Korea’s Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Korea’s Cherry Blossoms

This past week I stayed in Seoul to enjoy Korea’s cherry blossoms at their height. Welcome to week 324 (4/13/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent several hours at the Seoul National Cemetery on Sunday where they were at their peak. The crowds peaked by 2:00 pm as well and it was time for me to head home. I did go back on Monday afternoon to get a few more shots. The crowds were a bit thinner, but not by much. However, that’s the price you have to pay in Seoul or anywhere else in Korea to see the Korea cherry blossoms at their height, and it is worth fighting the madding crowds :). I hope you enjoy browsing these shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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 Cherry Blossoms in Seoul 

The Seoul National Cemetery is the resting place of approximately 165,000 service men and women who lost their lives in the Korean War and other battles. The cemetery is a war history buffs dream.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

Cherry blossoms in Seoul

One of the few places in Korea where you’ll find the delicate pink and white blossomed weeping cherry trees.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

 

This blossom-lined road runs through the cemetery and traffic jams are frequent.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

 

I love the blossoms against the blue sky.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

 

I think the contrasting white and pink trees are spectacular.

 

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

 

The traditional Korean pagoda is one of the most popular photography locations in the cemetery. It’s not easy to get a shot that doesn’t include throngs of people.

 

Seoul's Cherry Blossoms Seoul National Cemetery

 

The blossoms stand out beautifully against the green of the pagoda, don’t you think?

 

Seoul's Cherry Blossoms Seoul National Cemetery

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

Korea's Cherry Blossoms: Seoul National Cemetery

 

Have you experienced Korea’s cherry blossoms? Let us know in the comments.

The blossom season is short; approximately the first two weeks in April. It begins a little earlier in the south. Plan your travel dates accordingly.

The best way to get to the cemetery is on the subway; line 4 or 9, exit 8. Opening hours are daily from dawn until dusk and admission is free.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Wow! Simply beautiful!

    • Thanks, Jill. They are lovely!

  2. Oh wow these are exquisite. It certainly would be worth fighting the crowds to see these beautiful blossoms. I hope to see them one day. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kathy! You’re right! I hold my breath, and get into the zen zone 🙂

  3. They are so beautiful! I would love to see the cherry blossoms in S. Korea. We saw some in Tokyo last year but it wasn’t in full bloom. I love how you had the blossoms against the pagoda.

    • Hi, Mary. The pagoda was so pretty surrounded by the blossoms. I would love to see the Japanese cherry blossoms one of these days.

  4. I’ve yet to see cherry blossom but am totally fixated by them. I’d be returning to the cemetery for another viewing too! I’m hoping everything stays peaceful for you in Korea Nancie.

    • Hi, Jan. Cherry blossoms are so gorgeous. I hope you get to see them one on these days. Being here is a little nerve wracking at the moment 🙂

  5. I’d be braving the crowds also for a chance to see these truly lovely blossoms, Nancie. And the weeping cherry trees are so delicate and beautiful against the varied backgrounds. I’d want to make a return trip for sure!

    • Hi, Anita! They are worth every crowded moment 🙂

  6. Absolutely stunning shots of the cherry blossoms Nancie! I feel again like the Mad Hatter running around, shouting, “I’m late! I’m late for a very important date.” Wouldn’t you know this week the internet would go out on Thursday afternoon!? Anyway, Happy Easter and Good Friday to you!!

    • Hi, Jackie. Better late than never, right? It’s hard to believe that the blossoms are more or less finished. Now we have the azaleas, which are one of my favorites. I’ve been following your Easter adventures on FB, and it looks like you had an awesome holiday.

  7. Sadly, I have not seen these trees in bloom. There is an area in Los Angeles were they can be seen but the ticket sell out weeks before it is open to the public. Maybe next year.

    • Hi, Ruth. WOW! I had no idea you would have to purchase tickets to see cherry blossoms. Come to Korea and see them for free 🙂

  8. These are beautiful shots of the Cherry Blossoms, especially I love how the blossoms stand out against the pagoda.

    • Hi, Sarah. The cherry blossoms and the pagoda were made to go together. 🙂

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