The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
The 22nd Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 29 to March 31, a week earlier than originally planned due to the early blooming of the cherry trees. The decision was announced in a joint March 18 statement by officials from the Jeju Tourism Festival Promotion Council and representatives of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. On March 15, members of the conference inspected the cherry trees on the parkland around Jeju Sports Complex — where the festival will be held — and made a final decision to open the festival on March 29. The event had been originally scheduled between April 5 and 7.
A spokesperson from the Regional Meteorological Administration said they expected cherry blossoms had started to bloom on March 17 in Seogwipo City and a day later in Jeju City. This is a full week earlier than the average year and 12 days earlier than last year, the spokesperson added.
The cherry blossoms were expected to reach their peak around March 24 or 25 on the island, said the representative. — Jeju Sori