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Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul!

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 9 April 2007 | Views [2245]

What an amazing weekend again! On Sunday, me and a few friends headed to Yeouido area of Seoul. This is where the yearly Cherry Blossom festival takes place for two weeks during the month of April. It was so overcrowded in the subway heading to this area, that I thought I may just pass out. I think there should be a regulation, that the subway can only hold so many people. Well, after the long sweaty ride, I finally made it to my destination.

I was waiting for my friends, but they were twenty minutes late. While I was standing outside of Exit 2, I was surprised at the hordes of people that were pouring out of the exit. This festival is well known in Korea, and every year, people turn out to see the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees that line both sides of the street.

My friends finally arrived, and I was happy to see them, even if they were late. We started walking, even though we weren't sure where to go. We were just following the crowds in hopes of stumbling upon the white, snow-looking trees that are so prominent at this time of year in Korea.

We walked and walked, and stumbled upon a huge concrete area, where kids were riding bikes and skateboarding. We kept walking, and finally asked a Korean couple if they knew where the cherry trees were located. After a nod of the head a few times from one couple, we asked another couple who knew a little bit of English. They pointed in the direction that we were headed. The Korean man said to just look for many people. Haha, I chuckled.

We finally found the cherry trees and walked through a tunnel like thing under the trees that lined both sides of the sidewalk. It was truly magical, and reminded me of snow. We also found the National Assembly building, and had a great time just chatting, and trying to get through the crowds, or shall I say hordes of people all going in opposite directions.

The day ended nicely, while the sun went down, we hurried off in a taxi towards Itaewon to have some Western food. I guess we had enough of Korea for one day. Enjoy my pictures on the right side of the festival.

Deep thought of the day: How many people have they actually piled into the subway before someone got caught in the closing door?

Tags: the great outdoors

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