I feel so lucky that we were in South Korea at the right time of the year to see the Cherry Blossoms. It has been something I’ve always wanted to see. Whether we’re in South Korea, Japan or even Washington DC. Since we have been staying in Busan, it was lucky for us that the largest Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea is actually a short drive (less than 2 hours) away. The amount of time you’ll want to stay at the festival varies, we left Busan around 3 PM in the afternoon and arrived home around 10 PM. The few hours we had around sunset was the perfect amount of time for us to explore and see the majority of the sights. Fortunately for us, we had a driver and a bus to take our group, however, I have added at the bottom the best ways to get there from either Busan or Seoul.
There are two main destinations once you arrive at the festival. We were dropped off at Gyeonghwa station, which has tons of people (and selfie sticks) and some street vendor food. I couldn’t help myself and bought this giant cotton candy.
Pure happiness and a cherry blossom headband.
After many pictures, we decided to walk along the train tracks to get to the other destination, Yeojwacheon. It was a bit of walk, maybe 30-45 minutes? You can also grab a taxi, which is pretty cheap.
I feel in love with this lone tree in someone’s garden along the tracks. The best part of the walk was seeing bits of life of the Koreans who live in Jinhae along the train tracks.
Yeojwacheon is also known as romance bridge. Here you can walk up and down the canals marveling at the beautiful pink trees. There were also plenty more food vendors here.
I managed to find even better cotton candy here!
We had walked quite a bit all day, so we sat down for some spit roast pork bbq, which can also be seen on my previous post of, Things I Ate.
It’s hard to nail down the exact dates of the Cherry Blossom Festival, as it happens accordingly with the tree’s blossoming. This year (2017) it was April 1-10.
Here’s how to get there:
Take the subway to Sasang station and grab a bus to Jinhae. The ticket cost 5,100 Won each way and is about an hour. Once in Jinhae, you can either taxi or walk to the festival.
It’s a bit harder, because of the distance, but I recommend getting a shuttle bus for a day trip. This company Funtastic Korea, offers a shuttle bus to and from the festival for 60,000 won a person.
If you have any questions, please comment below!