Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

The official Cherry Blossom festival in South Korea is in Jinhae.  It is not far from us at all, so we met up with some friends and drove on over.  I was expecting things to be significantly busier but was pleasantly surprised it was reasonable and only got rather busy by the time we were ready to leave.

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Late post: Last pics of #South Korea’s Cherry Blossom season

To continue the Cherry Blossom experience here, we went with a group of friends to see the local display of Cherry Blossoms.  Sadly, it was a rainy day so the pics are slightly dull.  Hopefully next year it’ll be sunny for pics :)

Entrance to Seonjinri Fortress
This guy is just asking to get his car wash(outside of the pathetic parking job…)
Walking up to one part of the fortress
I’m sure this would look really awesome on a sunnier day :)
Entrance to the Fortress
Atop of a small hill overlooking the surrounding area.
Some shipping yards through the trees.

Cherry Blossoms, up close and personal

Here we have a tour bus that has also come to see the blossoms. Nothing stops these guys from having their lunch in the rain…nothing :)

Cherry Blossoms in #South Korea

South Korea takes great pride in its Cherry Blossoms.  So much that there is an annual festival held in a few cities with Jinhae being one of the most popular places to go.

A quick word on holidays here.  If you plan on going to another part of the country (particularly heading South from the North), you shall be classified as clinically insane.  A Drive from Seoul to the southern coast is usually around 4-5 hours, depending on stops and breaks that you might take.  The same drive during a major holiday has been known to take 15 hours!  Trains are a much cheaper and quicker way to go but you had damn well better book in advance to get a seat on one.

Ok, back to Cherry blossoms.

Viewing this relatively short blooming event(about a week when it is best to see them), can be challenging.  Weekends, while the most obvious free time, are also the most free time for the 50 Million other people living here.  Last year we tried to go only slightly early but there were very few blooms because we were too early.  Two weekends later we were too late as most were on the ground.

This year, however, we are quite blessed to be in the South and living in a city where the streets are lined with them :)  So we get to see them everyday!  That being said, we still plan on hitting the Jinhae festival, as crazy as it will be, just to experience it once.  After that, we’ll never do it again.  It’s kinda like going to a theme park on the nicest saturday of the year….everyone is there…quite literally, everyone.

Here are a couple of pics taken last week.

Just starting to bloom out.

And here are some pics taken two days ago.