April on Jeju is a time of mixed emotions. The start of the month sees the 69th anniversary of 4.3 and a number of events have been organized to remember the tragedy.
This contrasts with the flower festivals that come with the start of spring. Whatever you choose to do, here are a number of events and ideas for things to do that will happen in Jeju in April.
Learn about 4.3
This April will be the 69th Anniversary of the 4.3 massacre.
If you want to gain a greater understanding of the events that happened during this time, one of the best places is undoubtedly the 4.3 Peace Park.
At this park/museum, you can learn about the events that took place before and during the massacre, as well as visit the official memorial.
Exhibition: Jeju 4.3 exhibitions
There will be a number of exhibitions held at various art galleries around the island for the anniversary of 4.3.
Two of the biggest will be held at the Jeju 4.3 Peace Park and the Jeju Museum of Art.
Jeju 4.3 Peace memorial Hall: The day blowing wind, then Jeju (March 24 - May 31)
Jeju Museum of Art: The April 3 Fine Art Archive: 30 Years in Struggles for Recollection
Take in the island’s cherry blossom
Always a highlight of Jeju’s spring calendar, the Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the start of April.
While the cherry blossom doesn't last long (especially if it rains), due to the different temperatures found in different parts of the island, there is a fairly long period of time where you can view these flowers.
This year, the main events will be held at Jeonnong-ro in Jeju City and also at the entrance to Jeju National University. There are, also, many other spots throughout the island where you can see the trees in full bloom.
The festival will start on Friday, March 31 and will run until April 9. As the University entrance is at a higher altitude than the city, the trees there usually bloom a little later so perhaps head there if you plan to visit the festival later in the season.
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