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Pink Snow at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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Jinhae Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Did you know April snows pink in the town of Jinhae?

Yup, it does because the town is absolutely a flood with cherry blossoms and ech spring, during the months of late March to early April, Jinhae holds their annual Cherry Blossom Festival.


A pink cherry blossom parade in Jinhae

Jinhae is at the southern tip of South Korea and is a coastal city with a well-known naval academy and port. When it comes to cherry blossoms (or gunhang) blooming in spring, Jinhae is the first and foremost town to see it in for sheer magnitude!  Arriving, you’ll find the whole town and its surrounding mountains colored with new arrival of cherry blossom trees.  The mountain-side is cascading in an impressive flurry of light pink.

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The city of Jinhae blossoms each Mar-April

Flower art

Flower art at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival


Tip: For a less crowded and more laid-back atmosphere, you might try Gyeongju, instead.

Getting to Jinhae wasn’t a straight shot, however. We had to take two buses (to Jinju and then) to Jinhae bus terminal and then a 10 minute taxi drive into the center of the town.


Where are the best spots to see and experience the cherry blossoms?

Walking towards the sea is like walking under an umbrella canape of ripe blossoms, which occasionally rain with pink flurries when a strong wind blows. It’s romantic, as if you’re in a Korean drama scene.  I personally, have never experienced anything like it before.  Keep walking and you’ll get to the boat dock where you take an excursion aboard an old Korean battle boat. There will be many men from the nearby naval academy to assist or provide information.

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There is a naval academy in Jinhae

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Korean sailor

The best spot to see the city swathed in dainty pink is the observation tower on Mt.Jangbok Park. You can take a cable car lift from the base of the mountain (near the tents) to get there or walk. The walk itself, isn’t steep nor will it wind you if you rest to take photos along the way.

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The observation deck: The best spot to see Jinhae

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A view of the festival grounds

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Town of Jinhae

Other viewing spots in Jinhae are :

•  Anmin Road:   From Changwon to Jinhae,  go through a cherry blossom street of a 5.6-km length.
•  Yeojwacheon:  a 1.5-km cherry blossom tunnel
•  Mt.Jehwang Park:  along the sides of a 365-stairway (aka “A Year Stairway”), are cherry blossom trees.


What else can you expect to see at the festival?

Aside from the cherry blossoms, the festival itself is pretty standard. There’s food tents and vendors selling a variety of knick-knacks, from household goods, hardware (hardware? The old ajosshis must love it), fortune tellers and shoes.  There’s food tents where you can get pajeon (Korean pancakes), jigaes (stews), meat and dried seafood.

Korean families love to come out and enjoy the day either picnicking on the festival grounds or perusing the tents.

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Festival grounds

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Above excerpts from  Jinhae’s tourism site

How to get to Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival:

From Daegu:

Daegu Seobu Bus Terminal > Jinju Bus Terminal > Jinhae Bus Terminal

Daegu Seobu Bus Terminal > Jinju Bus Terminal
Departure Times: 06:30 07:00 07:50 08:20 09:10 10:15 11:00 11:40 12:20 12:50 13:30 14:10
14:50 15:30 16:00 16:50 17:40 18:20 19:30
Travel Time: 120 minutes
Fare: 8,100 KRW

Jinju Bus Terminal > Jinhae Bus Terminal
Departure Times: 07:20 15:40
Travel Time: 90 minutes
Fare: 6,300 KRW

You will need to take a bus or taxi to Jinhae (approx 20 min by taxi) around 20,000 won

Transformation information  from other cities.

For a tourist map of Jinhae, you can pick one up outside the bus terminal at the tourist booth. The festival runs shuttles to various highlight spots around the town. Main festival area is within 10 minute walking distance of the station.


  1. Dan Steber says:

    Hi Christine, Very nice site. I haven’t been to Chinhae, but you have a street shot that I could use in a video that I’m doing about a Sailor injured in a motorcycle crash on a main street in Chinhae. I just need a street shot, and you have a nice one on your site. I’d like to use it, and of course, I’ll credit you/your site. I need specific approval, and I normally would send a release form to you. Your site says it’s OK to use the material with a credit back, so I’ll move ahead with my video, but please respond that I have your permission to use the photo. There’s a street scene with a man standing there, and a bus is across the street in front of him. He almost looks like a police officer ready to direct traffic…in the center. That’s the photo I’m going to use. Dan Steber, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk VA.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi Dan, Thank you for contacting me. I only allow my images to be used with credit back if they are not for a commercial publication or for-profit projects. Yours sounds like a news project, but I can’t be sure. Please let me know what company, video project and if you’ll have a link to the final product! =)

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