It’s spring time here in Canada, but it still feels like winter. Spring however arrived in Korea a few weeks ago. In fact, the last week and this week people have been waiting for the Cherry Blossoms to bloom. Gyeongju is one of two cities in Korea famous for its cherry blossoms. Jinhae is another city people flock to in order to see the blossoms. They bloom and only stay for about a 2 weeks, with a very short time to see them at their peak in full bloom. I never wanted to risk the experience to go to Jinhae; Gyeongju is quite amazing for seeing the blossoms. There’s two pages of all this glory so don’t forget to check out the second one here.
General Kim Yu Shin Drive Course – Hengmu road
김유신장군 드라이브코스 (행무로)
The only downside is that driving through can be extremely slow, and the side walk isn’t quite that big so you’ll have to watch where you’re going. It’s located at one of the entrances to the city so it’s quite busy as a first stop for tourists. Here’s a video taken of the area when the blossoms fall and the trees start to look green again. You’ll see the nice canopy I mentioned earlier.And here are some photos during the night time. If you’re like me, you don’t quite appreciate the different coloured lights so much. I do appreciate the effort to make it different; however I would rather enjoy them under a natural or white light to see their true colours.
Seonggeondong – hanbit-gil 20beon-gil (성건동 – 한빛길 20번길)
A smaller place to see the blossoms, and barely passable for mentioning, is the drinking area in Gyeongju. Across the bridge from Dongguk University is Seonggeondong. In one of the small roads you’ll see cherry blossoms between apartment/condo buildings and the bars. It’s nice if you’re already in the area and don’t want to miss the blossoms while you’re out drinking or eating dinner. There are barely any people here that are from out of town specifically to appreciate the blossoms. You’ll find more of the locals in this area.
On the way to Bomun Lake
If you’re driving, another great stretch of road is BunHwang Road(분황로) It’s a four lane road with very few cars on it at night time. It’s sided with a mass amount of cherry blossoms, similar to that of the one in the General Kim Yu Shin area, just without the canopy. It makes for a nice detour on the way to Bomun Lake (another great cherry blossom area). If you pass this area, some people will stop over on the side of the road to take a look, but most just drive through. It’s a nice straight road with very few distractions like buildings. You’ll really feel you’re in the country side when you see the farms and random statue making places beside the trees.