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.

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Key Cherry Blossoms Dates:

  • The Cherry Blossoms forecast for Seoul is 31 March to 7 April.

  • Seoul's biggest Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival starts from 5-11 April 2019.

  • Cherry Blossoms in Incheon generally peak later than Seoul.

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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.

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Itinerary Highlights

Namsan Seoul Tower
Myeongdong Shopping District
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Flower Festival
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Flower Festival
Han River (Hangang) Cruise
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Shopping Malls
Seochon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
Seochon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival
Seoul Sky
Gangnam Shopping Street
Cheonggyesan (Mountain)
Cheonggyesan - Sodamchae Restaurant
Seoul Forest
Seoul Forest
Seoul Forest
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Incheon - Chinatown
Incheon - Jayu Park
Incheon - Wolmido Island
Incheon Wolmido Island - Restaurant
Incheon Wolmido Island - Theme Park
Gangchon Rail Bike
Nami Island
The Garden of Morning Calm
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Before Departure

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

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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 or KakaoMetro

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

Day 1: Arrived Seoul / Check in / Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang / Namsan Seoul Tower / Myeongdong

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 the 24-hours CU Convenience store near Exit 5 (/11/14) on 1F (arrival hall) of Terminal 1 (T1) or CS25/7-Eleven on 1F (arrival hall) of Terminal 2 (T2). Card deposit is β‚©4,000. Suggest to top up at least β‚©20,000 to β‚©30,000 as the airport limousine fare is β‚©15,000.

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

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CU Convenience Store at Incheon Airport
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7-Eleven Convenience Store at Incheon
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Take Airport Limousine Bus from Incheon Airport (T1/T2) to City (i.e. Myeongdong Station Bus Stop)

Bus #: 6015

Interval: 4-6 departures per hour

Duration: 80 mins

Fare: β‚©15,000 (T-money card β‚©14,000)

Boarding: Join the queue anytime to board the bus

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Departing from T1 to Myeongdong Station

First bus 05:45 | Last Bus 23:15

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

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Departing from T2 to Myeongdong Station:

First bus 05:25 | Last Bus 22:55

Go to Basement 1 for platform No. 28

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

Tab the T-money Card on boarding.

(alternatively, bus ticket can be purchased at arrival hall's counters or by cash to driver).

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Note: If you wish to take the non-stop AREX Incheon Airport Express Train from Incheon Airport direct to Seoul Station (T1 - 43 mins / T2 - 51 mins) and transfer to subway line to Myeongdong Station, you may need to carry your luggage up/down the stairs on train transfer and at Myeongdong station.

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

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For early arrival into Seoul on red-eye flight

If you need to take a rest before starting the day, why not take a short taxi ride (10 mins, β‚©6,000) to Siloam, a Korean traditional spa located within walking distance from Seoul Station. β‚©11,000 per entry with access to sauna, bath-house, sleeping rooms, restaurant, luggage keeping room, etc.

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Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang μ‹€λ‘œμ•”μ‚¬μš°λ‚˜μ°œμ§ˆλ°©

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Get to Namsan Seoul Tower by Namsan Shuttle Bus or cable car ride to the top. refer to Namsan Seoul Tower page for the travel options.

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Namsan Seoul Tower λ‚¨μ‚°μ„œμšΈνƒ€μ›Œ

Get to the top of Namsan Seoul Tower by Namsan Shuttle Bus or cable car ride to the top. After you have tour Namsan Seoul Tower, take the easy 30-40 mins walk down the mountain in the same direction as the shuttle bus going down. This is where the Cherry Blossoms Trail starts. At the end of the road (/base of the mountain), you can take the Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 05 back to Myeongdong from the bus stop ahead (@Namsan Public Library).

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At the end of the road (/base of the mountain), take Namsan Shuttle Bus No. 05 back to Myeongdong from the bus stop ahead (@Namsan Public Library).

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Myeongdong

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

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Day 2: Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival / Hangang River Cruise / Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market or Palace

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

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Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to National Assembly Station (32 mins). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD (search 'assembly') or KakaoMetro 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.

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Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival μ˜λ“±ν¬ μ—¬μ˜λ„ λ΄„κ½ƒμΆ•μ œ (5-11 April 2019)

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

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Yeouido Hangang Park μ—¬μ˜λ„ν•œκ°•κ³΅μ›

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.

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Lunch Options:

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

2) Walk to E-Land Cruise Terminals 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.

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Han River (Hangang) Cruise ν•œκ°•μœ λžŒμ„ 

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

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

Option 2

Euljiro 4-ga Station, 14 mins

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Gwangjang Market κ΄‘μž₯μ‹œμž₯속박물관

(restaurants till 23:00)

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You can take the subway or short taxi (10 mins) ride back to Myeongdong. Alternatively, from Gwanghwamun Square/Cheonggyecheon Steam, you can take a leisure walk back to Myeongdong as well (30 mins). 

For subway, use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro.

For walking direction, use KakaoMap or Naver Map.

Day 3: Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival / Lotte World OR Seoul Sky / Gangnam Shopping Street / Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping

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

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Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station (28 mins). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station. From exit 2, walk 2 mins to Seokchon Lake Park.

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Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival (5-12 April 2019)

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.

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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.

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Jamil Lotte
Dae Jang Geum
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Hard Rock Cafe
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Hong Ground
@Lotte World Mall 3F
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@Lotte World Tower 31F
BIG GUY'S LOBSTER
Lotte World Mall B1F
Hankookjib
@Lotte World Mall 5F
Won Grand Ma Noodle & Bossam
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OSULLOC
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After Lunch, walk to your preferred attraction(s) to visit.

Option 1: Theme Park Fun

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Take the subway from Jamsil Station back to Myeongdong Station (28 mins).

Option 2: Seoul Sky Observatory & Shopping

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Seoul Sky @ Lotte World Tower μ„œμšΈμŠ€μΉ΄μ΄

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

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

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Take the subway from Gangnam Station to Express Bus Terminal Station (2 stops away, 12 mins, exit 8). Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station.

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Take the subway from Express Bus Terminal Station back to Myeongdong Station, 22 mins. Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station.

Day 4: Cheonggyesan (Mountain) / Seoul Forest

Starting in the morning, buffer enough time for the 3-3.5 hrs hike (or shorter if you wish for a look), lunch and picnic under the cherry blossoms at Seoul Forest (Park). Grab a picnic mat if you can...

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Take the subway from Myeongdong Station. refer to Cheonggyesan (Mountain) page for the travel options, about 45 mins journey.

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Cheonggyesan (Mountain) 청계산

Every April and May, beautiful pink azaleas spring flowers bloom along the mountain paths. You can hike to all the way to Maebong Peak (582m, 1.5hr 1-way) on its well-maintained trails or turn back anytime as you wish of your nature experience.

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After coming back from the nature hike (/walk...), look for a big restaurant signboard on your right, leading to a fabulous and affordable Korean traditional restaurant, Sodamchae. 2 mins walk.

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Sodamchae μ†Œλ‹΄μ±„

Lunch at Sodamchae. You may like to take-away some food for the picnic at Seoul Forest (Park).

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After lunch, walk and turn left on reaching the main road. Walk straight until reaching Cheonggyesan Station (9 mins walk).

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Take the subway from Cheonggyesan Station to Seoul Forest Station, 37 mins. Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station. Exit 3, 5 mins walk.

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Seoul Forest μ„œμšΈμˆ²

Have a picnic and rest under the cherry blossom trees. Look out for deer at the park too.

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Take the subway from Seoul Forest Station back to Myeongdong Station, 25 mins. Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station.

Day 5: Incheon - Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island

Flexible start time... β’

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Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Incheon Station, 81 mins.  Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station. Exit 1, Incheon Chinatown is just across the road.

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Incheon Chinatown 인천 μ°¨μ΄λ‚˜νƒ€μš΄

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

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Jayu Park μžμœ κ³΅μ› (Cherry Blossoms in April)

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

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Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village 솑월동 λ™ν™”λ§ˆμ„

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

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

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

 

Wolmido Island 월미도

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

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

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Take the bus (13 mins) or taxi (10 mins) back to Incheon Station μΈμ²œμ—­.

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Take the subway from Incheon Station back to Myeongdong Station, 81 mins.  Use subway mobile app Metroid HD or KakaoMetro for the lines and transfer station.

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