Every April, Seoul gets painted in a beautiful hue of pink, coupled with some bright reds and white when the cherry blossoms bloom in its full glory. Are you set for a trip to Seoul this spring? We’ll share some of the best places to stay in Seoul to be near the gorgeous floral sights!
Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is a must-go for every traveller who visits Seoul in early April. The beautiful flowers embroider the entire lake area, and the festival brings a whole myriad of activities into the area. It is also one of the best places to do bam beot kkot (which translates to night cherry blossom viewing) in Seoul.
The no-frills Eel Guesthouse has economy double rooms starting from just S$40 a night. Within walking distance to Jamsil Station, the guesthouse is perfect for those on budget. But if you are someone who prefers to splurge, you can’t go wrong with the five-star Signiel Seoul, a luxurious abode just minutes away from the lake by foot.
Want to stay a night at Jamsil just for cherry blossom viewing? Book a night at the Lake Tourist Hotel. For S$151 a night, you can pamper yourself to the beautiful scenery along the lake by taking a one-minute walk from the hotel.
If you are looking to maximize your stay in the Jamsil area, book a stay at Lotte Hotel World, situated right in the Lotte World theme park and a five-minute walk away from the lake. For around S$200, you can stay in a Deluxe Double room and have the best of both worlds – games and rides right outside your door and cherry blossoms within reach.
The most popular cherry blossom festival in Seoul, the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is held near the country’s National Assembly Building, along the Han River. There’s more to marvel at than just cherry blossoms during the festival; thousands of flowering plants including azalea and forsythias decorate the park, making it a sight to behold.
Hotels are, unfortunately, on the higher end of the price scale in this district. Possibly one of the cheapest hotels in the area, Yoido Hotel is a three-star business hotel that will accommodate your needs, even if you’re not here for business. At around S$95 a night, you get a cosy room and breakfast buffet for two.
Alternatively, spend a night at the four-star Kensington Hotel Yeouido. For S$105 a night, you can have a spacious Standard King Room with bathtub. Those travelling with kids can opt for the child-friendly family room. This hotel is located two minutes by walk from the venue of the cherry blossom festival.
If you prefer convenience to get not just to the festival but anywhere in Seoul, the Glad Hotel Yeouido Seoul, conveniently located right to Exit 4 of the National Assembly Station will be your top choice. This sleek and modern hotel has rooms priced from S$141 a night for two.
3. Kyung Hee University
Away from the bustle of Seoul is Kyung Hee University, situated in Hoegi. Every April, cherry blossoms blanket the entire campus which is always open to visitors. With a backdrop of the university’s classical architecture, Kyung Hee University is one of the favourite cherry blossom viewing spots for local couples and youngsters.
For under S$50 a night, including breakfast, you can stay at 24 Guesthouse Dongdaemun, which is just one minute away from Hoegi Station. If you prefer a hotel setting, at a slightly higher price of S$60 per night, Hotel Cms Inn Seoul offers breakfast and a quieter atmosphere for you and your travel mate.
Just five subway stops away from Hoegi Station is Dongdaemun, a busier part of the city and conveniently linked to other parts of Seoul. You can opt to stay here instead, and travel by train to Kyung Hee University for a cherry-blossom-filled afternoon.
At just S$49 a night including breakfast, stay at Dongdaemun Egghouse, a no-frills guesthouse right in front of Dongdaemun Station. You can also opt for a night at Hotel Qb Seoul, located near the Dongdaemun Market. Rooms only will cost you around S$80 for two. The hotel is situated between Dongdaemun and Dongmyo Station and is a direct subway line away to Kyung Hee University.
4. Namsan Park
Namsan Park is a widely popular area for tourists. It’s known for being the home to the N Seoul Tower, which you can scale for a spectacular birds-eye view of Seoul. Namsan Park is also home to hundreds of cherry blossom trees which paint the entire park – from the ground level to the peak – in pretty shades of pink each April.
At the foot of Namsan Mountain is Myeongdong, the shopping district of Seoul and perhaps the top destination on the itinerary of many travellers. A stay in the area provides easy access to both shopping and nature. Consider Gyerim Guesthouse, located near the Namsan Cable Car Station, for S$50 a night. This is a place ideal for travellers who only need a bed and a roof over their heads at night as it has minimum facilities and amenities available.
Adjacent to the Myeongdong Station stands Hotel Prince, a three-star hotel right smack in the shopping district and close to convenience stores. A night’s stay in a Double Room here costs S$135. Close to Hotel Prince and at a similar price point is Hotel Skypark Myeongdong, which will also bring shopping right to your doorstep. Another great option is Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong, which is five minutes away from the station.
Flights to Seoul during the cherry blossom season can get pretty expensive so start planning early and book your tickets as soon as possible.