Spring

Busan 25KM Ocean Walk

Busan Segal Walk

On the weekend David and I decided to walk one of the seagull trails in Busan. We headed to Busan on Friday night and stayed near Songdo beach. The next day we woke up early and started our 25km hike. Most of the trail was flat and it was located along the coast so it was pretty and relaxing. We started the hike near Songdo beach and ended it six hours later in Taejongdae. In Taejongdae there was a tourist park and here we took a Danubi shuttle train (costing 1,500 won) to sight see the local sights.


Go ride a bike.

 


Spring Flowers in Seoul

Spring has brought in an explosion of color, sweet scents, and the long missed warmth of the sun. It is just glorious to see the leafless trees bring forth buds and suddenly, all you see is flowers all around!


Just pink flowers
Another leafless pink!

Nam-Ji Canola Flower Festival

In April, our neighbouring town Nam-ji, holds a canola flower festival along the Nakdonggang River. David and I went yesterday.  It is an extremely pretty sight.  We went last year and we were stuck in traffic for over an hour. This year we decided it would be best to park a few miles away and walk there. It was a nice route. We walked along the river through Nam-Ji Bicycle Park. The festival was your standard Korea festival. There was plenty of food stalls and restaurants, pingy-pangy shops selling random items, a stage which a variety of performers, a ton of decorations, Bicycles to rent, a shuttle train ride and of course many fields and fields of yellow flowers. It was a nice day. We ate far too much junk but it wouldn’t be a Korean festival without it!


Cherry Blossom Season


Letter from Korea, April 2013

Suwon, South Korea
April, 2013

Dear Ireland,

I’m not sure if I should gloat but I thought I’d mention the fact that spring is in full swing here. I should also point out that that was an unintentional rhyme  but I digress. Yes, April is warming the bones and joints enough for me not to dread the walk to work, and I am optimistically eyeing the month of May on the calendar in the kitchen. The shorts and t-shirts shall be dusted down soon.

We love spring here in Korea. It’s full of things to be happy about, such as the end of winter, but also the cacophony of blossoms which explode bit by bit throughout April. Right now we’ve bright yellow kenari decorating the sides of the roads, and slowly the purple azaelas and bulbous magnolias are breaking free. Of course the nation awaits the arrival of the cherry blossoms and the plethora of festivals that accompany them.


A Seoul Spring on the Han

Something about being near water is simply relaxing. When the weather finally agrees to reward Seoul, Korea with a mild and sunny day after a brutally long winter people tend to flock to the Han River. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the river in the coming months.

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photo credit: my cool friend James

1) Banpo Bridge


Spring Blossoms at Tongdosa

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It is that time of the year again. Blossom time! While it is still a bit early you can still head out and get the jump on some prime locations. There are a few things that I will run over through this quick tour of my most recent trip to Tongdosa.

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Spring is in the air!



Quite suddenly, things have began to change. Birds are chirping, trees are budding, temperature is rising. Days are longer, skirts are shorter and the moods are much more cheerful. Spring is in the air :)

birds on trees
Birds flocking to the trees during dusk

Things I Like Thursday – Cherry Blossoms

Things I Like Thursday – Cherry Blossoms

If you’re living in South Korea or Japan, you have probably already seen these fantastical and demure trees welcoming the Spring with flowers of pink and white. As I grew up in New Zealand, I still marvel at them every year for the one week they appear in April. And by the looks of the traffic and throngs of people, I’m not alone.


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