Tuesday, August 28, 2012

040912 South Korea: Jinhae 진해 Cherry Blossoms

A Cherry Blossom is the flower of any several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus Serrulata, which is sometimes called Sakura after the Japanese.  Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. (Source: Wikipedia)    

It was awesome seeing the Cherry Blossoms for the first time.  A dream come true for a citizen living in a tropical country, hay how i wish we have Sakura in the Philippines.  Every time we saw a bunch of these cotton candy like is, happiness.

Jinhae is famous for its annual Cherry Blossom festival; the largest and most splendid celebration in Korea will take place from April 1-10 of this year 2012.  Over 2 million visitors from all over the world is expected.  The Jinhae Gunhang festival also commemorates Korea's famous admiral Yi Sun Shin, in the celebration of it's 50th anniversary.

How to get there:  

Jinhae is located at the southern tip of Korea peninsula.  It is close to Changwon that is a capital of Gyeongsangnam-do.

From SEOUL:  

[Train]  Take the high speed KTX at Seoul Station and get off at Jinyeong or Miryang Station.  From Miryang, the Saemaeul train goes to Jinhae.   

[Bus] Take the bus for Jinhae at Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal and get off at Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal.  

We came from Busan, so it took us only an hour going to Jinhae.  

From Busan:  

[Train]  Take the KTX at Busan Station to Miryang Station, then transfer to another KTX train going to Changwon.  Then take the free buses to Jinhae. 

[Bus]  Take Exit 5 from Sasang Station (Green Line 2).  The Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal is next to the subway station.

For more info about Jinhae Transportation click here.

Buy your ticket inside the terminal, it cost KRW 4,700 to Jinhae.  Then find your way to platform 17. 

A breath taking view from Busan on the way to Jinhae is amazing.  Busan is actually enough to  satisfy our desire of Cherry Blossoms.  Dito pa lang pwede ng mag-pictorial e.

From the bus station, we cross the street and followed these people who I think will go to the festival too.  Pwede naman magtanong kung maligaw di ba? hehe... Perfect timing, the entire area streets is lined with Cherry Blossom trees.

Jinhae Tower at the top of Jehwangsan Park
Source: VisitKorea

Jehwangsan Park, located on Jehwangsan Mountain at the heart of Jinhae City, is home to the nine-story Jinhae Tower.  The tower, which symbolizes a Korean naval warship, stands at the top of a 365-step staircase and commands a splendid view of both Jinhae City and the coastline.  On the first and second floors of the tower is the Jinhae City Museum, exhibiting folk models and relics excavated from Jinhae.  

Monorail Car -  Operating Hours:
March - October 09:00 - 20:00
November - February 09:00 - 18:00
Gunhangjae period 09:00 - 22:00

Utilization Fees:
One -way
Adults (over 19) 2,000 won  
Youths (ages 13-18) 1,500 won
Children (ages 5-12) 1,000 won

Adults: 3,000 won / Youths: 2,000 won / Children: 1,500 won

-  From Jinhae Bus Terminal or Jinhae Station, walk 10min towards Jungwon Rotary (중원로터리). 

-  From Masan Station or Masan Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus 162 or 760.  Get off at Jinhae Station or Namwon Rotary (남원로터리) and walk towards Jungwon Rotary.  

We made a stop here when we saw people lining.  At first we don't have any idea what to see here, nakipila lang hehe.  It took us 30 mins. in line before we reached the ticket booth.  You can also used the stairs for free, with its 365 steps they called it as "one-year stairs".

Panoramic view of the city. 

We availed the round-trip ticket so when we get down from the Park, we asked one of the staff to show us which way going to the Yeojwa Stream.   He gave us this printed map in Korean and told to walk for 20-30 mins or we can take a cab, just follow the dark line going to no. 5.  We tried to get a cab to maximize our time but there's only a few and  we always get rejected :-(

We then finally reached the stream.  

"Bridge of Romance"
This is Jinhae's favorite spot as seen in the ads and blogs. 

Awesome, lovely, magnificent, stunning todo na to!  

Picture in the center is the Emblem of Jinhae.  Restaurants and food stalls are located everywhere so there is no reason for you to get starve.

When we get back to Busan, it took us more than an hour due to heavy traffic.  A large no. of visitors are coming in the afternoon.

We achieved our main goal for this trip, to witness and experience SAKURA wagi!   Indeed it was a great and memorable one.  Original plan for our Jinhae trip is supposed to be on our second day in Busan, but my fellow PEXers who are currently in the city were updating us on the bloom of the flowers so we switched this trip on our last day.


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