Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is a must-go for every traveler who visits Seoul in early April during the cherry blossom season. 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.
Stay at Eel Guesthouse, a no-frills guesthouse, at only SG$42 for an economy double room. Within walking distance to Jamsil Station, the guesthouse is perfect for those on budget. But if you are someone who prefers hotels, Amor Hotel at SG$65 a night for two, situated 2-minutes by walking from the lake is a good choice. However, the hotel only has 29 rooms available, so booking can be quite a chore.
Want to stay a night at Jamsil just for cherry blossom viewing? Book a night at the Lake Tourist Hotel, SG$162 for two, to pamper yourself with the close proximity it is to the lake (1-minute walk) and enjoy the beautiful scenery right from the hotel.
If you are looking to maximize your stay in the Jamsil, book a stay at Lotte Hotel World, situated right in the Lotte World theme park and is a 5-minutes walk away from the lake. With SG$248 for a Deluxe Double room, you can have the best of both worlds – games and rides right outside your door, and cherry blossom festival within reach.
Flights to Seoul during the cherry blossom season can get pretty expensive so start planning early and book your tickets as soon as possible. Check out these flight deals to Seoul for the cherry blossom season and our guide on when & where to see cherry blossom in Korea 2019.
The most popular cherry blossom festival in Seoul, the Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, is situated near the country’s National Assembly Building, right beside part of the Han River. Not only you get the beautiful cherry blossoms at the festival, more than 80,000 flowering trees and shrubs such as azalea, forsythias, and royal azalea also decorate the park, making it a sight to behold.
Hotels are, unfortunately, higher priced in this district. Possibly the cheapest hotel in the area, the Yoido Hotel is a 3-star business hotel that has a range of facilities to accommodate your needs. At SG$92 a night, the price also includes a breakfast buffet for two.
Spend a night at the 4-star Kensington Hotel Yeouido (SG$110), which is more convenient for those who just want to get to the flowers. The hotel is located 2-minutes by walking 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 at National Assembly Station Exit 4, will be your choice. At SG$160 a night for two, the hotel is slick and modern, packed with the facilities and amenities that you will be grateful for.
3. Kyung Hee University
Away from the busyness of Seoul is Kyung Hee University, situated in Hoegi, where cherry blossom blooms and blankets over the entire campus every April. The campus is always open to visitors, and with a backdrop of the university’s classical architecture, Kyung Hee University is one of the favourite places for couples and youngsters to go for flower viewing.
At just SG$42 for two at 24 Guesthouse Dongdaemun, you get free breakfast and is just 1-minute away from Hoegi Station. If you prefer a hotel setting, at a slightly higher price of $60 per night, Hotel Cms Inn Seoul offers breakfast and a quieter atmosphere for you and your travelling 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 SG$47 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. Room only will cost you SG$103 for two. The hotel is situated between Dongdaemun and Dongmyo Station and is the direct subway line to Kyung Hee University.
4. Namsan Park
Namsan Park is a widely popular area with tourists, known for being the home to N-Seoul Tower, which provides a spectacular birds-eye view of Seoul to anyone who ventured up the tower. Namsan Park is also home to hundreds of cherry blossom trees, which in April, helped to paint the entire park and its trails pink all the way up to the peak.
At the foot of Namsan Mountain is Myeongdong, the shopping district of Seoul, and the one location that all travellers to the city will visit. A stay in the area brings both shopping and nature to you. Try Gyerim Guesthouse, located near the Namsan Cable Car Station, at SG$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 (SG$136), a 3-star hotel that has all the basic facilities that you will need for an enjoyable & convenient stay. However, if you are fine with a little walking, 5-minute away from the station is Loisir Hotel Seoul Myeongdong, a 4-star hotel that will only cost you SG$118 a night for two.
While this might be a further walk to and fro Namsan Park, staying at Hotel Skypark Myeongdong will bring shopping right to your doorstep. Conveniently located in the shopping streets of Myeongdong, a night for two at the hotel will cost SG$121, which while is costly, compensates for its convenience.