Discover Uksucheon(욱수천) Promenade
I have to admit it. I have ulterior motives for suggesting cherry blossom vantage points away from Suseong Lake now that I live here. There are cherry blossoms all over Daegu, but many people flock to popular spots like Duryu Park, Suseong Lake, and Apsan Mountain because they are well-known. But there are so many overlooked places to watch nature unfold this spring. And Uksucheon Promenade is a Cherry Blossom hidden gem you should check out before they fade this spring.
Hidden Gem – Uksucheon Promenade
Learning the Language is Paying Off
Do you want to know where you can go to see the cherry blossoms in Daegu that many of the locals don’t even frequent? After stumbling across a relatively unknown Korean Youtube video, After stumbling across a relatively unknown Korean Youtube video, After stumbling across a relatively unknown Korean Youtube video, I recently discovered this magical promenade dripping in pink and yellow cherry petals. As I watched it, I remember wishing it was in Daegu.
So imagine my surprise when I heard Suseong-gu + Daegu + hidden cherry blossoms. I’ve been studying Korean for a few weeks now, and part of my studies includes listening to Youtube videos.
Where is Uksucheon Promenade
Google Uksucheon Promenade, and you’ll see some vague references to it, but nothing that identifies as the hidden gem that it is. The path is located beneath Deokwon High School in the Suseong-gu district of Daegu.
There are parking lots on both ends of the walkway. And there’s plenty of it, and it’s free and open to the public all day long.
What to Expect
We parked in the lot closest to the school. Follow the tree-line fence line to the edge of the parking lot, where you’ll find a dirt path to the promenade. Once on the boardwalk, stop and look all around you. The birds’ babbling stream and loud chirp in the surrounding trees soon drown out the children playing in the field above.
Take a right, and meander until you find yourself under the bridge. You might want to visit the topside for an aerial view of the promenade before leaving. Feel the cool stone walls draped in weeping cherry blossoms, and bursts of forsythia petals dance in the wind.
That same wind carries the sweet scent of spring as the petals flutter gently to the ground all around you.
There are no crowds. The other nature lovers were older, enjoying the stroll in real-time instead of behind their camera lenses. There were a few people taking pictures, but the vibe was very laid back for the most part—a welcome change from the chaos that is now Suseong Lake.
When to Visit Uksucheon Promenade
The one thing you don’t have to worry about is beating the crowds. Very few people know about the promenade right now, but it won’t stay a secret for long. The best time to visit is when the sun is lower in the sky. I suggest you get there early or later in the afternoon.
You don’t have to wait for spring flowers. Uksucheon Promenade is a hidden gem all year long. Make sure you visit the promenade for the azaleas, which will dazzle in striking pinks and purples in late March-early April.