Spring has come so it’s time to get a little bit lazy. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy a delicious brunch at a cozy café, after sleeping till late in the morning? Or to dress casually in a light outfit and go for a picnic in the afternoon, as it is a little luxury only allowed in the summer season. The fabulous spring days in Gyeonggi-do are all yours.
#Spring Flowers Spots
A Beautiful Spring Flower Festival at Bucheon Azalea Hill (Bucheon Flower Festival)
The city of Bucheon is famous for the gorgeous flower festivals it holds each year. To enjoy one of them at Bucheon Azalea Hill, take subway line 7 to Bucheon Stadium Station and leave by exit 2. As soon as you get out through the exit, you will be captivated by the white cherry blossoms swaying before you. Every time the wind rises, the cherry blossom trees lining the street in front of Bucheon Stadium create a marvelous rain of flowers. After passing the cherry blossom tunnel and the Bucheon Bow Museum, you will finally get to Bucheon Azalea Hill. Many thousands of azalea trees, each as high as an adult, bloom simultaneously to create a beautiful landscape on this hill, covering the entire area with vibrant pink and red flowers. The best location for photography is near the top of Wonmisan Mountain, and you can also take a photo with the round Bucheon Stadium surrounded by red azaleas as the backdrop.
Address: San 22-1, Chunui-dong, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Azalea Hill, Bucheon)
Entrance Fee: Free
Hwaseong Botanical Garden for Korean Native Flowers , One of the Best Flower Attractions
Hwaseong Botanical Garden of Korean Native Flowers is the most renowned place for enjoying spring flowers in Hwaseong. Visitors can see a wide variety of flowers and plants in this one place. A recommended tour course begins at the Eco Pond near the ticket office, passes in a clockwise direction via the Plant Garden, Stone Garden, and Wild Flower Garden, and finishes at the Four Seasons Hall. While strolling along this course visitors will see nearly 1,000 species of plants. In particular, the Four Seasons Hall, a large greenhouse built in the shape of a traditional Korean house, contains diverse plant and flower species that grow on many famous Korean mountains such as Seoraksan, Taebaeksan, Jirisan, Hallasan, and Baekdusan. There are many spaces for children in this botanical garden as well. The Children’s Yard includes a playground and a lawn, while the Children’s Experience Hall offers various nature education experience programs.
Address: 777-17, 3.1manse-ro, Paltan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: 09:00 ‒ 18:00 (Closed on Mondays, Lunar New Year’s, Chuseok Holiday)
Fee: Adults KRW 3,000 / Teenagers and Soldiers KRW 2,000 / Children KRW 1,500 (75% discount for the citizens of Hwaseong)
A Special Spring Picnic at Anyang Art Park
The Anyang Foundation for Culture and Arts presents a special spring picnic program called the “Anyang Public Art Project (APAP) Tour: Spring Picnic Package.” This tour program is designed to enable participants to take a walk in the forest with an expert docent, enjoying the various artworks installed around the park for about an hour, and a picnic. A cup of warm, savory tea and cookies are provided by the Foundation as well. The streets, forest, and many areas of Anyang Art Park are dotted with dozens of artworks, including the UFO-shaped road sign at the entrance. Recognized as a successful case of urban reinvigoration, the park was created by the dedicated efforts of specialists from diverse fields including the arts, architecture, and design. Visitors can still enjoy the artworks and a picnic around the benches and rest areas in the park, even without joining the APAP tour program.
Address: 131, Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: Spring Picnic Package – Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 and 14:00 (twice) / Saturday and Sunday, 10:00, 14:00, and 16:00 (three times) (April 1 to May 31)
Fee: Spring Picnic Package KRW 1,000
A Cherry Blossom Picnic at Manseok Park
Regarded as the most beautiful park in the Suwon area, Manseok Park is especially popular for the excellent walking trails around its lake, and for the white cherry blossoms that create a breathtakingly picturesque scene around the lake in spring. Located in the downtown area, the park boasts spacious green areas and convenience facilities, offering local residents a pleasant environment for a spring picnic. Visitors can also enjoy a rich cultural life at the second Suwon Outdoor Concert Hall and the Suwon Art Center nearby. The park also contains diverse sports facilities including a football pitch, badminton courts, and an X-game field, which are very popular among local residents and the city’s sports clubs.
Address: 434, Songjuk-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
A Beautiful Spring Day’s Brunch at Gwanggyo Café Street
In the low-rise buildings in Gwanggyo New Town, many cafés with a cozy atmosphere opened to serve special brunches, so the neighborhood eventually came to be known as Gwanggyo Café Street. As the street enjoys huge popularity as a destination for dates and gatherings, it is always very crowded on weekends, and especially on spring days. A Provence-style café decorated with many pastel colors offers brunch set menus with interesting names. One is “Lovers in Paris” which consists of waffles with whipped cream and scrambled eggs. Grilled sausages and bacon are added to the dish, and banana and kiwi are placed on top, as if displaying the splendid array of spring. Another is “French Afternoon,” which includes soft French toast and strawberry jam, and it will definitely stimulate your appetite. These set menus are served with fresh salad and an Americano.
Address: 1311, Iui-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: 10:00 ‒ 22:00
Price: Brunch Set KRW 12,000 to 19,000 (Including beverage / Average price)
Avenue France – a French-style Street in Pangyo
Avenue France, located at the intersection of Pangyo Station, is a European-style shopping mall designed according to two themes of “France” and “Streets.” Cultural galleries and rest areas are arranged here and there in this 200m-long shopping mall, creating a cultural street in the downtown area. Notably, Avenue France was designed to reproduce the distinguished atmosphere of renowned places in France, such as the Louvre on the first floor, the Champs Élysées on the second floor, and Montmartre on the third floor. Diverse terrace cafés and restaurants, serving Korean and Western cuisine, have opened in this shopping mall, as well as sophisticated boutiques and beauty shops. Avenue France is indeed gaining huge popularity as a “must-visit” place in Pangyo. It is loved as a place for brunch-meetings or company dinners among Pangyo’s residents. In addition, the cafés and restaurants are frequently mentioned by SNS users, and it becoming a new mecca for gourmets.
Address: 740, Sampyeong-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Please make individual inquiries for some stores.)