Spring in Korea is very much marked by the cherry blossoms. The flowers are only in bloom for a short time, less than a week, so the best places to view them get crowded extremely quickly. One of the most popular destinations in Seoul to take in the cherry blossoms is Yeouido Island (pronounced Yo-E-Doe). Situated on the Han River, which bisects the city into north and south halves, the island is a financial and business center of Korea, with the Korea Exchange and many conglomerate headquarters. There are hundreds upon hundreds of cherry blossoms trees on the island, as well as the Han River Park overlooking the river.
The 63 Building, the most recognizable building on Yeouido, it was the tallest building in South Korea from 1985 until 2003.
The new warm weather is bringing people out of their apartments and into the sunlight.
The view across the Han River.
It's an extremely popular destination for couples of all ages and it's hard to deny the romantic air the blossoms give.
Finger food was all over the place to feed the masses.
It sort of goes without saying that I stand out in Korea (and practically all of Asia for that matter). I'm a 185cm/6'1" tall white American with blonde hair and blue eyes, so people can tell pretty instantly that I'm not from here. People sometimes stare. People also sometimes stop what they are doing to talk to me, getting a rare chance to practice their English. This street performer noticed me taking pictures while bantering with the crowd, then stopped and shouted at me "Hello! Where are you from?" "Welcome to Korea!," every one had a good laugh and he went back to playing music. It's not rude or even something that I dislike, it's just something foreigners in Korea become accustomed to.
As night fell the trees began to be lit up in some nice colors.
In some sections of the island, the streets became lined with portrait artists.
It was pretty.
Note: More than a year after I have posted this, I have noticed that I wrote "Yeouido Island" in the header image. "Do" in Korean means "Island", so I basically wrote Yeoui Island Island. I am a moron.