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  • This year’s “Beautiful 150 Spring Flower Paths in Seoul”

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    This spring, when the warm spring breeze drifts down from the mountains and through the fields, the Seoul Metropolitan Government introduced Seoul’s 150 Spring Flower Paths to encourage citizens to get out and take a stroll.

    This year’s 150 Spring Flower Paths, selected by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, includes paths in small and large parks in the city, roadside paths, riverside paths, and even alleyways.
    The total length of these paths is 217.04 kilometers.

    Flower Paths in Parks:

    63 (Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouidong-ro and Yeouiseo-ro, Gwangjin-gu Walkerhill-gil, Geumcheon-gu Beotkkot-ro, etc.)

    Roadside Flower Paths:

    33 (Hangang River, Jungnangcheon Stream, Seongbukcheon Stream, Anyangcheon Stream, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Yangjaecheon Stream, etc.)

    Riverside Flower Paths:

    6 (Gangbuk Uicheon Streamside Green Zone, Yangjae-daero Green Zone, etc.)

    Green Zones:

    6 (Gangbuk Uicheon Streamside Green Zone, Yangjae-daero Green Zone, etc.)

    There are 12 new paths this year thanks to the effort of residents and related organizations, who planted and tended flowers and trees over the past year. For instance, cherry trees were planted along Saechang-ro in Yongsan-gu, creating fantastic scenery, and beautiful azaleas now line Achasan Dulle-gil in Gwangjin-gu.

    For the convenience of citizens, the 150 Spring Flower Paths have been grouped under five different themes

    •     ① Spring Flower Paths for a Spring Outing
    •     ② Spring Flower Paths for a Scenic Drive
    •     ③ Spring Flower Paths for a Walk or Exercise
    •     ④ Spring Flower Paths with Exotic Flowers
    •     ⑤ Spring Flower Paths for Festivals

    In addition, information about the Spring Flower Paths is available on the Smart Seoul Map mobile application, which allows citizens to find the nearest Spring Flower Path(s) no matter where they are.

    The Korea Meteorological Administration forecasted that the flowering dates will be one to three days earlier than the 30-year average and about three days later than last year. Specifically, it was predicted that forsythias and azaleas will begin to bloom on March 27 and 28, respectively, and will be in full bloom by around April 3 and 4, while cherry blossoms are expected to begin blooming on April 4, reaching full bloom by April 16.

    If you are looking for Spring Flower Paths that are conveniently located near numerous means of transportation and offer different kinds of activities and snack foods to enjoy, we recommend those in large parks, such as Jungnang Camping Forest, Dream Forest, Ttukseom Seoul Forest, Children’s Grand Park, and Gwacheon Seoul Grand Park.

    • Jungnang Camping Forest
    • Training for Volunteer Activities
    • Training for Volunteer Activities
    • Ttukseom Seoul Forest
    • Children’s Grand Park
    • Gwacheon Seoul Grand Park

    If you would like to take a nice walk through neighborhoods with a variety of cultural spaces and great restaurants, check out the small mountains and parks in Seoul, including Boramae Park in Dongjak-gu, Seoul National Cemetery, Ansan Mountain in Seodaemun, Seokchon Lake (Songpa Naru Park), and West Seoul Lake Park.

    • Boramae Park
    • Ansan Mountain
    • Seokchon Lake

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government selected Jongno-gu’s Inwangsan-gil, Gwangjin-gu’s Walkerhill-gil, Gangseo-gu’s Gomdallae-ro, and Geumcheon-gu’s Beotkkot-ro as the best roads for scenic drives, as they are all filled with pink cherry blossoms.

    • Inwangsan Mountain
    • Gwangjin-gu Walkerhill-gil
    • Beotkkot Simni-gil

    The selected Spring Flower Paths along the Hangang River and other streams are the best places to go for a walk or some exercise at any time of the year.

    • Hangang River
    • Bulgwangcheon Streamside
    • Cheonggyecheon Stream
    • Anyangcheon Stream Dike
    • Jungnangcheon Stream
    • Yangjaecheon Streamside

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has also introduced Spring Flower Paths where people can enjoy flowers not usually seen in Seoul, such as irises, Chinese fringe trees, and various wildflowers and herbs.

    • Pear Flower Path
    • Chinese Fringe Tree Path
    • Herb Flower Path
    • Rape Flower Path
    • Iris Path

    If you are hoping to experience spring flowers and festivals together, head over to the Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival in Yeongdeungpo in April or the Eungbongsan Mountain Forsythia Festival in Seongdong-gu.

    The 11th Yeoungdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival 2015

    • This annual festival will be held for six days from April 10 (Fri) to 15 (Wed) around Yeouiseo-ro.
      Scheduled events include the Spring Flower Path Walk-a-thon, Spring Flowers and Percussion Experience Program, Seoul Police Marching Band Parade, book concert, and performances by citizens.
      (Yeongdeungpo-gu Office Homepage: www.ydp.go.kr)

    The 18th Eungbongsan Mountain Forsythia Festival

    • This festival will be held for three days at Eungbongsan Mountain Palgakjeong Pavilion from April 3 (Fri) to 5 (Sun).
      Main events include the Children’s Drawing and Essay Contests, while side events include the Forsythia Healing Concert and Forsythia-making classes.
      (Seongdong-gu Office Homepage: www.sd.go.kr)

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government explained that spring outings will be even more enjoyable if citizens confirm or make advance reservations for experience programs or performances and use public transportation.

    “Seoul’s 150 Spring Flower Paths” can be found on the official website of Seoul City (http://www.seoul.go.kr/story/springflower/) and the Smart Seoul Map mobile application.

    – The administrator uses the map-tagging function in conjunction with location data to show the Spring Flower Paths on the map. Also, a map-based service will be offered both on the website and via the Smart Seoul Map application.

    – The website for Seoul’s parks (http://parks.seoul.go.kr/park) introduces the Spring Flower Paths by theme, activity (picnics, hiking, walking, etc.), and district, as well as the reasons they were selected as Spring Flower Paths.

    – The Smart Seoul Map mobile application displays icons representing the Spring Flower Paths on a map, and with a simple touch of an icon, users can access the location of the paths and a wealth of other information any time, anywhere. The Smart Seoul Map can be downloaded to any type of smartphone from the relevant app store.

    “Anywhere you can set your foot will be covered with colorful spring flowers,” said Oh Hai Young, the Director-General of Green Seoul. “We hope that families and couples enjoy many scenic spring outings together.” He also added, “We would like to ask all visitors to make advance reservations for programs and activities and use public transportation, if possible, so that everyone can enjoy these spring flower festivals.”