All accross the country cities are hosting cherry blossom festivals - perhaps none more famous than the one in Jinhae where over 2 million tourists arrive each year to check out the approximately 340,000 cherry blossom trees in that port city (particularly along one 4km stretch of road). Unwilling to brave the 3 hour bus journey, the huge crowds and the pain of parting with more money. I decided instead to remain in Gwangju and check out some of the cherry blossoms flowering around my area. Here are some of my favourite pics.
The Flowers of Gwangju's Spring Festival (held, of all places, at the municipal government's pension offices).
The lovely flowers around the city's artistic hub - Biennial Park. For some reason, the scent of the cherry blossoms here was particularly strong. I should also add that it was wonderful, light but absolutely refreshing. I wish there was some way to transfer smells through the internet!
And, finally, my personal favourite place for cherry blossoms in Gwangju, Uncheon Reservoir. I wish I'd had an entire day to spend here! Water, boardwalks, man-made islands, people smiling everywhere, gorgeous sunlight and a light breeze that had petals swirling around you as they fell - what more could anyone ask for in their flower gazing experiences?