They're very nice to look at and pretty to take pictures of, especially if you're walking the road with your special someone. It's like a very romantic stroll along a very flowery lane, while white cherry blossom petals are showered upon you two like Cupid's non-archery version of his attempt to put you together to live happily ever after.
But while you are walking hand in hand, so enamored with each other and with the blossoms surrounding you, whispering your devotion to each other on this cool spring day, you may just forget the reality: Thousands of other people are walking alongside you, across you and against you, jostling for space and creating such noise that you two won't even be able to hear each other! Ha-ha-ha!
That's the cherry blossom festival at Yeouido!
Thousands of friends, lovers, parents, kids, vendors, blind-daters, photographers, tourists (or maybe a million after it's all gone) may have walked through the Yeouido Park and Yeouiseo Road (or Yunjung-ro) to enjoy, take photos, spend a weekend at, or just simply to experience this once a year festival before millions of white cherry blossom petals from about 1,400 trees turn the lane into a white carpet of fallen blooms.
I urge you to go if only to have the chance to whisper your love and devotion to your first husband or first wife...or to your current girlfriend or current boyfriend in a romantic setting without having to pay for an entrance fee!
Just go and forget my sarcastic mumblings about the reality of life. I just needed to write something to accompany these photos. (I just have this irritating habit of trying to always unmask the superficial. Ha-ha-ha!).
A couple of years ago, Philippine actors Angel Locsin and Diether Ocampo were there at Yeouido Park to shoot their teleserye. I'm not sure whom you're going to bump into this time.
But I'm sure there will still be millions of petals to shower on you, thousands of other people to jostle with and hundreds of photos to capture your romantic moments under the cherry blossoms of Yeouido!
P.S. You can also visit the park at night, and the most convenient way going there is by subway or by bus. Get off at Yeouinaru Station (Line 5), Exits 1 or 2, and the National Assembly Station (Line 9) Exit 1. Parking is a problem and traffic will be horrible.