Spring, it could be argued, has finally arrived. Usually I would equate the cherry blossoms with spring, but for me spring is most evident in the yellow dust, or 황사, that infamously comes from China. But cherry blossoms in Korea really let you know there’s no turning back now; summer is around the corner.
In Korea cherry blossoms are very, very popular. In fact I would say they are more popular than any other plant in the country, and the festivals that are celebrate these pretty trees are almost as popular.
I’ve heard a few Korean people here question this aspect of modern Korea; why does Korea celebrate this tree and it’s blossom so vivaciously considering the flower itself is a symbol of Japan, Korea’s neighbour that is often seen as Korea’s enemy? Continue reading