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Canola (Yuche) Bloom on Jeju Island

Scenic colorful landscapes show that spring has arrived in South Korea

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Spring arrives first in the southernmost part of Korea—Jeju Island. This vibrant season comes with lots of color—canola, also known as yuche, blossoms starting from mid-March. By the end of the first month of spring, yellow flowers enliven the vast plains of the island creating a beautiful contrast with the reddish soil and cerulean skies. The blossoms last till early April, so there is little time available to enjoy the landscapes.

The best spots to check out the blooming fields include the city of Seogwipo, the Jeju Sculpture Park, Mt. Sanbangsan, Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seopjikoji, and the scenic road to the Jeongseok Aviation Pavilion in Gasi-ri.

Every April the island celebrates the Jeju Canola Flower Festival that takes place in Gasi-ri. One of the most popular festivals in Jeju usually lasts for several days. Gasi-ri has been growing canola since the 1960s. The town is famous for its beautiful landscapes where yellow fields contrast with volcanic mountains. The beautiful Noksan-ro road is the best attraction in Gas-ri. Named one of the 100 Finest Roads in Korea, the 10-km highway has cherry trees and canola fields on both sides. During the festival, a one-kilometer section of the road gets closed for traffic providing a wonderful photo opportunity for nature fans. The festival also features delicious foods like flower rice cakes and pancakes as well as various canola souvenirs.

The serenity and romance of the blooming canola fields has repeatedly been filmed in Korean movies, in particular in a famous Korean drama titled "All In."

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