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Cherry Blossom Trip to Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

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  • Date03/31/2020
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* All events for 2020 (March 27 – April 6) cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

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!

Major events of Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

Wonderful harmony of cherry blossoms and starlight, Yeojwacheon Starlight Festival

Yeojwacheon Starlight FestivalYeojwacheon Starlight Festival

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.

  • ☞ Period: Cancelled for 2020
  • ☞ Location: Yeojwacheon Stream and Romance Bridge, Yeojwa-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 여좌동)

Lights embroidering the night sky, Sokcheonhang Port Multimedia Fireworks Show

Sokcheonhang Port Multimedia Fireworks Show

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.

  • ☞ Period: Cancelled for 2020
  • ☞ Location: Over the sea in front of Sokcheonhang Port, Jehwangsan-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 제황산동 속천항)

Fantastic flight, Black Eagles Air Show

Black Eagles Air Show

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 aerobatic 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. Be sure to check the website for updates ahead as the schedule may change.

  • ☞ Period: Cancelled for 2020
    * Subject to change or cancellation depending on weather conditions
  • ☞ Venue: Airspace above Bukwon Rotary, Docheon-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 도천동 북원로타리 상공)

Time travel to the Joseon dynasty, Victory Parade

Victory Parade (Credit: Changwon-si)

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.

  • ☞ Period: Cancelled for 2020
  • ☞ Location: Jungwon Rotary and city streets, Docheon-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 도천동 중원로터리)
    * Course: Docheon Elementary School → Bukwon Rotary → Jinhae Station → Suhyeop Intersection → Jungwon Rotary

The highlight of Jinhae Gunghangje Festival, Jinhae Military Band and Honor Guard Festival!

Jinhae Military Band and Honor Guard Festival

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.

  • ☞ Period: Cancelled for 2020
    * Opening ceremony: 19:00 April 5, 2019
  • ☞ Location: Areas of Docheon-dong, Yeojwa-dong, & Tongsin-dong in Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 도천동•여좌동•통신동 일대)
    * Course: Bukwon Rotary → Jinhae Station → Jungwon Rotary

* Event schedule is subject to change.

Romantic cherry blossom paths in Jinhae

Beautiful views from Jangboksan Sculpture Park

Jangboksan Sculpture Park

Jangboksan Sculpture Park is located in Jangboksan Mountain’s pristine nature. The park features sculptures and other pieces designed by famous artists. Many people visit in spring to enjoy walks or picnics beneath the blooming cherry blossom trees.

  • ☞ Address: 56-42, Jangboksan-gil, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 장복산길 56-42)

Cherry blossoms reflected upon water, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park

Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park

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.

  • ☞ Address: 55, Yeomyeong-ro 25beon-gil, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeonsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 여명로25번길 55)

Must-visit course for lovers! Yeojwacheon Stream’s cherry blossom road

Yeojwacheon Stream’s cherry blossom road

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.

  • ☞ Address: Area of Yeojwa-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 여좌동)

A special visit to Korea Naval Academy and Navel Base Headquarters

Korea Naval Academy

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.

  • ☞ Address: 1, Jungwon-ro, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeonsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 중원로 1)

Picture-perfect landscape, Jehwangsan Park

Jehwangsan Park

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 trees in full bloom create a fantastic tunnel of pink and white blossoms. Compared with other cherry blossom attractions in the city, this is a bit of a hidden spot, perfect for enjoying the flowers.

* Park facilities, including monorail, Jinhaetap Pavilion (observatory), and Jinhae Museum, temporarily closed.

  • ☞ Address: 52, Jungwondong-ro, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 중원동로52)

Bird’s-eye-view of Jinhae from Anmingogae Hill

Nightscape from Anmingogae Hill

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.

  • ☞ Address: Area of Jangbok-san, Anmin-dong, Seongsan-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 성산구 안민동 장복산 일대)

Romance on the tracks, Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road

Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road

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.

  • ☞ Address: 649, Jinhae-daero, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 진해대로 649)
More Info
  • Jinhae Gunhangje Festival
  • ☞ Period: March 27 – April 6, 2020
    * Opening ceremony: 18:00 March 27, 2020
  • ☞ Venue: Jungwon Rotary and areas of Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동 중원로터리)
  • ☞ Website: www.changwon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in February 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.