Blooming Forsythia: A Sign That Spring Has Arrived in Korea


It came to me this morning as I was walking back from my workout that I have never seen gaenari (개나리: forsythia) when I was living in Canada.  The bundles of tiny yellow flowers may be rare in North America but they sure are everywhere here in Korea.  The walls of bright yellow bring back memories from my childhood.  In spring, walking to and from school was a joy as I would be greeted by endless rows of gaenari in full bloom.

Gaenari blooming on a fence of Dunsan Girls’ High School


I never knew before but it seems that you can easily spot gaenari near school grounds.  Is this correct in other parts of Korea as well?



Other common spring flowers of Korea such as jindallae (진달래: azalea) or mokryeon (목련: magnolia) are yet to bloom in Daejeon.  The winds are chilly again but it will get warmer soon so hopefully I get to snap some nice shots on cherry blossoms this weekend.


3 thoughts on “Blooming Forsythia: A Sign That Spring Has Arrived in Korea

  1. Yuna March 25, 2015 / 9:59 AM

    Wow spring, it sounds beautiful.<3
    *from one who doesn't have spring but the flower blooms all year alternately*.

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    • yMoon March 25, 2015 / 4:45 PM

      Oh, didn’t know Indonesia didn’t have springs +_+ But lucky you get to see flowers year around 🙂


      • Yuna March 30, 2015 / 2:01 PM

        Yes, we just have two seasons. Hot and very hot, kekekekeke. Dry and wet (rainy). Yes, one thing that makes us lucky. 😀


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