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South Korea Cherry Blossom Forecast (2023): When & Where

South Korea Cherry Blossom Forecast (2023): When & Where

Apart from Japan‘s sakura craze, South Korea cherry blossom season is also a sought-after event in Asia — especially because it can be quite short! As such, this is one of the best times to explore the country and witness the unique beauty and vibe that the blossoms add to the local landscapes and sights.

Your top-of-mind destination will surely be the capital, Seoul, but I urge you to try and make time in exploring other places like Busan or Jeju Island.

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(For a Pinterest-sized version of this South Korea cherry blossom forecast map, scroll to the bottom of this post)
  • DISCLAIMER: The above data is as of March 2023. Take note that sudden changes in temperature, rainfall, and wind strength can accelerate, delay or shorten the forecast above — but you can already use this initial forecast as a preliminary guide. Rest assured, I will keep this post updated once dates happen to change so come drop by from time to time!

In most parts of South Korea, the cherry blossom’s blooming dates start around the last week of March (starting in Jeju Island) and lasts until the first week of April; but Seoul, in particular, has blooms that come a little later.

Koreans typically call cherry blossoms beot-kkot (벗꽃) and they are not to be confused with similar-looking blooms like that from the almond, apricot, peach, and plum trees. Besides, South Korean cherry blossoms have a unique pink hue and a lovely scent that is somewhat different from that of Japan.

NOTE: The Korean cherry tree which is also known as ‘King Cherry’ originated from Jeju Island and it slightly differs from most other cherry blossom trees due to the fact that its flowers are larger. They also only bloom in full for only a couple of days!

All in all, if you’re planning a trip to South Korea any time soon, you should take note of these top places from ALL of the regions in the country that will give you beautiful cherry blossom views, as well as a chance to participate in bustling cherry blossom festivals!

Best South Korea Cherry Blossom Spots

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See this list of the most popular spring flowers in Korea — when to see them and where to go!

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