So last year I wrote about our trip to Jinhae for the Cherry Blossom festival here but we didn’t really plan it well so we spent our entire time wandering the streets of Jinhae and not finding the areas where the blossoms are at their most beautiful. Unfortunately we didn’t find any of them.
This year we definitely didn’t want a repeat of that so we set off after work with our two friends Ian and Ane hoping to see the cherry blossoms at the two most famous places, The Gyeonghwa train station and Yeojwacheon stream. We had planned on visiting it next week during the week (less crowds) but after checking the weather forecast and finding out that rain was forecasted until this Sunday we decided to go sooner just in case the rain blew away the blossoms.
So we set off in the rain on the lookout for our first stop; The Gyeonghwa train station. We initially got mixed up and instead found the Jinhae train station and realised that we were in the wrong place but after setting the sat nav we finally arrived at the station.
It was just as beautiful as I had imagined. The rain made everything seem even more romantic and kept the crowds away. Luckily the blossoms were in full bloom and we spent about 30 minutes here taking it all in.
Afterwards we went to the area where the festival was being held on the looout for some dinner. We found a chicken restaurant and quickly ate. Afterwards we got back in to the car on our way to the Yeojwacheon stream. It was now dark and we were worried that it mightn’t be as picturesque but they had cute lights up all around the stream and it still looked absolutely beautiful!
We had a great time at the festival and being able to see it this year without the crowds and in full bloom definitely made up for not finding it last year. I 100% recommend this festival to everyone in Korea although I have to admit that having a car made getting from place to place a lot easier. I also recommend trying to go to the festival during the week as there are far fewer crowds than at weekends.
Finally, check the bus schedule before going. I’ve heard that buses in to Jinhae bus terminal get cancelled around the festival time so you may have to get a bus to Changwon and then take a city bus to Jinhae.