UPDATED IN MARCH OF 2021
At last! We can turn off our ondols (heated floors), unbutton those blazers, crack the windows and feel the wind through our hair on our ride to school! Spring is here and it’s here to stay ( at least till June). Celebration dance is happening as you read this…:P With the changing of the seasons in Korea (and we have 4 of them!), come the long waited blossoms of the Cherry Trees – aka Sakura in some parts of the world and Pot Kot (벚꽃) in Korean. 아싸!
Whether or not you are new to Daejeon, you may not have known of all the places to see these pink beauties in this city and there are a few. Since Cherry Blossoms bloom for about 10-14 days and the timing changes from year to year, you may not have a chance to see them all, but you sure may try!
Check out the helpful guide below by Trazy Korea to know when to anticipate the bloms in 2021:
While the forecast is more or less similar each year – end of March to the beginning of April, mark your calendars! Without further ado, here is my list of great places in Daejeon to see the cherry blossom trees:
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Chungnam National University (충남대학교)
Apparently, known as the largest gathering of cherry trees, this national university is a very popular destination. Walk around campus, especially along the main roads to get your fix of cherry trees. The weekends are the heaviest in terms of traffic, but what do you expect in a city of 1.5+ million.
Buses: 108, 119, 105, 911, 121, 104
Some years the festival in Sintanjin is on, some – it’s not. Either way, the trees are blooming without the noisy crowds and stinky Beondegi (silky worm larvae) street food.
Buses to get you to Sintanjin, look for KT&G company and pink trees:
2, 71, 72, 75, 703, 704, 705
Gyeryeong Mountain (계룡산)
Apparently, Gyeryeong Mountain, like Sintanjin, also has its own Cherry Blossom Festival. Sadly, it is not very well advertised. The road, leading to Donghaksa Temple is the place to be for the cherry tree fanatics and their selfie sticks.
Buses to Gyeryeongsan: 107, 48
Known as the 2nd largest cherry tree gathering in Daejeon. Unlike Chungnam University, you have to really walk around in the nooks and crannies of this uni in order to find your Cherry Trees. Tip – there is a large gathering of them in a park and down the hill from the swimming pool (E-15), which is across from the Alien-looking Sports Complex (N3).
Buses to KAIST: 104, 121, 604
Subway stop: Wolpyeong-dong and walk about 10 mins (across the street from Emart Traders and Homeplus).
Street between the Gapcheon River, Hanbat Daero and Manyeon-gyo
This is my favorite street for Cherry Trees in Daejeon because of multiple reasons. Its proximity to my house, its location near the river (I can view ducks, herons, great egrets, and other birds that reside near there), and its evening time beauty with lanterns lighting up this walking path. Try to visit this spot at dusk as the river’s reflections and lit up night lights create a very romantic atmosphere
Generally, this is a physical therapy path of a local Walk/Run Hospital across the street, but I also frequently see joggers, dog-walkers, and families here.
Subway Stop: Gapcheon, then walk through the cobble stones in the river or take the longer walk towards either of the bridges.
Mokwon University (목원대학교)
Known as the 3rd largest cherry tree gathering. While there are many bunches of Cherry Trees around Daejeon, I personally enjoy spots where you can picnic under them due to their abundance. My uni is definitely the spot for that. Through the main gate, go straight towards the library (M building) and look on the right-hand side, you can’t miss them. Another popular location is next to the sports stadium (drive past the library and turn left). If you drive to the very back of the university to where the tennis courts are, you’ll see a small pond there. There are smaller amounts of trees near the pond (not pictured on the map).
Buses to Mokwon: 312, 706, 106, 603
Taemi Park (테미공원)
Recommended by a Korean friend, again for its Cherry Blossom abundance, this park has been off my radar, but she says it draws the crowds for all the right reasons during this time. If you live on the Eastern part of Daejeon, this is the closest location to you!
Buses to Taemi Park: 119,108, 615, 311, 201
Subway stop: Seodaejeon Negori + walk 15 minutes
Behind the National Science Museum (국립중앙과학관)
A less popular destination with the locals, but still very worth visiting.
Buses 104, 121, 301, 318, 604, 606, 918
Daecheong Lake and Daecheon Dam area (대청호)
For residents of the Eastern part of Daejeon (and if you have a car for ease of transportation), visit South Korea’s 3rd largest lake – Daecheongho and its cherry blossoms display. Good luck finding parking during the fleeting time of the blooming cherry trees, but bring along patience and you’ll get your fill of the beautiful cherry trees.
Buses: From Daejeon Station, take a city bus No.701, 720, 724 coming to every 10 Min. to get off at Sintanjin Station. From here, transfer to a circular bus No.722 and 723. And get off at Daecheongd Dam.
Do you know of a Cherry Blossoms location around Daejeon that I may have missed? Let me know!
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