2011 Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

The 7th Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival ended yesterday, April 19th. We were there last Saturday along with hundreds of thousand others who wanted to see the cherry blossoms along the Han River.

My son and I arrived at the National Assembly station on line number 9 at around 4 PM. It took us 20 minutes before we could get out of the station. Here’s the scene last Saturday:

National Assembly station on April 16th

We had some snacks while walking to the National Assembly. Trash bins are usually hard to find in most commercial places in Seoul. I know this since I’ve always had a difficult time finding one whenever I’m in Jongro or Myeongdong. That’s why my purse usually has garbage in it. Here’s how the trash bin looked like near the PedXing…

Trash bin

There were lots of visitors at the National Assembly last Saturday. We didn’t bring a mat so we just sat on the grass like most people did. We visited the National Assembly Visitor Center last year so we didn’t go there anymore.

National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

We met my husband before 6 o’clock that afternoon. That was also the time when the NA compound closes. We immediately went to the eastern side where the cherry blossoms are. Several stages were set up along the National Assembly road, as it was closed to traffic for the duration of the festival. I truly enjoyed this dance interpretation (one of my childhood dreams was to be a dancer)…

Outside the National Assembly compound

Here are some pictures of the cherry blossoms and the crowd that day…

2011 Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
2011 Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
2011 Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
2011 Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

We were at Hangang until almost nine o’clock that night. We for almost two kilometers to Dangsan station. We also watched the “Marine Concert” at the newly opened “Seoul Marina and Yacht Club.”

The cherry blossoms are beautiful during the day. At night, LED lights make them glow in different colors. Too bad I couldn’t take better pictures…

Pink LED lights make the cherry blossoms glow at night
To whoever planted this tree... Thank you!
This tree already has green leaves...
Looks like cotton candy to me ;p
The moon, the flowers and the lovers... of spring!

The cherry blossoms bloom only once a year. Winter may be my least favorite season because of the cold temperature but it makes waiting for the spring flowers to bloom so exciting ;p

27 comments

  1. Hay, ang ganda! Pangarap kong makakita ng cherry blossoms. 😀 Sana makapunta ko dyan or kahit sa japan hehe! 🙂

  2. Ms Betchay, thank you for this wonderful post. I wish i were there too. I wish you told about this Festival when it began. Anyway thank you. Please share your secret of always being updated about social events in Seoul.

    1. Hi! Thanks too for taking the time to visit ;p
      There are lots of events in Seoul from spring to fall. Next week it’s going to be the Lotus Lantern season in preparation for Buddha’s Birthday on May 10th. The annual Lantern Parade is a must see event!

  3. ateng… taga basa po ako ng site mo… yung ibang article alam read ko na sa newspaper or net.. nageenjoy po ako sa site mo kaseh nakikichika kung anu ang view ng mga followers mo.. and ang cute. nageenjoy din sila sa u… Goodluck and more powers…. at sana .. every pinoy festival at gatherings update ang site mo ..pra makapunta nga namn kami.. pero syang ndi tayo nagkita sa youido.. siguro beauty ka in person… ^*^

      1. wow! Miss Betchay ang ganda! kung makakapunta po ba ng korea ng late april may aabutan pa po na ganito? gusto ko rin po kasi makakita nito ang mama ko..april 27 ang bday niya. thanks po.

  4. hi Ms Betchay! great pictures! nah, you take good ones po just aim for good angle and lighting lalo na yung last 2 ones…your pictures gave good stories keep it up 🙂

  5. hi, ma’am! nakuha nyo po ba yung inquiry ko? i’m a production manager sa GMA News TV po dito sa pinas. gusto po namin magshoot jan ng traditional wedding. san po kaya kami makakahingi ng tulong para ma-assist kami sa permits? thank u po 🙂

  6. Hi Miss Betchay,

    Good Day! I’m planning to visit korea this coming february or march to experience Winter and Snow? would you recommend me bringing alot of winter clothes or just for my arrival and i’ll just buy it there?cause one of my friends told me na mura daw ang clothes jan for winter?and sa march ba my snow padin?until when kaya?

  7. Hello po, we’re planning to go there this april3-9 may cherry blossom na po ba nun by that time? And san po ung pinakamalapit na place na makakakita ng cherry blossom? Thank you!

    1. Hi! Sa southern area meron nang cherry blossoms pero sa Seoul mga middle of April pa. Pero baka maabutan ninyo rin ang pagbuka by April 9.

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