Cherry Blossoms at Chungnam University
I started writing this about a month ago, and then completely forgot about it. Pretty much right from when I arrived in Daejeon in the fall, people have spoken off and on about how beautiful the cherry blossom festivals that take place all over the country in the beginning of spring are. In early April, I started noticing these cherry blossoms (also what I would eventually learn were magnolia blossoms) all over Daejeon so I figured it was time to look into the festivals I had heard so much about. As far as I can tell, the most famous of these festivals is the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, but after being warned of the immense crowds that swarm the area, I decided that I wanted to go somewhere a little less hectic.
I had been hearing that there were lots of cherry blossoms at Chungnam Univeristy here in Daejeon, and then one of my friends posted a photo from the campus so I decided that would be the best way to see them. Turned out, Chungnam has its very own little cherry blossom festival that was quite lovely.
I ended up spending the entire day here and accordingly having more pictures of these small white flowers than I know what to do with. However, this was my favourite photo from the set. I think the focus turned out really cool (click on it to see a bigger version).
So many cherry blossoms! Made for a very pretty canopy, that started to feel very surreal as the light faded. Oh also, every once in a while people would shake the trees and make it ‘snow’ which made all the Koreans go crazy. It was quite entertaining.
It’s not very useful information at this point, but if you are in Korea in spring of 2012, I would recommend checking at the universities around your city before trekking to any of the major cherry blossom festivals. They are likely to be less crowded and it’s hard to enjoy nature when you are being pushed and shoved by throngs of people.