South Korea Travel Planning – Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning monthly newsletter for February 2020, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.

Coronavirus Update​

A current hot topic is the novel coronavirus which has started in China, of which there are also confirmed cases in South Korea​​.  We have had many questions in the Facebook Group, as well as many people deciding to cancel or delay their travel.  At this stage our feedback is that you should read official government information and make a decision which is best for you and your family.  

​​We are gathering a lot of information into our official coronavirus thread in the Facebook group, so ensure you check it out at this link.

South Korea Events

South Korea Upcoming Events

There are several public holidays coming up over the next few months as follows.  Click on the links to find out more about each public holiday.

Check out the below links to see upcoming events, including music festivals, cultural festivals and much more…a.

Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets – Spring Festivals!

South Korea holds a multitude of spring festivals across the country.  You may not be aware that South Korea is also a big cherry blossom destination!  Click here to see the latest cherry blossom forecast!

Here is the selection of the most popular options on offer.  You can book some great packages through either Trazy or Klook which include transport to and from each event from either Seoul or Busan or both locations – check each tour carefully to confirm the departure and return points.

March 2020.  Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu (Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom) Festival.

There are a selection of different tour packages available for the Gwangyang Maehwa and Gurye Sansuyu Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom Festivals which are detailed below.  Here is a link with further information about the festival experience.

Late March to Early April.  Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival which is located a short distance west from Busan which usually attracts around 2 million visitors!  There are a few different day tour options as follows, all of them include visits to Jinhae, Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station cherry blossom viewing areas, as well as a large selection of cultural shows and activities.

Check out this article to see all of the different options on offer during the festival, and check out this article to read about the authors personal experience visiting the festival.

  • One day Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from either Seoul or Busan.  Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul or Busan departure) or Klook (from Busan or Seoul).
  • Evening Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from Busan, including Yeojwacheon Stream Starlight Festival.  Click here to book through either Trazy or Klook.
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9 April 2020.  Jindo Sea Parting Festival.

Visit Jindo Island to watch the sea open up to reveal a 2.9km pathway from shore to island.  You can walk all the way to Modo Island and take amazing photos.  Additional activities include gathering abalones, watching performance and much more.  This tour is available departing and returning from either Seoul or Busan.  Click here to book through Trazy.

Mid April 2020.  Peak Cherry Blossom Season in Seoul

Over mid April will be peak cherry blossom season in Seoul.  Klook has on offer a Cherry Blossom Chasing Day Tour for Seoul which includes visits to three cherry blossom locations and a traditional lunch.  Click here to check out the details and book through Klook.

14 April – 11 May 2020.  Taean Tulip Festival and Strawberry Farm.

The Taean Tulip Festival is one of the top 5 tulip festivals in the world.  This great tour enables you to visit the Taean Tulip Festival from Seoul, and also stop in to pick strawberries. Click here to read more about the Taean Tulip Festival.

30 March – 8 April 2020.  Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the top cherry blossom festivals in South Korea, and is located one hour drive north from Busan.  As well as exploring the lovely streets full of cherry blossoms, you can also enjoy traditional food and market stalls, as well as music performances, Korean arts and crafts.

1 May 2020.  Boseong Green Tea Festival.

The Boseong Green Tea Festival will be held on 1 May 2020.  The Boseong Tea Plantation was listed on “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN!  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how green tea is made, and enjoy the festival performances.

You can book this one day tour package from either Seoul or Busan for departures.  Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul/Busan departure) or Klook (Seoul departure and Busan departure).

Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week

Voyagin Chinese New Year Promotion

Voyagin is currently running their New Year Sale to celebrate Chinese New Year from 7 January to 9 February 2020 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or whole of Japan Rail Passes:

  • Spend $US 80, Save $US 5, use coupon code`NEWYEAR5`
  • Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `NEWYEAR10`
  • Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `NEWYEAR30`

To see a great range of popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you check out the Voyagin Tours and Tickets for South Korea at this linkoptions include theme parks, shows, Discover Seoul Passes and much more!

Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

Spring in Korea: Cherry Blossom Korea Forecast by Trazy

Here’s your ultimate guide to spring in Korea! Read on to find out when and where to see the beautiful spring blossoms across Korea.

In Korea, spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Offering gentle breezes and warm weather with the beautiful blossoms, spring is surely the best time to visit Korea. Especially mid-March to early April is the season in which a lot of international visitors, as well as locals, go on a trip to capture the fascinating scenery of spring flowers.

Although their peaks differ depending on each flower, most of the spring blossoms usually last only up to 10 days after the date of the first bloom. For sure, it is wise to see the forecast first before planning your spring blossom trip if you don’t want to miss out on incredible spring colors in Korea.  Click here to read more…

The Seoul Local’s Guide by Wanderlust Duo

“Seoul is my favourite city. But of course, this is a biased statement considering it was my home for 4 years. It’s really not easy to describe the awesomeness of Korea’s capital city, but I’ll give it a try… So what does Seoul have to offer besides its historic palaces, traditional foods, and modern technology? While living like a local during my time as an English teacher in Korea, I definitely discovered what to do in Seoul.” – Sonya Sandhu.  Click here to read more…

Best shopping in Seoul — Top 10 best shopping places in Seoul & best underground shopping Seoul by Living Nomads

If you have been travelling and shopping in South Korea before, you normally heard people talking about Dongdaemun. This is a convenient and bustling shopping district (because it’s near downtown Seoul) where a lot of department stores with numerous trendy clothing brands are located. And, since it became a major tourist attraction, pricing here in Dongdaemun has started to increase significantly compared to what is used to be. Now, check it out our best shopping in Seoul guide with top 10 shopping districts (top shopping in Seoul) you definitely cannot miss including best shopping places in Seoul, top shopping places in Seoul, best shopping mall in Seoul and especially is cheap underground shopping in Seoul (underground shopping Seoul) below.  Click here to read more…

Thanks Anne and Tony.

PS. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask questions in the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group.

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