy, neighborhood villa complexes, is, wouldn’t you know it, a road of cherry blossoms! Visitors can even enjoy little cafes, popular restaurants, famous filming sites, and much more, not only along the road, but in the quaint alleyways branching out all around.
Address: Donggyo-ro 41-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Subway: Line 2, Hongik University Station, Exit 3 (10 mins. on foot)
#5 Ansan Jarak-gil
- Editor: Erika (Japan / 10th year in Seoul)
Despite being smack dab in the middle of Seoul in Ansan of Seodaemun-gu, Ansan Jarak-gil still remains as a lesser-known hot spot where ongoers retreat for some healing. It begins from behind the Seodaemun-gu District Office building and leads out to the mountainside that makes you feels as if you’ve been transported away from the city, surrounded by the memorizing Spring landscape. The scenery itself makes for a harmonious synergy together with the cherry blossoms bursting with life. You can follow along the path carved out along the mountain for some excellent trekking as well! And at the mountain peak sits the Muak East Beacon Mound (Seoul Monument No. 13), a means of communication used during the Joseon Period, while the observatory offers a bird’s eye view of Inwangsan Mountain across the way, alongside N Seoul Tower and a panoramic capture of Jongno. Take some out of your spring day to come awe at the beauty of the flowing tints and colors marked with yellow and pink notes radiating from the lively crest of forsythias and azaleas brushing the landscape.
Address: 1 San, Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Subway: Line 3, Muakjae Station, Exit 4
These little gems scattered throughout the city are no easy finds if you haven’t been around! Unfortunately, the call for social distancing amid the recent outbreak has left many of us stranded at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t jot it down and gear up for our next opportunity to head outside to enjoy this beautiful spring scenery!