Spring Springs: Cherry Blossom Season in Cheongju

If there’s one thing that’s beautiful about Korea, it’s spring. Cherry blossoms might initially bring Japan to mind, but I assure you that Korea has an equally lovely burst-into-bloom season.

Young cherry tree.
Young cherry tree.

Ricky and I decided to take a walk by the river a couple of weeks ago when it was at its prime, and we managed to get lovely shots.

"Petals on a wet black bough" (sorry, just had to bring some poetry into it...)
“Petals on a wet black bough” (sorry, just had to bring some poetry into it…)
So many blossoms on every branch.
So many blossoms on every branch.
So flower. Much pretty. Very spring!
So flower. Much pretty. Very spring!
Even mosquitos were enjoying the flowers.
Even mosquitos were enjoying the flowers.

The main river running through the city is lined with cherry trees which means it’s a prime photo op location.

Cherry trees lining the river.
Cherry trees lining the river.

It also meant that it was absolutely full of people doing exactly what we were – taking pictures and strolling with loved ones under the arbor archways.

Line of trees by the sidewalk.
Line of trees by the sidewalk.
Strolling folks and old friends.
Strolling folks and old friends.
Locals would meander relaxedly under the trees.
Locals would meander relaxedly under the trees.

Perhaps most beautiful of all was the way the petals would flutter down in the slightest of breezes, dappling the ground like fresh fallen snow.

Petals underfoot.
Petals underfoot.
So. Many. Petals.
So. Many. Petals.
And so pretty at that.
And so pretty at that.

It was truly beautiful to experience their delicate beauty, especially at their prime. I went to see the cherry blossoms in a neighbouring town last spring, but missed these ones in Cheongju. As such I made sure to drink in the sights to make up it.

Petal clusters.
Petal clusters.
All the more beautiful against the contrast of the black bark.
All the more beautiful against the contrast of the black bark.
So much pretty.
So much pretty.
There were also what I think were azaleas blooming along the cherry trees which made for a very festive feeling indeed.
There were also what I think were azaleas blooming along the cherry trees which made for a very festive feeling indeed.

Luckily we managed to take our pictures on the quieter end of the trees. Once we walked closer to downtown it became selfie central. Girls and boys alike posed, separately and together, with flowers in their hair for spring photo sessions – we were even asked by a group of friends to take a picture of them.

I got a shot of Ricky for his style blog (which you can see here), but otherwise we were happy to be behind the camera ourselves.

Oh lovely flowers, how you beckoned to us! We could not mar your beauty with the mortal skins of our own selves.
Oh lovely flowers, how you beckoned to us! We could not mar your beauty with the mortal skins of our own selves.
Yellow and pink - if I couldn't celebrate Easter over here, at least nature is giving me its colour scheme.
Yellow and pink – if I couldn’t celebrate Easter over here, at least nature is giving me its colour scheme.

Anyway we had a lovely walk, enjoying the fragrant air and the tinge of new warmth in the spring sunlight. Sadly the rains and winds started just a few days later and swept away most of the petals, but it was beautiful while it lasted. We were thankful we took photos when we did.

The blooms are forever immortalized by our lenses.
The blooms are forever immortalized by our lenses.

Happy spring everyone!

Cheery tree in front of our apartment.
Cheery tree in front of our apartment.

11 thoughts on “Spring Springs: Cherry Blossom Season in Cheongju

  1. All so beautiful! But if I had to choose a favourite shot I think it is of the petals in that round hole. So glad you were able to experience and appreciate this burst of blooms! I remember loving the sensation of a streetful of petals near my grandmother’s home in Vienna…fluffy flowering almond trees. Same petal snow. We only get it in miniature form with our one cherry tree here. But for you to have the trees lining the river like that…NICE! I think the yellow bushes are forsythias.

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    1. Ah yes thanks! Will correct that in my post. And honestly almond trees, cherry trees – any and all blossoms in spring are just gorgeous. And our tree at home might be lonely but it’s still the prettiest one around 🙂

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  2. Really beautiful shots. The viewer is alone with the bloom’s beauty. And then you see that you are not alone but among many others enjoying the same.

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  3. WOW!!! Thanks for the great pix-s. All so breathtaking. The yellow blooming bushes at the base of the trees look like Forsythia.
    Love, A/C

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  4. I wish our Forsythia would bloom like that. I’m glad you included some B & W images. I’m partial to them (and Silent Movies).

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    1. I do give a lot of credit to my camera! It’s a Nikon D5300 and I adore it like my firstborn child. But thanks for the compliment ^ ^ I’m glad you liked them!

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