The QiRanger Adventures

The Blossoms of Yeouido (여의도)

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Yeouido Path

The weather this past weekend was fantastic. In fact, I think it was really the first time this spring that we had two consecutive sunny days on Saturday and Sunday. With that in mind, Jo and I decided that we’d finally take in some of the sights in Seoul and experience the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom!

The destination of choice for this outing was Yeouido (여의도). We chose this for a few reasons: 1) It has some of the best displays of cherry blossoms in Seoul, 2) it’s along the Han River, and 3) we were hoping to get a chance to explore the sights of Yeouido!

Where the laws are passed... and they have a few fights!

With that in mind, we jumped on our trusty RED EXPRESS bus and made our way into Seoul. Once in Gangnam, it was time to transfer to the Metro-9 Line and go to our first destination: The National Assembly Building! The great thing about the Metro-9 Line is that they have two lines – a regular (all stop) and an express. The express goes to Yeouido in 4 stops. Talk about a quick ride! Jo and I opted for that, exited at Yeouido, then re-boarded the all stop Metro-9 for the National Assembly.

What’s really nice about the Assembly area, is that people flock to it for picnics and get-togethers! It reminds me a lot of the way people visit the Mall in DC for fun times with friends and family. Part of the reason the grounds were packed was in front, there was a memorial for the lost souls of the Cheonan.

Prayers for the departed.

This display was quite moving, as it had photographs of all 46 dead and lost crew members. People could come up and write a note to the seaman or his family and place it on the memorial. On the National Assembly Building itself, there was a huge banner hanging down.

After spending an hour at the Assembly, Jo and I ventured out to the Han River area to see the Cherry Blossoms. We were not disappointed! The petals  were starting to fall and there was plenty to see and do along the main path and along the river.

We walked down to the end of the island and then started walking back along the river. It was so much fun to see people playing, riding bikes, and generally having a good time. Jo and I were fortunate to time our arrival near sunset, so were blessed with some great views as the sun went down.

The setting sun at Yeouido Hangang Park.

For more pictures, check out the album. Here’s the video:

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Written by Steve Miller

April 27, 2010 at 4:00 am

6 Responses

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  1. Sounded like a wonderful day trip! Glad you’re finally getting to enjoy those blossoms! They’re all gone here… 😦

    JYankee

    April 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

    • Yeah, I’m happy I was able to see a few in full swing! I really want to go with Jo next year to one of the many Cherry Blossom festivals around Korea. It should prove even more beautiful!

      Steve

      April 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

    I plan to travel to Japan in the near future during the sakura period, it seems so pretty!

    Julie

    April 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    • I hope you share your pictures on your blog!!!!!

      Steve

      April 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

  3. Nice post! Brings back fond memories of walking along the banks of the Han River. Maybe I should plan a trip to Korea for next spring.

    Steve

    April 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm


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