Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 March: South Korea: Jinhae


How to get there: From Line 2 (Green) Sasang station, take Exit 5 and find your way going to Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal.  This is the terminal bound for West area of Busan.



Buy your tickets at the counter and they can actually understand you when you say Jinhae (but better be ready with Jinhae written on local language as well.)  We got our tickets for 4700 (190php, 2012) and went straight to platform/gate #17.

Travel time is 1 hr and 10 minutes.  Getting closer to the destination, be very observant as to where the bus is heading.  You will actually pass by 2 traffic circle (rotonda) before reaching the Jinhae Inter City Bus Terminal.  Aside from maps.google.com, I see this map very helpful to give tourists understanding on where are we actually going to: http://changwoncity 

If you are planning your next Cherry Blossom visit in Jinhae, make sure that you monitor the trip report at the official site http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

From the end of March to early April, Korea’s largest cherry blossom festival takes place in Jinhae. Over 2 million tourists come from all over the world to walk along the tree-lined streets and picturesque mountain paths. There are so many cherry blossom trees in Jinhae that when the wind blows it seems as if it is raining cherry blossom petals.

We went there during the morning of the Festival’s Eve Celebration and Hallyu Star Concert.  Just like what to expect, stores are preparing for the event as well as the spectators of the concert.

Due to weather and too early for the Cherry Blosson, we skipped: Jinhae Tower (seen from the streets), Jinhae City Museum, Parkland Amusement, and Anmin Road.

On our way to the bridge, we saw two churches (Jinhae Jungang Church and Yeojwa-dong Catholic Church) – both were closed at Saturday morning.

None of the trees at Yeojwa stream were blooming at that time. 

You need to return to Jinhae Inter City Bus Terminal to take the bus going to Busan, fare is also 4700krw.

Travel Date: March 31, 2012