Kyung Hee University Cherry Blossom

Just a few years ago, cherry blossoms were still in bloom in the middle of April. In 2014, they bloomed in March in Seoul for the first time. In 2015, they were at their peak by the middle of April. This year, they were 5 days earlier and it’s just the middle of April but the trees are now all green here in Seoul.

I went to Yeouido last Wednesday but I was turned off by the huge turnout of visitors that day. It was warmer than usual and I didn’t have the energy after being stuck in heavy traffic for about 30 minutes in a packed bus.

Last Thursday, I went to Kyunghee University that is just a short walk from where I live. The campus is located in Dongdaemun-gu and the nearest subway station is Hoegi on line 1.

Kyung Hee University campus

Campuses in Korea are open for ordinary citizens to visit. One does not need an ID to enter the premises. Upon entering the gates of Kyunghee, one will find a yellow building on the left side and a neo-classical style building on the right. Walk some more and there is a “rotonda”.

Kyung Hee University rotary
Kyung Hee University rotary

Walk straight and there is the main building. I like the inside of this building ~ it reminds me of my high school, Sta. Catalina College in Manila. Dark corridors, high ceiling, huge doors, panels ~

Main building at Kyung Hee
Main building at Kyung Hee

On the day of my visit, the high school students at the Kyung Hee University Girls Middle and High School were outside for their spring pictorial. It was noisy ~ but I was reminded of how it was when I was in high school as I also attended a girls high school.

Near the fountain were some college students having a picnic.

The fountain in front of the main building ~
The fountain in front of the main building ~

To the right of the main building, I took a hike to the Peace Auditorium. This is the venue of the Baeksang Awards. That is also where I first saw Lee Min Ho in person.

On my way to the Peace Auditorium
On my way to the Peace Auditorium

I like the buildings at Kyung Hee, most are done neo-classical and renaissance architecture. They are even more beautiful in spring with the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Worth the "hike"  ~ I hope to come back for the Baeksang this year
Worth the “hike” ~ I hope to come back for the Baeksang this year

To the left side from the rotary are Kyung Hee Girls Middle and High School, the Elementary School, Fine Arts building and a pond.

Kyung Hee University Cherry Blossom
Kyung Hee University Cherry Blossom

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Kyung Hee University cherry blossom trees are gorgeous in the spring. And the campus is one of my favorites in Korea. I’m just glad that I live close so I could visit it any time especially in the spring and autumn when the foliage is just magical!

The pond at Kyung Hee University in early spring ~
The pond at Kyung Hee University in early spring ~

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