Apr 04 2014
In Busan, cherry blossoms start blooming near the end of March, reaching their peak in mid-April. To get the most out of it, I have decided to make a trip to the legendary Dalmaji Road!
Rising to the east of Haeundae beach, over which Busan’s morning sun makes its first climb, is the pine tree lined outcrop of land known as “Dalmaji Hill”. When translated into English, the word “Dalmaji” literally means “Moon Watching Place”, and I couldn’t think of a more suitable name for this vibrant, yet tranquil neighborhood, where the moon is just one of a myriad of things to do and see.
Dalmaji has been drastically gentrified over the years, from its once ghetto-like origins to its current status as a cultural hub and home to some of Busan’s elite set. The numerous upscale restaurants and cafes act as popular hangouts for local celebrities and film makers, as well as those gallery hopping along the hill; while the long stretch of road attracts motorcyclists, outdoor sports enthusiasts, and those just out for a stroll and look at the spectacular view of Busan’s coast.
The road to Dalmaji Hill from Haeundae Beach is famous for its divine cherry blossoms in spring, and has been designated the most beautiful road in Busan. With its lush floral decorations, the road is popular with locals and tourists alike, whether driving or on foot.
Appreacting the falling beauty. Perfect spot to still a kiss under the petals fall.
Dalmaji’s walkway on the falling petals of cherry blossoms. Like how the the green is peeking out from the red brick.
the road is lined with brilliant hues of pink and white.
Along the way in Dalmaji road, you do come across with many benches like these. However, the weather was too brutal, so I decided to just walk. But, when the weather gets warmer, it’s a perfect place to chill with my cup of coffee and (book?) with my endless selca moment. LOL
Another one of Dalmaji Road’s charms is the trail hidden in the woods. Often referred to as Moontan Road, this path also presents terrific views of the moon with the sounds of waves and trains nearby, providing a perfect soundtrack for a romantic stroll. *smack face on forever alone self*
More than the cherry blossoms themselves, I appreciate what they mean: spring is finally here.
The sign hanging on top of the tree, says “watch out your head”. Just thought it was cute =p Some of the trees were really low, and you can just poke your head through the flowers, and start taking selcas (and have a cherry blossom mess all over your cloths). lol. I wanted to do that, but too many passerby. =p
My spring coordinate. My mint top is from TOPSHOP, loving the texture, and it’s sad that Korea has no Topshop. =(
The road is lined with brilliant hues of pink and white. For the first time ever, I truly resonated with the feeling – “love is in the air”. Growing up in a tropical country, I never had the chance to appreciate any other seasons than summer, which is pretty sad. So, Korea.. then again.. it’s where I have my first spring, blessed.
PS: More than the cherry blossoms themselves, I appreciate what they mean: spring is finally here.