It is that time of the year again. A time when the last snow melted and the first spring rain has fallen. It is spring again. A new beginning has finally come. Mother Nature has awaken from her deep sleep. The birds have started singing songs full of life, cheers, and joy. Everything seems so fresh. Even the breeze seems friendlier. Strolling around seems more exciting and enjoyable. And of course, flowering trees, shrubs, bushes, herbs and grasses; both cultured and wild, will soon start to bloom.
In Korea, there are a lot of flowers blooming in spring. Thus, there are a lot of flower festivals around the country. The most popular types of flower festivals are the cherry blossom festival, plum blossom festival, and sansuyu blossom festival. Many places in South Korea host these types of festivals. The most popular ones are the Gwangyang International Maehwa (Ume) Festival (March 18-27, 2016), Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April 1-10, 2016), Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival(April 1-10, 2016), Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (April 1-10, 2016), and Gurye Sansuyu (Cornelian Cherry) Festival (March 19-27, 2016).
But of all the spring festivals in South Korea, my personal favorite is the Taean Tulip Festival. I like it because it is not common. I always wanted to see a “sea of tulips”, like those in Holland.
The first Taean Tulip Festival was held in 2012. Each year it is getting bigger and gaining popularity. In October 2015, the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) has named Taean as one of the World’s Top 5 World Tulip Festivals Worth Visiting.
Last spring, I got a chance to visit and see the Taean Tulip Festival with my husband. We went there with a Korean tour group.
The festival showcased over a million tulips of different species. I was really happy to be there. I was able to see a variety of tulips that I have never thought even exist. Walking around the festival grounds was like strolling around a paradise. The subtle scent of the flowers all around added to the magical feeling brought about by the scenery. I did not want to go home. All I wanted to do was sit there and watch the beautiful and colorful tulips dance and sway before my eyes.
Aside from tulips, there are other flowers available for public viewing, such as canola, lupines, foxgloves, and lilies. My favorite were the lupines by the pink windmill.
Though the time we spent there was relatively short, I really enjoyed it. I wish I could go back there.
This year, the 5th Taean Tulip Festival is scheduled to be held on April 16th-May 5th at Taean Nature World.
How much is the Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to the festival venue is 9,000 won for adults, 7,000 won for kids and teenagers (3-18 years old) and people with special needs. For groups with over 30 members, the fee for adults is 8,000 won and 6,000 won for kids and teenagers.
How to Get to Taean
- From Seoul Nambu Terminal ~ Taean Bus Terminal leaves every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 19:10(It takes at least 2 hours 30 minutes)
- Dongdaejeon ~ Taean Bus Terminal leaves every 15~20 minutes from 7:26 to 18:47
(It takes at least 3 hours)
Hot to Get to the Tulip Festival Location
From Taean Terminal, take a local bus heading to Gomseom and get off at Morenon Bus Stop. (It takes at least an hour.)