Spring Events In Korea: Blossoms, Crabs, World DJ, Beaches Jaceon Toomgam Events, Travel The sun is a little brighter and out just a bit longer. There’s no longer any danger of slipping on ice and dying after a night out. By all indications, the time has finally come to bid winter goodbye and welcome spring. Springtime in Korea is arguably the best season. As far as temperature goes, spring saves us from the bone chilling cold of winter. Visually, the colors in your surroundings start to fill back in, highlighted by the bright rays of the sun. So without further adieu here are some Spring events in Korea that you should be apart of. Must see Spring events in Korea Yeouido Yunjungno Cherry Blossom Tunnel Perhaps the only countrywide spring celebrations that will be occurring is that for the cherry blossom trees. 벚꽃 as they’re referred to in Korea bloom all over the country during the spring. The times for best bloom vary by region however, giving viewers ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of these beauties according to their schedule and proximity. Yeouido is perfect for those located in the big city of Seoul. This pathway spans a little under 6km and is filled with up to 1,400 Cherry Blossom trees. A definite visit for those in Seoul who can’t make the trip out of town. When: The first half of April is ideal time to visit Getting there: → National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 1. → Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 1. → Yeouido Station (Subway Line 5 or 9), Exit 2 Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival This is the mother of Cherry Blossom festivals in Korea. The small town of Gunhangje plays host to this famous festival, located in the Jinhae District of Changwon City. This festival features a mountain top viewing station showing an amazing contrast of the ocean and the sea of 220,000 white/pink cherry blossoms. Vendors complete with games, activities, and food let you take in some entertainment to go along with the view. There are also various shows and performances scheduled throughout the festival located throughout town. A must see if you have the opportunity! When: April 1st-10th 2014 Getting there: From most major train stations: Find the Express train to Jinhae Station. Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival Now, this writer actually used to live in the exact city this festival is being held, so believe me when I say this is a mission to get to if you are in a place like Seoul. However, If you are located somewhere in the southeast this may interest you. Yeongdeok is famous throughout Korea for it’s King Crab and Snow crab. The port at Ganggu (강구) is located between Pohang(포항) and Yeongdeok(영덕) and becomes packed with visitors coming to get a sample of the famed catch of the town. Catch a ride on a crabbing boat, enter a cooking contest, or just explore the area and try free crab! When: April 3rd-6th, 2014 Getting there: From Pohang Intercity Bus Terminal: Take a bus to Ganggu (강구) runs quite often and departs from the first two aisles. (takes about an hour, exit when you see the port on your right) From Yeongdeok Terminal: Take a bus to Ganggu again. This bus should only take about 10-15 minutes, exit when you see the port on your left at Ganggu. From Seoul – Take a Bus from Dong Seoul Terminal in Gangbyeon to Yeongdeok. This will take roughly 4 and a half hours with a stop at Andong. Gwangalli Eobang Festival ‘Eobang’ is the spirit of fisherman around the coast. The festival is located on Gwangalli Beach, one of Busan’s most famous other than Haeundae. Since the festival is located in such a large populated region there are plenty of tourist destinations to be seen. Learn to fish like the Koreans do and sample fresh fish or hweh (회). The Gwangan bridge will also be illuminated at night , providing a beautiful sight to gaze into as the sound of the tide drifts across the sand. When: April 25th-27th, 2014 Getting there: Gwangan Station, Busan Metro line 2 (Exit 3 or 5) Walk towards the beach, it’ll be impossible to miss. World DJ Festival Located in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do World DJ Festival is an annual music festival occurring the weekend of Buddha’s birthday. Featuring a full list of A-list talents both foreign and domestic, WDJF is an escape from the city to enjoy friends, music, and life. The festival also offers a campground for those that are attending both days and don’t want to deal with the hassle of going home and coming back out. The music ranges from hip-hop to electronic with multiple stages and attractions to keep you busy as you enjoy the music. Check out http://www.enjoykorea.asia/events/world-dj-festival-2014/ for lineups and to purchase tickets in English. When: May 4th-6th Where: Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do. Direct charter buses are the preferred method of travel here. From Seoul: Take the Jungang line to Yangpyeong Exit 1. Walk straight out until you hit the main road Yanggeun-ro (양근로) and make a left. Cross the bridge over the large river and stay to the left, the event grounds should be visible to your left. Taken from World DJ Festival Official site. http://ssgj.cafe24.com/xe/index.php?mid=wdjf2014_home Photo Cred: Flickr (letsbook , sjbutterfield2, toughkidcst, indyrandhawa , publish9) Got any places you think should be on this list? Let us know!