April is the springtime in Korea asian and most of the snow melts away by this month. The weather is pleasant and the average temperatures range from 6°C to 13°C in Korea in April. One can also expect a few rain showers during this month.
The winter snow melts away and the weather is warm and dry making it comfortable to explore the region. Cherry Blossoms bloom during the month of April, making it one of the most liked months by tourists. April is the season of festivals and if you are a nature lover, then Korea is the best region to visit this month and be a part of all the flower festivals.
Best Events And Festivals In Korea In April
With the beginning of spring, the flowers are in full bloom and most of the festivals happening in Korea in April feature these flowers from cherry blossoms and tulips to more. Read on to know more about them.
1. Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
This is one of the famous festivals that is held on Yeouiseo-ro Road in Seoul in mid-April once the forsythia, royal azaleas, and other flowers are in full bloom. There is no entry fee, and visitors can enjoy the beauty and blossoms for free. The cherry blossoms are lit up at night adding to the beauty of this place. Other activities that take place here are street performances, exhibitions, singing contests and more.
2. Samcheok Maengbang Canola Flower Festival
Another spectacular spring celebration in Korea is close to Samcheok in Gangwon-do. The highlight of this festival that is held annually in April is the canola flowers, cherry blossoms and the breathtaking view of the East Coast. Other than this one can indulge in fresh strawberry picking and buy items at the local produce market. Some of the tourist attractions close by are Haesindang Park and Wife of King Suro Park.
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3. Cheongsando Slow Walking Festival
Cheongsando Island is known for its pristine beauty and slow pace of life. If you are looking for a break from the fast city life, then head here to relax and unwind. It is one of the most loved springtime destinations and this festival encourages the participants to walk as slow as they can to enjoy the surreal beauty of this island to the maximum. The terraced rice paddies, stunning sea views, and the lovely yellow canola blossoms make this place look right out of a storybook!
4. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon
Gyeongju, the museum city of Korea, holds this marathon annually when the cherry blossom is on its peak time. It is a great event in which both locals and tourists participate and run the marathon while enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms. Other than the cherry lined streets one can also explore the temples and other attractions like Seokguram Grotto here.
5. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Being located in the country’s far south, Jeju is the first place in Korea each year that sees the cherry blossom. If you are planning a trip to Korea in early April and want to enjoy the cherry blossoms then head to Jeju, as this is where one gets a chance to enjoy these flowers from late March to early April. There are performances and light installations too, that make this festival all the more vibrant and lively.
6. Taean Tulip Festival
One of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals, the Taean Tulip Festival in South Korea features around 1.5 million tulips in various colors. The festival is both vibrant and fragrant. One can also spot canolas, digitalis, and lupine gardens here. Often along with this festival, one can enjoy strawberry picking at the farm and these are some of the freshest and delicious strawberries in Korea.
7. Everland Tulip Festival
Another festival that celebrates tulips in spring is the Everland Tulip Festival. Everland is the largest theme park in Korea and every April hosts this spectacular tulip festival. Other than tulips one can enjoy a variety of 90 species of flowers here. The theme park also has parades and fireworks which add to the festival experience.
8. Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
After the cherry blossoms, it is time for the Azaleas to show their colors. These are the late bloomers and one can enjoy these flowers from mid to late April. This festival takes place in Goryeosan Mountain which is in Ganghwa Island in Incheon. The best part of this festival is the hike and one needs to make their way to the top of the mountain to be able to enjoy the view of the surreal azaleas below! One can also experience azalea tea tasting and azalea rice pancake making here.
9. Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
This is a great festival that helps one learn of the culture and history of the Daegaya Kingdom. There is a replica village where one can experience the lifestyle of that bygone era. Other than this there are a couple of activities related to art and craft and pottery making. Admission to the festival is free but there are a few paid interactive activities like wooden boat making and strawberry picking at a nearby village.
10. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Last but not the least, the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most famous cherry blossom festivals in Korea. It attracts around 2 million visitors each year and one can enjoy the cherry blossoms along with musical performance, museum tours, and a military parade. The sight of the cherry blossoms here, paint one of the most romantic sceneries. So, if you are planning a trip to Korea in April, with your partner, do visit the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.