Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

This past weekend we decided to make the hour trip north to the city of Jinhae, on the southern coastline, with our friends Mike and Alissa to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. The town is best known for the estimated 340,000 cherry blossom trees that bloom for only a few short weeks each spring. At the beginning of those weeks the city holds the annual Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival, this year marking the 49th year. in 1952 a statue of Korea’s greatest naval hero was erected in the city’s center, and since 1963, the festival has been held annually in honor of him. Each year these trees that are thought to be native to Korea attract over 1 million visitors. I apologize ahead of time for the overwhelming amount of photos that are sure to make you jealous.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Our first stop was to romance bridge. It spreads 1.5 km long with cherry blossom trees arching over the stream on both sides.
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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeremy loves making friends with the locals. The owner of a small snack cart that makes red bean pastries
Loads of photographers waiting for a train to arrive. They were about 2 hours early but that didn’t stop them from sitting and waiting. Once they saw our group some turned and started taking photos of us instead.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeremy makes a new friend, another photographer waiting for the train with a birds eye view
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Stairs to the observation tower. You can either climb the 365 stairs or pay to take a tram to the top. We chose the more strenuous version
The view was worth the climb. From the top you can see the entire city of Jinhae and all the cherry blossom trees that coat the mountains.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
We were just excited to be done with all the stairs
There is also a market where you can find anything you would ever want. Even a fin to eat.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17161012641314878523 Georgia

    I went to South Korea a few years ago, but I wasn’t there for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Your photos look amazing! Hopefully, I’ll be able to go back to Korea one day. http://www.lumublog.com

  • Emily

    I would go nuts in that market. Those trees are incredible. I bet they smelled amazing.
    And Jeremy, you can jump freakishly high.

  • http://lostintravels.wordpress.com/ Cathie

    Love all the pictures!!!! My favorite is Jeremy and you jumping at the bottom of the
    stairs. Too cute!!!!