Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival, attracting at least 2 million visitors every year. The festival first began as a memorial service to commemorate Joseon period’s most noteworthy naval admiral Yi Sun-sin and has now grown to become a festival enjoyed by everyone. Pack up and get ready to enjoy one of the most spectacular events in Korea surrounded by unbelievably stunning cherry blossoms!
Yeojwacheon Starlight Festival is an evening event where Yeojwacheon Stream and Romance Bridge are decorated with illuminations and laser lights. This nighttime event is a must-visit festivity as the mesmerizing sight offers a different atmosphere from daytime.
In addition to Yeojwacheon Starlight Festival, Sokcheonhang Port Multimedia Fireworks Show is another evening event that brightens the night sky. Take note that this event takes place only one night of the entire Jinhae Gunhangje Festival period.
There are plenty of events taking place during the festival period, but the one you do not want to miss is the air show by the Black Eagles, the flight display team of the Republic of Korea Air Force. All eyes will be on the sky as the eight aircrafts perform outstanding feats and formations in unison. However, the event is planned to take place only once, so be sure to check the website for updates ahead as the schedule may change.
The Victory Parade reenacts the victory march held by Admiral Yi Sun-sin and his army after winning a battle in the Imjin War (1592-1598). Viewers will be able to get a glimpse of Korea’s history through the parade.
Jinhae is the homeport for the Republic of Korea Navy, and as such, the Jinhae Military Band and Honorary Guard Festival takes place within the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival period. Enjoy the powerful yet delightful performances by the military band and honor guards from the Republic of Korea Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
* Event schedule is subject to change.
Jangboksan Sculpture Park displays artworks by famous sculptors, set against the backdrop of pristine nature. Many people visit in spring to enjoy walks or picnics beneath the blooming cherry blossom trees.
Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park is home to gorgeous cherry blossom trees surrounding the park’s tranquil reservoir. It creates a stunning scene during springtime when cherry blossom petals flutter down, settling upon the reservoir’s clear water. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the paths or learn more about the environment through educational programs.
Cherry blossoms line both sides of Yeojwacheon Stream to form a white tunnel, making it the best cherry blossom attraction in Jinhae. In the evening, the area is illuminated with ornamental lights, creating a romantic ambience.
Korea Naval Academy and Naval Base Headquarters are popular as unique attractions due to the fact that they are open to the public only during the festival period. A life-sized model of the Turtle Ship designed by Admiral Yi on display at the Korea Naval Academy Museum is something you do not want to miss.
Jehwangsan Park boasts a harmony of cherry blossoms and forsythias in full bloom, lining both sides of a 365-step stairway, which is also referred to as “one year stairway.” The park also has a monorail, making it much easier to enjoy the beautiful spring beauty. Once you reach the peak, you will be welcomed with a breathtaking view of Jinhae’s cityscape covered in cherry blossoms and the blue sea beyond.
The path starting from the entrance of Anmingogae Hill to the heliport located at the hill’s peak is the main cherry blossom course, taking about 20 minutes on foot. In particular, the nightscape of Jinhae from the hilltop is famous for its mesmerizing beauty.
Gyeonghwa Station is a cherry blossom-themed station that operates only during the festival period. The train running through an approximately 800-meter-long cherry blossom tunnel creates a fascinating scene, forming a perfect backdrop for amazing photos.
* This column was last updated in February 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.