Spring is the favourite season of the year for many people because of its cool temperatures. It is also the time of the year when trees put forth new leaves and flowers are in full bloom. Streets are decorated with different colourful flowers, and the most charming one being cherry blossoms.

While some of us get to admire the spectacular sight of the sakura flowers overseas, others have visited Gardens by the Bay for the “Blossom Beats”, where more than 20 varieties of cherry blossoms were on display.

Run among cherry blossom trees

Well, what better way for a runner to enjoy a Spring holiday than to run among the cherry blossom trees? The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon is held yearly in the city of Gyeongju, which is located on South Korea’s southeast coast. This year, the marathon event was held last Saturday, on the morning of 9 April 2016.

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Starting/Finishing point at Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2016

A scenic race route with pleasant running conditions

At the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon, you can expect to enjoy a race route lined with cherry blossoms against the impressive backdrop of the cultural city. The temperature in Gyeongju varies around 10-20°C during Spring, making it a very cooling and pleasant running condition for runners. The route goes around the Bomun lake which spans over an area of 165 million square kilometers. The lake is surrounded by cherry blossom trees and several attractions.

Experience the Korean race culture


Races in Korea are usually held like a festival and have a very high energy level going on around the race venue. At Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon, we saw very enthusiastic supporters along the race route cheering on “Hwaiting!” while some locals give out free buns to runners.

Performers marching to the race venue
Performers marching to the race venue
Supporters at race start at Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2016
Supporters at race start at Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 2016

At the festival area, there were performances before and after the race, including K-pop dance groups and belly dancing. As you walk around the festival booths, you could also find many delicious smelling food which are often free.

A group of performers dancing to K-pop music
A group of performers dancing to K-pop music
A clown at the race festival
A clown at the race festival

A popular race among locals and tourists

With the beautiful flowers as the highlight for this race, Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon continues to attract more foreigners to participate every year. This year, we saw a number of 1187 foreigners out of a total of 15,204 participants.

A group of Singaporean runners have also participated in this year’s race, one of them whom is our local running starlet Mok Ying Rong. Not only did she set an impressive new personal best at 1:23:14, she had also came in 1st for the Half Marathon category. Congratulations Ying Rong!

Run, travel and explore Korea!

In collaboration with Korea Tourism Organisation, Dynasty Travel also provides other marathon travel packages such as Seoul International Marathon, Chuncheon International Marathon and Jeju Mandarin International Marathon. What’s more, Asiana Airlines offers direct flights from Changi Airport to Incheon daily.

For more tour packages, visit www.dynastytravel.com.sg or Korea Tourism Organisation (www.visitkorea.or.kr), Korea Plaza at 3 Church Street to learn more about travelling in Korea.

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