Jinhae Cherry Blossoms 2011

Last year I heard about the city of Jinhae, which had the best cherry blossoms in Korea. But we were so inexperienced when it came to traveling around Korea, so we decided to stay close to Daejeon to see the flowers. This year, it was a TOTALLY different story! Not only are we super confident in traveling, but Jinhae is ATTACHED TO MASAN! Jinhae is one of the three cities that alamgamated with Changwon and Masan, and they share city buses. Sweet! So of course we had to go see the cherry blossoms in Jinhae!

We went to the bus terminal in Hapseong-dong to collect Bart and Kim, and met up with Tamas and Maggie, and off we went. We ended up taking the 762 bus (catching it on the same side of the street as the bus terminal, for those of you who need to know) but you can also take the 760 as well. Be prepared to push your way on to the bus, because those adjummas will bump you out of the way, and it will be crowded! The ride wasn’t that horrible, though, as we ended up getting seats thanks to our strategic moves. The ride took about 45 minutes, and even though we didn’t know where to get off, it seemed as though everyone on our bus was going to the same place, so when they all got off, so did we.

It only took us a few minutes to discover where to go – we just followed the crowd from the bus, and ended up seeing a large banner down one street and went towards that. Just so happens we were going in the absolute right direction, and ended up right in the middle of the festival! Assa! (That means awesome in Korean.)

The festival was laid out like a pinwheel, with the centre of it being the main gathering place and the streets around it were filled with markets, food stalls and fun things to do, like bubble blowing and making crafts.

There were some awesome things to do, including walking down a cherry blossom lined street with pretty bridges (it was used in a movie or something here, and when something appears on TV here it makes it even more famous), going up Jinhae Tower (which took 365 steps to get to, PLUS 7 flights of stairs to get to the top!), eating street food, looking at the markets, and just basically wandering around. It was a great day. Here are some pics!

The sideways tree.

Cooking a whole hog. Folks in Arkansas would be proud.

Tamas taking a picture of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who is honoured at each cherry blossom festival.

Just a regular horse and carriage, something you’d find everywhere. Except that they have a recording of a horse whinnying, and play it every 3 minutes.

Because, you know, the horses can’t do it themselves.

Traditional tea service. It was delicious!

In front of the “Romance Bridge” street.

Bart and Ross, where the probably shouldn’t be. As usual.

From L to R: Bart, Kim, Nicole, Ross, Tamas, Maggie

So romantic… ❤

The entrance to the 365 steps to the top of the mountain. We could have taken the cable car, but the line went forever.

The city side view from Jinhae Tower. You can see the large circular spot in the middle, that’s the fesitval’s main grounds.

Jinhae Tower

OK, here’s the story on this one. Earlier in the day, Maggie bought a toy that when you throw it on the ground, it splattered, but then regained its form. After the tower she took it out to play with it, and this little girl saw her. She became very interested in it, and wanted to see it. We thought it was SUPER cute, except for when the girl tried to leave with it. Her parents wouldn’t let her, of course, and they took it from her hands and gave it back to Maggie. The girl was SO upset! But it was still super cute anyways.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, and I’m so glad we got to see it this year!

xo nicole


About Nicole

I'm a Canadian, married to an American, who has lived in South Korea for two years. How's that for around the world. I'm also addicted to zebra print. Check our our experiences - https://rossandnicole.wordpress.com

Posted on April 16, 2011, in Around Korea, Friends/events and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi guys! I just found your blog after posting my own cherry blossom story. (You are clearly much more on the ball with getting the timing of these things right.) Anyways, it’s nice to find other Korea-based bloggers.


  2. Hey Melanie, I try to blog about the interesting stuff we do as soon as it happens, because we have lots of people at home who want to see what we’re up to. I also try to leave some good information on there for others to find (bus routes, helpful hints, etc.). I haven’t been keeping up with the blog though very well in our second year, as we really don’t do too much. But thanks for finding us! And if you’re ever down near Busan or Changwon, let me know!

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