Gokseong International Rose Festival (Train Village)

May is the time for rose flower to bloom all over Korea. Southern part steal the start to have rose earlier in the third week of May. One of the biggest rose flower park is in Train Village, Gokseong, Jeollanam Province, 3.5 hours from Seoul. The International Rose Festival in Train Village is held from May 19-28 this year.

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Not only rose flower park, as its name,  Train Village has a many displays of old train where you can take a look and of course take photos. In addition, they also have 3D art exhibition, small zoo, small amusement park and some more attraction. Train Village only cost you 3000 for admission.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take normal train (22.200 won) from Yongsan Station to Gokseong Station or KTX (39.900 won) from Seoul Station to Gokseong Station. In front of the station, you will see a river, and Train Village is just acroos the river.
  • Other option is taking bus from Seoul Central Terminal to Gokseong city via Gwangju City. From the bus terminal walk for about 20 mins.

 

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VISITED ON MAY 20TH, 2016

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Seoul Canola Flower at Seoraesom

It is still the time for canola flowers to bloom in Seoul. Not only seeing canola in Gwangyeongdaegyo on late April, you can also visit another canola field on mid May in Soraesom. Soraesom is a small land beside Han River which is a park for leisure, have a walk, do jogging, bicyling as they also grow many kind of flowers and plants on its season. During May, they plant canola flower and have the annual canola flower festival on 2nd week of May (May 12-14, 2017 this year).

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And the most important thing, photo time.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

Soraesom is located in the middle of Seoul city, which is only 15-20 mins away from city centre. Located aroung 20 mins walking from Sinbanpyo Station (Line 9). Here’s the detailed direction.

As you arrive at Sinbanpyo Station (line 0), take exit 1.

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Go straight and TURN LEFT on the first intersection (only 20m from exit). You will see “PRUGIO” sign on the intersection.

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The Soraesom is just behind the PRUGIO apartment, so just follow the road towards the apartment.

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You can either take the underpass way of PRUGIO or go up passing the park. I took the underpass

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When you get out, you will see a door, go through the door and go downstairs and pass the tunnel.

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After you get out from the tunnel, the Soraesom is just in front of you, take left or right side to find a bridge going to the canola flower field.

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VISITED ON MAY 9TH, 2017

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Bongeunsa Temple

Every year during first week of May, there is always an unique view everywhere in Korea. Do you know what it is? Colorful lantern. As we celebrate Buddha’s birthday on early May, people decorate street and temple with colorful lantern. It’s perfect time if you want to visit temples in Korea sine you will see them more beautiful on early May.

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Not only colorful lantern, they also have the white lanterns.

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Bongeunsa is one of the biggest temple in Seoul, located in the middle of busy district gangnam, next to COEX Exhibition and Mall.

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The best time to visit Bongeunsa starts at 6pm, because you will experience day and night view of the temple with the colorful lanterns which are prettier since they have light at night.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Take subway line 9 to Bongeunsa Statiom
  • Take exit 1 and walk for 30 m

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VISITED ON MAY 4th, 2017

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Gunpo Royal Azalea Festival

Late April is the time for Royal Azalea blooms in Korea. One of the best spot to see these beautiful flower is in Gunpo, Gyeonggido, around 45 mins away from Seoul.

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Royal Azalea is really similar to Azalea (read here), especially the form of flower. The difference is only in the size of the tree because Royal Azalea tree is smaller and bloom 2-3 weeks after Azalea. The color is also the same, red, purple, and pink.

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The festival is usually held on the last weekend of April. In 2017, it was held between April 28-302017, which already ended for this year. However you can still see the flower until 2 weeks after since the flower bloomed a little bit late this year.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Take subway line 4 to Surisan Station
  • Take exit 3 and go straight for about 400m

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VISITED ON APRIL 27TH, 2016

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Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival

Azalea flower is purple flower which usually bloom on early April in Korea.

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Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival is held on April 7-9 this year. Beside Wonmisan, there are other Azalea Festival such as Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival (Yeosu, early April) and Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival (Incheon, late April).

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Not only purple Azalea, yellow Forthysia also blooms around the mountain make it more colorful.

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If you walk around, they have a pretty bridge, a good spot for you to take good picture. Meanwhile if you reach the peak, you can see Bucheon Stadium from above.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Bucheon Stadium Station (Line 7), take exit 2
  • Walk straight for around 500 m, just afer you pass the stadium you will see sign “The Azale Garden” (photo below), that’s the entrance of the festival

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If you miss Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival, you still have a chance to visit Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival by joining daily tour Trazy!

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visited on April 7th, 2017

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Jinhae (2017 updated)

Everyone knows that Jinhae city is the most beautiful place in Korea for seeing cherry blossom. It’s super recommended for travellers who come to Korea during late March until April 1st week to visit this city. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival itself held between April 1 – 10 everyear. Why it’s so pretty? The whole entire is city is PINK as cherry blossom grows everywhere.

Gyeonghwa Station

Gyonghwa Station is used to be train station where cherry blossoms trees grow along the rail way. They also put the real train during Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival to make it more beautiful.

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If you are a photographer and like to take perfect picture, you can come to this place at the dawn and use long exposure when it’s still dark. I arrived at 5.15am in the morning and took some best shots.

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Yeojwacheon Stream

The 2nd must visited place after Gyeonghwa Station when you are in Jinhae is Yeojwacheon Stream where you can see the cherry blossom tree along the stream for about 1 km long.

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Jinhae Inland Water Ecopark

At the end of Yeojwacheon Stream, they have a park with small lake called Jinhae Inland Water Ecopark.

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Jinhae Naval Base Command

You ca also take a stroll to the left side of Yeojwacheon stream (5 mins walking) to visit the Jinhae Naval Base Command area where you can also see chery blossoms

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Jinhae District Office

Jinhae is a perfect place to explore cherry blossom spot as the whole city has it. I went to the Jinhae District Office area, 30 mins away from Yeojwacheon or 20 mins away from Gyeonghwa Station by bus 307. They have cherry blossom trees around the area.

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Just next to the district office, there is a way uphill where you will find baseball court,

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If you keep walking uphill you will see a pink hill, full of cherry blossom

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Wood Culture Experience Centre (목재문화체험장)

Keep walking from Jinhae district office and take the left way in the intersection to visit the Wood Culture Experience Centre.

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Jinhae Dream Park

My cherry blossom adventure is not finished yet as I explore the Jinhae Dream Park and the surrounding, next to the culture centre to take some best photos.

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Photoshoot in Jinhae

Jinhae is also perfect place to take photoshoot, beauty shoot, couple shoot, even prewedding photos

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Are you ready to explore Jinhae city?

I already wrote the detailed direction, tips and itenerary of Jinhae trip in my previous post. You can click here

visited on April 4th, 2017

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Gurye Sansuyu Village

Sansuyu flower is the second to bloom when spring comes to Korea. Sansuyu has yellow color with unique form.

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The Sansuyu Village is located in the entrance of Jirisan Mountain, one of the most famous mountain in southern part of Korea.

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The flower usually starts to bloom on 2nd week of March and get its peak on 3rd week of March every year as they also held annual festival. In 2017, the festival is held from March 18-26. The best time to visit is March 20-25 before rain and wind blow the flower petals.

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They also build brown woody pathway along the village to accommodate guests walking and enjoying the sansuyu flowers which bloom along the way

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In this village, they have a small river where all the sansuyu flowers bloom along the stream.

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The most highlight thing from my trip was photo session with our lovely Monica wearing white dress and flower crown.

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It’s quite complicated to reach this place as I recommend you to take daily tour from some agency departing from Seoul such as trazy, wemakeprice, etc. But if you wish to travel alone, here’s the information.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take direct bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Gurye Bus Terminal for about 4 hours.
  • Take local bus heading to Jungdong from Gurye Bus Terminal and get off at Jirisan Hot Spring bus stop.

[Tips]

  • Check the official website or recent photos on instagram before you visit, every year the condition is different. The best time to visit os March 20-25
  • Visit on weekday and early in the morning to avoid crowd.
  • If you wish to travel with daily tour from Seoul, reserve some weeks in advance because it’s gonna be sold out so fast.
  • Wear clothes whose color is contrast to yellow so you look better in photos.

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visited on March 22th, 2017

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