One of my top spring bucket list finally checked this year! After cancelled last year because of highseason work without holiday. Biggest cherry blossom festival located in the southern part of korea and here it is!
JINHAE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TIME
After long long long long worrying the best time to go. Me and my friend JUST CHOSE IT SO RIGHT #thanksJesus. So actually this year totally unpredicted because the weather still quite cold and made it bloomed late than it should be. Last year  on 30-31 march already super bloomed and this year blah! I checked on instagram everyday till my eye got sick of pink color HAHA and finally we chose 5th of april and just right! It was peak bloom and quite bit light rain, i thought it gonna mess everything but NO rain made cherry blossom falled beautifully on photos.
Actual festival period : 1-10 APRIL
HOW TO GO
1. Join group is the easiest way and sometimes cheaper than lonely backpacker, i joint online group include bus roundtrip from seoul one day before (mid night departure) and back to Seoul (night arrive around 8pm) and guide for only ￦35000
2. Take a bus from Nambu Bus terminal to Jinhae for ￦26500/one way ( 5 hours drive) you better buy it online for keeping your seat especially within festival period www.kobus.co.kr but too bad we only can book for seoul-jinhae sector but we have to buy it at the terminal directly for jinhae-seoul
ONE DAY OR MORE?
Actually one day is more than enough since jinhae tourist spots is quite near to each other but if you want to see night lighting you have to do overnight you can sleep in jimjilbang or hostel around bus terminal
BEST CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOTS
Jinhae city is super amazing on cherry blossom period because every side of the city fulfills by cherry blossom. I think no road without cherry blossom trees around. Just random small alley or big road also super photogenic. But some of the best "touristy spots" are
1. 여좌천로망스다리 YEOJWACHEON LOVE BRIDGE
경남 창원시 진해구 여좌동
Beautiful small long stream around 1-2km that full by cherry blossom trees on side. So many bridges on it so you can take photo right in the middle between trees. And at night starting around 7pm-11pm, they have beautiful lighting.
How to go: take a walk around 15 mins or take bus no.760 from Jinhae bus terminal
2. 경화역 GYEONGHWA STATION
경남 창원시 진해구 경화동
Non active railway with real train display HAHA you can get on the train and take picture but you have to queue.
How to go: take bus no.307/315 from jinhae bus terminal
3. 제황산공원 MT. JEHWANG PARK
경남 창원시 진해구 제황산동 산28-6
Famous park with hundreds of stairs to climb but for lazy ass like indonesian [ME] they have tram with ￦3000/roundtrip ticket to go on the peak and after that, enter observation building 7th floor to see whole blooming city from above! Super fascinating and :") i was crying of happiness.
How to go: take bus no.317 from jinhae bus terminal
Somewhere near yeojwacheon stream
That famous train
Mt. Jehwa's tram
City from up!
Call it city hall
what a trip without food. But after long browsed, Jinhae has nothing except soup kinda not interesting food. But i found cute bakery and known as one of best souvernir from jinhae. 진해제과 JINHAE JEGWA or jinhae bakery (경남 창원시 진해구 중원로43번길 4), famous with their 벚꽃빵 beotkkot bbang, or cherry blossom bread (￦9000/10 pieces) Well actually its not a bread it more to hmm kue cubit HAHA how to explain, if you know manjoo hana yes that kinda cake. Filled by cherry blossom pink cream super cute, sweet and yummy. We also tried their tart but not as good as the cherry blossom one.
And korean festival food! HAHA grilled pork, soup, and pajeon for you heavy meal craver.
SUPER BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE!!! must visit #1 after you come here and youll see Yeoido Cherry blossom is nothing HAHA ciao!!