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Jinhae-gu (formerly known as Chinhae) is a district in Changwon City, South Korea. This region is served by the Korean National Railroad, a small coastal town on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, welcomes visitors with a coastline more than 65 miles long, a bay full of different -sized islands and an average summer temperature of 72.5 degrees Fahrenheit. No ordinary beach town, the city is filled with cherry blossoms and surrounded by mountains covered with pine trees. Jinhae's natural beauty is only one of its many attractions for visitors from around the world.
 
A popular spot in Jinhae is the picturesque Yeojwa Stream and Promenade, which are located near the main train station. A popular place for couples, made famous by the Korean drama “Romance”, the small stream is bordered by yellow canola flowers and a 1.5-kilometer boardwalk that’s covered by a canopy of cherry blossoms.
 
Things to See & Do

Gunhangje Festival
Jinhae's Gunhangje Festival celebrates the city's abundant cherry blossoms. For 17 days from the end of March to the second week of April, the trees come into full bloom throughout the city and the surrounding mountains. Jinhae's largest annual tourist draw, the festival brings anywhere from 1 million to 2 million international visitors to the city. The festival is also a commemoration of the life and service of Admiral Lee Sun-shin (also known as Yi Soon-shin), a famous Korean naval commander, and interjects a military band parade in the middle of the other cherry blossom-themed events. Mount Jangbok Park and the Naval Academy are just two of the recommended sites to catch the festival in full bloom.

Naval Academy Museum
Part of the Naval Academy, which is adjacent to the Naval Base, Jinhae's Naval Academy Museum has three exhibition rooms that showcase more than 4,800 pieces, including three actual treasures. The entire main room is dedicated to Admiral Lee Sun-shin and presents letters, portraits and even weapons associated with the Korean hero. A second room centers on general Korean Navy history, including replicas of vehicles, weapons and flags, and a third houses all the historical data of the Naval Academy. Admission is free, and the museum is closed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3 and during the Harvest Moon Festival.

Jinhae Bay
Jinhae Bay is more than just a military gateway. Twenty-six islands of various sizes scattered throughout the bay provide travelers many options for good exploratory day excursions. Four of the islands, Sudo, Yeondo, U-do and Jamdo, are populated with fishermen and ocean farmers and offer a glimpse into the long-standing local economy. Visitors can also fish on Cholido Island or dive with the professionals on Sokuri Island. If you don't want to cross the water, you can head down to the Suchi Seashore. There you can feast on the area's famous prepared raw fish while you take in the tranquil ocean scene amid a backdrop of the area's peaks.

Jinhae City Museum
Located in Jinhae Tower in Mount Jehwang Park, Jihnae City Museum provides visitors with the intellectual keys to the city. The museum's two first floors house the exhibition hall that details the city's long history and the relics room with artifacts from different eras including the Stone and Bronze Ages. The top floor is an observation deck where guests can view the entire city. The museum also has a host of historical models, including a scale model of the city and a model of a turtle ship, a Korean covered war ship. The Jinhae City Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday and has shortened hours during the winter.

Jangboksan Sculpture Park
When traveling from Masan to Jinhae, the Jangboksan Sculpture Park is the first cherry blossom site visitors will come across. The park has nearly 10,000 cherry trees that run along the hiking trails and amidst the pine trees. At the summit of the park, one can view downtown Jinhae and Jinhaeman Bay on the southern coast. Pack a lunch and you can picnic underneath the cherry blossoms in this beautiful park. 

Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-Park
Located at the source of the Yeojwacheon Stream, the Jinhae Inland Water Environmental Eco Park houses many cherry blossoms near its pristine reservoir. The wetland is home to about 65 species of trees and a variety of wildlife, making it a good place for visitors to learn about nature in a relaxing environment.

Yeojwacheon Stream
The path spans about 1.5 kilometers from downtown Jinhae to the Jinhae Girls’ High School. Both sides of Yeojwacheon Stream are lined with cherry blossom trees that create a natural canopy over the stream. The walking paths above and next to the steam are some of the most beautiful places to view the cherry blossoms in Jinhae. Visitors can take romantic pictures against the backdrop of cherry flowers on beautiful arched bridges while enjoying delicious street food. In the evening, the area is decorated with ornamental lights, creating a romantic ambiance. 

Korea Naval Academy
The Korea Naval Academy is normally only accessible to visitors through its tour program, but during the Gunhangje Festival, the academy is open to the public and welcomes visitors with beautiful cherry blossoms. Walk along the cherry blossom trees from the Admiral Yi Sun-shin statue at the Bukwon Rotary to arrive at the academy where there is a full-scale model of an ironclad turtle ship built by Admiral Yi Sun-shin and used during the Imjin War. The academy also has a museum dedicated to the Korean Navy and documents related to Admiral Yi. The Dokdoham Ship, a large amphibious assault ship of the Korean Navy, is open to tour. Make sure to check the academy’s opening hours before visiting. Hours: Weekdays 08:30 - 16:30 / Holidays 08:30 - 17:00) (Open only during the Gunhangje festival period.)

Jehwangsan Park
The park is located in the center of Jinhae on Jehwangsan Mountain. Visitors must climb 365 steps to get a view of downtown Jinhae blanketed with cherry blossoms, but the beauty of the forsythia and cherry blossom on the hike up make it quite enjoyable. For those that don’t want to break a sweat, there is also a monorail car that goes up to the summit. 

Jinhae Jehwangsan Monorail: monorail.cwsisul.or.kr (Korean)
 
Anmin Hill
Anmin Hill is the gateway to Jinhae from Changwon. The road up the hill features a 6 kilometer stretch of beautiful cherry blossoms on both sides. The best area for viewing cherry blossoms is the area between the entrance of Anmin Hill and the heliport at the top of the hill. Near the hill top are azalea fields in full bloom, combining with the cherry blossoms for a beautiful scene. The area is usually free of traffic, and it is an excellent place to take a walk in the shade of the cherry blossom trees. The top of Anmin Hill at night offers splendid views of Jinhae City and the street lights illuminating the cherry blossom trees. 

Gyeonghwa Station
As trains pass Gyeonghwa Station, the cherry blossom trees are swept by the wind, showering the ground with leaves. In between trains, visitors can walk on the tracks and stand beneath the falling petals. This 800 meter-long stretch of railway at Gyeonghwa Station is considered one of the best cherry blossom attractions of Jinhae. The area is often featured in Korean movies and TV shows. During the festival period, couples can be seen taking their wedding pictures here. To avoid crowds, try to visit the station in the morning.



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