Last year, I had the pleasure of experiencing a Korean spring. It was as if all the plants locked themselves in a boardroom somewhere and hammered out a schedule of when to bloom. The following two months were a symphony of color. The name on that symphony’s marquee — cherry blossoms. Seoul, the article’s second choice behind Macon, Georgia (the self-appointed “Cherry Blossom Capitol of the World”), erupts in color this time of year. Mount Namsan, is a favorite wander of enthusiasts, with tree-lined streets, but I suggest heading over to Yeouido Island with the rest of the blossom seeking experts.
In the end, when you think of cherry blossoms, you are really thinking of Japan. I heard satellite images of the entire country have a pink hue to them this time of year. If you have a chance, head to Matsumae on the island of Hokkaido and charge up that camera battery, because the park around the Matsumae Castle has more than 10,000 trees in 250 different cherry varieties.
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