Korea is famous for it’s festivals. I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. There’s one festival, though, that really blew me away.With so much to see and do that it’s almost impossible to see all of Jinhae’s beauty in one day. However, hundreds of people come to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival every year and do their darndest to cover as much ground as possible.
It doesn’t really matter what section of Jinhae you brows, the most important thing is that you take in the beautifully pink cherry blossoms lining the streets.
Enjoy Korea organizes buses leaving from almost every major city around the country during the weekend of the festival, so there’s no excuse. Plus, joining one of their tour groups is a great way to make new friends and enjoy the day, hassle free.
I’ve never lived in a region that has the blessing of experiencing four seasons (although winters feel more like a curse, sometimes). This spring was a special one for me and I was determined to make the most of it, and I’m so glad I chose this cherry blossom celebration over all the others.
Those amazing pictures you see of little blossom petals sprinkling around a moving train? Yep, that’s what you’ll get.
The lovers bridge and colorful umbrellas signifying the coming of rain; you’ll get those too.
I even had my first, fresh coconut filled with sweet water since leaving the Caribbean in 2014. I was in heaven, and not just because it’s basically a photographer’s paradise.
At first, I was a little alarmed by so many people walking up and down the train tracks, but it’s just what you do. It’s how you get the best view. So, when at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, do as the locals do. The end of the trail from the entrance of the festival to the other side of the tracks was well worth the risk (albeit a small risk).
The one thing I really wish I’d done was taken a train into the city to see the blossoms blowing against the wind from a close up angle. I’m sure the image of people taking selfies and enjoying the cool weather would have been worth it.
I don’t have an impressive story to tell you, or much to say at all, because the day said it for itself. It was just a magical thing to see, and I’m never going to forget the way the way the contrast of the blossoms against the deep color of the tree trunks.
What sight has truly blown you away lately?