Bucheon is one of Seoul’s neighboring cities that is the perfect destination for those looking to experience the beauty of springtime in Korea. During April, the city can be seen as extra busy with welcoming visitors to their three big spring celebration events: Wonmisan Azalea Festival, Dodang Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival, and Chundeoksan Peach Blossom Festival. While the first two flower viewing premises are pretty well known among Seoulites, in this post, we will be focusing on Chundeoksan Peach Ranch which has been much less exposed online.
About Bucheon Peach Blossom Festival
Not only that peach blossoms (복숭아꽃) have been designated as the symbol of Bucheon City, they are also considered one of the city’s most beloved natural treasures that are said to bring harmony and unity among the city residents. Therefore, to celebrate the blooming of the city’s emblem each spring, the Peach Blossom Festival has been held at Chundeoksan Orchard since 2002.
Where is Chundeoksan Peach Orchard?
Chundeoksan Peach Orchard (춘덕산복숭아화원) is located in Yeokgok-dong, a district in Gyeonggi Province. To access the orchard from Seoul by means of public transportations, the cheapest and most efficient way can be taking Seoul subway line 1 to Yeokgok Station. Then, hop on a town bus number 017 at Yeokgok Station Bukbu stop (nearby Yeokgok Station exit 2) and alight at Yeokgok An Dongne bus stop (5 stops).
What to See in Chundeoksan Peach Orchard?
With an area of 11,000m2, Chundeoksan Orchard is home to over 460 peach trees that come with different pedal colors including pink, white, and crimson-red. While there are beautifully matured white and red blossomed trees, which can be seen near the entrance, the majority of the peach trees grown on sites at the Chundeoksan Orchard is Okayama variety (a species of white peaches) that produces pinkish blossoms during the springtime.
There are also common spaces such as an outdoor stage area, a lawn yard, and a multipurpose stadium where cultural activities and performances are organized during the festive event. In addition to the beautiful sea of peach flowers, during the peak blooming season, the orchard will be equipped with a handful of photozones and flowery installations adding more photo ops to keep your camera busy.
Best Time to See the Peach Blossoms
The flowers normally start to bloom in early or mid-April as well as the holding of the annual peach blossom viewing festival. The bloom will last until early May depending on how eccentric the weather is. If you would like to make the trip to the ranch even more worthwhile, I highly recommend visiting somewhere around the second week of April and making a swing by at the Wonmisan too. The famous azalea cluster is located only on the other side of the mountain!
Tips for Visiting Chundeoksan Peach Orchard
Visiting the orchard in the spring can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to be prepared so that you can make the most of your trip. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Constantly check the weather: Spring weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to check the forecast before you head out.
- Make sure to dress appropriately for the pre-summer weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking around on the orchard dirt ground. During the mid-day of Korea’s spring, the temperature can reach as high as 27 degrees Celsius and super sunny, so, don’t forget to apply some sun cream.
- Bring your camera: The blossoms are beautiful and make for great photo opportunities. Make sure you don’t forget to bring your camera or phone to capture the stunning scenery.
- Respect the orchard: When visiting, it’s important to respect the property and the trees. Be careful not to damage the blossoms or the trees, and make sure to follow any rules or guidelines provided by the orchard caretakers.
- Taste the fruit: If the orchard offers fresh fruit for sale, make sure to take advantage of the opportunity to taste the delicious, locally grown produce.
- Take your time: Visiting Chundeoksan Orchard in spring is a great opportunity to slow down and enjoy nature. Take your time walking through the open sites (some areas may be restricted), admiring the beauty of the blossoms, and taking in the peaceful atmosphere.
- Plan ahead: If you’re traveling a long distance to visit the orchard, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make any necessary reservations or arrangements. This will ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable trip.
Gallery: Chundeoksan Peach Orchard in Spring
About Chundeoksan Peach Orchard
Address: 119 Yeokgok-ro Bucheon-si Gyeonggi-do
Admission Fee: Free
Naver Map: [Link]
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