The Quint: It’s Springtime! Japan, South Korea Blanketed In Cherry Blossoms

It is springtime and Japan and South Korea are bedecked in flowers.
Flower Festival In South Korea
The floral harbingers of spring, such as cherry, azalea, forsythia and canola blossom have literally blanketed South Korea, transforming the whole nation into a picturesque tourist attraction. One of the country’s major cherry blossom festivals is underway in the Jinhae district at the southeastern city of Changwon. The annual festival in Jinhae, where one of the country’s major naval bases is stationed and some 360,000 cherry trees have bloomed, is scheduled to run through April 10.
Also in western Seoul, a smaller cherry blossom festival has kicked off in Yeouido Island, the capital’s main financial district and the home of the National Assembly. The floral event, which is due to end on April 9 for this year, draws crowds to streets lined with cherry blossoms on the river island every spring.
Meanwhile, Korea’s southern scenic resort island of Jeju also attracts tourists at home and from abroad with its annual canola flower festival. Visitors are to be stunned with an ocean of yellow canola blooms on the huge island around this springtime.
In particular, tourists to the Dong River in the country’s mountainous central eastern county of Yeongwol are welcomed by pasque flowers, one of the out-of-the-way plants worldwide. The flowers, also known as prairie crocus, are among the first spring blooms to sprout from steep cliffs along the banks of the Dong River.

Video: AP
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