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Photos: Cherry Blossom (벚꽃) Tunnel 2012

Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Gyeongju 2012

Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Gyeongju 2012

It seems the long awaited blooming of the cherry blossoms (벚꽃) is starting to reach its peak.  Of course, this means next weekend Gyeongju and Bomun Resort will be flooded with tourists, so I’d suggest staying off the roads around here, if at all possible.  However, one stretch of road worth braving the traffic jams for is the lane leading up to General Kim Yu-shin’s tomb.    I’ve heard locals refer to this road as the “cherry blossom tunnel,” for reasons that I hope are obvious.  Thankfully a few years back the city managed to widen this road, which takes pressure off the traffic and leaves a lot more room for a street vendors and strolling tourists. (It was kind of hard to enjoy the cherry blossoms while worrying about losing a limb to passing cars at the same time.)  I had some spare time between classes this afternoon and decided to check out the scene before it got too crazy with the weekend tourists.  Of course, I had my new Nikon DSLR along to play with, so here are some of the better photos I shot.  The weather was perfect, but for the wind, and there were still enough folks around to give the place quite a festive atmosphere.  The cross-dressing, trote-singing clown from Incheon helped to spice up the atmosphere a bit too (pictures not included.)  Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re looking for suggestions on other places around town to frolic amongst the cherry flowers, I’ve posted tips previously both here and here.

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2012 Spring Events: Cherry Blossoms, Miso II, Concerts and More

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

I’ll skip my usually apologies to my regular readers for not posting in over almost month.  Suffice to say, I’ve been swept up in the usual start-of-semester whirlwind lately.  Thankfully things are finally settling into a routine and with spring at our door step, there are a few things to catch up on. For starters, cherry blossom season is close upon us again. If you’re planning to frolic among the flowers this year, the Korean Tourism Organization has recently released its predictions for the blossoming dates and peak times for 2012. It looks like the cherries here in Gyeongju will begin blooming around April 2nd and will be at their peak between April 11th and the 20th, so mark your calendars.  And if you’re looking tips on places in town to check out the cherry blossoms,  I’ve posted suggestions in years past on the best spots for the blossoms. read more »

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Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms (벚꽃) 2011

Cherry Blossoms, Road to Kim Yu-shin's Tomb, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms, Road to Kim Yu-shin's Tomb, Gyeongju

I have to apologize to the regular readers of this blog (if indeed they exist beyond my lovely wife ;-)) for being slack in posting lately.  I had not one, but two, presentations to prepare for my masters program this last week.  As my creative efforts have been going elsewhere, I don’t actually have any articles ready to post atm.  However this year’s cherry blossoms are in full bloom and I did get out recently for some family photos among the blossoms. read more »

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2011 Spring Events: Cherry Blossoms, Marathon, Liquor Festival, Martial Arts and More

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

It’s finally beginning to feel a bit like spring around Gyeongju, which means we’re just days away from that magical season when the cherry trees begin to bud and then blossom.  Entire streets in Gyeongju turn into marshmallow wonderlands and romantic couples stroll through flurries of pink petals.  I already posted last spring on some of the best places in town to check out the cherry blossoms, like at Kim Yu-shin’s tomb and the ruins of Banwolseong fortress, so I won’t repeat myself here.  Korea’s wizards of meteorology have gazed into their crystal balls and have predicted Gyeongju’s cherry flowers (벚꽃)  will begin blossoming between now and April 8th and that the peak season this year should be April 6th – 15th. read more »

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Top 10 Events Around Gyeongju in 2011

Daeboreum Full Moon Bonfire Festival 2010

Daeboreum Full Moon Bonfire Festival 2010

It seems like local events have a way of sneaking up on me around here.  I try my best, but I have a way of hearing about them right before, or worse, just after they happen.  As my New Year’s resolution is to get a head of things for a change, here’s a list of my top 10 local events to look forward to during the next year:

1. Daeboreum (대보름) Full Moon Bonfire Festival: Slated this year for Thursday Feb. 17th, Daeboreum celebrates the first full moon after Solnal (설날), or the Lunar New Year.  If it’s anything like years past, the city government will set up a huge bonfire in the parking lot by the river, across from the Express (시위) Bus Terminal.  Around 5:30 or 6:00 pm they’ll light up the bonfire, and while it burns people play “gangang  sulae” (강강수래) folk games and sing songs.  It’s a fun evening out so bring your camera or just come and join in the games. read more »

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More Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms (벚꽃)

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

Okay, so it looks like my predictions about the cherry blossoms being over this weekend were (thankfully) bogus. The cherries have survived our nasty bout of snow and cold Wednesday night and it looks like they’re still going strong. Barring any freak windstorms or rogue typhoons, the cherry flowers should still be in full bloom this weekend for the start of the Soju and Ddeok Festival. I’ll have more on the festival posted up here soon. Until then I thought I’d experiment with the WordPress photo album option. Just for the heck of it, here are some close-ups of the cherry blossoms I shot with my 300mm zoom/macro lens. Enjoy. read more »

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Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms (벚꽃) Spring 2010

Cherry Blossoms Spring 2010, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms Spring 2010, Gyeongju

Over the last week or so the cherry blossoms (벚꽃) here in Gyeongju have just exploded.  Hopefully,you got out to see them last weekend as we’ve been in for a bit of nasty weather lately.  The temperature’s really dropped and we even had some snow mixed in with the rain tonight, which is not going to fair well for the cherry flowers.  But if you’ve not seen them already, don’t give up just yet.  They’ll probably hang on for a few more days, though I have my doubts how many will still be around for the Soju and Ddeok Festival this weekendread more »

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Cherry Blossom (벚꽃) Season in Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms, Banwolseong Palace, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms, Banwolseong Palace, Gyeongju

Since I’ve been on the topic of festivals lately, I thought I’d post on this one BEFORE it happened for a change.  It’s not an official festival really, but with Spring looming on the horizon, we’re just a couple of weeks away from cherry blossom season.  Gyeongju, along with Jinhae further south, is one of the best places to go in Korea to frolic amongst the fairyland wonder of the blossoming cherry trees.   The problem is, everyone seems to know it.  If you’re coming down for a visit to check out the blossoms, I highly suggest taking the train.  Folks have been known to get stuck in traffic jams for hours.  read more »

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