On Saturday Jordan and I wanted to get out of the apartment and do something. It was an absolutely beautiful spring day, so we grabbed out camera and headed south to Korea’s most famous cherry blossom festival.
Jinhae is a town/suburb of Changwon, and hosts the biggest and best cherry blossom festival every April. They have a riverwalk with overhanging blossoms and everything that goes with it–street performances, food, souvenirs, and more.
Jordan and took the bus passing through our village, Gyeseong, and hopped off at the Yeongsan bus terminal. From there we bought tickets to Masan. Once in Masan, we walked a couple of blocks and crossed the street (right by a McDonald’s!) to catch city bus 162. That bus took about 30 minutes, but we jumped off in downtown Jinhae and wandered toward cars and people.
The festival ran from April 1 – 10, and we showed up on the 9th. Most people visited last weekend, when the festival had just opened and the blossoms were in full swing. This week was quieter and some of the flowers had been blown off by the wind.
We at Korean ribs (very spicy) for an overpriced 32,000 won and wandered, just people-watching and enjoying the colors. When we had our fill, we caught the 162 back to the Masan station and waited there an hour for the bus back to Yeongsan.
Yeongsan is a small, rural town with not much to do, but they do have a lovely pond with a park surrounding it. While waiting for our bus back to Gyeseong we ran around the pond, snapping photos of their cherry blossoms and the ducks. It was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon.