South Korea Ready for Largest Cherry Blossom Festival
kpride, March 26, 2015, 9:37 a.m.
The nation's largest cherry blossom festival will begin its 10-day run next week in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, attracting visitors from near and far. Yeojwa Stream is one of the festival's highlights, as pink petals line its banks for 1.5km. A bridge over the stream is a great photo spot and attracts visitors each spring.
Jinhae Tower, accessible by monorail, offers beautiful panoramic views of the city, and Gyeonghwa Station, a small railway station, is also one of the must-see spots. Breathtaking pink petals flutter in the wind each time a train passes.
The festival is also well-known for the light show at Yeojwa Stream and nearby areas where thousands of colored LED lights illuminate the trees in full bloom. On Tuesday, a day before the festival opens, a military band from the naval base will parade through the streets. There will also be a performance by a joint Korea-U.S. military band on April 2.
Their stirring performance and disciplined honor guard are sure to reveal the unique charms of the naval port city. The Korea Naval Academy and naval base there are open to the public during the festival for those with a special interest in the military.
Visitors can board a warship and yacht while also trying on a navy officer's uniform. At 2:30 p.m. on April 5, there will be an air show featuring the Korean Air Force's Black Eagles. To ease transportation to the festival, a shuttle train will operate between Masan and Jinhae through Gyeonghwa Station eight times a day for 11 days starting on Tuesday. There will also be extra Jinhae-bound trains from Seoul and Gangwon, Gyeonggi, South Chungcheong and North Jeolla provinces. For more information, visit http://gunhang.changwon.go.kr.