South Korea — Wow! I can’t believe it’s almost a year since I moved in. Some friends asked which season is the best time to visit. So, I decided to compile all my snapshots of the four (4) beautiful seasons in this album.
I’ll start with summer. Summer here isn’t different with the Philippines except it’s quite dry compare to my humid hometown Davao. Trees everywhere are healthy and green. There are also few blooming flowers by the sidewalks. It’s a good time to visit if one is used to the tropical climate and wouldn’t want to wear number of layers of long sleeves or spend on thick coats and beanies.
There is no “we” in summer. Only ‘u’ and ‘me’.
Autumn, on the other hand, is also a wonderful season favored by many. The leaves are hues of yellow, orange and red like a painting that came to life. The temperature is quite bearable, assuming it’s not windy and if one wears proper clothing like a couple layers of long sleeves topped with a windbreaker. In addition, one must always carry an umbrella. It was raining most of autumn last year.
Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
—William Cullen Bryant
Then comes the freezing winter. The third week of January this year was the coldest week the country ever experienced. The northern part of the country particularly Seoul and Gyeonggi Province were under a cold spell. The temperature dropped as low as -28°C at the under-constructed top floor of Lotte World Mall. The Han River was frozen that it even looked like a huge ice rink. Many people dislike winter because it’s too cold. The days are shorter and nights are longer during this season. That means, we could tuck in bed for some extra hours in the morning (lol). Not only that, we can enjoy winter sports such as snowboarding, ice skating or skiing as well.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
― Anne Bradstreet,
After the cold days and nights, who wouldn’t love to see the colorful, vibrant spring flowers? Flower and cultural festivals are everywhere across the country, too. To name some: Maehwa festival in Gwangyang, Lotus Lantern Festival, Flower Festival in Goyang and the largest Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae. During this season, we also watch out for the hazardous yellow dust or yellow sand (황사 / hwangsa) from China. As much as possible, we wear disposable mask or just stay indoors until the dust subsides.
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.
Bloom where you are planted.
1 Corinthians 7:20–24
Every season is unique and interesting. There’s always something to be grateful for in each of them. I am in awe of God’s magnificent creation and I’m forever thankful to witness them all finally.
So, have you decided which season to visit Korea?