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6-9 Days Cherry Blossoms Spring Travel Itinerary to Seoul
(end March to mid-April)

KoreaToDo has put together a day-by-day Cherry Blossoms Itinerary for travellers visiting Seoul in Spring.

 

With so many cherry blossoms hot spots in Seoul, we have shortlisted the must-visits and those easily accessible by public transport.

Key Cherry Blossoms Guides & Highlights:

  • Latest cherry blossoms forecast in Korea.

  • Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is the biggest spring festival in Seoul.

  • Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival is the biggest spring festival in Korea, best visited as a day tour from Seoul (or Busan).

  • Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is another established festival for cherry blossoms in Seoul.

  • Seoul Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival is an upcoming favourite cherry blossom festival in Seoul.

  • Cherry blossoms at Namsan Mountain generally peak later than Seokchon Lake and Yeouido.

  • Also, cherry blossoms in Incheon generally peak later than Seoul.

So, based on your travel dates, you can move around the days accordingly. Some travellers love the end of the season with the falling petals and petals-covered ground, a sight to behold too.

Itinerary Highlights

Before Departure

1. Recommended Activities, Tours & Tickets to pre-purchase before trip (optional)

Seoul Zoo Ticket & Scenic Sky Lift Rides (across Lake / top of Zoo)

Seoul Zoo Ticket & Scenic Sky Lift Rides (across Lake / top of Zoo)

4.6★

Korea's largest zoo

4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) - KT OLLEH (Unlimited Data)

4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) - KT OLLEH (Unlimited Data)

4.7★

max 3 devices / 24 hrs pick up

4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) - SK TELECOM (Unlimited Data)

4G Pocket WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) - SK TELECOM (Unlimited Data)

4.8★

max 3 devices / 24 hrs pick up

4G SIM Card (KR Airport Pick Up) - SK TELECOM (3/5/10/20/30 days options)

4G SIM Card (KR Airport Pick Up) - SK TELECOM (3/5/10/20/30 days options)

4.8★

data, calls & texts/24 hrs pick up

2. Recommended Hotel Location: anywhere near Myeongdong Station, preferably on the same side of the road as 'Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong' (i.e. 2 mins walk to airport limousine bus drop off/pick up bus stop, near exit 8 of Myeongdong Station)

3. Download Mobile Apps

a) Korea Subway Info App - Metroid HD (KakaoMap or Naver Map)

b) Location/Walking Direction Map - KakaoMap or Naver Map

Day 1: Arrived Seoul / Check in / Seoul Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival / Myeongdong

Take Airport Limousine Bus from Incheon Airport (T1/T2) to City (i.e. Myeongdong Station Bus Stop)

Bus #: 6015

Interval: 2-6 departures per hour

Duration: 80 mins

Fare: ₩17,000 (discount may apply when used with T-money card)

Boarding: Join the queue anytime to board the bus

At Incheon Airport - Arrival Hall (public area after collecting luggage)

  • Pick up pre-purchased WIFI Router & SIM Card at Incheon Airport (where applicable).

  • Recommend to purchase T-money Card at any convenience store at the arrival hall of Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2). Card deposit is ₩4,000. Suggest to top up at least ₩20,000 to ₩30,000 as the airport limousine fare is ₩17,000.

(The card can be used on airport limousine bus, bus, taxi, subway and convenience stores. Top up at any downtown convenience stores or subway stations. More details...)

 

💡If you can't get the card at the airport's convenience store, you can walk a bit further to the subway station to purchase the card. Alternatively, you can get it at most convenience stores when you arrived in Myeongdong. Different stores carry different designs and you can pick your favourite too!

Departing from T1 to Myeongdong Station

First bus 05:40 | Last Bus 23:00

Walk outside of arrival hall (1F) at Gate 5, look for Bus #6015 to Myeongdong at bus platform 5B.

Incheon Airport T1 - Airport Limousine Bus - 6015 | KoreaToDo
Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport T1 to Myeongdong | KoreaToDo

Departing from T2 to Myeongdong Station:

First bus 05:20 | Last Bus 22:40

Go to Basement 1 for platform No. 28

Incheon International Airport - T2 - Platform 28 (6015 Bus to Myeongdong)

Tab the T-money Card on boarding.

alternatively, bus ticket can be purchased at counters/machines (recommended) outside arrival hall (T1, 1F), bus waiting area (T2, B1) or by cash to driver.

Notes:

Refer to Incheon International Airport official website on the latest bus information & schedule.

 

Alternative ways to get to Myeongdong from Incheon Int'l Airport:

a) book your Private Airport Transfer by Car  OR

b) take the non-stop AREX Airport Railroad express train from Incheon Int'l Airport direct to Seoul Station (Terminal 1: 43 mins / Terminal 2: 51 mins, ₩9,500) and transfer to subway for Myeongdong Station (line 4, 3 mins, 2 stops, ₩1,400). Luggage carrying up/down the stairs might be required. There are taxi stands outside Seoul Station too.

Check into accommodation booked after alighting from Airport Limousine Bus at Myeongdong Station Bus Stop.

Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Seoul Grand Park Station (line 4, same line, 29 mins, exit 2).

Seoul Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival

2km long cherry blossoms path around Gwacheon Lake. You can take the scenic sky lift across the lake or elephant tram around the lake too. 💡There is also a zoo, Seoul Land Amusement Park and hiking trails at Seoul Grand Park.

Take the subway from Seoul Grand Park Station back to Myeongdong Station (line 4, same line, 29 mins).

Myeongdong

Catch up on your favourite Korean shops, food and drinks at Myeongdong.

Day 2: Yeouido Spring Flower Festival / Hangang River Cruise + (Dongdaemun / Gwangjang Market / Ikeongdong Hanok Village)

Depart as early as you can if you wish to catch the cherry blossoms with less crowd. ☺

Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to National Assembly Station (line 9, 1 line transfer, 32 mins). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD (search 'assembly') or KakaoMap/NaverMap for the lines and transfer station. From exit 6, walk on the 1.7km 'V' shape cherry blossoms path towards Yeouinaru Station along Han River.

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제

There will be performances, exhibitions and promotions, including late night cherry blossoms viewing during the festival period.

Yeouido Hangang Park 여의도한강공원

There are 2 bicycle rental shops on both sides of Yeouinaru Station near to the cycling track, providing travellers a great way to enjoy Han River and Seoul. Photo ID required.

Lunch Options:

1) Go on lunch on board the E-land Cruise nearby OR

2) Walk to E-Land Cruise Terminal for more restaurants, cafes and convenience store options OR

3) Take a quick bites at any of the convenience stores located along the park with different 'amazing' food heat up facilities.

Han River (Hangang) Cruise 한강유람선

Get on the popular Han River Cruise, operated by E-Land Cruise.

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Sunset Cruise)

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Sunset Cruise)

4.4★

40 mins, 6pm

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Starlight Cruise)

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Starlight Cruise)

4.4★

50 mins, 10pm, Jazz live

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Moonlight Cruise)

Seoul Eland Hangang River Cruise (Moonlight Cruise)

4.4★

70 mins, 7/8.30pm, Jazz live

Eland Han River Cruise & Ashley Marine Buffet at Dock

Eland Han River Cruise & Ashley Marine Buffet at Dock

4.5★

multiple cruise timings

Take the subway from Yeouinaru Station (line 5) to any of your preferred attractions below, located on the same subway line, line 5.

Option 1: Shopping

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, 16 mins

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DPP) 

Dongdaemun Shopping Malls (open till 4-6am)

Option 2: Market Food

Euljiro 4-ga Station, 15 mins

Gwangjang Market

(restaurants till 23:00)

Option 3: Cafes & Restaurants

Jongno 3-ga Station, 13 mins

 

Ikseondong Hanok Village

You can take the subway or short taxi (10 mins) ride back to Myeongdong.

Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMap/Naver Map on the transfer station back to Myeongdong Station (line 4).

 

Day 3: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival + (Lotte World / Seoul Sky, Gangnam Shopping Street & Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping / Seoul Forest & Seoul Forest Cafe Street)

Depart early if you wish to enjoy the cherry blossoms with less crowd. ☺

Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station (line 2/8, 1 line transfer, 28 mins). From exit 2, walk 2 mins to Seokchon Lake Park.

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms beautifully embroider both East and West Lake (Lotte World & Magic Island). During the festival period, visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, exhibitions and hands-on activities.

Map on Getting to Seochon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival | KoreaToDo

Lunch (& Shop)

There are many eating options around Seokchon Lake. Towards Jamsil Station, there are CJ Food World@Jamil Lotte, Lotte Department Store and Lotte World Tower/Mall/Mart.

Seochon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival - Where To Eat | KoreaToDo

After Lunch, pick your preferred next attraction(s) to visit.

 

Option 1: Theme Park Fun

Lotte World Theme Park 1 Day Pass

Lotte World Theme Park 1 Day Pass

4.6★

easy access on Seoul Subway

Lotte World 1 Day Pass & Lotte World Aquarium

Lotte World 1 Day Pass & Lotte World Aquarium

4.6★

located in the heart of Seoul

Lotte World Aquarium Admission Ticket

Lotte World Aquarium Admission Ticket

4.7★

Korea's largest ocean tank

Dinner at the many restaurants available at Lotte World.

Take the subway from Jamsil Station back to Myeongdong Station (line 4, 1 line transfer, 28 mins).

Option 2: Seoul Sky Observatory & Shopping

Seoul Sky @ Lotte World Tower 서울스카이

World’s highest glass-floored observatory at 478m on the 118th floor. Offers beautiful panoramic view of the entire city.

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Admission

4.8★

Korea's tallest building

Take the subway from Jamsil Station to Gangnam Station (line 2, same line, 12 mins).

Take the subway from Gangnam Station to Express Bus Terminal Station (line 3/7/9, 1 line transfer, 10 mins, exit 8). 

Take the subway from Express Bus Terminal Station back to Myeongdong Station (line 4, 1 line transfer, 22 mins).

Option 3: Seoul Forest (park) & Seoul Forest Cafe Street

Take the subway from Jamsil Station to Seoul Forest Station (Suin Bundang Line, 1 line transfer, 21 mins).

Seoul Forest 서울숲

Enjoy the cherry blossoms and tulips in bloom at the park. There is a Deer Corral in the park too!

After Seoul Forest, walk to Seoul Forest Cafe Street right next to the park (near Gate 4/5).

Seoul Forest Cafe Street

A charming street of chic cafes, restaurants and shops.

Take the subway from either Seoul Forest Station (Suin Bundang Line)/Ttukseom Station (line 2) back to Myeongdong Station (line 4).

Day 4 - 5: Day Tour / more Cherry Blossoms Spots in Seoul

1. Recommended Spring Day Trips/Tours from Seoul (pick one):

 

a) Nami Island

It is recommended to join a day tour if you wish to visit multiple popular attractions nearby (i.e. The Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France, Gangchon Rail Bike) in a single day. It is more cost effective as well. 

Nami Island, Petite France, Italian Village & The Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France, Italian Village & The Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

4.7★

best of Gangwon province!

Nami, Petite France, Italian V., Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Tour

Nami, Petite France, Italian V., Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Tour

4.8★

visit them all!

Nami Island, Alpaca World & Chuncheon King Canoeing Day Tour

Nami Island, Alpaca World & Chuncheon King Canoeing Day Tour

4.7★

Top 100 Must-Visit Spots

b) Everland (Plum Blossoms & Tulips)

Walk along 'Plum Blossoms Sky Garden Road' and immerse in the beautiful flower fields of tulips.

Everland 1 Day Pass (instant QR Code for entry incl. on voucher upon booking)

Everland 1 Day Pass (instant QR Code for entry incl. on voucher upon booking)

4.8★

a large amusement park & zoo!

Everland Day Tour (Admission, Tour Guide & Round Trip Transfer)

Everland Day Tour (Admission, Tour Guide & Round Trip Transfer)

4.8★

Eng./Mandarin speaking guide

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

4.7★

Myeongdong/Sinchon Station

c) Other popular Cherry Blossoms Destinations

Jinhae Pink Cherry Blossom Festival Day Tour

Jinhae Pink Cherry Blossom Festival Day Tour

4.7★

famous Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea

Cherry Blossom Hunting Day Tour

Cherry Blossom Hunting Day Tour

5.0★

2-3 most beautiful cherry blossom spots

Jeonju Hanok Village & Hyeonchungsa Plum Blossom Festival Day Tour

Jeonju Hanok Village & Hyeonchungsa Plum Blossom Festival Day Tour

4.6★

largest traditional hanok village in Korea

King Cherry Blossoms Day Tour

King Cherry Blossoms Day Tour

4.7★

larger & pink King cherry blossoms

Day 6: Incheon - Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island

Flexible start time... ⍢

Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Incheon Station (line 1, 1 line transfer, 80 mins, exit 1). Incheon Chinatown is just across the road.

Incheon Chinatown 인천 차이나타운

The first Chinatown in Korea, known for its marvellous traditional Chinese food with its must-eat jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles).

Cherry Blossoms @Jayu Park 자유공원

Short walking distance from Incheon Chinatown and offer spectacular views of Incheon and sea.

Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village 송월동 동화마을

Short walking distance from Incheon Chinatown and a great insta-worthy place.

Walk back to the bus stop near Incheon Station, exit 1.

Take Bus 2, 10 or 23 and get off at Wolmido (City Tour) Bus Stop, 13 mins.

 

Wolmido Island 월미도

Enjoy the walk along the sea shore and have fun at Wolmi Theme Park.

Dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants (& cafes) around.

Take the bus (13 mins) or taxi (10 mins) back to Incheon Station 인천역.

Take the subway from Incheon Station back to Myeongdong Station (line 4, 1 line transfer, 77 mins).

Alternatively, you can hop on a day tour to Incheon with ease as well.

Incheon Day Tour (Ganghwa Luge, Rail Bike, Wolmido & Fairy Tale Village)

Incheon Day Tour (Ganghwa Luge, Rail Bike, Wolmido & Fairy Tale Village)

4.7★

enjoy the best of Incheon!

Incheon Day Tour (1 flower spot, Songdo Central Park & Songdo Triple Street)

Incheon Day Tour (1 flower spot, Songdo Central Park & Songdo Triple Street)

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