Busan’s Nakdong Riverside Yuchae Flower Festival: A Tongue Twister


What happens when you wake up on Sunday morning with plans to enjoy a magical, lazy day in front of the television? Sometimes you end up with bed sores, and other times the world hits you hard over the head.

I had no intention of going anywhere on this cloudy Sunday in April. In fact, I wasn’t even familiar with the Nakdong Riverside Yuchae Festival held in Busan, South Korea until the very moment I decided to go.

I saw a beautiful picture and it took me less than five seconds to make a decision: I had to make this happen.

I also knew I wanted to bring a little bit of the magic back to share with you guys.

My first thought when I entered these glowing fields of yellow flowers was, “Why does no one know about this!?” And the truth is that not may people do. I’m not entirely sure why, but there are a lot of festivals and events in Korea that are very under promoted for foreigners.

The information is out there for Koreans, but a lot of times I have a hard time hearing about it. If it wasn’t for a very kind person in my photography group, I would have never even had the chance to see this beautiful spectacle of fields upon fields covered in Yuchae flowers by the Nakdong River.


What is Yuchae?

As it turns out, the Yuchae Flower is more than just a golden piece of nature. It’s actually used to create oil, and apparently it makes some strong biological energy.

It can also be used to make Glycerin which is used for cosmetics and other products.

You might know what I’m talking about if you hear the word ‘Rapeseed,’ which is the word for Yuchae in English. Makes a lot of sense now, right? That’s right folks, this beautiful flower is a pretty important renewable resource.

Getting to the Nakdong River

Getting there is super easy. All you have to do is:

– Jump on the subway, line three, towards Daejeo. Get off at Gangseo-gu Office and follow the signs for the Nakdong River.


– Take buses # 123, 130, 127, or 128-1 to get there, as well.

If you’re going during Yuchae season, you’ll definitely know where to go: just follow the yellow flowers, otherwise look for the Nakdong River exit. Since I came in from out of town I took the KTX to Gupo, which cost me a little over 10,000 WON from Daegu, and I ended up just a stop away from my location.

And it Was All Yellow

My favorite part of the festival, as it usually is, was people watching. Oh, and taking an absurd amount of selfies because who would with this beautiful view?







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Have you ever made a spontaneous decision that turned out to be magical?

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  1. May 20, 2015

    Nice pics of this festival that I unfortunately had to miss. Bummer. Anyway, you really made me want to stick around just to check out those beautiful yuchae.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • May 29, 2015

      Why thank you! hehe it was definitely beautiful, but there will be other beautiful festivals in Korea to experience! 🙂 I think a trip down to the river even when it’s not Yuchae season would be worth it, though!

  2. June 4, 2015

    So beautiful!

  3. hilda
    February 25, 2016

    is it still bloom on 11th april? when it the best time to see it bloom?

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