Friday, March 20, 2015

Possible Blooming Dates of Cherry Blossom in Korea 2015

Spring 2015 in Korea is finally here!!!

And when we think of spring, one thing comes to our mind, FLOWERS!!!

But when it comes to spring flowers, cherry blossom stands out because people are anticipating its blooming because of its beautiful petals.

If you are one of the many people who anticipate the blooming of cherry blossoms, here are the possible blooming dates in different areas in Korea this spring 2015. Credit to the Korea Tourism Organization for this timetable.

Check your respective region and the expected date of blooming.

SeogwipoMarch 24March 24
BusanMarch 28March 28
TongyeongMarch 30March 30
YeosuApril 2April 2
GwangjuApril 1April 2
DaeguMarch 31March 31
PohangMarch 31March 31
JeonjuApril 4April 5
DaejeonApril 5April 5
CheongjuApril 6April 7
SeoulApril 9April 10
IncheonApril 12April 13
GangneungApril 3April 5
ChuncheonApril 12April 12

For major palaces in Seoul, here is the schedule of blooming of flowers:

PalacePlants & FlowersBlooming date
Gyeongbokgung PalaceMaehwaApril 2 - April 17
Cherry blossomApril 4 - April 22
Apricot blossomApril 7 - April 20
Changdeokgung Palace and HuwonSansuyuMarch 22 - April 16
MaehwaApril 3 - April 20
PeonyMay 15 - May30
Changgyeonggung PalaceMaehwaApril 3 - April 17
Apricot blossomApril 5 - April 17
Royal azaleaMay 5 – May 20
Deoksugung PalaceApricot blossomMarch 25 - April 10
Cherry blossomApril 1 - April 15
Royal azaleaApril 15 - May10
PeonyApril 20 - May10

Jongmyo Shrine

Persimmon blossomMay 5 – May 25

And here is the list of major royal tombs in Seoul and the expected date of blooming:

Royal tombPlants & FlowersBlooming date
Hongneung / Yureung 
(a.k.a, Hongyureung)
AzaleaApril 1 - April 22
Cherry blossoms
April 11 - April 25
Taereung / Gangneung
(a.k.a, Taegangneung)
SansuyuMarch 25 - April 20
AzaleaMarch 29 - April 28
Royal azaleaMay 2 - May 20
Jeongneung Royal TombAzaleaMarch 29 - April 28
Cherry treeApril 5 - April 20
Seolleung / Jeongneung 
(a.k.a. Seonjeongneung)
SansuyuMarch 25 - April 20
Cherry treeApril 5 - April 20
Heolleung / Illeung 
(a.k.a. Heonilleung)
AzaleaMarch 29 - April 28
ViburnumMay 10 - May 30

(Gyeongneung, Changneung, Hongneung, Ingneung and Myeongneung)

Cherry treeApril 10 - April 20

Enjoy cherry blossom while it lasts because it will only showcase its beautiful flowers in less than one week.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Video of the Attack to the US Ambassador to South Korea

Photo credit to Reuters

The US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippet was having a breakfast conference at Sejong Art Centre in Seoul when a man attacked him with a knife while shouting anti-war slogan. The US ambassador was preparing a lecture about peace between the North Korea and South Korea when the attack happened.

Police officers immediately arrested the suspect and later on identified as Kim Ki-Jong, a 55 year old man who apparently is the head of a group that advocates peace and reconciliation between the divided Peninsula. Apparently, the group is against the South Korea-US military exercise as this appears to be a drill for war.

According to the US embassy, the ambassador is now in stable condition after a surgery on the face where the attacker slashed him with a knife.

This is the actual video of the incident posted by Video Mug:

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