Travel Photo Thursday — March 15, 2012 — Springtime in Korea — A Photo Sampler

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 38 comments


Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. We’ve moved from rain to sun here in Daejeon, but it’s freezing! Thankfully, I know that spring will be here soon, and the winter gray will be replaced with beautiful color. This week I’m showcasing some shots I’ve taken around Korea during past springs.

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Donghak-sa Temple

Located close to Daejeon, this temple gets very crowded in the spring. Great place to see magnolia trees in full bloom and cherry blossoms.

Donghaksa Temple


The stunning magnolia…

Spring Splendor


Rural Korea from a mountain top…

Hiking is popular anytime, and spring is one of the best times of the year to head up a Korean mountain.

Rural Korea from a Mountain Top


A springtime sunset on Korea’s Daecheon Beach…

Sunset, Daecheon Beach, Korea


Down a country road…

A couple of years ago I went on a road trip, and we had lots of fun getting lost on the country roads. This is one of my favorite shots from that trip.

Rural Korea Springtime


And finally, those awesome cherry blossoms…


Spring Flowers


Korea is starting to wake up after a long cold winter, and spring is one of the best times to visit. Festivals are getting underway, and are an enjoyable and affordable way for budget travelers to experience all that Korea has to offer. You can find out everything you need to know at the link below.

Korea Festivals



  1. Such beautiful trees and flowers in Korea!
    Sophie recently posted…Jamaica InnMy Profile

    • When they’re in bloom it is beautiful here.

  2. Man, do I want to see Spring get sprung around here. You sure you haven’t been sending all the cold breezes down my way ?

  3. Spring is my favorite season- I love watching the new flowers bloom (that magnolia is beautiful) and don’t mind the slight crisp air in the mornings.

    • Jade, I’m with you. Spring also means summer, which I love, too. I like the fall too, but that means winter. I don’t like the cold.

  4. Everyone of those shots is glorious. I can’t wait to see spring blossoms again. Your first shot – the temple is outstanding. I’m ready to hop on a plane and spend some time in Korea.
    Leigh recently posted…Travel Photo Thursday: Outdoor Art in CalgaryMy Profile

    • Come on over, Leigh. I’ll show you around. Do you know that Korea is having an Expo this year?

  5. It seems no matter where you are in the world Spring is always beautiful. These shots are gorgeous and love the temple and magnolia ones.
    Mary recently posted…Geyser Gazing at Yellowstone National ParkMy Profile

    • Thanks, Mary. There’s nothing like the “newness” and “freshness” of spring, wherever you are.

  6. Beautiful photos!
    That temple with magnolia and cherry trees sounds like a dream image to me… (^_^)
    Muza-chan recently posted…Ichimatsu, Japanese dolls of gratitudeMy Profile

    • Very beautiful and can’t wait to visit during blossom time this spring.

  7. Wow, wow, wow, absolutely beautiful! They’re all favorites.
    InsideJourneys recently posted…#TPT Seaford Town, Connecting Jamaica to GermanyMy Profile

    • Thank you! I would find it hard to choose a favorite too.

  8. Beautiful views. I love spring,and you captured it so nicely!

  9. Please send some of that spring our way. We are slowly seeing glimpses of it but mother nature is trying to confuse every plant that has popped out of the ground. Thanks for sharing a little of the warm, sun and magnificent spring smells you are experiencing.
    walkingon travels recently posted…Baby Takes On New York City: Weekend ExplorationMy Profile

    • Spring is still struggling to arrive here as well. It will be another couple of weeks before I can take photos like these again!

  10. I LOVED the cherry blossoms when I lived in S. Korea, it was my first time seeing them – so beautiful and a sign that spring is finally here!
    Laurel recently posted…Silent Snake at Big Cypress National Preserve, FloridaMy Profile

    • Yes, counting the days until they’re here again. Preparing this blog really has me anxious for spring, NOW…:)

  11. I was in Korea in February and it was bitterly cold. What’s more, nature was asleep and all dried up. I eventually need to return, both to explore more and to show it to my partner, and I’ll just have to do it in Spring.

    And something which hasn’t got anything to do with your post…I love your blog, but absolutely hate your recaptcha plug in. It takes me 5 minutes every time I want to post a comment, as I need to keep refreshing until I get a decent enough phrase which I can actually read. Please consider ending my and other people’s pain and removing it!
    Denise recently posted…Picture Perfect: East Side Gallery, BerlinMy Profile

    • Laurel, I think the best time to visit Korea are May/June, or Sept/Oct.

      Thanks for letting me know about the Captcha. I had no idea anyone was having problems with it.

      • Opps…sorry….Denise, not Laurel. I had just finished reading Laurel’s comment.

        • I suppose I have this particular problem because I’m slightly astigmatic, and my eyes can’t adjust quickly to changes in contrast, so when I get a word which is half in black and half in white, as often happens with Captcha, I just can’t read it!
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  12. Magnificent magnolias!
    azahar recently posted…red meat kills!My Profile

    • Daejeon City has planted magnolia trees absolutely everywhere. When they all bloom at the same time it’s spectacular.

  13. I love that architecture of Asian temples. I still can’t believe I haven’t seen that continent yet! Can’t wait to finally do so
    Maria recently posted…#Travel bucket list of the week: Space, home stays and other quirky staysMy Profile

    • Maria, I can’t imagine ever running out of things to see and do in Asia.

  14. Those photos look beautiful, and at first sight I would have thought it is Japan!
    Maria recently posted…Locals in the Middle East: A short photo essayMy Profile

  15. Living in Arizona, I can’t complain about weather, but we do’t have some of the trees and flowers that you have. I can SMELL that magnolia!
    Vera Marie Badertscher recently posted…Meet Pamela Webster: Pet Travel ThursdayMy Profile

  16. Beautiful photos – and they give us hope that spring might be on its way here in the soggy Pacific Northwest. Oh, but that sun on the beach. . .what a beautiful shot Nancie!
    Jackie Smith recently posted…TP Thursday: One ‘clam’ good time at Copalis BeachMy Profile

  17. I have a love/hate relationship with spring! I love the fact that everything is coming alive again, everything gets green and the flowers bloom. Hate allergies though! One of the most beautiful spring events are the magnolia blooms. One of the prettiest trees and flowers around!
    Debbie Beardsley recently posted…My Home Looks Like the Hofburg!My Profile

    • I am so lucky here in Daejeon. Magnolia trees are everywhere!

  18. These are wonderful photos in so many ways — colors, scenes, subjects– something for everyone.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted…Chilly Scenes of Niagara FallsMy Profile

  19. I love the white flowers with the red and blue against them. Just gorgeous!
    Jessica recently posted…Seven Super ShotsMy Profile

  20. Ahh, spring! Korea certainly looks lovely in that season. Love the cherry blossoms!
    Andi at The Particular Traveler recently posted…My Favorite AirportMy Profile

  21. You should write a Korean photo book! Your photos are always stellar…
    Raymond recently posted…The Other Rat Race: Rat Hunting (and Rat Eating) in IndonesiaMy Profile

    • That’s so nice of you to say..thank you!

  22. Love Cherry Blossoms
    eileen ludwig recently posted…Cherry Blossoms Washington DC Jefferson MemorialMy Profile

  23. Some really nice shots. Glad to find your Photo Thursday project. Looking forward to joining in next week! :)
    Bob R recently posted…Hotel Pic of the Day – Sheraton Atakoy IstanbulMy Profile


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