Korea’s autumn blew us away, and then winter turned out to be, surprisingly, a lot of fun. Now spring has finally arrived and we are once again floored by how gorgeous this country is.
It’s safe to say that modern Korea is not pretty. However, although it’s cities may be full of neon and it’s towns may have one too many high-rises to be normal, nature here, both natural and placed by man, is, I’ll say it again, gorgeous.
In the last few weeks the countryside around where we live has come alive, the barren fields are flush with little green sprouts pushing out of the earth and the trees are heavy with bright, delicate flowers. And right in the heart of each and every city we visited lately, you’ll find those same trees perfectly positioned by the side of a busy road or standing proudly in a park.
You may have realised by now that Korea loves a good celebration and close to Uiseong we visited our first flower festival. Native to this region is the Sansuyu tree and a short bus or bike ride from town a lovely little creek and some garlic fields are bursting brilliant yellow. As with many spring flowers this spectacle won’t last long, but for that short time it was lovely.
The big name though in the flower festival business is Jinhae, and for good reason. This lovely little town is positively saturated with Cherry Blossom trees. Korea’s Cherry Blossom is nowhere near as famous as neighbouring Japan and, having never been to Japan in Spring, we cannot compare. However what we do know is that it is beautiful, and magical, and, I’ll say it again, just damn lovely.
We made our way there on an organized trip with Enjoy Korea and we were not the only ones. Just as everyone warned us, it was busy. Ridiculously so. The traffic was awful both going into town and getting out and sometimes you couldn’t move for people. But who the hell cares when you have tiny little marshmallow coloured petals falling in your hair and around your feet? Not us, that’s for sure.
Despite the crowds we would 100% recommend the Jinhae Cherry Blossom festival- it’s been our favourite one so far. But I’ll let you be the judge of that after seeing these photographs.
If you head to Jinhae in Cherry Blossom season then make sure you climb up the tower in Jehwangsan Park for incredible views of the city, the sea and the pink lines of Cherry Blossoms criss-crossing the whole city. The sense of perspective up there is second only to looking up into a sky of pink as you ascend the many steps to the peak. Even the drizzling rain couldn’t keep the smiles off our faces.
Have you ever been to a spring festival? Where was it?