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Where to Find the Popular Trumpet Vine Cluster in Seoul

Seoul has officially entered the summer season, and while the scorching sun may dampen the joy compared to spring, there’s no need to confine yourself indoors all day. In my previous guides to enjoying summer in Seoul, I emphasized that even amidst the heat and humidity, there are opportunities to appreciate the beauty of nature. Late June, in particular, presents the perfect time to venture out and witness the enchanting trumpet vine clusters. In this article, I will take you to a remarkable spot in Seoul where you can immerse yourself in the allure of these summer star flowers.

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    Korea Orange Trumpet Vine Season:

    Trumpet vines, also known as neung sohwa (능소화) in Korean, are easy-to-grow climbing plants that boast an abundance of showy, trumpet-shaped flowers in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, or red, which nectar-feeding birds adore. These flowers bloom during the peak of summer, typically from mid-June to the first week of July, with the orange variety being the most prevalent in Korea. In Seoul, you can easily stumble upon trumpet vines, as they are among the most popular plants cultivated in parks and residential areas, alongside wisterias, lilacs, and azaleas. However, if you are a flower enthusiast planning to visit the city during these peak summer months, there’s an area near Ttukseom Han River Park that you simply can’t afford to miss.

    Spotting the Trumpet Vine Cluster in Seongsu-dong:

    This particular location does not have an official name, as it appears to be a regular wall situated beneath the Gangbyeonbuk-ro (강변북로) expressway in the Seongdong District. Due to its proximity to Ttukseom Han River Park (뚝섬한강공원), the majority of pictures featuring this wall on Instagram are often geotagged with the park’s name. However, it’s important to note that this spot is not actually within the park area, although it is easily accessible from there.

    Over the years, this wall covered in trumpet vines has captured the attention of internet users with its breathtaking images showcasing lush greenery adorned with exquisite orange flowers. It has even become a popular photography spot in Seongsu-dong, a trendy neighborhood in Seoul.

    Getting There via Seoul Subway Line 2:

    Picture Source: Naver Map

    The most convenient route, which also offers a slightly shorter distance, is to take the subway to Seongsu Station on Line 2. After exiting through the station’s third exit, head southwards towards the Han River for approximately 15-18 minutes. This option not only provides the quickest way from the train station but also allows you to stroll through the trendy Seongsu Street and explore the local Ttukdo Cheongchun Market (뚝도청춘시장).

    Getting There via Seoul Subway Line 7:

    Picture Source: Naver Map

    If you have come across posts on Instagram guiding you to Ttukseom Han River Park, chances are you took Seoul Subway Line 7 and disembarked at Ttukseomyuwonji Station (뚝섬유원지역). Don’t worry; you haven’t gone in the wrong direction. In fact, this destination is a prime choice, particularly if you plan to have a picnic by the Han River. To reach the trumpet vine cluster from Ttukseomyuwonji Station, exit through the third exit and follow the path along the river towards the west. This route will take approximately 20-25 minutes.

    Tips for Enjoying a Photo Shoot at the Wall:

    • Bring an umbrella: Apart from protecting yourself from unexpected rain showers during the Korean summer, this wall is located in an extremely exposed area. When the trumpet vines are in full bloom, the sun can be scorching. While there are a few seating areas with shades, they tend to be occupied since it is considered a popular photo spot. Carrying an umbrella is a must for shade and protection.
    • Apply sunscreen: As mentioned earlier, the wall is located in an exposed area, and the sun’s rays can be intense. To safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays, be sure to apply sunscreen before heading out for your photo shoot.
    • Stick to the eastern end of the wall: Not only does this part of the wall have a higher density of flowers, but it is also advisable to steer clear of the other end, which houses a restroom facility that emits some unpleasant odors. By staying on the eastern end, you can capture the beauty of the trumpet vines without any distractions.
    • Plan your visit during weekdays: If possible, try to visit the trumpet vine cluster during weekdays, as weekends tend to be more crowded with visitors and photographers. Weekdays offer a more peaceful and less crowded environment, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience and capture stunning photographs.

    By following these tips, you can make the most of your visit to this stunning trumpet vine cluster near the Ttukseom Han River Park and capture stunning photographs that showcase the beauty of these summer star flowers.

    Gallery: More Pictures from the Trumpet Vine Wall


    Quick Info About the Trumpet Vine Wall:

    Address: 서울 성동구 강변북로 360
    Naver Map: Link
    Hours: 24 hours

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