I’ve heard a lot of people complain about Korea just being a concrete jungle with no green spaces. These people must never get out of their small little bubbles because Korea is such a beautiful country. Summer in Korea can be hot and humid, but it’s still one of my favorite seasons because of how all of the trees and plants perk up and turn a stunning shade of green. It can be really breathtaking driving through the countryside this time of year.
Another great thing about summer in Korea is that the lotuses bloom! I’d never actually seen a real lotus until I came to Korea. I was so excited when we found the lotus ponds in Gyeongju two summers ago.
There are two main places to see the lotuses in Gyeongju: outside of Anapji Pond and near Cheomseongdae Observatory. The Anapji Pond area is really convenient because parking is available close by, but the main show is at the Observatory.
If you head to Cheomseongdae Observatory, it’s a lovely place to see other types of flowers. Mexican Asters (garden cosmos flower) bloom around the same time as the lotuses and the observatory area has an entire field of these gorgeous flowers.
There’s also a really nice tunnel of gourds that you can walk through. The gourds grow up and over the tunnel and hang down from the top. It’s absolutely lovely.
The Cheomseongdae Observatory area is one of the main attractions of Gyeongju and it’s one of my favorite places to see in Korea. It is full of burial mounds and happens to be one of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms in spring. It’s a photographer’s dream and a great place to enjoy the outdoors and soak in the beautiful scenery.
The lotuses start blooming at the end of June and reach full bloom around mid to late July. The dates vary each year.
Here are the addresses:
839-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 인왕동 839-1
26-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경북 경주시 인왕동 26-1